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Sam Miguel
07-01-2013, 01:40 PM
Bulldogs rip Eagles

Parks stars as NU stamps class; Falcons soar

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:10 pm | Sunday, June 30th, 2013

National University pounced on an Ateneo side that sorely missed the explosive plays of Kiefer Ravena as the Bulldogs drubbed the Blue Eagles, 64-54, in a UAAP men’s basketball tournament shocker yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Ray Parks pumped in 22 points for the Bulldogs, who pulled away by as many as 24 points, 59-35, before the jittery Eagles, champions in the last five seasons, managed to whittle the lead with a rally with five minutes left.

“We knew coming into the game that he (Ravena) was a doubtful starter, but the way we prepared, we prepared as if he was there,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

Ateneo coach Bo Perasol announced the other day that Ravena wouldn’t suit up against the Bulldogs due to a sprained ankle. But hours before the match, Perasol said the star guard declared he was feeling better and the coach decided to use him “if fielding him would benefit the team.”

Clearly far from healthy, Ravena didn’t see action for the entire second half after playing for eight minutes in the first two quarters. He finished with two points on a 1-of-6 shooting clip.

Adamson also picked up its first victory following a 79-67 rout of University of the Philippines in the first game.

The Bulldogs and the Falcons joined opening-day winners Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas in the early lead.

Emmanuel Mbe posted a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who won for the first time in six years over the Eagles, who finished with a woeful 20-of-72 clip from the field.

Dennice Villamor knocked in nine of his 13 points from three-point range to help lift the Bulldogs, who last won over the Eagles, 96-88, in overtime on Sept. 15, 2007.
Jericho Cruz helped fuel the Falcons’ strong start to finish with 19 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Ingrid Sewa debuted with a double-double of 15 markers and 10 boards.

“I’m just happy we were able to control the game from start to finish,” said coach Leo Austria, whose Falcons built an early 30-19 lead that stretched to as many as 18 points, 53-35, in the second half.

The Maroons, the cellar-dwellers in the last four seasons, came within six points, 49-55, before Cruz buried four of the Falcons’ next five points to put the lead back up again, 60-49.

The scores:

First Game

ADAMSON 79—Cruz 19, Sewa 15, Cabrera 11, Brondial 9, Petilos 8, Julkipli 8, Rios 4, Iņigo 3, Agustin 2, Trollano 0, Ochea 0, Monteclaro 0, Bernabe 0, Abrigo 0.

UP 67—Marata 20, Soyud 10, Asilum 10, Lao 6, Wong 4, Reyes 4, Pascual 4, Ball 4, Gallarza 3, Harris 2, Paras 0, Ligad 0, Gingerich 0.

Quarters: 18-13, 36-28, 60-49, 79-67

Second Game

NU 64—Parks 22, Mbe 14, Villamor 13, Javillonar 5, Alolino 4, Rosario 2, Khobuntin 2, Alejandro 2, Roņo 0, De Guzman 0.

ATENEO 54—Tiongson 13, Elorde 10, Buenafe 10, Newsome 9, Erram 4, Ravena 2, Pessumal 2, Golla 2, Capacio 2, Tolentino 0, Babilonia 0.

Quarters: 15-10, 33-21, 50-32, 64-54

Sam Miguel
07-01-2013, 01:51 PM
Falcons blast Maroons; Bulldogs signal fall of Eagles

By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 1, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Pouncing on the shift of power in UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament, National U flashed fine form early and came away with an emphatic 64-54 rout of defending five-peat champion Ateneo at the MOA Arena yesterday.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (22 points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Emmanuel Mbe (14 markers, 15 boards), leaders of a Bulldogs pack coming back intact from a Final Four stint last year, played true to their roles as NU stamped its class on a shorthanded Ateneo side, snapping the 10-game losing streak to the once mighty Blue Eagles.

The triumph placed NU on a share of the lead with Adamson, which routed University of the Philippines, 79-67, in the first game, and opening-day winners University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University.

“This is a significant win for us, matagal-tagal na rin namin di natatalo ang Ateneo (It’s been quite a while since we last beat Ateneo), although coming into this game, we weren’t thinking of that. We just wanted to start on a high note and it just happened we played Ateneo first,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

Capitalizing on the lack of a seven-footer in the Eagles’ lineup this year, Mbe and his fellow frontliners dominated the boards, 52-39.

“I think that (rebounding) is the key to this game,” said Altamirano, who managed to get this done while Cameroonian center Alfred Aroga, his other import, sat out over eligibility issues. He said NU management decided not to use Aroga until they have completed the birth certificate and other documents required by the league.

With five of Ateneo’s five-peat winning team not around anymore and remaining star Kiefer Ravena playing sparingly (eight minutes, two points) due to ankle injury, the Bulldogs had little problem asserting themselves and taking control.

By the 5:31 mark of the fourth they were ahead by a mile, 59-35. Since then, however, Ateneo unleashed one last charge against a relaxing NU and got to within 10 points.

“Obviously we didn’t end on a high note. We were controlling the first three quarters then somehow, our defense relaxed and we allowed them (Ateneo) to get their bearing with their outside shots,” said Altamirano.

Juami Tiongson paced Ateneo with 13 points, spiked by three triples.

Falcons’ hulking Cameroonian newbie Ingrid Sewa immediately made his presence felt and debuted with 15 points and nine rebounds to backstop top scorer Jericho Cruz’s 19 points and six boards in Adamson’s easy win.

“During the summer leagues, I really made the effort to study UP’s system so they won’t shame us here in the opening. Especially since we’re the host and everybody’s expecting us to do well,” said AdU coach Leo Austria, whose wards also picked up their first win in the opening weekend since 2010.

Joseph Marata, a transferee from La Salle, led the way for rookie-laden Maroons with 20 points.

07-02-2013, 02:08 PM
Ang gusto kong malaman is if this is really a requirement by the league or as usual nangga-gago na naman ang Board para lang pahirapan ang mga player na antagal ng nasa bansa at ready to play na sana...

No timetable for Aroga's debut with NU Bulldogs amid eligibility cloud, says coach

By Reuben Terrado

July 01, 2013, 03:27 pm

“Management has decided not to play him (Alfred Aroga) until we clear up his papers. So it’s a day-to-day thing. I can’t comment on that further,” said NU Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano.

THE status of National University center Alfred Aroga remains uncertain as the school gathers additional documents to back up his eligibility for Season 76 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Coach Eric Altamirano said the team has no timetable for Aroga’s season debut after the Bulldogs decided not to field the Cameroonian big man in their opening game against defending champion Ateneo.

The development means the 6-foot-6 Aroga is in danger of missing more games for the Bulldogs.

“We don’t know yet,” Altamirano said. “Management has decided not to play him until we clear up his papers. So it’s a day-to-day thing. I can’t comment on that further.”

Aroga has actually been allowed by the league to suit up for NU during an emergency board meeting held hours before the new season kicked off last Saturday. However, the Bulldogs risk forfeiting all their won games where Aroga played should he fail to be cleared by the end of the first round.

Ingrid Sewa of Adamson is also in the same predicament although head coach Leo Austria decided to field the big man during the Falcons’ game against University of the Philippines on Sunday.

Both the Falcons and Bulldogs won their respective games.

Altamirano admitted the UAAP has been asking for more supporting documents to prove the eligibility of Aroga.

“Yung eligibility papers niya, `yung birth certificate. The board asked for further requirements aside from the requirements that we gave to the board,” said the NU coach.

With Aroga on the bench in street clothes, fellow African Emmanuel Mbe picked up the slack by coming through with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 64-54 demolition of the Blue Eagles.

“I think he really helped us a lot today,” said Altamirano, referring to Mbe. “Aside from scoring, he controlled the rebounds. He was very helpful for our team today.”

The Bulldogs will try to keep their unbeaten record as they next battle opening-day loser University of the East on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

07-07-2013, 07:38 AM
Tigers share lead; UE wins

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:49 am | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

PLAYING with more fire in the second half, University of Santo Tomas brought down another contender in Adamson, 67-62, yesterday to gain a piece of the lead with Far Eastern U in the UAAP Season 76 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tigers came out strong after a lethargic first two periods, erasing a double-digit lead in the third quarter with Jeric Teng and Kevin Ferrer leading the charge.

Teng poured 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a 15-foot fade away with 16 seconds remaining to give UST breathing room at 66-62.

Later, Roi Sumang completed a four-point play with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift University of the East to a pulsating 71-67 victory over National U.

The Warriors finally played like the powerhouse team it was billed to be at the start of the season with Sumang, who finished with a team-high 19 points, capping his game-long brilliance with a triple from 26 feet out while drawing a foul from NU star Ray Parks.

The Warriors tied their victims at 1-1, the same record as Adamson.

“We were humbled after the loss to FEU,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “We had some excess baggage, some bad habits after the preseason that showed against FEU. But Roi Sumang brought the most important baggage of all in this game, which is his big heart.”

With former UE star Paul Lee watching from courtside and the score tied at 67, Sumang took Parks one-on-one and put the exclamation point in a game-defining play.

Atoning for his poor effort against FEU, the Warriors’ 6-foot-8 center Charles Mammie dished out a monster performance with 15 points and 20 rebounds, 13 offensively.

Parks, the reigning Most Valuable Player, struggled with 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting for the Bulldogs, who scratched Cameroonian Alfred Aroga from their roster because he failed to comply with the league’s residency requirements of two years just before the game.

The loss turned out to be a double-whammy for the Falcons, who lost valuables, including mobile phones and cash, to burglars who sneaked into their locker room.

The scores:

First Game

UST 67—Ferrer 17, Teng 15, Bautista 9, Mariano 8, Daquiaog 7, Abdul 6, Lo 5, So 0, Sherrif 0, Pe 0, Hainga 0.

ADAMSON 62—Cruz 15, Sewa 13, Cabrera 11, Brondial 9, Trollano 6, Julkipli 4, Petlos 3, Inigo 1, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 18-22, 26-34, 45-41, 67-62

Second Game

UE 71—Sumang 19, Mammie 15, Jumao-as 11, Olivares 9, Santos 6, Javier 4, Noble 3, Sumido 2, Casajeros 2, Guion 0, Galanza 0, Flores 0.

NU 67—Mbe 18, Parks 11, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 8, Alejandro 8, Alolino 7, Rosario 4, Villamor 3, Rono 0, Neypes 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarters: 12-18, 32-31, 55-52, 71-67

Sam Miguel
07-11-2013, 09:07 AM
Bulldogs down Tigers; Falcons up

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:44 pm | Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

NATIONAL University spoiled University of Santo Tomas’ bid to stay perfect as Ray Parks pumped in 20 points to lift the Bulldogs to a 71-67 triumph over the Tigers yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Parks fueled a third-quarter breakaway that lifted NU to a 54-42 lead before the Bulldogs withstood the Tigers’ late rally even without chief gunner Jeric Teng, who sat out the entire second half due to an injured right shoulder.

“We knew coming into this game that we’re going to have a hard time against UST because they never give up until the end,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “I kept telling my boys that we need to keep our composure.”

NU and UST wound up tied at 2-1 along with Adamson, which also fought off University of the East’s furious fourth-quarter comeback to forge a 78-71 triumph in the first game.

Roider Cabrera knocked in all of his 19 markers in the first half, 15 from beyond the arc, to fuel the Falcons’ sizzling start where they led by 25 points, 50-25, at the break.

Ingrid Sewa added 15 points, 11 rebounds and a couple of blocks for the Falcons, who pulled ahead by as many as 30 points, 55-25, before the Warriors whittled it down to a single digit behind Roi Sumang.

Parks sat out for nearly half of the fourth period due to foul trouble but Emmanuel Mbe and Gelo Alolino kept the Bulldogs on top with key baskets in the last three minutes.

Teng sat out the rest of the game after saying he couldn’t move his shoulder after he fell when Jeoff Javillonar slammed into him just 75 seconds left in the first half.

Parks, who dropped nine points in a 15-5 spurt that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead, also had six boards, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

Mbe posted a double-double of 17 markers and 11 boards, while Jeth Rosario and Alolino scored a combined 20 for the Bulldogs.

“It was big for us when they lost Teng,” said Altamirano.

Sumang erupted for a game-high 26 points, 18 in the second half where the Warriors also gave the Falcons a tough time with their defensive press.

The Falcons held on despite going scoreless from the 4:48 mark and Sewa also fouling out in the last two minutes.

The scores:

First Game

ADAMSON 78–Cabrera 19, Sewa 15, Cruz 10, Julkipli 6, Brondial 6, Iņigo 5, Rios 4, Petilos 4, Agustin 4, Abrigo 4, Monteclaro 1, Trollano 0.

UE 71–Sumang 26, Casajeros 14, Mammie 9, Sumido 6, Santos 4, Javier 2, Olivares 2, Noble 2, Jumao-as 2, Alberto 2, Pujante 0, Hernandez 0, Galanza 0, Flores 0.

Quarters: 27-14, 50-25, 68-45, 78-71

Second Game

NU 71–Parks 20, Mbe 17, Rosario 12, Alolino 8, Villamor 5, Javillonar 3, Roņo 2, Porter 2, Khobuntin 2, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

UST 67–Ferrer 20, Daquioag 13, Bautista 9, Teng 7, Mariano 7, Abdul 6, Lo 3, Pe 2, So 0, Hainga 0.

Quarters: 22-15, 37-31, 54-44, 71-67

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.

Sam Miguel
07-12-2013, 10:14 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.

Sam Miguel
07-15-2013, 09:26 AM
Ateneo ends winless spell

Eagles pick Falcons as first prey; Bulldogs up

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:57 pm | Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Ateneo finally saw an end to its nightmarish start.

JP Erram came out big in the second half as the Blue Eagles snapped out of their three-game winless spell with a commanding 71-59 victory over the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“More than anything else, this is a relief because if you keep on losing, it’s going to challenge your confidence,” Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said after the Blue Eagles, champions of the last five seasons, picked up their first win after an unexpected 0-3 start.

There’s no third-quarter collapse for the Eagles this time. Instead, they turned it into a decisive period where they erected their first double-digit lead, 57-47.

Jumai Tiongson topscored for the Eagles with 15 and Erram dropped 10 of his 12 points in the third quarter aside from grabbing 12 rebounds.

Ryan Buenafe also finished an assist-shy of a triple-double. He also had 12 boards and 11 points.

Earlier, National University regained its bearing in the final period and rolled to a 74-60 triumph over University of the Philippines for a share of second with idle University of Santo Tomas at 3-1.

Ray Parks fired 18 points on top of nine rebounds and six assists while Emmanuel Mbe, Gelo Alolino and Troy Rosario also came through in the closing minutes as NU built a 19-point advantage, 71-52, after the Maroons had threatened within three, 49-46.

Adamson fell to fourth at 2-2, while UP skidded to its fourth straight loss.

The Blue Eagles shaved their heads as a sign of unity days after taking consecutive losses from NU, Far Eastern University and La Salle pushed them to their worst start in 16 years.

“The criticisms that I received the past weeks were more than what I received in my entire career as a PBA coach,” said Perasol. “So imagine how relieved I am today. But we’ll keep on going. As long as I can rely on the 100 percent effort of my players, I can take that any time.”

Crack Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena suited up again after sitting out the last two games due to a sprained ankle but was far from his explosive form. He finished with just four points on a 1-of-5 shooting clip in 11 minutes of action.

But it hardly mattered as the Eagles kept the Falcons from coming no closer than eight points in the final quarter, 59-51. They even outrebounded the much taller Adamson squad, 49-37.

“The problem in the last three games was we were waiting for a savior every time we’re behind,” said Perasol. “But Kiefer wasn’t there, so thankfully, we were able to overcome that in our fourth game.”

“I thought we did a good job in our defense in the fourth, and at the same time, our offense clicked,” said NU coach Eric Altmirano.

Mbe had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while third-year point guard Alolino added 12 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs.

Rosario, who finished with 10 points, also drilled six straight in an 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter that sparked the Bulldogs’ breakaway.

The scores:

First Game

NU 74—Parks 18, Mbe 15, Alolino 12, Rosario 10, Javillonar 9, Roņo 3, Alejandro 3, Villamor 2. Khobuntin 2, Porter 0, De Guzamn 0.

UP 60—Marata 14, Lao 11, Soyud 10, Ball 8, Gallarza 5, Pascual 3, Gingerich 3, Asilum 3, Wong 2, Ligad 1, Suarez 0, Paras 0, Desiderio
0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 21-13, 39-29, 53-47, 74-60

Second Game

ATENEO 71—Tiongson 15, Erram 12, Buenafe 11, Newsome 10, Golla 6, Ravena 4, Pessumal 3, Tolentino 2, Lim 2, Elorde 2, Enriquez 0.

ADAMSON 59—Cruz 21, Cabrera 14, Brondial 8, Sewa 4, Iņigo 3, Agustin 3, Rios 2, Monteclaro 2, Abrigo 2, Trollano 0, Petilos 0, Julkipli 0.

Quarters: 13-16, 32-28, 57-47, 71-59

Sam Miguel
07-18-2013, 08:50 AM
Tams, Warriors triumph

FEU holds off NU to keep slate clean; UE trips Ateneo

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:40 pm | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

FAR EASTERN University stayed unbeaten in five games even as University of the East joined the list of Ateneo conquerors in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws erupted for 45 points from three-point range, took a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter before arresting a late meltdown to edge National University, 87-83.

Terrence Romeo accounted for six of the Tamaraws’ 15 triples to finish with 24 points. He also starred in the endgame with four crucial points inside the last 26 seconds after the Bulldogs threatened with a 21-6 rally in the last four minutes.

Earlier, Charles Mammie returned big from a one-game suspension as the Warriors hacked out a 72-68 decision over the defending champion Eagles, who took their fourth loss in five games.

Mammie dropped a game-high 20 points, the last two on free throws with 17.2 seconds left. He also grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who survived an Ateneo rally from 15 points down, 31-46, in the second half and improved to 2-3.

“We started really, really nice but didn’t finish very well,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “Good thing Terrence [made the key baskets] to secure the victory.”

Romeo nailed a tough layup that gave the Tamaraws an 84-78 cushion and also canned two clutch free throws with just 5.5 seconds left after a Robin Roņo trey pushed the Bulldogs within a basket, 85-83.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to third at 3-2.

“It’s all about mental toughness and that’s what we lacked,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “The Ateneo team had pride, our team had egos. When Ateneo caught up, it deflated their egos. They woke up at the right time.”

A JM Noble drive gave the lead back to the Warriors, 68-67, before a Roi Sumang basket padded the lead to three, 70-67, with just 47.1 ticks left.

The loss came just three days after the five-time champions ended an alarming 0-3 start with a 71-59 rout of Adamson.

FEU’s output of 15 triples was the most number of treys made in a single game since the 16 recorded by Adamson in 2006 and University of Santo Tomas in 2010.

“Their defense focused on the three guys (Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia), so it opened up lots of opportunities for the other guys,” said Racela.

The scores:

First Game

UE 72–Mammie 20, Sumang 14, Alberto 14, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Olivares 5, Santos 2, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Jumao-as 0, Guion 0.

ATENEO 68–Tiongson 17, Pessumal 12, Ravena 11, Newsome 10, Elorde 5, Golla 4, Buenafe 4, Erram 3, Asuncion 2, Tolentino 0, Lim 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.

Quarters: 18-12, 37-31, 54-54, 72-68

Second Game

FEU 87–Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Iņigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2.

NU 83–Mbe 27, Parks 26, Roņo 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarters: 28-16, 45-36, 68-48, 87-83

07-21-2013, 07:47 AM
Warriors, Falcons hack out close wins

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:39 am | Sunday, July 21st, 2013

RALF Olivares emerged as the end-game hero for University of the East and Jericho Cruz also came out big for Adamson as the Warriors and the Falcons pulled off separate pulsating triumphs in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Cruz dropped all but two of his 18 points in the second half as the Falcons stunned the National University Bulldogs, 68-66, to climb to solo third at 3-2.

The Warriors slipped past the La Salle Green Archers, 85-83, with Olivares knocking in six of UE’s last eight points inside the last 46 seconds.

“We were very fortunate against NU, we were lucky,” said coach Leo Austria, whose Falcons escaped as NU’s Robin Roņo missed a wide-open triple attempt at the buzzer.

Cruz buried the last four points in an 8-0 run that pushed the Falcons ahead, 68-63, going into the final minute after trailing at 60-63.

“He showed us he also has a big heart like (Roi) Sumang and (Charles) Mammie,” coach Boycie Zamar said of Olivares as the Warriors tied the Bulldogs at the fourth spot at 3-3.

Olivares buried a huge triple that gave the Warriors an 82-81 lead, then later nailed a buffer free throw with 12.6 seconds left after the Green Archers had threatened within a point, 84-83.

Coming off the bench like Olivares, guard Dan Alberto also delivered in the clutch by firing a floater that pushed the Warriors within a point, 77-78, and canning two cushion free throws, 84-81, with 28.5 seconds left.

The scores:

First Game

UE 85—Sumang 21, Mammie 19, Javier 16, Alberto 9, Olivares 8, Noble 8, Santos 4, Jumao-as 0, Hernandez 0, Flores 0, Casajeros 0.

LA SALLE 83—Vosotros 26, Teng 13, N. Torres 9, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 8, Dela Paz 8, Salem 6, Perkins 4, Tampus 0, Revilla 0, Montalbo 0.

Quarters: 18-18, 39-43, 58-64, 85-83

Second Game

ADAMSON 68—Cruz 18, Cabrera 12, Trollano 7, Sewa 6, Petilos 5, Rios 4, Monteclaro 4, Brondial 4, Agustin 4, Julkipli 2, Iņigo 2, Ochea 0, Abrigo 0.

NU 66—Mbe 17, Parks 15, Javillonar 10, Roņo 6, Perez 5, Villamor 4, Alolino 4, Javelona 3, Porter 2, Rosario 0, Khobuntin 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarters: 17-15, 32-28, 48-48, 68-66

07-21-2013, 08:02 AM
With luck on its side, Adamson slips past National U

By Celest R. Flores


8:16 pm | Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Even its head coach admitted, Adamson had luck on its side in its 68-66 victory over National University Saturday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

With the Falcons holding on to a precarious two-point edge with 14.4 seconds left, shooter Roider Cabrera muffed two pressure-packed freethrows that kept the door ajar for the Bulldogs.

NU found a wide-open Robin Roņo in the right corner for the final shot, ready to unleash a game-winning triple — but ultimately missed which paved way for Adamson’s their third victory.

“We’re fortunate that we were able to pull off a win. We had luck. Thank God Roņo missed that shot, or else our efforts would be for nothing,” said a relieved Leo Austria.

But they didn’t depend on luck to get the lead back in the last 3:36 of the game, as the Falcons went on an 8-0 run to give them a 68-63 lead.

Guard Jericho Cruz had back-to-back buckets in that stretch to cap his second half explosion. He finished with a game-best 18 points.

Rodney Brondial also soared high on defense, swatting away attempts, with impeccable timing, from Ray Parks, Jelo Alolino and Jeff Javillonar in the last two minutes.

The Bulldogs, though, still managed to pull within a basket away of victory after Ray Parks’ and-one play with 15.5 seconds left – before missing on the the most important shot.

NU dropped to under .500 in the standings, tying with University of the East with a 3-3 record. Adamson, meanwhile, improved to 3-2.

Cameroonian center Ingrid Sewa continued to struggle for Adamson, bother by his shoulder, and just had six points but with 13 boards.

Brondial, despite struggling offensively on 2-of-8 shooting, still had tremendous impact on the other side with six blocks.

“I’m happy. We were organized today unlike. I don’t know what happened to us against Ateneo but today everybody was focused to win,” also said Austria.

Cruz came out firing after the half as he poured most of his points in the third quarter, where the Falcons managed to halt NU’s press before it causes them more trouble.

But the Bulldogs still led 61-57 in the fourth on basket from Emmanuel Mbe, but went without a field goal for the next six minutes before Parks’ basket.

07-29-2013, 11:20 AM
Tams ward off Falcons, sweep elims

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 29, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Terrence Romeo came through with another explosive performance as Far Eastern U survived a hard-fighting Adamson side, 74-71, to complete a sweep of the first round of the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

Romeo sizzled for a game-best 26 points, including the last eight points that stymied the Falcons’ repeated comebacks and anchored the Morayta-based school’s best start since stringing seven straight triumphs to start the 2010 season.

“Yes, a first round sweep is an accomplishment,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “But it’s the bigger picture we’re after because the season isn’t over.”

Meanwhile, the league takes a two-week break to give way to the FIBA-Asia Championship slated Aug 1-11 at the MOA Arena and Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Games will resume on Aug. 14 with La Salle and Adamson clashing at 2 p.m. and FEU battling NU at 4 p.m.

The solid start gave FEU a big three-win cushion over National U, UST and University of the East, which all ended up with 4-3 cards after the first phase of the elims, in the battle for one of the coveted twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four.

NU gained a share of second by turning back La Salle in a scrambling finish, 63-56, in the other match.

Reigning back-to-back MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. came through with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Bulldogs rebounded from back-to-back losses to stay in the hunt.

Still, the day belonged to Romeo.

After trailing majority of the way and by three, 58-61, midway in the final canto, FEU clamped down on defense to slow down the Falcons while Romeo stepped up to do what he does best – shoot the lights out of the Big Dome.

The streak shooting Romeo actually had a sluggish start, missing seven of his 11 attempts in the first half until he found his rhythm and range when the Tams needed them most.

“I was a little tight but I’m happy I got my rhythm back in the second half,” said Romeo, the league’s current MVP race leader.

The Falcons actually had one last chance to force overtime after FEU’s Mike Tolomia turned the ball over on a five-second violation with 15.9 seconds remaining in the contest.

But Ar-raouf Julkipli misfired on a desperation three-pointer, sending Adamson to 3-4 in a tie with La Salle and idle Ateneo with UP going winless in seven games.

Sam Miguel
07-30-2013, 11:21 AM
Javillonar 'benched' against DLSU, but NU insists it has nothing to do with Tengs

By Reuben Terrado

July 28, 2013, 09:23 pm

Jeff Javillonar curiously played only three minutes against the Jeron Teng and the Green Archers, committing a foul and a turnover despite being the Bulldogs' third leading scorer going into the match.

JEFF Javillonar was used sparingly by National University during its match against Jeron Teng and De La Salle on Sunday, but his coach insisted it had nothing to do with his controversial hit on Teng's brother Jeric.

Javillonar curiously played only three minutes against the Green Archers, committing a foul and a turnover despite being the Bulldogs' third leading scorer going into the match with averages of seven points, 4.5 rebounds and 20.8 minutes.

When asked by a reporter about Javillonar’s sparse playing time, NU coach Eric Altamirano said: “It’s more of the match-up.”

“Nothing personal naman,” he continued, “(just) part of the game plan.”

Javillonar was at the center of controversy when he collided with Jeric Teng last July 10 that led to a right shoulder injury for the University of Santo Tomas star. Jeric Teng had choice words for Javillonar after the game, saying, “May araw rin siya.” (For full story, see 'May araw rin sya:' Teng hits out at NU's Javillonar after suffering shoulder injury)

La Salle star Jeron Teng later joined the fray, accusing Javillonar of deliberately trying to hurt his brother when he tweeted: “I know it’s no accident. I’ve known him since RP youth days."

The younger Teng also wrote on his @jeronteng Twitter account: “I hope my brother’s okay.. Jeff Javillonar, you are a (expletive).” He deleted the tweet hours later. (For full story, see Teng's brother joins ruckus, says Javillonar hit on Jeric 'no accident')

Jeric Teng has yet to play since the incident, saying he is targetting a return during the second round of the UAAP eliminations.

Sam Miguel
08-02-2013, 10:55 AM
Close encounter with LeBron fans flame of Bobby Ray Parks' NBA dream

By Snow Badua

July 31, 2013, 07:43 pm

“It was cool. I really waited ‘til the end (of his workout) for the opportunity and I was blessed enough to have a picture with him. He is so cool,” Bobby Ray Parks says of his encounter with LeBron James.

NATIONAL University star player and amateur standout Bobby Ray Parks has yet to make up his mind on whether to join the coming PBA draft.

Apparently, the son of former PBA legendary import Bobby Parks is leaning toward pursuing his dream of playing in the NBA especially after a close encounter with basketball superstar Lebron James recently.

Parks shared to Spin.ph how he got the rare chance for a picture with his idol after waiting for the Miami Heat star to wrap up his shootaround at the MOA Arena following the historic 'Witness History' event.

“It was cool. I really waited ‘til the end (of his workout) for the opportunity and I was blessed enough to have a picture with him. He is so cool,” Parks said.

“For him to take the time to have a picture with me, means so much. He has a big impact in the game and so with me as a player,” he said.

Parks said he learned a lot from his chance encounter with `King James’ – no matter how short it was - especially on the aspect of improving and honing his skills.

“Everybody knows that he is one of the best players out there. After he worked out (play) with us he worked out again,” Parks said with delight. “It’s crazy that wherever he is, he always finds time to still improve.”

“His (James’) love and dedication to the game speaks to me. Watching him shoot around, the repetitions he puts up just gave me a new outlook,” added the former Philippine Youth team stalwart.

Performing new drills, crazy fade-aways, and shooting at the same spot are among the drills James did during his solo practice moments after his momentous event at the MOA Arena.

Asked if he still clings to his dream of playing with Lebron James soon, Parks thinks it is still possible.

“My NBA dream is still alive, very much alive. It never died at all. I already know what I have planned behind my head and really just try to pray that God will guide me,” Parks reiterated.

“I really want to see what opportunities come up and I just want to end up in the road and play in the NBA, that’s where I want to be,” he declared.

Right now, Parks wants to keep his focus on the UAAP where the Bulldogs are tied for second place with University of the East and University of Santo Tomas, all with similar 4-3 (win-loss) records.

As for his plans to join the PBA draft this year, Parks seemed impassive.

“I’m still focused on the UAAP. I still got time to join the PBA - if I want to maybe next season. No decision yet!”

08-15-2013, 09:30 AM
NU ends FEU run; La Salle escapes in OT

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:29 am | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

National University ended Far Eastern University’s dream run with Bulldogs star Ray Parks, struggling from the field all game, clinching the win with three clutch free throws.

Parks finished with a career-low seven points but still emerged the hero as the Bulldogs prevailed, 59-58, and spoiled the Tamaraws’ bid to stay perfect in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m proud of my teammates for stepping up,” said Parks, a two-time MVP. “I wasn’t playing well but they picked me up.”

Parks nailed three free throws inside the last 32 seconds before FEU guard Mike Tolomia missed a potential game-winner in the dwindling seconds.

The Tamaraws still kept top spot at 7-1, while the Bulldogs grabbed solo second with a 5-2 record.

Almond Vosotros also starred in a first-game thriller by burying a “lucky shot” with 1.8 seconds left that lifted La Salle past Adamson, 70-69, in overtime.

Vosotros’ game-winner bounced off the rim four times before trickling in to give the Archers their fourth victory in eight games.

“This is our first close win,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “It’s also good for the team.”

Vosotros shot a team-high 19 points, including five of the Archers’ eight in the extra period.

“It was really a lucky shot,” said Vosotros, the senior guard who also collected nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Gelo Alolino topscored for the Bulldogs with 13 and Emmanuel Mbe had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Parks sat out for most of the first half after picking up two fouls in his first three minutes of play.

RR Garcia led the Tamaraws with 20 markers, but top MVP contender Terrence Romeo had a season-low of eight points on a woeful 3-of-16 shooting clip.

The scores:

First Game

LA SALLE 70–Vosotros 19, Van Opstal 13, Teng 9, Torres 8, Perkins 6, Revilla 5, Tampus 4, Salem 3, Monalbo 3, Reyes 0.

ADAMSON 69–Brondial 19, Cruz 15, Cabrera 11, Trollano 9, Petilos 6, Monteclaro 5, Sewa 2, Julkipli 1, Agustin 1, Rios 0, Ochea 0, Cabigas 0, Bernabe 0, Abrigo 0.

Quarters: 14-16, 34-30, 52-47, 62-62 (reg.), 70-69 (OT)

Second Game

NU 59–Alolino 13, Mbe 10, Khobuntin 10, Parks 7, Villamor 4, Roņo 4, Porter 4, Perez 4, Javillonar 2, Alejandro 1, Javelona 0, De Guzman 0.

FEU 58–Garcia 20, Tolomia 8, Romeo 8, Cruz, 6, Belo 5, Mendoza 4, Hargrove 3, Iņigo 2, Pogoy 2, Sentcheu 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0, Aguilon 0.

Quarters: 17-17, 31-25, 50-43, 59-58

08-19-2013, 06:41 AM
Archers pin 2nd loss on tense Tams

Bulldogs feast on Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:01 pm | Sunday, August 18th, 2013

IT’S La Salle’s turn to show that first-round giant Far Eastern University no longer looks invincible.

Jason Perkins fueled a strong start and Jeron Teng came through the clutch as the Green Archers blasted the skidding Tamaraws, 75-66, yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’ve been telling my players to be mentally tough and prepared,” said coach Juno Sauler after the Archers pinned a second straight loss on the Tamaraws, who have yet to win after a seven-game sweep of the first round.

Perkins fired 13 of his 18 points in the first half where the Archers pulled ahead by as many as 22 points, 43-21. The Filipino-American rookie also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Earlier, National University cruised past Adamson, 80-48, and moved within striking distance of the top spot with a 6-3 record, just a game away from the Tamaraws.

Emmanuel Mbe and Ray Parks powered the Bulldogs’ dominant start where they zoomed to a 21-7 lead and never looked back.

The Archers crashed the top four with a 5-4 card, while the Falcons fell to 3-6.

Teng added 16 points, including six in the last six minutes that helped protect the Archers’ lead, 71-62, after the Tamaraws had rallied within a bucket, 62-60, behind Mark Belo.

“We’ve talked about the mistakes we committed in the first round and we made sure to learn from them,” said Teng after the Archers avenged their first-round heartbreak to the Tamaraws in overtime, 79-83, after blowing a 13-point lead in the last three minutes of regulation.

Top MVP contender Terrence Romeo, who shot a season-low eight points in the Tamaraws’ 58-59 loss to the Bulldogs last Wednesday, struggled anew with 12 on a 4-of-18 shooting clip.

Mbe collected 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while Parks also had a solid outing of 16 points, six boards and five assists.

“It all boiled down to our stops,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “Fortunately for this team, we were able to run. We were able to get shots off our transition. That really helped us.”

The Bulldogs overwhelmed the Falcons in every department, including rebounds (41-30), fastbreak points (23-3) and points off turnover (20-8 ).

“I’m very proud of the boys,” said Altamirano. “They executed the game plan very well.”

The scores:

First Game

NU 80—Mbe 21, Parks 16, Roņo 8, Porter 6, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Rosario 5, Khobuntin 4, Neypes 3, Javelona 3, Villamor 2, Perez 0, Labing-isa 0.

ADAMSON 48—Cabrera 12, Cruz 11, Sewa 8, Petilos 5, Brondial 5, Garcia 2, Agustin 2, Abrigo 2, Monteclaro 1, Trollano 0, Rios 0, Ochea 0, Julkipli 0, Iņigo 0.

Quarters: 21-7, 37-25, 55-40, 80-48

Second Game

LA SALLE 75—Perkins 18, Teng 16, Vosotros 13, Van Opstal 9, Salem 6, Montalbo 5, Torres 4, Tampus 4, Revilla 0, Bolick 0.

FEU 66—Pogoy 16, Belo 16, Romeo 12, Tolomia 7, Hargrove 6, Garcia 5, Cruz 4, Iņigo 0, Sentcheu 0, Mendoza 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0.
Quarters: 23-14, 44-33, 60-50, 75-66

08-25-2013, 10:47 AM
Bulldogs clobber Tigers, gain 2nd

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:03 am | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

A HOT-SHOOTING Robin Roņo starred off the bench as National University hammered out a 75-61 triumph over University of Santo Tomas to move half a game off the top spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Roņo fired a career-high 19 points, 15 coming from three-point range, to power the Bulldogs past the Tigers, who lost top gunner Jeric Teng to injury anew.

The Bulldogs streaked to their fourth straight victory showing they’re more than just Ray Parks as Dennice Villamor (18 points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Gelo Alolino (10 points, four assists, two steals) also delivered in key stretches.

“It was really a collective effort,” said coach Eric Altamirano after his Bulldogs closed in on solo leader Far Eastern University (7-2) with a 7-3 record.

La Salle also stayed on a roll as the Green Archers routed University of the Philippines, 85-63, to keep solo fourth with a 6-4 record.
Jason Perkins dropped 11 of his 19 points in the final canto and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Archers’ third straight win in the second round.

The skidding Tigers had hoped to get a lift from Teng, who returned after getting sidelined for more than a month due to a shoulder injury. But UST’s top gunner went down again in the second quarter due to a hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the game.

Parks, who had a wrist injury scare in the first period, came back to finish with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a couple of steals.

Almond Vosotros (16 points, seven assists), Norbert Torres (16 points, 14 rebounds) and Jeron Teng (12 points) also shone for the Archers, who rallied from 35-42.

“We just shot better in the second half,” said coach Juno Sauler after his Archers spoiled UP coach Rey Madrid’s debut with UP, now 0-9.

The scores:

First Game

LA SALLE 85–Perkins 19, Vosotros 16, N. Torres 16, Teng 12, Van Opstal 7, Revilla 6, Montalbo 5, Tampus 4, T. Torres 0, Salem 0.

UP 63–Asilum 18, Soyud 11, Marata 11, Wong 6, Lao 6, Harris 4, Desiderio 4, Pascual 3, Suarez 0, Paras 0, Gingerich 0, Gallarza 0.

Quarters: 23-20, 35-42, 61-56, 85-63

Second Game

NU 75– Roņo 19, Villamor 18, Parks 10, Alolino 10, Khobuntin 9, Mbe 4, Javillonar 3, Perez 2, Rosario 0, Porter 0, Neypes 0, Javelona 0, Alejandro 0.

UST 61–Abdul 18, Ferrrer 11, Mariano 9, Daquioag 9, Lo 5, Bautista 5, Teng 2, Sheriff 2, Tan 0, Pe 0, Lao 0.

Quarters: 17-14, 36-33, 56-44, 75-61

09-05-2013, 10:57 AM
NU, La Salle bolster UAAP Final 4 drive

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:34 pm | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Streaking National University grabbed solo lead (9-3) after blasting University of the Philippines, 79-62, while La Salle claimed a share of second (8-4) by forging a 75-65 overtime win against a University of the East side that got a reprieve in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While both winners propped up their Final Four bids, Ateneo absorbed a huge blow as the UAAP Board slapped a one-game suspension on coach Bo Perasol for figuring in a postgame altercation with La Salle fan JJ Atayde.

But Perasol said his fourth-running Blue Eagles remain confident when the defending champions go for a crucial win against the Warriors on Sunday.

“Our players are still raring to go,” said Perasol, adding that assistant Sandy Arespacochaga will call the shots in his absence. “I believe that every time our team is down, our players become better. The direction of the team is still in our hands.”

Perasol nearly stormed the stands as Atayde heckled him while heading into the dugout after the game won by the Green Archers over the Blue Eagles, 66-64, last Sunday.

Atayde also got banned for the rest of the season for his unruly conduct.

“The mission-vision of the UAAP is to promote sportsmanship,” league secretary Malou Isip said after the Board’s emergency meeting yesterday. “We want to be consistent on that. From the players to the coaches and officials, they should observe good behavior.”

Ray Parks exploded for 30 points on top of 10 rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs cruised to their sixth straight victory.

“Getting the No. 1 spot is a false sense of security because the standings are tight,” said coach Eric Altamirano after his Bulldogs secured at least a playoff for a semifinal slot.

The Archers shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in overtime to pull away from the Warriors, who had African center Charles Mammie suiting up after the UAAP Board granted UE’s appeal to reduce his suspension from two games to one just moments before the game .

The scores:

First Game

NU 79—Parks 30, Mbe 14, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Alejandro 6, Khobuntin 5, Villamor 4, De Guzman 4, Rosario 2, Javelona 2, Roņo 0, Porter 0, Neypes 0.

UP 62—Soyud 17, Marata 13, Desiderio 8, Lao 6, Gallarza 4, Ball 4, Wong 3, Pascual 3, Paras 2, Harris 2, Asilum 0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 43-36, 64-48, 79-62

Second Game

LA SALLE 75—Perkins 22, Teng 17, Vosotros 16, Van Opstal 9, T. Torres 6, Revilla 3, N. Torres 2, Salem 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Dela Paz 0.

UE 65—Sumang 17, Noble 17, Jumao-as 13, Mammie 11, Sumido 2, Javier 2, Casajeros 2, Alberto 1, Olayon 0, Santos 0, Pujante 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Flores 0.

Quarters: 14-21, 30-35, 41-44, 56-56 (reg.), 75-65 (OT)

Sam Miguel
09-12-2013, 10:38 AM
NU nips Ateneo, snares twice-to-beat edge for the first time

By Celest R. Flores


7:22 pm | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — National University nipped reigning titlist Ateneo 70-65 Wednesday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament and snared a twice-to-beat edge for the first time.

The Bulldogs concluded the elimination round with a 10-4 card, but with a few games left to be played among other final four hopefuls, the semifinals placings are yet to be determined.

If La Salle, which faces University of Santo Tomas next, forges a three-way tie at 10-4 along with Far Eastern University and NU, the Bulldogs are assured of the top spot due to superior quotient.

But if La Salle, though, drops to third place, FEU holds the edge in its head-to-head battle against NU and will assume the number one spot.

For head coach Eric Altamirano, though, it won’t matter whether the Bulldogs end up first or second, just as long as they’re armed with a twice-to-beat edge.

“We’re not choosy. Every opponent [we could face] is tough,” said Altamirano.

NU also had to go through the wringer against Ateneo, but got breaks in the end as the Bulldogs pounced on sorry misses from the Blue Eagles in the last two minutes.

Then came Denise Villamor’s dagger of a triple off an on-point pass from Ray Parks, which stretched NU’s lead to five with 22.2 ticks left.

Parks, the league’s reigning MVP, later on sealed the win with two clutch freethrows with 1.9 seconds remaining.

He led with 24 points, seven rebounds, an assist and two steals to lead the Bulldogs in a historic feat — the squad’s first incentive in the semis since the final four implementation in 1994.

The Blue Eagles, meanwhile, dropped to 7-6 and are in danger of missing the final four as they slid a game behind the Tigers (7-5) in the standings. The two face off on September 18.

09-12-2013, 10:44 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, Iņigo 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, Roņo 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, 01:39 PM
NU endangers Ateneo’s title retention bid
September 11, 2013
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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.

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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.

Sam Miguel
09-17-2013, 02:40 PM
NU Cheer Squadron's third-choice showgirl Cristobal proves one of a kind

From: Snow Badua

September 16, 2013, 04:45 pm

AS the National University Cheerdance Squadron rose to prominence after winning a maiden UAAP title, one lithe woman has gotten most of the attention.

NU's trending star is none other than Claire Cristobal, an accountancy student who earned the 'elastic woman' tag when she wowed the crowd at the SM Mall of Asia, as well as millions of televiewers, on Sunday with her acrobatic and bone-twisting stunts.

So impressive was Cristobal’s performance in the stunts competition that even popular comedian Vice Ganda posted the picture of the NU star flyer on his Instagram account with a caption that says: “This girl from NU made my day. I love her! I want her on GGV.”

True enough, Cristobal is now getting ready to guest in the comedian's top-rating weekly comedy show, Gandang Gabi Vice, which will be taped Wednesday and aired on Sunday night.

But despite the instant celebrity, Cristobal insisted that she is but one part of a team.

“Part lang naman po ako ng team, nagkataon lang po na ako ang gumawa nung stunt,” said Cristobal, whose team was supported by MacroLPG.

The 5-7 lass from Malolos, Bulacan even admitted that she was the third choice for the role and only got the part when one member was stricken off the team owing to a technicality, and another got injured.

“Opo, third choice lang po ako dun. Galing lang po ako sa Team B,” said Cristobal, who was discovered by NU during the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan where she represented Central Luzon.

“Naalis po kasi yung isa dahil sa technicality tapos na-injure pa yung isang member ng Team A, yung nag-perform kanina sa cheerdance,” she bared. “Kaya ako ang pinalit!’

“Naghintay lang po talaga ako ng pagkakataon, at ibinigay naman po ng Diyos,” she added.

Meanwhile, NU assistant coach Gabby Bajacan shared that Cristobal’s success truly represents the Bulldogs' rise to prominence from the league’s perennial underdogs to the new top dogs.

“Ipinakita ni Claire na kahit gaano pa kabigat ang kumpetisyon, basta’t andoon ang pangarap mong magtagumpay, magagawa mo kahit imposible,” said Bajacan.

Asked if Cristobal is the best gymnast in the team, Bajacan issued a statement that could well serve as warning to other UAAP squads.

“She is just one of our best gymnasts, pero madami pa rin kami sa team," Bajacan said. "Madami pa kaming Claire sa pool.”

09-18-2013, 10:32 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, 10:39 AM
Sy family on PBA doorstep with move to field NU Bulldogs team in D-League

From: Snow Badua
September 17, 2013, 08:29 pm

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Hans Sy has turned the NU Bulldogs from perennial doormats to title contenders in the UAAP and are set to stage the first NBA preseason game in the country at the Mall of Asia Arena, which now hosts some of the biggest events in the sports calendar. Jerome Ascano

THE SM Group of Companies has just moved a step closer to the PBA.

The giant corporation owned by the Sy family has formalized its entry into the commercial basketball scene with the inclusion of the Banco De Oro team in the PBA D-League.

Team manager Fullton Sy confirmed BDO's entry in the developmental league, saying it is the SM group's way of giving their players from National University the needed exposure in high-level competition during the UAAP offseason.

“Bayad na kami. We’re participating in the coming D-League tourney,” said Sy. BDO's entry as the newest team in the D-League has yet to be announced by PBA officials.

“We just want to give our boys a team in the D-League, sharpen them more in higher level competitions,” added Sy, a family friend of the Sys.

“Our players have been requesting for the formation of a D-League team from us. So instead na kanya-kanyang team sila, we decided to form one for them.”

Under the plan, the NU Bulldogs team to be led by two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks will carry the colors of Banco De Oro in the coming PBA D-League Aspirants Cup which is set to open on October 24.

Both BDO and NU are owned by the family of Henry Sy, who is listed by Forbes magazine as the country's richest man.

Sy, however, was non-committal when asked if the D-League participation will bring the Sy family a step closer to fielding a team in the pro league, in direct competition with other giant companies like PLDT and San Miguel Corp.

“I think that’s too early to talk about pa,” said Sy, who let out a laugh when told that basketball fans have long been waiting for the company to join the PBA ranks.

“Wow, it’s flattering to know. Pero you know, hindi pa napapag-usapan yan,” he said.

The BDO team manager, however, said the sons of company patriarch Henry Sy are very much into sports.

The Sys have turned the Bulldogs from perennial doormats to title contenders in the UAAP and are set to stage the first NBA preseason game in the country at the Mall of Asia Arena, which now hosts some of the biggest events in the sports calendar.

[For full story, see Original plan was to bring NBA regular-season game to country, says Sy]

“Yes, mahilig sa sports 'yung mga 'yun. They played basketball pa nga when they were young,” he said, who bared that NU big boss Hans Sy, one of the taipan's sons, is an active sportsman who plays basketball, baseball, volleyball and golf.

Asked if the young Sy’s passion for sports can push the SM Group of Companies towards a deeper commitment in basketball, the soft-spoken BDO official nodded but refused to speculate.

“Sa ngayon pakiramdaman muna tayo. Sa ngayon talaga, play it by ear muna kami as to what will happen in our campaign,” said Sy. “This is our first venture into commercial sports.

“D-League is a big league naman. It’s popular, I don’t see anything wrong participating here … Everything will be advantageous I guess both for BDO and our NU players,” he added.

“We have to see first how we fare in the D-League. Let’s not look further ahead.”

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09-21-2013, 10:56 PM
National U eyes first finals appearance in over four decades as it takes on UST

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September 21, 2013, 04:18 pm

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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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Dark Knight
09-22-2013, 06:21 PM
one more chance to grab a chance to win your 2nd UAAP championship on friday.

Sam Miguel
09-23-2013, 08:49 AM
Tigers foil Bulldogs’ first bid for title slot

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:14 pm | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

University of Santo Tomas spoiled the first attempt of National University to reach the UAAP men’s basketball finals for the first time in 43 years yesterday.

After zooming to an early double-digit lead, the Growling Tigers weathered the Bulldogs’ late rally with a 71-62 decision to forge a winner-take-all match for a title slot this Saturday.

“We came in with nothing to lose; the pressure was on them,” UST coach Pido Jarencio said after his fourth-ranked Tigers shocked the Bulldogs, the top team after the eliminations, at the start of the Final Four at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“As I said, the Final Four is a different story. No one has the advantage.”

Aside from vying for a return trip to the Finals, the Tigers will aim to become the first No. 4 team to advance to the championship round since 1994, when the league implemented the Final Four format.

The UST-NU knockout contest is set at Mall of Asia Arena with the Tigers hoping to overcome the Bulldogs’ twice-to-beat advantage.

La Salle, the No. 2 seed also holding a twice-to-beat bonus, will shoot for the first championship slot against Far Eastern University in their own semifinal duel this Wednesday at 4 p.m., also at MOA.

The Bulldogs, hoping to reach the Finals for the first time since 1970, came out looking rusty after a two-week break from their last game in the eliminations where they finished at 10-4, in a tie with the Archers and the Tamaraws. NU gained the No. 1 ranking, though, due to a higher quotient.

Adding to the Bulldogs’ woes were the early foul troubles of NU star Ray Parks in the first quarter, where the Tigers pulled away in double figures, 19-8.

“We started aggressive,” said Jarencio of the Tigers, who stretched their lead to 39-23 at halftime behind Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano.

Ferrer knocked in 12 of his 14 points from three-point range, while Mariano and Clark Bautista chipped in 12 each for the Tigers.

“We were helping each other in the team, we just trusted each other,” said Ferrer.

The Tigers built an 18-point lead, 63-45, in the final period before the Bulldogs rallied behind Parks, Gelo Alolino and Emmanuel Mbe.

The Bulldogs twice moved within five in the last four minutes, but Jeric Teng and Mariano came up with key baskets to secure the victory.

The Bulldogs dropped a 13-0 bomb that cut down a 63-45 advantage to a slim 63-58, before Teng halted the huge comeback with a triple for 66-58.

Mariano also nailed four crucial free throws inside the last 90 seconds after the Bulldogs had threatened anew at 67-62.

The Bulldogs blew several late chances that could have pushed them within a basket, including Mbe’s missed dunk.

NU absorbed a double blow as No. 4 Adamson also stunned the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs, 76-71, in the women’s Final Four earlier.

La Salle claimed the first Finals berth after downing UST, 81-74, in overtime in the other semifinal duel.

The scores:

UST 71—Ferrer 14, Mariano 12, Bautista 12, Teng 8, Abdul 7, Sheriff 6, Pe 6, Lo 2, Lao 2, Daquioag 2.

NU 62—Alolino 17, Parks 14, Roņo 8, Mbe 8, Villamor 5, Khobuntin 5, Porter 3, Alejandro 2, Rosario 0, Javillonar 0, Javelona 0.
Quarters: 19-8, 39-23, 54-44, 71-62

09-23-2013, 11:08 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."

09-24-2013, 10:51 AM
Ray has a lot to say about Kevin Ferrer yet had nothing to say about Jeff Javillonar.

Yet was it not Javillonar who sent Jeric Teng to the hospital and put him out of commission for like two weeks?

Tit for tat Ray.

09-24-2013, 11:47 AM
Ei cry bobby, in the 2nd round game didn't you slap Kevin's arm while he was taking a shot with meaningless seconds left and all the players are milling around shaking hands? And didn't you run away with a smirk in your face? Disn't you go behind the coaches when Kevin went after you? That was the commotion that was reported in the paper the day after but the report said it was mon jose and ust's coach Alvin and not you ciz tou hust literally ran away.

Parks thinks everything is handed to him. Well cry bobby parks you were made for the pba and not for college sports. In college school pride trumps talent. Watiwawa summed it best, PUSO > pera

09-25-2013, 01:58 AM
Ei cry bobby, in the 2nd round game didn't you slap Kevin's arm while he was taking a shot with meaningless seconds left and all the players are milling around shaking hands? And didn't you run away with a smirk in your face? Disn't you go behind the coaches when Kevin went after you? That was the commotion that was reported in the paper the day after but the report said it was mon jose and ust's coach Alvin and not you ciz tou hust literally ran away.

Parks thinks everything is handed to him. Well cry bobby parks you were made for the pba and not for college sports. In college school pride trumps talent. Watiwawa summed it best, PUSO > pera

Good luck in the pba! You dont mess with the tigers, Joey Villar's blogpost goes viral hahaha! You are not going to get the sympathy of people by saying that our tigers are detroit pistons and you are? Hahaha! I lost my respect baby ray.

Cry Bobby like an elementary student going to his teacher right after doing something cuhrazy. PUSO > pera -- with emphasis to the capitals

See you on saturday!

Dark Knight
09-25-2013, 08:58 AM
I dont agree with what Bobby Ray say against UST but isn't it a compliment to be compared to the Detroit Pistons of 1989-90? I mean, they are a great team. Minus the roughness of course which is normal nowadays.

09-26-2013, 10:38 AM
^ Dark, that Detroit team had some of the roughest / dirtiest players in the NBA, i.e. Rick Mahorn, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, even Isaiah Thomas.

09-29-2013, 06:09 PM
Tigers claw Bulldogs

UST becomes first fourth seed to make Finals, seals title showdown vs La Salle

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:59 am | Sunday, September 29th, 2013

COACH Pido Jarencio cried unabashedly as University of Santo Tomas stood seconds away from clinching a championship berth.

The emotional reaction came after his Tigers became the first No. 4 team to advance to the UAAP men’s basketball Finals with a 76-69 decision that ousted top-seeded National University yesterday in their do-or-die semifinal duel at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tigers overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of the Bulldogs with Kevin Ferrer and Jeric Teng knocking in the clutch baskets in the final quarter to derail NU’s late fightback.

“This is history, this is the first time this happened,” said Ferrer. “This is destiny for us.”

The Tigers will go for another shot at the crown against the streaking La Salle Green Archers this week in what would seem like a revival of their fierce rivalry in the ’90s.

Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series is set on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m speechless,” said Jarencio, who couldn’t hold back his emotions even at the press room. “Hindi ko akalain na aabot ng Finals. Madaming taong nagdududa sa kakayanan ko (I never thought we will reach the Finals. So many doubted my capabilities).”

Jarencio, indeed, had every reason to be emotional as the Tigers headed into the game with history against them as no fourth-ranked team has eliminated the No. 1 seed since the league introduced the Final Four format in 1994.

But the Tigers came out confident from the get-go, building an 11-point advantage right in the first quarter before dousing the Bulldogs’ repeated rallies.

Ferrer knocked in half of his 18 points from three-point range, the last triple sparking a huge 17-8 windup in the last four minutes.

The self-destructing Bulldogs committed a spate of turnovers in the final minute as NU star Ray Parks also wound up scoreless in the final quarter.

Jeric Teng topscored with 19 and Aljon Mariano delivered 12 points and 10 rebounds to help the Tigers go for another try at the title after bowing to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in last year’s Finals.

NU also absorbed a painful loss earlier as the Lady Archers blasted the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs, 72-48, in Game 1 of the women’s championship.

Ara Abaca had a double-double outing of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Trisha Piatos shot 15 for the Lady Archers, who outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 22-7, in the final quarter.

“It was a great defensive effort on our part,” said La Salle coach Tyrone Bautista. “Going into this game, NU was the No. 1 offensive team.”

The scores:

UST 76–Teng 19, Ferrer 18, Mariano 12, Bautista 8, Sheriff 6, Abdul 6, Daquioag 3, Lo 2, Pe 1, Lao 1.

NU 69–Parks 15, Mbe 10, Alolino 10. Javelona 9, Villamor 8, Rosario 6, Roņo 6, Khobuntin 3, Javillonar 2, Neypes 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarters: 19-10, 31-31, 50-49, 76-69

09-29-2013, 08:48 PM
Bobby Ray pulling that "i'm hurt" card to deflect blame should he his lasting legacy. He did that last year. Did it again. He pulls the same trick to avoid taking crucial freebies. Did that again last year.

09-30-2013, 10:01 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.

09-30-2013, 10:03 AM
For all your talent, Ray you have an incredible propensity to disappear at the times when your team needed you the most.

Stay in school, stay one more year, Alfred Aroga will be good and ready next season, and Henri Beteyane will back him up.

Sam Miguel
09-30-2013, 10:50 AM
Next for Parks: D-League or NBA?

By Olmin Leyba

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

MANILA, Philippines - A gloomy Bobby Ray ParksJr. emerged from the National U dugout after the Bulldogs suffered a heartbreaking 76-69 setback to fourth seed University of Santo Tomas Tigers, ending yet another frustrating season for the university.

He took the setback like a man, crediting the Tigers for “showing up” while admitting the shortcomings that gave the Bulldogs the dubious distinction as the first top seed to be toppled by the No. 4 in the Final Four.

On the subject of moving forward and returning for another shot at the elusive title, though, the two-time MVP left a lot of things hanging.

“I’m not sure. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do,” Parks said.

Aside from coming back to finish the unfinished business with NU, Parks is considering options like strutting his wares in the PBA D-League, joining the PBA Rookie Draft, and going to the US to pursue his NBA dreams.

“I’m not sure yet if I’m leaving (NU). Of course, I want to get that championship,” he said.

Parks was originally slated to suit up for Banco de Oro along with other Bulldogs in the D-League but is now uncertain of doing so.

“Not sure yet. Just want to take time off and see where it goes from there. Maybe train in the States, I don’t know,” he said.

Asked about the PBA, he said: “I still have to talk to my manager about that but of course, it’s still an option.”

The NBA remains part of his long-term plans: “Of course, that’s really my goal, my dream and (I’ll) try to work on that. Just have to sit down and really find my way out first.”

Amid all these are talks that coach Eric Altamirano is on his way out after failing to steer souped-up NU to the title the last three years. Parks, however, dismissed the talks.

“It’s not true,” he said.

Parks admitted the Bulldogs were outplayed by the roaring Tigers in the Final Four. They earlier lost the first game, 71-62.

“Sucks to lose, but hey, they showed up, played their type of basketball and congratulations to them,” said Parks, who was limited to 15 points in the deciding game, where he cramped out in the end.

“We fell short, (but) still God has a plan for everything, let’s see where it goes,” he added.

After the buzzer, Parks shook hands with UST coach Pido Jarencio, with whom he had a “word war” with regards to the physicality of the Phl brand of basketball days leading to the game.

10-03-2013, 09:06 AM
Tigers hold off Archers

UST moves within a win of title

By Jasmine W. Payo

1:43 am | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

University of Santo Tomas inched closer to another record-setting romp.

Just days after eliminating the top-seeded team, the Growling Tigers hacked out a 73-72 decision over the second-ranked La Salle Green Archers yesterday to move within a win of becoming the first fourth seed to capture the UAAP men’s basketball championship.

The Tigers survived a gripping last 29 seconds where they turned the ball over before UST center Karim Abdul came down at the other end to block the potential game-winner by LA Revilla, who grabbed the rebound after a miss by teammate Almond Vosotros.

“I was shocked; I didn’t realize that we won,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio after his spunky Tigers snapped the Green Archers’ nine-game winning streak to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series in front of a massive crowd of 20,525 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Almond was wide open; he had a good look,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “But that’s the ball game, if you make it, you make it. If you miss, then that’s it. We had a chance with the rebound, so it was just breaks of the game in the last possession.”

Abdul shone in the clutch along with Kevin Ferrer and Jeric Teng as the Tigers regained control after the Archers stormed back from as many as 17 points down, 4-21, early in the game.

“There’s no substitute for experience,” said Teng. “We experienced this before [in last year’s Finals] against Ateneo. Thankfully, the breaks of the game went our way. La Salle almost won.”

The Tigers, who last won the crown during Jarencio’s rookie year as coach in 2006, will shoot for a championship sweep on Saturday also at the Big Dome.

Ferrer knocked in a huge triple from the top of the key with 41.6 seconds left that gave the Tigers a 73-69 lead after the Archers advanced within a point, 70-69.

“He’s been really focused,” Jarencio said of the gangly Ferrer, who also starred in the Tigers’ semifinal upset of the top-ranked National University Bulldogs.

Ferrer shot perfectly from the field in the first half to lead all scorers at the break with 14 before finishing with a game-high 20 points, 15 coming from three-point range.

Abdul wound up with 19 points, 12 rebounds and a couple of blocks for the Tigers, who dropped an 18-0 bomb in the first quarter to take an early 18-2 advantage.

Teng also unloaded 17 points, including a key five-point cluster at the start of the fourth period that gave the lead back to the Tigers, 55-54, from a 50-54 deficit.

“Coming into this game, we were relaxed,” said Teng. “We knew what to do.”

Sauler acknowledged that the Tigers are clearly on a roll late in the season.

“It’s not really their championship experience; they’ve been playing really well in their last three games,” Sauler said of the Tigers, who survived elimination thrice to reach the title round.

Vosotros scored 20 points and Teng’s younger brother Jeron had 15 markers, including a three-point play with 29.1 seconds left that pushed the Archers within a point, 73-72.

Earlier, National University forged a title decider as the Lady Bulldogs ripped the Lady Archers, 67-52, in Game 2 of the women’s basketball Finals.

Andrea Tongco buried 23 points and Afril Bernardino had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs, who controlled the second half after outscoring the Lady Archers, 18-9, in the third period.

The Lady Archers, who had hoped for a title sweep, took Game 1 last week with a 72-48 rout of NU, which is backed by Dioceldo Sy.

The scores:

First Game (Women)

NU 67—Tongco 23, Bernardino 14, Gupilan 10, Abriam 7, Bonleon 6, Paig 3, Sison 2, Escoto 2, Seno 0, Antiquiera 0.

LA SALLE 52—Piatos 14, Garcia 8, Santos 7, Abaca 6, Melendres 5, M. Ong 4, A. Ong 4, Corcuera 2, Claro 2, Ramos 0.

Quarters: 18-17, 31-30, 49-39, 67-52

Second Game (Srs)

UST 73—Ferrer 20, Abdul 19, Teng 17, Sheriff 6, Daquioag 4, Bautista 3, Mariano 2, Lao 2, Pe 0, Lo 0.

LA SALLE 72—Vosotros 20, Teng 15, Van Opstal 13, Perkins 11, T. Torres7, Revilla 4, N. Torres 2, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Dela Paz 0.

Quarters: 23-13, 38-31, 50-54, 73-72

10-08-2013, 10:09 AM
Bullpups nip Eaglets in overtime, near sweep

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:42 pm | Monday, October 7th, 2013

NATIONAL University fought back from a double-digit deficit in the last two minutes of regulation before stunning Ateneo in overtime, 101-93, yesterday to move within a win of a perfect season in the UAAP juniors basketball championship at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Hubert Cani, Manuel Mosqueda, John Cauilan and Mark Dyke combined for the Bullpups to raze an 11-point deficit and forge the extension at 86-all, before outscoring the Blue Eaglets, 15-7 in overtime.

“The boys showed they just won’t give up and regrouped in the second half,” said NU coach Jeff Napa.

The Bullpups will shoot for their second crown in three years in Game 2 tomorrow at 1 p.m., also in San Juan.

Cani knocked in 24 points, including a free throw with 32.2 seconds left that capped the Bullpups’ furious 11-0 windup from 75-86 and sealed the extra period.

A member of the junior Mythical Team, Cani also posted six rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the thriller that stretched the Bullpups’ unbeaten run to 15 games.

Mosqueda similarly shone in the clutch by firing 12 of his 22 points in the fourth and overtime periods.

Cauilan (17 points and 12 rebounds) and Dyke (16 points 20 rebounds) teamed up for 10 of the Bullpups’ 15 points in overtime.

The Bullpups also overcame the big games of three Ateneo players led by Aaron Black, the son of former Ateneo seniors coach Norman Black, who pumped in a game-high 30 points on a 15-of-22 shooting clip.

Matthew Nieto had 18 points and season MVP Thirdy Ravena posted a triple-double of 14 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists.

The Bullpups jumped straight to the title series toting a thrice-to-beat incentive for sweeping all 14 games in the eliminations.

The scores:

NU 101—Cani 24, Mosqueda 22, Cauilan 17, Dyke 16, Battad 13, Go 4, Grealy 3, Castillo 2, Manalang 0, Lopena 0, Lapiz 0.

ATENEO 93—Black 30, Ma. Nieto 18, Ravena 14, Mi. Nieto 11, Mendoza 10, Escaler 8, Jose 2, Ramos 0, Magpoc 0, Calilung 0.

Quarters: 21-25, 37-45, 57-66, 86-86 (reg.), 101-93 (OT)

10-08-2013, 01:46 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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10-10-2013, 09:32 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.

10-29-2013, 08:32 AM
Source: Hans Sy set to chart direction for NU Bulldogs amid uncertainty over Parks

From: Snow Badua

October 7, 2013, 02:26 pm

THE National University Bulldogs will have a better idea on where they are headed in the coming days when top patron Hans Sy meets with officials of the Sampaloc-based squad in the wake of its Final Four failure in the UAAP this season.

A source told Spin.ph that Sy is expected to chart a direction for a team facing a future filled with uncertainties after the top-seeded Bulldogs twice lost to the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four to tumble out of the championship race.

High on the agenda to be tackled by Sy with NU representative to the UAAP board Nilo Ocampo and NU sports director Junel Baculi is the future of star player Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and head coach Eric Altamirano, the source added.

Since the Bulldogs' Game Two loss to the Tigers, Parks has been in hibernation leaving everyone including NU officials clueless on whether he will stay at least another with the school or turn pro.

“He is still undecided. He might leave or he might stay,” said Ocampo, echoing a statement made by Baculi about the mystery sorrounding Parks at the moment.

“We still don’t know his plans pa eh. We’re giving him time,” said Baculi in an earlier interview with Spin.ph.

Ocampo was asked if Mr. Sy will attempt to sway Parks to stay, but the NU official was non-commital.

“We don’t know. We haven’t spoken to Mr. Hans regarding that,” he said.

Ocampo also gave no direct response with regards to rumors surrounding Altamirano's future with the team after his three-year program with the school failed to deliver a championship.

“As of now, siya pa rin ang coach namin. Sa ngayon si Eric pa rin ang hahawak ng team. As of now ha. Siya pa rin,” he said.

Ocampo added: “Sa tingin ko, he’ll stay as a coach. Sa tingin ko ha.”

Asked if he feels the pressure is mounting on Altamirano after the failed title campaign, the amiable team official shared the sentiments of the people on campus.

“Maraming reactions after the game eh, di ba? How he handled it, how the campaign went. Pero yung alumni naman namin hindi ganun ka-active eh,” he said.

“Wala akong nakikitang pressure from the outside, the alumni has not been that active,” Ocampo added. “They can recommend, they can voice out pero ultimately si Mr. Hans din magde-decide nun eh.”

Ocampo also bared that Altamirano will still be at the helm when the Bulldogs make their debut in the PBA D-League starting on October 24 while carrying the colors of Banco de Oro.

12-03-2013, 04:21 PM
The last game of Ray Parks for National University
by rick olivares

There was an urgency to the game. The National University Bulldogs let slip their lead in their quarterfinals match of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. What was once a double digit lead was now Far Eastern University’s. With time quickly ticking away and the Tamaraws sporting a 13-point lead, Parks took a forward pass and dashed off to his team’s side of the court. Three Tamaraws took off in hot pursuit. Knowing that FEU behemoth Christian Sentcheu was trailing by a stride, Parks swooped in from the right side, used the ring as protection, and kissed the ball of the glass on a reverse lay-up.

Without Jean Mbe who had been finally released from NU duty, the Bulldogs were without a post presence not to mention a shot blocker. Troy Rosario and Kyle Neypes sometimes manned the fort for the team in D-League play (as BDO-NU) when the promising and undersized Tristan Perez wasn’t saddled with fouls.

The Bulldogs raced to an early lead with Parks as playmaker. Without him on the floor, they lose all sense of creativity. It didn’t help that Glenn Khobuntin missed two straight jumpshots and turned the ball over on one offensive thrust. FEU on the other hand, began to make their shots by repeatedly pounding the ball inside.

With the game on the line, FEU switched from a 2-3 zone to a 1-3-1 to stop Parks’ incursions. The Tamaraws ran Anthony Hargrove or Sentcheu to help Carl Cruz in harassing NU’s Main Man. With taller and wider players coming at him like blitzing linebackers, Parks had no choice but to pass off. That is exactly what FEU wanted – for NU to beat them with players not named Parks.

Parks’ gamely tried to battle on as he pulled down rebounds and continued to find teammates for open looks. But all game long, FEU pounded the ball inside to Anthony Hargrove who poured in 27 points on 13-15 shooting and 2-3 from the line. He also hauled down 13 boards including four off the offensive glass. The second year American center also rejected four NU missiles.

To underscore FEU’s dominance inside the paint, the Tamaraws scored 60 points to the measly 22 of the Bulldogs.

With a minute left to play and the outcome already decided, Parks was lifted by NU coach Eric Altamirano (they still have to play a D-League game the following day at 10am).

The son of PBA great Bobby Parks pulled out his jersey and wore a sheepish look on his face. He finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a 88-70 loss to a FEU squad that no longer had the services of Terrence Romeo who ousted him as two-time MVP and RR Garcia.

When Parks was on the floor, NU looked deadly. His court vision was non-pareil.

Number 15 will go down as one of the best to ever play in the country’s most popular collegiate basketball league. Parks is not only a dangerous scorer but a complete player. He is at once NU’s best defensive player. Next to Ateneo Kiefer Ravena and Ryan Buenafe and Adamson’s Jericho Cruz, he is an incredible passer able to thread passes through the most improbable of angles.

Parks brought glory to National U by winning two Most Valuable Player Awards. With his presence and all-around game, the “under” was removed as a prefix from the word “dog”. And as a result, he also led the team to back-to-back Final Four berths (unfortunately missing out on the Finals) including numerous pre and post-season tournaments; an incredible unheard in these parts save for Loyola Heights.

This season was their biggest chance to win that elusive UAAP crown. With a weakened Ateneo, the season was wide open for several teams to unseat the Blue Eagles. NU looked good but not invincible. In the Final Four against UST, they got bullied by the more physical Growling Tigers who knocked them out despite the twice-to-beat advantage of NU.

Although there is some basketball left (D-League and the SEA Games), it is the last time that Parks will wear a “NU” jersey. He will graduate this March after which he will try his luck in NBA camps in the United States.

Although he has two more years left in his UAAP eligibility, Parks has opted out to pursue a childhood dream. “It’s not an easy road, for sure, but I have to try. My mom wants me to try. My brother wants me to try. And I have to do it. If it’s doesn’t happen then at least I can say that I tried. But I have to follow a dream.”

Added Parks, “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll make myself available for the next PBA Draft.”

Sam Miguel
12-05-2013, 09:06 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.

12-13-2013, 03:30 PM
What now NU?
By Pio Garcia, Unblogged Sports (philstar.com) | Updated December 12, 2013 - 11:01am
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Last week, we touched on the matter of Bobby Ray Parks deciding to leave the National University Bulldogs to run after his dream of landing it to the biggest stage in basketball: the NBA. After getting itself armed with nukes, so to speak, with recruits like Emmanuel Mbe, Gelo Alolino, Kyle Neypes and thebiggest star of them all, Bobby Ray Parks, NU is back to the Stone Age. That’s how bad the outlook is for the Bulldogs in Season 77.

For starters, they will be losing not only Parks but their pillar in the middle, Emmanuel Mbe. Along with that, stretch-four Denice Villamor has also played out his eligibility. Then there’s Jeoffrey Javillonar, using up his playing years and making everyone else’s shoulders heave a sigh of relief.

But on to the real problem. How do you replace Parks’ and Mbe’s production? It is still unclear if Alolino is also gone, owing to my poor math. But between Parks and Mbe, that’s around 35 points, AT LEAST. Then there’s the starting power forward Javillonar who is able to provide at least 10 and seven on a good day and five hard fouls on a bad one.

They’ll be left with Kyle Neypes, Glen Khobuntin and Jetroy Rosario among others. Among the three, only Rosario seems to be the bright spot. Neypes, from the UST Tiger Cubs, hasn’t panned out except for some spurts. Khobuntin? Dude looks for offense in weird places and circumstances. Politically saying, bwakaw and should’ve stayed in Letran. Then there’s the uncleared Alfred Aroga issue. In a blink of an eye, NU has gone from contender to doormat. Again.

Why do I feel like there was a misuse of resources here and there? Maybe because there was. Again and again, I would go back to how the Bulldogs used Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. it was great to work him off the ball. But on the downside, you let him receive passes on the wings where he’s going to be pinned down easily by smart defenses. Also, in the offseason, why not work him out to include post-up skills? That way, you can put him down in the post where he can easily take his smaller man to school. He can also pick off weak side cutters and dribble away safely or turn the corner when the double or triple-team comes. But no, they were content on using a superstar as a pedestrian scorer who lives on wing catches.

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You have to keep Hubert Cani at all costs. Prepare to tank the next season or a pedestrian 7-7 and pray for a Final Four playoff. There is also a ton of jobs left to do with the remaining players. Time to re-distribute roles. And also, why not include a development list?

First off, hire Danny Ildefonso. What’s better than hiring the only man to bring National University to the Final Four on his shoulders (sorry Junior, you had an Mbe and a myriad of Villamors, Ronos, etc.) to work on your legit big man Troy Rosario in the offseason? Also, it would help if Khobuntin finally gets his head right thanks to Danny I right? Then, he and Rosario can form a tag-team of sorts to give opposing teams problems.

Second, work on Neypes. He has shown that he can be counted upon. Now’s the time for some consistency. And maybe Cedric Labing-Isa can make a case for himself? But I would bet against that in the long run.

Lastly, time to look for a new go-to-guy. If Troy Rosario continues his upward track, then NU might be looking at a gem here. And no, he’s not Rey Mendoza two point oh. This guy is loads better. He can star. Now if only Altamirano realizes that he still has weapon and uses it well this time around.

Who knows NU?

02-27-2014, 09:48 AM
Opportunities for Aroga, Team B players as NU Bulldogs prepare for life after Bobby Ray Parks

From: Reuben Terrado

February 26, 2014, 04:03 pm

ALFRED Aroga heads a bunch of National University training team members who are set to be elevated to the Bulldogs squad in the next UAAP season after the departure of several top players including the team's biggest star, Bobby Ray Parks.

NU coach Eric Altamirano said the Bulldogs will be relying a lot on its deep pool to make up for the loss of key players from the Season 76 squad that ended in first place at the end of the elimination round before bowing out in the Final Four.

“We are back to square one,” Altamirano admitted.

Altamirano rattled off names from the NU’s Team B squad that could be possible replacements, a few of them familiar names including Aroga who was supposed to play for the Bulldogs last season after being one of the vital pieces in NU’s preseason campaign with his size and agility.

But the Cameroonian was withdrawn from the UAAP team at the last minute after it was learned that he had yet to complete the two-year residency required of foreigners last year.

Another Cameroonian, Henri Betayene, could make a return to Team A after seeing action for the Bulldogs in 2012.

Former NU Bullpups Ralf Atangan and Reggie Morido, national youth team pool member Dave Yu, and former seniors member Reden Celda could also be elevated from Team B, according to Altamirano.

Because of this, the NU coach is bracing for a busy summer to get the new players more acquainted to the college game.

“There is a lot of teaching and kailangan talaga ng experience kaya we need to play a lot of games this summer para mabigyan ng exposure ’yung mga players,” he said.

So far, San Beda Red Cub Rev Diputado is the only high school graduate that has officially committed to the Bulldogs.

“Nag-eensayo na siya every Saturdays,” Altamirano said, referring to Diputado.

Parks is the most prominent NU player absent from the Bulldogs' lineup next year as he has decided to pursue "career opportunities" in the United States after winning two league MVP crowns.

Also gone for the Bulldogs are Emmanuel Mbe, Denice Villamor, Robin Roņo, Mark De Guzman, and Mark Porter who have all finished their eligibility with the team.

Aside from these players’ departure, NU was also hit with injuries to two players.

Jeff Javillonar will miss the entire Season 77 after suffering an ACL tear, while Tristan Perez is also facing the prospect of sitting out the season due to a sports hernia although NU is still seeking a second opinion on his injury.

“We lost seven to eight players kaya baka kukuha na kami from our Team B,” said Altamirano.

02-27-2014, 09:54 AM
Akala ko tapos na si Troy, hindi pa pala. Alam ko dapat wala na siya, naka-two years kasi siya sa NCRAA with TIP, and last year was his third year in the UAAP, so that should have made five college years.

That means NU will still be a tough team up front, with Aroga, Troy and Henri forming a tall, athletic combination up front. With or without Neypes and Khobuntin contributing, these three guys ca get it done. Aroga na lang tingin ko is a better player than the departed Jean Mbe, at hindi pa feeling star gaya ni Mbe.

Henri and Troy (both at 6'6" to 6'7") have size and/or athleticism advantages over any other pair of 4/5 types. Henri has been much unsung but gave both Abu Tratter and Benoit Mbala fits in Fr Martin Cup action. If NU gets anything out of either or both of Neypes and Khobuntin it'll be gravy for Eric Altamirano.