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07-03-2013, 08:48 AM
This is one game late already and I am very sorry for the delay in setting up one.

Nevertheless, I hope the team gets behind that nerve-wracking loss to the Tigers last Saturday. From one good wing gunner in Jeric Teng to another in Sam Marata. The Green Archers cannot put themselves ahead in their game on Sunday against their arch-rivals and instead take it one game at a time for now. I think UP can pull off surprises here especially if Chris Ball can contribute also in the offensive end. Soyud will be the primary option for UP inside but I think he will be challenged by Norbert, Arnold, and Jason.

Aside from Soyud, I don't see anyone from UP being an offensive option inside the paint so the Archers must prevent UP from being comfortable hitting perimeter jumpers just like what Jeric did to La Salle's defense last Saturday. I think Marata can also do the same and he's got more offensive moves now than before so the defense just cannot stand in there and mark his shooting spots on the floor. The good thing there is more or less his former teammates in Taft Avenue know how he moves, especially off the ball so I hope I don't get to see Sam getting his catches from screens set up for him.

Like I always say to my basketball friends, it will be important for La Salle to knock down its open jumpers. Norbert, Arnold, and Jason will always be doubled inside so most of the time the ball will be kicked out to the perimeter guys, if Thomas and Almond will miss those gimmes, it will be tough as well to score inside since teams will float and be ready to help inside once Norbert, Arnold, and Jason gets the catch at the low post. I hope today, the perimeter guys will knock more jumpers and issue better entry passes for the bigs to operate. As what they say in any offense that you want to run, floor spacing is always the key.

More importantly, I hope the weather improves. It's so dark this early I thought it's already 7:00pm instead of 9:00am.

Sam Miguel
07-04-2013, 10:25 AM
Tams grab solo lead, clip Eagles

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:21 pm | Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Far Eastern University outlasted an Ateneo squad that came out with more fight in them.

Terrence Romeo starred in the clutch as the Far Eastern U Tamaraws slipped past the Ateneo Blue Eagles in overtime, 79-75, to grab the solo 2-0 lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Romeo finished with 21 points, including six of the Tamaraws’ 13 points in the extra period, as FEU dumped Ateneo, which is seeking a sixth straight championship, into a 0-2 hole for the first time in a decade.

“Ateneo is a very dangerous team, we were just fortunate,” said FEU coach Nash Racela after his Tamaraws survived an Ateneo side that pushed them to their limits even minus injured star Kiefer Ravena.

Earlier, rookie Jason Perkins and Jeron Teng pumped in 20 points each as La Salle repulsed University of the Philippines, 96-84, for its first victory in two games.

Perkins, who also combined for 30 rebounds with big man Norbert Torres, buried the Archers’ last eight points to help them pull away from the stubborn Maroons.

The Eagles, whose last 0-2 start came in 2003, have never lost back-to-back games in their championship romp in the last five seasons.

Mike Tolomia added 16 points and RR Garcia shot 13 for the Tamaraws, who blew an 11-point advantage, 44-55, in the last nine minutes of regulation. But the Tamaraws had the game in control by the extra period with a 7-1 start for a 73-67 advantage. Romeo also nailed four cushion free throws in the last 18.9 seconds.

“They learned how to play without Kiefer and that’s hard,” said Racela.

Unlike in their 64-54 shock loss to National University, the Eagles found a go-to guy in Ryan Buenafe, who exploded for a career-high 29 points.

Chris Newsome’s two free throws with 10.7 seconds left in the fourth period pushed the game into overtime, 66-66.

Ravena, who played for only eight minutes last Sunday, had declared that he’s ready to play versus the Tamaraws. But Ateneo’s top gunner came wearing a medical boot on his right leg and sat out the entire game.

The last time the Eagles dropped two straight games was in September 2007 when they lost to NU (96-88, OT) and La Salle (70-69).

The scores:

First Game

LA SALLE 96—Teng 20, Perkins 20, Vosotros 15, N. Torres 14, T. Torres 14, Dela Paz 7, Van Opstal 6, Bolick 0.

UP 84—Marata 21, Lao 18, Asilum 12, Suare 9, Ball 8, Soyud 5, Pascual 3,Ligad 3, Gallarza 3, Desiderio 2, Wong 0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 48-44, 75-67, 96-84

Second Game

FEU 79—Romeo 21, Tolomia 16, Garcia 13, Pogoy 8, Hargrove 8, Cruz 5, Mendoza 4, Jose 2, Belo 2, Sentcheu 0.

ATENEO 75—Buenafe 29, Newsome 17, Elorde 9, Tiongson 7, Pessumal 6, Erram 4, Capacio 3, Murphy 0, Golla 0, Babilonia 0, Asisitio 0.

Quarters: 14-18, 31-33, 53-44, 66-66 (reg.), 79-75 (OT)

07-04-2013, 11:26 AM
Perkins should be the Archers' main man by the 2nd. Let the first few games of the 1st serve as his training ground for making quicker decisions with the ball. Nobody can guard him one-on-one unless Nonoy Baclao gets a call up (or down or whateva) and he is a willing and above-average passer. Vosotros, Banal and Torres will make a killing from the shorter corner 3s, Jeron Teng will have a wide open lane to operate while Van Opstal will make a killing from drop passes. Norbert Torres, who needs the ball in his hands to score and doesn't score well off of drop passes, may suffer but, if he accepts his role, he can easily clean the boards off the Perkins misses when double-teamed.

Pero wag naman sana...

07-07-2013, 07:32 AM
Zobel Holds Off FEU FERN

Games today:

(Filoil Flying V Arena)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEU-Diliman and UE dropped to 0-2.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

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

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

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

Second Game (Jrs)

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

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

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

07-07-2013, 10:56 PM
After 3 years, DLSU finally pulls off a win over Ateneo.

Sam Miguel
07-08-2013, 08:16 AM
Green puts Blue in shade

Archers pin 3rd loss on Eagles

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:50 pm | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

La Salle dealt fierce rival Ateneo a stinging reminder that its glory years in the league may be over.

Rallying from a double-digit deficit, the Green Archers repulsed the defending champion Blue Eagles, 82-73, yesterday and sent Ateneo to its worst start of 0-3 in 16 years in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

Almond Vosotros fueled a huge third-quarter run that saw the Archers outscore the Eagles, 31-16, to finish with 19 points on top of nine rebounds.

Arnold Van Opstal came off the bench to finish with 18 points and Luigi dela Paz delivered key baskets in the final two minutes as the Archers built a 79-72 buffer after the Eagles had threatened within three, 70-73.

“We came into the game knowing this is our time,” said Van Opstal after the Archers improved to 2-1. “They (Eagles) had their time, so we said ‘Let’s make this ours.’”

Before the Archers’ thrilling triumph, the Eagles had won 12 of their 13 meetings in Ateneo’s five-year reign as champs. Now the Eagles are within a loss of matching their four straight defeats at the start of the 1997 season.

Earlier, Far Eastern University roared to its third straight triumph as Terrence Romeo pumped in 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to power the Tamaraws past the University of the Philippines’ Maroons, 75-57.

The Archers trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, 34-48, before dropping a 16-2 bomb that tied the game at 50-all.

Van Opstal completed a three-point play to give the Archers their first lead since the opening minutes, 54-52, then linked up with Vosotros, Dela Paz and Jeron Teng to put the game away.

“Basically, we executed what we were supposed to do on offense,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “We know our strengths and just maximized our abilities.”

Still playing minus injured star Kiefer Ravena, the Eagles looked set to snap out of their 0-2 start as Chris Newsome exploded for a game-high 27 points, including 18 in the first half where they led at 40-28.

RR Garcia also collected 15 points, seven boards and four assists for the Tamaraws, who jumped to a 23-12 start that ballooned to a 29-point lead, 62-33, in the second half.

The scores:

First Game

FEU 75—Romeo 20, Garcia 15, Tolomia 10, Cruz 8, Mendoza 6, Jose 6, Belo 6, Iñigo 2, Aguilon 2. Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Hargrove 0, Delfinado 0.

UP 57—Soyud 10. Ball 9, Lao 7, Amar 6, Wong 4, Marata 4, Gallarza 4, Desiderio 4, Gingerich 3, Suarez 2, Pascual 2, Asilum 2, Paras 0, Ligad 0, Harris 0.

Quarters: 23-12, 41-21, 62-41, 75-57

Second Game

LA SALLE 82—Vosotros 19, Van Opstal 18, Teng 13, Dela Paz 10, Perkins 9, T. Torres 8, N. Torres 5, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Bolick 0.

ATENEO 73—Newsome 27, Tiongson 14, Buenafe 11, Pessumal 10, Erram 6, Elorde 3, Golla 2, Tolentino 0, Capacio 0, Babilonia 0.

Quarters: 16-20, 28-40, 59-56, 82-73

Sam Miguel
07-09-2013, 08:59 AM
UAAP: La Salle’s Van Opstal relishes first career win over Ateneo

By Celest R. Flores


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07-14-2013, 10:01 AM
La Salle had a chance to win the game vs FEU last night if only Jeron Teng passed the ball to the corner on a very wide open Luigi Dela Paz. The game resembled the loss La Salle suffered against San Beda in the FilOil. Up by double digits with 2 minutes left, they were not able to protect lead.

07-15-2013, 11:15 AM
La Salle had a chance to win the game vs FEU last night if only Jeron Teng passed the ball to the corner on a very wide open Luigi Dela Paz. The game resembled the loss La Salle suffered against San Beda in the FilOil. Up by double digits with 2 minutes left, they were not able to protect lead.

he was triple team on his last play with 3 green archers open (deep corner and two from above the FT line) but he decided to take matters in his own hands. Poor decision indeed and the team mates looks upset (bwakaw move again by Jeron) and compunded by his horrible FT. Can the coaching staff teach him to pass and trust his team mates. Need to improve his basketball IQ :(

07-21-2013, 07:45 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 Roño 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, Iñigo 2, Ochea 0, Abrigo 0.

NU 66—Mbe 17, Parks 15, Javillonar 10, Roño 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, 07:57 AM
Javier, Olivares star in 4th quarter run to lift UE past La Salle

By Celest R. Flores


5:07 pm | Saturday, July 20th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – University of the East mounted a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter and escaped La Salle, 85-83, Saturday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Red Warriors erased a 10-point deficit in the last eight and a half minutes of the game with a rally sparked by Chris Javier and sustained by Roi Sumang, as Ralf Olivares and Dan Alberto completed the comeback for their second straight victory.

While it was a great comeback, head coach Boycie Zamar rued his players’ lack of mental toughness.

“We have to develop our mental toughness. It’s not the X-and-Os anymore when you’re down by 10. But we wouldn’t be down like that if we had mental toughness,” said Zamar.

Sumang wound up with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Charles Mammie added 19 points and 16 boards while Javier had 16 markers.

From 58-68 down, Javier and Sumang tandemed in a 12-3 run to pull the game even at 73 with 3:21 to play, before Alberto and Olivarez accounted for UE’s last 10 markers.

A triple from Olivares –who was only used sparingly — gave the Red Warriors their first lead of the final quarter, 82-81, with 42.3 seconds after pouncing on a crucial miscue by La Salle.

“We have a ‘cat and mouse’ relationship. But it was a good thing he stepped up when I put him in the game,” also said Zamar.

He also had a crucial split from the stripe in their final offensive possession, but had to rely on luck when Norbert Torres pulled down his missed foul throw.

The Green Archers were just a basket away from overtime, and had 12.6 ticks to get either a tie or game-winning shot off, but Thomas Torres misfired on their final attempt.

UE reached the .500 mark (3-3) with just a game left in the first round of eliminations while La Salle dropped to 2-3.

Almond Vosotros’ new career high of 26 points — built on four triples — went down the drain. Teng, who had 13, was scoreless in the entire second half.

07-21-2013, 08:00 AM
^ While Roi Sumang was busy castigating his guys for their half-arsed play that finally knocked some sense into his Warriors, no one stepped up to be a leader for the Archers. Up 10 with eight minutes and change, Almond Vosotros suddenly had to take bad shots because no one else seemed to want the ball in the face of the hot UE rallye. Lasalle needs to figure out who their leader is on the team. LA Revilla should have been that guy, but his less than 100% good health seems to preclude this now. Someone has to step up and be a credible leader for the Archers.

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 08:33 AM
This time, free throws lift La Salle

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:04 pm | Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

THE FREE throws that doomed La Salle in recent meltdowns saved the Green Archers this time.

Jeron Teng and Norbert Torres canned five of six free throws inside the last 41 seconds as the Green Archers survived Adamson’s furious rally, 70-67, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m still not satisfied with how we finished the game,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler after the Archers blew a 15-point advantage, 65-50, in the last five minutes.

“We have to learn how to play for four quarters. We played good for three quarters, but in the end, we turned the ball over, gave second-chance opportunities to our opponents.”

The Green Archers spoiled the Falcons’ bid to stay in the top two with Santo Tomas grabbing solo second with a 4-2 record.

The Tigers, with Aljon Mariano and Clark Bautista taking over in the final quarter, held off the University of the Philippines Maroons, 79-69, in the first game.

The Archers and the Falcons wound up with similar 3-3 records like idle University of the East and National University.

Teng, who has been shooting miserably from the foul line, nailed two clutch free throws that gave the Archers the lead, 67-65, with 41.9 seconds left after the Falcons staged a 15-0 outburst that tied the game at 65.

“I’ve been really focused on improving my free throws,” said Teng.

Torres shot a couple more free throws with 15.9 ticks left off an unsportsmanlike foul slapped on Adamson’s Lloyd Abrigo.

“It wasn’t a foul, both players were jockeying for position,” a livid Adamson coach Leo Austria said of the controversial call that awarded the Archers two free throws plus possession in the dying seconds.

Torres finished with 13 points and Jason Perkins had 13 points and 13 boards for the Archers, who recovered from heartbreakers versus Far Eastern U and University of the East.

The scores:

First Game

UST 79–Mariano 18, Ferrer 16, Abdul 14, Bautista 12, Lo 9, So 4, Daquioag 4, Pe 2, Tan 0, Macasaet 0, Lao 0, Hainga 0, Faundo 0.

UP 69–Marata 16, Lao 9, Wong 7, Pascual 7, Ball 7, Ligad 6, Ginerich 5, Suarez 4, Harris 4, Asilum 4, Gallarza 0.

Quarters: 21-15, 35-31, 56-48, 79-69

Second Game

LA SALLE 70—N. Torres 13, Perkins 13, Teng 12, Vosotros 11, Van Opstal 10. Revilla 6, T. Torres 3, Dela Paz 2, Tampus 0, Salem 0, Bolick 0.

ADAMSON 67—Trollano 14, Cruz 13 Abrigo 10, Cabrera 9, Iñigo 7, Brondial 6, Sewa 5, Agustin 2, Julkipli 1, Rios 0, Petilos 0, Monteclaro 0.

Quarters: 18-7, 35-22, 55-42, 70-67

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 08:40 AM
^^^ I highlighted that portion because if I were the referee I would have called a foul in that same play myself. Jockeying for position does not mean pushing, shoving, wrestling and elbowing. I will go even further and say there MAY have been an unsportsmanlike foul. From my angle I certainly did not catch it.

HOWEVER what is highly questionable is that the referee took all of four or five seconds and with clear and utter tentativeness then and only then signal the unsportsmanlike foul. He should have whistled that unsportsmanlike foul IMMEDIATELY and DECISIVELY. Half-arsing it will now give rise to many unsavory speculations.

Which speculations would be unfair to Lasalle, which kept their composure this time, made their freethrows as Jasmine said up there, and weathered a furious Adamson rally to preserve the win after two collapses previous.

And which speculations would also be unfair to Adamson, which put on a magnificent rally, and had that been called a regular foul, still would have had a more realistic chance of pulling this one off.

Ang dapat sisihin dito walang iba kundi si Referee Olivar (I hope I got that name right).

Sam Miguel
07-25-2013, 09:29 AM
I have been belatedly informed by the Marco Benitez that there is apparently a rule that fouls committed while the clock is stopped (such as when the ball has not yet been inbound) in the last two minutes are deemed unsportsmanlike fouls.

So apparently the ref had no discretion whether or not to call it an unsportsmanlike foul or not.

07-29-2013, 11:21 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.

08-15-2013, 09:32 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, Roño 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, Iñigo 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, Roño 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, Iñigo 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, Iñigo 0, Sentcheu 0, Mendoza 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0.
Quarters: 23-14, 44-33, 60-50, 75-66

08-25-2013, 10:49 AM
Bulldogs clobber Tigers, gain 2nd

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

A HOT-SHOOTING Robin Roño 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.

Roño 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– Roño 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

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:27 AM
UAAP: Teng nails game-winner to lift La Salle past Ateneo

By Celest R. Flores


6:43 pm | Sunday, September 1st, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — La Salle gained separation from Ateneo in the race to the final four after a thrilling 66-64 win, thanks to Jeron Teng, Sunday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Teng shrugged off a lackluster game and bailed the Green Archers out with a leaning clutch jumper with 1.9 seconds left, allowing them to get a full game edge in the standings.

La Salle improved to 7-4 and nabbed solo third, while Ateneo dropped to 6-5 and tied with University of Santo Tomas at fourth place.

With the time winding down and a tied game, the former rookie-of-the-year took it strong to the hoop and past defense of Ateneo’s Chris Newsome.

“I just told him to make good decisions. He made a good read there, he wasn’t double teamed,” said head coach Juno Sauler.

“All throughout the game, I couldn’t get my rhythm. But in the last play, I’m thankful that coach trusted me with the last play,” Teng, who only had eight points, said.

Almond Vosotros sizzled with 19 points, carrying the load for the Green Archers when Teng rode the bench in the third because of foul trouble.

After starting the fourth period with the lead, the Blue Eagles were made to play catch up in the last five minutes after the Green Archers took a 57-53 lead.

Down 59-63, Ateneo leaned on a triple by Ryan Buenafe, with 41.9 seconds left, then later on a drive from Kiefer Ravena to knot the game.

But Ravena left enough time on the clock — a 14.5 ticks — for the Green Archers to take the last shot, which Teng capitalized.

Juami Tiongson led the Blue Eagles with 14 markers while Nico Elorde added 13. Ravena had 12, but had five turnovers.

09-05-2013, 10:58 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, Roño 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)

09-15-2013, 10:11 AM
Archers repulse Tigers

La Salle forges playoff for No. 2 spot vs FEU

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:53 pm | Saturday, September 14th, 2013

LA SALLE pulled off a surprise second-round sweep to earn a shot at the last semifinal bonus in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Drawing another clutch outing from Jeron Teng, the Green Archers downed the University of Santo Tomas Tigers, 69-64, to wrap up their elimination run at 10-4 and forge a winner-take-all match for the twice-to-beat advantage against Far Eastern University.

“We never thought of it,” coach Juno Sauler said of the Archers’ perfect 7-0 run in the second half of the eliminations. “There wasn’t really any adjustment. It’s what we did right from the start. It just took time working on what we need to work on.”

The Archers wound up in a three-way tie on top with National University and FEU, but the Bulldogs clinched the No. 1 spot and the first semifinal bonus due to a superior quotient.

Teng unloaded 19 points, the last four inside the final 54.2 seconds that helped the Archers quell the Tigers’ late surge.

UST fell into a share of fourth place with idle Ateneo at 7-6 and the two squads, both finalists last season, will dispute the last Final Four berth on the last day of eliminations on Wednesday. The winner will advance against the Bulldogs in the semifinals.

The Archers and the Tamaraws will clash in the other semifinal duel, making their playoff for the Final Four bonus next weekend a start of a virtual best-of-three duel.

Teng finished with a double-double by also grabbing 11 boards, while Norbert Torres came out big with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Earlier, University of the East snapped a four-game losing skid with a 77-60 drubbing of Adamson in a battle of eliminated teams.

Juniors action

In juniors action, the NU Bullpups clinched an outright championship slot after completing a 14-0 elimination sweep as Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena bagged the Most Valuable Player award.

John Cauilan (23 points, 13 rebounds), Hubert Cani (21 points, 6 assists) and Mark Dyke (18 points, 20 rebounds) led the Bullpups past the Blue Eaglets, 82-81, in overtime.

The Eaglets finished with a second-best 11-3 card and will hold a twice-to-beat edge in the stepladder semifinals.

Ravena bagged the top individual plum after amassing 79.57 statistical points (SPs) with averages of 18.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Cheerdance up
Meanwhile, the league takes a break from basketball action as the cheerdance competition gets going today at Mall of Asia Arena.

University of the Philippines will vie for a fourth straight crown in the blockbuster event where FEU, NU and UST have also been tagged as favorites.

NU hopes to finally nail the top plum after an overhaul of its program this season.

“That’s our mission, to join the best of this 19-year-old cheerdance league,” said NU assistant coach Gabby Bajacan.

The scores:

First Game

UE 77–Mammie 24, Galanza 17, Olivares 11, Casajeros 8, Alberto 7, Jumao-as 6, Santos 2, Noble 2, Pujante 0, Javier 0, Hernandez 0, Flores 0.

ADAMSON 60–Trollano 15, Monteclaro 10, Iñigo 6, Cabrera 6, Brondial 6, Agustin 6, Cruz 5, Sewa 3, Petilos 2, Abrigo 1, Garcia 0, Cabigas 0.

Quarters: 11-13, 43-38, 62-55, 77-60

Second Game

LA SALLE 69–Teng 19, N. Torres 14, Vosotros 11, Perkins 7, Van Opstal 6, Revilla 6, T. Torres 3, Salem 3, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Dela Paz 0.

UST 64–Abdul 18, Mariano 16, Teng 10, Bautista 6, Sheriff 5, Ferrer 5, Lo 2, Daquioag 2, Pe 0, Faundo 0.
Quarters: 15-13, 39-30, 53-45, 69-64

09-21-2013, 11:14 PM
La Salle defeats FEU to grab No. 2 seed in Final Four

From: Reuben Terrado
September 21, 2013, 06:13 pm

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La Salle defeats FEU to grab No. 2 seed in Final Four
LA Revilla comes up with 20 points to power La Salle to the top half of the Final Four. Jerome Ascano

LA REVILLA put De La Salle on the cusp of a finals berth, converting six triples to lift the Green Archers to a 74-69 victory over Far Eastern University on Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The pint-sized guard scored 20 points, hitting several huge triples in the first half. None was bigger, however, than when he buried a trey from the left corner in the final minute of the game to dampen any comeback hopes for the Tamaraws.

The Green Archers formally clinched the No. 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, one win away from a return to the finals after five years.

La Salle also limited Terrence Romeo, the FEU main man scoring only three points by halftime. The Season 76 Most Valuable Player went on to finish with 22 points but only shot 6-of-21 from the field.

The anemic shooting by Romeo was in stark contrast to La Salle’s, the Archers shooting 11 out of 32 triples in the game.

“We just worked on it this last week. We knew that we can get those shots,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “We were just fortunate that we were able to hit our open shots.”

“We just want to limit the shots that he takes,” Sauler said on the team’s defense on Romeo. “He does take shots, we just want to challenge it. You’ll never know because once in a while, he starts making it.”

La Salle, which has won eight straight games from the start of the second round, meets FEU again on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena where the Green Archers hope to gain a finals berth for the first time since 2008, when they lost to Ateneo.

The Green Archers got the groove shooting from the outside in the first half as back-to-back triples by Revilla and Matt Salem in the second period gave them a 37-27 lead entering the third.

Revilla continued to heat up with back-to-back triples in the third for a 45-32 advantage

FEU threatened in the fourth and moved within five points, but Revilla fired the biggest triple of the game, hitting the open shot from the left corner with 55.1 seconds to play to put the Green Archers up, 71-63.

Jason Perkins had 14 points, while Jeron Teng added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Archers.

RR Garcia was the only other double-digit scorer for the Tamaraws with 22 points.

The scores:

DLSU (74) – Revilla 20, Perkins 14, Teng 13, Van Opstal 6, T. Torres 6, Salem 6, Vosotros 4, N. Torres 3, Tampus 2, De La Paz 0.

FEU (69) – Romeo 22, Garcia 16, Belo 9, Tolomia 6, Mendoza 6, Pogoy 4, Hargrove 4, Cruz 2, Sentcheu 0.

Quarterscores: 18-11; 37-27; 60-49; 74-69.

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Sam Miguel
09-26-2013, 09:28 AM
Archers boot out Tams

Streaking La Salle nails first UAAP Finals berth

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:25 am | Thursday, September 26th, 2013

This season’s hottest team came back with a sizzling run to claim the first title berth in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

La Salle rallied from a double-digit deficit and ousted Far Eastern University with a 71-68 decision yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena to book a return trip to the Finals for the first time in five years.

Jeron Teng, Norbert Torres and LA Revilla fueled a huge second-half onslaught as the Green Archers came back from 11 points down, 38-49, on the way to stretching this season’s longest streak to nine games.

“It was just, again, opportunities,” said Revilla, the hero in Saturday’s playoff win that awarded the Archers the twice-to-beat bonus over the Tamaraws in the Final Four.

“The team adjusted and credit to my teammates for sharing the ball and putting their trust on each other. We knew how important this game was and we didn’t want to take this for granted.”

The Archers will go up against the winner between the top-seeded National University and University of Santo Tomas, which will dispute the last championship berth in a do-or-die contest this Saturday.

“I’ve got to hand it to them, they played their hearts out in the last four to five minutes of the fourth quarter that’s why we pulled this through,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler.

Indeed, the Archers made the most out of their late chances as the Tamaraws fumbled with topnotch guards RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo struggling from the field late in the game after Carl Cruz, who shot a perfect 5-of-5 in the first half, and Gryann Mendoza, who kept FEU afloat in the third quarter, had fouled out.

Teng pumped in 15 points, including four straight that gave the Archers the lead, 69-66, with 1:56 left. The King Archer also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists.

Revilla dropped 10 of his 15 points in the second half on top of eight boards, while Torres also had 15 points and seven boards.

“I think what’s more important this year is we represented the school better,” said FEU coach Nash Racela as the Tamaraws bowed after a promising 7-0 start to sweep the first round this season.

“We were in control for most of the game, they were struggling against our defense almost the whole game and our players executed properly. But that’s the story of basketball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

The Tamaraws moved within two after a Romeo basket, 70-68, with 5.8 ticks left, before Jason Perkins nailed an insurance free throw for La Salle.

Romeo tried to forge overtime but missed his three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Earlier, NU routed Adamson, 66-47, to clinch the last title berth in the women’s division.

Kristine Abrian had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Anne Gupilan shot 14 to power the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs in their winner-take-all semifinals.

The Lady Bulldogs will shoot for their first crown starting Saturday versus No. 2 La Salle, which ousted University of Santo Tomas, 81-74, in their semifinal duel last week.

The scores:

LA SALLE 71—N. Torres 15, Teng 15, Revilla 15, Perkins 8, Van Opstal 6, Vosotros 5, T. Torres 4, Montalbo 3, Tampus 0, Salem 0, Dela Paz 0.

FEU 68—Cruz 16, Romeo 14, Garcia 10, Mendoza 8, Pogoy 6, Belo 5, Hargrove 4, Tolomia 3, Jose 2, Inigo 0, Sentcheu 0.

Quarters: 18-21, 31-38, 52-56, 71-68

Sam Miguel
09-30-2013, 10:48 AM
Teng vs Teng in La Salle-UST best-of-three

By Olmin Leyba

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

MANILA, Philippines - When it was imminent that fourth seed University of Santo Tomas was headed to the UAAP Season 76 finals against waiting La Salle, a split screen featuring Tiger Jeric Teng on the bench and Archer Jeron Teng on the patron seats was shown.

It drew loud applause from those at the Mall of Asia Arena and probably more watching on TV who anticipated a sibling rivalry in the final battle for the crown, a rare occurrence in the league. Teng versus Teng. Gold versus green.

“Siempre happy ako dahil yun ang last wish ng brother ko before he ends his college career na makaabot ng finals at magkalaban pa kami (I’m happy for my brother because it’s his wish to reach the finals before he ends his college career and our teams and we’re even fighting it out for the crown),” said Jeron.

The La Salle star and his teammates got to the finals first after making short work of Far Eastern, 71-68, while Jeric’s Tigers pack had to beat top seed National U twice (71-62 and 76-69) before advancing to the championship, the first ever No. 4 seed to do so in the Final Four.

“Sinabi niya sa akin nung manalo sila na hihintayin niya ako sa finals. Sabi ko God’s will na lang yan, kung gusto Niya pumasok kami. Thankfully, pumasok naman (After La Salle advanced, he said he’ll wait for me in the finals. I responded if it’s God’s will, then it will happen. Thankfully, it did),” said Jeric.

The brothers, who were used to playing with each other in their younger days, expect a competitive finals showdown.

“Syempre gustong gusto nila mag-champion dahil matagal na ring hindi nag-champion ng La Salle. Kami gustong gusto rin namin mag-champion, lalo pa ngayong maganda ang tinatakbo ng team namin (Both of us are hungry to win the title),” said Jeric.

“For us, it’s not going to be easy. UST is a strong team talaga. Nakita niyo naman tinalo nila ang NU twice (They beat top seed NU twice) so UST is a tough team to beat,” said Jeric.

They won’t be primarily matched up defensively, though as UST enforcer Kevin Ferrer is expected to guard Jeron with teammate Jeric providing help every now and then.

“Pag may switch sa depensa, kami na. Pero si Kevin na ang magbabantay dun, aasarin ni Kevin (Kevin will be the one to pester him on defense, I’ll just defend him when there’s a switch),” said Jeric.

“Ine-expect ko si Kevin. Knowing him, pang asar talaga. Yun ang expect. Pero hindi namin maiiwasan ng kuya ko na magbantayan kami. (I expect Kevin to defend me. But my brother and I can’t really avoid guarding each other),” said Jeron.

The Teng family is expected to go neutral for this one. Whoever wins, the Teng household will emerge the big winners.

La Salle and UST are playing in their fifth finals showdown. The Tigers took the first three in 1994, 1995 ad 1996 as part of their four-peat but the Archers won the next one in 1999, with a team led by Ren Ren Ritualo and current San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora.

10-01-2013, 10:47 AM
UAAP Finals Preview: A perfect match
By Jude Roque | College Hoops Experts' Blog – 23 hours ago


Who wants it more? DLSU vs. UST promises to be an epic finals. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

From the very start, we knew this season was going to be special. It was believed to be the most competitive in recent years, with six teams having almost equal chances of coveting the basketball title. In fact, there was no team that was considered as the hands down heavy favorite. The so called experts debated on who was going to rule this season, and most were not even sure about their choices.

Who would have thought defending five-peat champions Ateneo Blue Eagles would not make it to the semis, and UE too, after bagging the Fil-Oil Cup plum? The last four standing – NU, La Salle, FEU and UST – deserved the crack at the title, and any two of them could have made a dream finale.

But in the end, the two teams that survived were also the toughest this year, having gone through the fire earlier in the tournament. The Green Archers were criticized in several games during the first round for their inability to close out games that they’ve dominated in the first three quarters. The Growling Tigers groped for form in several games due to the absence of the injured Jeric Teng.

La Salle entered the second round with a renewed spirit and has not lost a single game since. UST, the No. 4 squad in the semis defied the odds and defeated the No. 1 team NU Bulldogs twice to return to the UAAP finals.

When the smoke cleared, the two hungriest teams were left to slug it out for the top prize. This makes a perfect match.

So here we go.

The Teng Rivalry. Brothers Jeric and Jeron Teng got what they wished for as both their teams entered the finals, giving an added flavor to end a sensational season. Both are the clear go-to-guys of their respective teams. Jeron leads DLSU in scoring with an average of 15.4 ppg, on top of 7.6 rpg and 3.4 apg. Many times this season, he has emerged as the hero for the Green and White, converting on crucial baskets to tow the Archers to victory. Only in his second year, Jeron has gamely accepted the leader’s role in a team oozing with talent. But Jeric, the more experienced of the two, is more valuable to UST than Jeron to DLSU. Despite being just the fourth top scorer in the Tigers’ roster (12.2 ppg), after Karim Abdul (15.1 ppg), Aljon Mariano (12.7 ppg) and Kevin Ferrer (12.4 ppg), he gets to take the big shots for UST in many occasions, just like in both semis games versus NU. The Tigers struggled when Jeric was sidelined by a shoulder injury. But now he is back in top shape and is raring to lead his team against the Archers and his brother. Advantage: UST

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Jeric vs. Jeron will provide an interesting finals sidelight. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

Size Advantage. This clearly goes the Archers’ way. Coach Juno Sauler has the luxury of alternating three dominant post players that can impose their will inside the paint at any given time – Arnold Van Opstal, Jason Perkins and Norbert Torres. This trio combines for 30.3 points per game or close to 40% of the team’s offense. All three can post up well. Perkins and Torres have respectable outside touches. AVO, as Van Opstal is fondly called, is a specialist in getting the offensive boards and scoring on put backs. But UST has the bull-strong Abdul, who can score, rebound, pass and defend. The Cameroonian center has been instrumental for the Tigers this year, leading them in both scoring and rebounding. But UST does not have a stable back up to Abdul, as the team is teeming with undersized post players. Advantage: La Salle.

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Offense. The Green Archers are the second best squad in scoring this season, averaging 77.3 ppg. The Tigers are fifth, with 70.7 ppg. DLSU is probably the most balanced team in the league in terms of offense having threats both inside and outside. Aside from their agile and skilled post players, the Archers also have several gunners – Almond Vosotros, Luigi Dela Paz, Gab Reyes, Matt Salem, Oda Tampus, and even chief playmaker LA Revilla. This is why it’s tough to play La Salle defensively because it attacks you with a two-edged sword. FEU had a good defensive game plan versus La Salle in their playoff match, as it was able to shut down Vosotros and the other usual gunners. But it was Revilla who waxed hot from the outside, dropping 20 points on the Tamaraws. The Tigers however also have their share of deadly snipers in Ferrer, Mariano, Teng and Clark Bautista. The outside offense is pretty even between the two squads. DLSU is second in the league with most assists, 14.6 apg as opposed to UST’s 12.9, and also has more turnover points. Advantage: La Salle

Jason Perkins and Aljon Mariano are both power forwards who can hit it from the outside. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA …

Defense. UST is No.2 in the league in defense, allowing opponents an average of 67.3 ppg. La Salle is fifth, with 73 ppg. Abdul is such a huge defensive presence for the Tigers as he offers excellent help defense and he can also defend the post well. In the knock out encounter versus NU last Saturday, the Tigers kept the Bulldogs at bay in the payoff period with their relentless defense. They also have good-sized wing players that can shackle the opponents’ main gunners. Advantage: UST

Bench Depth. La Salle has probably the deepest bench in the league. Former high school stars like Reyes, Tampus, Robert Bollick and Kib Montalbo are seeing limited minutes on the floor because of such a deep rotation. This is one reason why the Archers have outlasted the other teams that fared better in the first round. On the other hand, UST does not enjoy a very deep bench. Only six players are averaging over 20 minutes per game – Abdul, Mariano, Teng, Ferrer, Bautista and Eduardo Daquiaog. A bright spot for the Tigers is the emergence of rookie point guard Sheak Sheriff, who had six points, five assists and two steals versus the Bulldogs last Saturday. DLSU is also fourth in the league in bench scoring, with 23.8 ppg, while UST is eighth, with 18.3 ppg. Advantage: La Salle.

Experience. The Tigers figured in the finals last year versus the Blue Eagles and gave the defending champs a run for their money. Coach Pido Jarencio has been to the UAAP finals twice before, including a successful 2006 campaign during his rookie year. His boys are just as experienced in tough games, and getting the chance to redeem themselves from last season is something they look forward too. On the other hand, the Green Archers have certainly overachieved this year after a luck-luster start. Having a young roster, the Taft-based squad was built to dominate starting next year. But it seems the Archers are ahead of schedule and are seeking to regain the UAAP title they last held in 2007. First year coach Sauler will once again be tested in the finals, and so are rest of the team who will be playing in the championship for the very first time. Advantage: UST.

Heart. Obviously, both La Salle and UST displayed their huge hearts this season, having survived the other tough teams in the league. Both camps are hungry for the title and are prepared to spill their guts out to win it. And so are both the La Sallian and Thomasian communities, who are expected to go all out to support their respective teams. Advantage: Even.

These two schools were the last to hold the UAAP men’s basketball crown before the five-year reign of Ateneo. Now they will engage in an exciting battle to get back what they lost to the Eagles.

It’s hard to predict the winner because of the very balanced match-up. But I think this series will go the full route.

10-03-2013, 09:04 AM
^ Galing ka abroad, James? Double Black natin from Duty Free ha.


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

10-03-2013, 11:32 AM
UAAP Finals: ‘Ferrer killed us,’ says DLSU coach Sauler

By Mark Giongco


7:51 pm | Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — It’s no secret who gave De La Salle fits in its sorry loss to University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball Finals opener Wednesday.

Jeric Teng hit timely baskets for the Growling Tigers, seven coming in the fourth quarter en route to a 17-point night, but it was really Kevin Ferrer who dealt the biggest blows to the Green Archers.

“We’re okay with Jeric Teng, it’s Ferrer who killed us,” DLSU head coach Juno Sauler said.

“Jeric shot just 36 percent from the two-point area and that’s something I can live with, but the 62 percent from the three of Ferrer is the one that killed us,” Sauler added after La Salle’s rally from 17 points down fell short.

Ferrer, the third year forward, drilled in 20 points on five-of-eight shooting from long range to go along with six rebounds, one steal and a block as UST moved to within a game from history as the only fourth-seed to win the championship since the Final Four format was introduced in 1994.

The versatile six-foot-four slotman capped his sterling performance with a clutch three-pointer that gave UST a 73-69 cushion with only 41 seconds left before the Tigers made the stops in the waning seconds of the game, which drew 20,525 faithfuls at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

To most, UST’s championship experience came into play but Sauler thought otherwise.

“Ferrer hit a tough shot sa broken play. They were up four. It’s not really their championship experience but they’ve been playing really well in their last three games so we just have to do better next game.”

Also, Sauler pointed put the fact that the Tigers “shot better in all departments” and that his team “couldn’t get ourselves going” because their big men Arnold Van Opstal and Jason Perkins were saddled by foul trouble early.

La Salle finally saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end but despite it, Sauler insisted there is no change in mindset on the Archers’ side.

“Adjustments, we just have to take away those shots by Ferrer from the three. Play better offensively, get good shots to increase our percentage. Same mindset, it’s to keep improving. Possession by possession we have to improve.”

10-03-2013, 08:44 PM
Oh no, yari si Ferrer sa mga refs next game :-(

10-03-2013, 09:21 PM
Pareng james ang lakas ng buwenas. Mejo magical ang dating

10-04-2013, 06:21 AM
Pareng james ang lakas ng buwenas. Mejo magical ang dating

Manong, Ganda ng Laban! Congrats on a good game. I'll be back in time for game 2, which I'm sure will be another blockbuster.

Iba talaga ang experience ng UST sa finals pero I'm hoping for a do-or-die game three. Hehe

10-04-2013, 10:19 PM
Archers strategize to tighten Game 2 perimeter defense
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:01 pm | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

University of Santo Tomas shoots for a UAAP men’s championship sweep tomorrow expecting La Salle to put up a tighter perimeter defense.

And it’s Kevin Ferrer that La Salle will concentrate on marking after the lanky UST forward drained 20 points, 15 coming from a notable 5-of-8 clip from three-point range, during the Tigers’ heart-stopping 73-72 decision over the Green Archers in Game 1 last Wednesday.

“We have to get up a little bit on them (the outside shooters), make sure we get to challenge every shot they take from the perimeter,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler.

The Tigers outscored the Archers, 45-14, from the outside, the last a Ferrer triple that gave UST breathing room, 73-69, going into the last 41 seconds and turned out to be the winning basket.

“I think it’s Ferrer who killed us,” said Sauler. “Jeric (Teng) shot 36 percent from the two-point area, it’s something I can live with. But the 62 percent from the three of Ferrer was the one that killed us.”

Game 2 of the best-of-three title series is set at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ferrer has been on a roll since the Tigers’ huge semifinal upset of the top-seeded National University Bulldogs, where he averaged 16 points in two games aside from helping hold down NU star Ray Parks.

“He struggled with his shooting [early in the season],” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “I told him to be consistent with what he’s doing now.”

Jarencio also credited the leadership of Teng in the Tigers’ late surge this year that moved UST within a win of becoming the first No. 4 team to capture the men’s basketball title.

Teng, who sat out almost half of the Tigers’ eliminations games due to a shoulder injury, gradually regained his shooting form on the way to a sterling Game 1 output of 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

“This group of players, they constantly talk,” said Jarencio. “Jeric holds the team together. He talks to them about their goals and what they want to achieve. He’s our leader.”

The Archers, though, aim to drag the series to a do-or-die contest by getting big man Arnold Van Opstal and Fil-Am rookie Jason Perkins back in the scoring mix, said Sauler.

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10-07-2013, 09:04 AM
La Salle fends off Jeric Teng explosion, forces winner-take-all game three versus UST

By JOB B. DE LEON, GMA NewsOctober 5, 2013 5:44pm

(Updated 6:04pm) The De La Salle University Green Archers are still alive.

The Taft-based squad flexed their difference in size and took advantage of a foul-plagued University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers team, winning 77-70, Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, to force a winner-take-all game three in the Finals of UAAP Season 76.

UST won a squeaker in game one, 73-72, but La Salle evened the best-of-three series thanks to inspired play by their big men trio of Jason Perkins, Arnold Van Opstal and Norbert Torres, plus forward Jeron Teng.

It augurs well for the Archers, as in 1999, DLSU came back from a 0-1 deficit versus UST to claim a UAAP championship.

Jeron Teng top-scored for his team with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Norbert Torres notched 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Arnold Van Opstal registered 13 points and 14 rebounds. Almond Vosotros also logged 11 points.

Archers head coach Juno Sauler said they decided to take away UST's three-point shooting in this game. "We just tried to take away their three-point shots. That's what killed us in the first game," he said. "The reason why they had a good start in the last game was because [Kevin] Ferrer had three three-pointers in the first quarter. We tried to address that."

In game one, UST went 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from beyond the arc. Today, the Tigers went just 5-of-23 (21.7 percent).

Sauler fielded just a seven-man rotation, a gamble that he felt short-changed them in the dying minutes of the fourth. "Yes, we played with seven. "Maybe we were tired, Hopefully we score more than 13 points in the fourth quarter," he said.

"We'll start working on improvements starting tomorrow. I think we did better today in terms of our assist-to-turnover ratio," Sauler added. DLSU had 16 assists to go with eight turnovers. Meanwhile UST had seven and 10, respectively.

Game three will be played on October 12 at 3:30 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After shaking off some early jitters, Jeric Teng and Jon Sheriff powered the Tigers to a 9-6 advantage. But things went south for UST as the Archers' forays into the paint left Karim Abdul with two quick personal fouls. Jeron Teng drew the second on a potential and-one play but missed the bonus, though Arnold Van Opstal cleaned up the miss to hand DLSU the lead with four minutes to play.

With UST's offense crippled without Abdul, the Archers scored in bunches from the line or at the rim with Van Opstal and Teng leading the way. The pair combined for 11 points and closed the first quarter on a 15-3 run, 21-12.

Abdul's presence stabilized the Tigers when he started the second quarter, but UST still had problems keeping DLSU out of the paint. After a fierce tit-for-tat, Almond Vosotros widened the Archers' buffer with six straight points, nailing a triple and converting an and-one in transition, 36-19.

Kevin Ferrer stopped the bleeding, drawing Van Opstal's first foul on a charge, then taking his second while driving to the rim on the next play. That was followed by Jeric Teng earning an and-one on a long two, as he and the rest of UST continued to seek contact inside. The Tigers held down the paint on the defensive end, and despite Van Opstal's return to the floor, served the Archers with an 11-1 run with a minute to play, 38-31.

In the final 60 seconds of the first half though, Jeron Teng drew Abdul's third personal foul, then split from the line. Norbert Torres followed it up with a layup, the Archers' only field goal in the last 6:16, to enter the break with a 41-33 advantage.

At halftime, the Archers had a 35-21 (including 17-7 offensive) rebounding spread, leading to a 14-2 advantage in second-chance points.

The third frame was a game of runs as the older Teng and Clark Bautista nailed back-to-back treys by 7:28, icing a 10-3 run that forced DLSU to call for time, 44-43. However, the run was short-lived. Jason Perkins and Van Opstal got good position beneath the basket, while Vosotros drained a trey to reinstate a 55-45 lead.

UST called timeout with under four minutes left and off that quick break, trimmed the La Salle lead to six, 57-51. However, Ferrer got involved in a scrap with Norbert Torres for a loose ball, resulting in a blow to the face for the latter and an unsportsmanlike foul on Ferrer, his fourth personal. Torres made both freebies, then scored an and-one off Aljon Mariano, the latter's fourth personal.

At the end of the third period, DLSU imposed a double-digit lead anew, 64-53.

The Archers bullied their way inside in the fourth, continuing their strong performance on the offensive glass and overpowering UST's defenses inside. Van Opstal and the younger Teng scored eight of their first 13 points while Abdul and the older Teng converted isolation play, 77-63.

UST had one final push in them though, sparked by an Abdul and-one with three and a half minutes to play. The Tigers ground it out on defense and eked out a 7-0 run, capped by Ferrer making two-of-three charities with 51 seconds left. Though they forced another Archers turnover on the next possession, Bautista missed an open corner triple with under 20 seconds left, preventing them from advancing further.

The Archers shot 29-of-81 (35.8 percent) from the floor, while UST was 22-of-61 (36.1 percent). DLSU dominated the glass, 57-39, including 27-10 offensive. As a result, the Green-and-White topped the second-chance points spread, 18-6.

Jeric Teng led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting from the field. Karim Abdul was the only other Tiger in doubledigits, with 13 points and nine rebounds. - AMD, GMA News

The scores:

DLSU 77: Teng 19, N Torres 16, Van Opstal 13, Vosotros 11, Revilla 9, Perkins 7, T Torres 2

UST 70: Teng 28, Abdul 13, Mariano 9, Sheriff 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 6, Lo 2, Pe 0, Daquioag 0

Quarter scoring: 21-12, 41-33, 64-53, 77-70

10-07-2013, 12:15 PM
Pareng James ang ganda ng bawi niyo! Kudos to coach Juno for maximizing your advantages.

10-11-2013, 04:10 PM
SM Tickets tightens process in buying UAAP Finals Game 3 tickets
By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated October 8, 2013 - 6:29pm
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MANILA, Philippines – In an effort to curb scalping, SM Tickets announced on Tuesday that they will only sell tickets on the day of the much-anticipated UAAP Finals Game 3 between University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University.

In statement posted on its official Facebook account, SM Tickets said tickets won’t be available in their branches and online. The tickets will instead be released on Saturday at the Marina ticket booth of Mall of Asia Arena.

Only one ticket will be sold per person, the company said.

The management of the arena added that fans who already purchased ticket will be directed to the entrance and won’t be allowed to leave the venue.

“1 ticket per physically present person inline only,” SM tickets said. “Those inline will be directed straight to the venue entrance. Customer will not be allowed to leave the line after purchase.”

Tickets are priced from P75 (General Admission) to P400 (Patron).
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SM Tickets said it will release a total of 1,800 tickets, including Lower Box SRO 1000 pieces, Upper Box SRO 300 pieces, and Gen Ad 500 pieces).

Related article: UST, DLSU fans search for 'other' UAAP Finals tickets

This comes amid reports of rampant scalping during the past two games of the finals. Recently, a UST student claimed that a staff of the Smart Araneta Coliseum gave other tickets to a scalper who sold it at a higher price.

Tickets were offered in the classified ads website Sulit.com.ph for P4,000 to as high as P45,000. Last Friday, the management of Araneta Coliseum and Tickenet said in a statement that the staff captured in the photo posted by UST Medicine student Chrizeus Delton Batara was suspended while the investigation is ongoing.

Related article: Big Dome suspends staff over 'scalping' incident

“The staff in question has already been placed under preventive suspension pending investigation of this incident,” the statement read.

10-12-2013, 06:22 PM
Archers survive Tigers for UAAP crown
(philstar.com) | Updated October 12, 2013 - 6:01pm
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MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle Archers survived a nip-and-tuck fourth quarter, then turned to Almond Vosotros in the clutch as they escaped with a thrilling 71-69 win over the UST Tigers in overtime to clinch the 76th UAAP men’s basketball title before a sellout crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday.

Vosotros hit the pivotal jumper near the end of the extension period, and LA Revilla split his charities to give the Archers the lead.

Karim Abdul had the chance to steal the win for the Tigers but his triple was way off, resulting in the heartbreaking loss for the Espana-based squad.

Jeron Teng finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Archers while Vosotros chipped in 16 markers.

This marks the first UAAP title for rookie coach Juno Sauler, duplicating the feat achieved by his UST counterpart Pido Jarencio, who nailed a title for UST in 2006 – also his maiden season.

10-14-2013, 07:45 AM
Congrats to DLSU!

10-14-2013, 08:13 AM
La Salle rallies past UST in OT to win UAAP title

By Mark Giongco


6:48 pm | Saturday, October 12th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University denied University of Santo Tomas’ shot at history as it reclaimed its basketball glory Saturday night.

The Green Archers rose from 15 points down to shock the Growling Tigers, 71-69, in overtime of Game 3 of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball championship before a sellout Mall of Asia Arena crowd.

“Like what I’ve been saying, it’s not about winning the ball game, it’s about improving day by day,” said DLSU head coach Juno Sauler, who remained stoic despite winning the title in just his first year running the sidelines.

“I told them to start the game, it will boil down to every possessions. Knowing there’s still time, we have to slug it out.”

Sophomore star Jeron Teng, who was named Finals MVP, led La Salle with 25 points, including 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Almond Vosotros added 16 points, highlighted by a game-winning jumper, with only 19.7 ticks left in extra time.

Graduating skipper Jeric Teng laid it all out on the floor in his final UAAP game with 24 points, two of those points coming in the final 34 seconds that could’ve given the title to UST.

The Archers, who won their eighth title overall, trailed, 25-40, in the third quarter before drawing a collective effort to come back.

“We started to push the ball and I thought I saw UST were tired,” said Sauler.

“UST had a good game. We just didn’t give up and we fought for the La Salle community,” said La Salle forward Teng.

Karim Abdul topscored with 26 points for the Tigers, who failed to become the first fourth seed to win the crown. Abdul though, missed a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left as time expired.

10-14-2013, 08:14 AM
After bagging UAAP crown, Sauler looks forward to ‘doing better’ next season

By Celest R. Flores


11:09 pm | Saturday, October 12th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Even as La Salle was celebrating its return to the top of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, Coach Juno Sauler could only think of how his team can do better.

“It’s not about winning the ball game. What’s more important is how we improve on a daily basis. Make sure everyday in practice we keep on better and better,” said Sauler who was drenched by his jubilant players.

“I’m just looking forward to what we can improve on next season and not make the same mistakes,” said the La Salle coach who bagged his first title on his rookie year.

The Archers went from a subpar 3-4 squad in the first round of eliminations to an indomitable team the rest of the way — losing just one game in the second round.

“I’ts been a season of constant improvement. Even for next year, that’s what we’ll try to focus on. We’ll try to improve and be better than what we showed this year,” Sauler said.

It was no doubt an impressive run to the crown spearheaded by the stoic Sauler, who came in as head coach just weeks before tipoff.

“It’s the players following the system and being consistent about it. We don’t change anything. What was important was we know what we’re doing,” he said.

And La Salle knew exactly how to subdue the Tigers, finalists and runner-up for the second straight year. They lost to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 2012.

The Archers wiped out a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter and outlasted UST in overtime.

“Everyone just wanted to fight it out. I know the team was down, some players had cramps. They just wanted to fight it until the very end,” Sauler said.

10-14-2013, 02:28 PM
Congratulations, DLSU Green Archers!

Sam Miguel
10-16-2013, 10:20 AM
Personally I thought Almond Vosotros deserved to be named Finals MVP more than Jeron Teng. Teng had the better numbers, but Vosotros sealed the title while putting up good numbers himself.

10-17-2013, 09:43 PM
Personally I thought Almond Vosotros deserved to be named Finals MVP more than Jeron Teng. Teng had the better numbers, but Vosotros sealed the title while putting up good numbers himself.

But the shot which sealed the title came from Jeron’s assist.

10-17-2013, 10:48 PM
Congrats DLSU!

Jeron deserved it coz he Carried his team on his back. It was his will that brought them back. The Tigers adjusted to him, thereby, giving his teammates room to operate