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03-22-2014, 11:00 PM
Boost for Red Warriors as foreign player Moustaph Arafat eligible to suit up this season
From: Reuben Terrado

UNIVERSITY of the East will have another foreign player boosting its depleted lineup as Moustaph Arafat will already be eligible to play for the Red Warriors in Season 77 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

School athletic director Rod Roque said the Cameroonian center is now qualified to suit up for the team this 2014 after completing his eligibility requirement.

Arafat’s presence will give UE another foreign player to team up with Sierra Leonean center Charles Mammie, who already suited up for the team last year.

“Dalawa na ngayon ang maglalaro (na foreign players). Si Arafat at si Charles Mammie dahil qualified na siya (Arafat),” said Roque, who is also the incoming secretary treasurer of the league as UE is the host school of Season 77.

The UAAP allows teams to have two foreign players in its roster but only allow one to fielded in at a time.

While serving his residency, Arafat has been playing for the Warriors in other tournaments such as the Fr. Martin Cup.

Arafat’s entry is considered a boost for UE since the Warriors will generally parade a new-look lineup following the departure of veterans Lord Casajeros, JM Noble, Jai Flores, JR Sumido, Adrian Santos, and Ralf Olivares.

“Generally, 80 percent ng team, bago. Malalaki at magagaling naman sila pero kulang pa sa exposure. ‘Yun ang trabaho ni coach Boycie (Zamar) na i-expose sila,” said Roque.

The school official also hinted UE will be recruiting transferees from other colleges although he refused to bare their names.

“May gustong lumipat pero nothing is final,” Roque said.

03-27-2014, 10:01 PM
Source: Boycie Zamar gets chop as head coach of UE Red Warriors in UAAP

From: Snow Badua
March 27, 2014, 06:45 pm

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Source: Boycie Zamar gets chop as head coach of UE Red Warriors in UAAP
Under Boycie Zamar, the UE Red Warriors became title contenders last season after several years of playing in the shadows of the collegiate league's most dominant teams. Jerome Ascano

WHEN the UAAP season 77 kicks off in June, Boycie Zamar will no longer be calling the shots for the Red Warriors.

A Spin.ph source bared that Zamar as well as some of his most trusted men in the coaching staff have been given the pink slip by the team which fell just short of reaching the Final Four last season.

Efforts to contact Zamar have not been answered so far, but the source bared that it was no less than one of the school’s top officials who personally broke the sad news to the coaching staff on Thursday noon.

“Kanina lang namin nalaman yan lahat, buong team,” said the source who claimed that even Zamar’s assistants Bai Cristobal and Nomar Isla were stripped of their positions.

“Nabigla nga kami at nalungkot nga kami kasi mawawala na sila coach,” said the source who even disclosed how Cameroonian star Mustafa Arafat cried like a baby upon hearing the news.

“Halos lahat kami umiyak!”

Under Zamar, the UE Red Warriors became title contenders last season after several years of playing in the shadows of the collegiate league's most dominant teams.

The soft-spoken mentor even brought UE to the championship of the last year’s Fil-Oil Flying V tournament, where the Red Warriors beat the National University Bulldogs in the final.

It will be recalled that Zamar even turned down an offer to coach the Barangay Ginebra team in the PBA, saying he wanted to focus on his commitment with the Red Warriors.

Zamar has recently been moved from Ginebra to San Miguel Beer as an assistant coach and is still head coach of the Cebuana Lhuillier team in the D-League.

The source, however, refused to answer questions on whether the development has something to do with pressure coming from within, particularly the school’s administration and alumni.

UE, ironically, is this year's UAAP host.

03-27-2014, 10:28 PM
Problema nanaman ito! Sino kapalit? Jawo? Dapat kumuha sila ng magaling, Toroman?

03-28-2014, 03:01 AM
shocking news to be honest . Hope that whoever is in charge now know what they are doing. coach boyzie is a good coach

Maybe Louie Alas or pde rin sana si coach leo austria but he's already in katipunan

03-28-2014, 07:57 AM
Bai Cristobal na dapat.

Or if he can be convinced, Louie Alas.

03-28-2014, 05:03 PM
UE will announce next week the new head coach for the Red Warriors, meron na din official statement from the UE FaceBook kung bakit nagkaroon ng major changes sa coaching staff. They want full time and no commitment to other ballclub that's what they said. But for obvious reason we all know that Coach Zamar are caught in between its just happened that UE made their move earlier to prepare the team for UAAP Season 77. Sa tingin ko it will be best for UE to have a full time head coach without any affiliation to any ballclub with a different color playing in the UAAP.

Goodluck Coach B. Zamar and Goodluck also to UE Red Warriors :) :(

03-28-2014, 06:58 PM
di ko alam sino "insider" ng spin parang nagcocopy paste lang kung sangsang forums haha


Pumaren brothers, Alas on wishlist as UE begins search for new coach to replace Zamar

BROTHERS Derrick and Dindo Pumaren head the ‘wishlist’ of University of the East for the head coaching position left vacant following the sacking of Boycie Zamar, according to school insider.

The Pumarens are high on the list of coaches being considered by the school to take over the reins following the shock departure of Zamar, who was given the pink slip as Red Warriors head coach.

Former Letran coach Louie Alas, former UE coach Lawrence Chongson, and even Red Warriors legend Robert Jaworski have also been mentioned in the coaching hunt by the school.

Derrick Pumaren, however, looms as a strong candidate mainly because of his vast coaching experience as well as his previous ties with the school, member of the Red Warriors in the early 1970s.

“Gusto nila ng alumnus,” said the source who refused to be named.

A veteran coach who has won championships in the PBA and the old PBL, Derrick was a consultant when younger brother Dindo called the shots for UE from 2003 to 2008.

Dindo also became the head coach of La Salle when another brother, Franz, resigned after the 2009 season to run for a congressional seat in Quezon City.

The Pumaren brothers, sons of former UE player and coach Pilo, were last spotted during last year’s Fiba-Asia Championship where they were consultant of the Hong Kong national team.

While he is on the list, Jaworski is unlikely to be interested. Incidentally, the ‘Big J’ is being eyed by the school as the basketball commissioner for Season 77.

03-31-2014, 12:54 PM
UE alumnus Derrick Pumaren has inside track on Red Warriors coaching job

Snow Badua
03-30-14 06:56 pm

SINCE Spin.ph broke the news that Boycie Zamar has been axed as coach of the University of the East, the question running in the minds of most UAAP watchers is, ‘Who will replace him?’

Well, it looks like Derrick Pumaren has the inside track on the Red Warriors job.

By a mere process of deduction, the source said the veteran Pumaren already stands out from among those in the UE wishlist that also includes brother Dindo, Louie Alas, Robert Sison, Lawrence Chongson, and even UE greats Jimmy Mariano and Robert Jaworski.

In explaining the decision to part with Zamar, UE officials said they want a coach who can give the job his full, undivided attention - something Zamar apparently couldn't commit since he also has commitments as coach of Cebuana Lhuilier in the D-League and an assistant at San Miguel Beer in the PBA.

Another source bared that school officials prefer to name an alumnus to the job.

Now let’s begin trimming down the list.

Multi-titled NCAA coach Alas is a former Adamson Falcons star, Sison is a graduate of San Beda while UE former coaches Dindo Pumaren and Chongson are from La Salle.

This leaves Mariano and Derrick Pumaren as the sole options.

However, Mariano has already told Spin.ph that he is no longer interested in the job which he prefers to leave to young coaches, though he is open to accepting a consultant’s role.

That leaves out Derrick Pumaren, who, like father Pilo, played for the Red Warriors in college before winning championships as a coach with La Salle in the UAAP and with Swift in the PBA.

Except for a few consultant roles, Derrick is also unattached with any team at the moment.

“Reading between the lines, sa mga sinasabing qualifications ng UE, mukhang si Derrick na nga 'yan. Derrick can give them full commitment,” said a source.

UE management headed by executive vice president Carmelita Mateo is set to name the new UE head coach on April 1.

03-31-2014, 12:55 PM
Alas says he is 'available and interested' to coach UE Red Warriors in UAAP

Mei-Lin Lozada
03-31-14 11:00 am

LOUIE Alas has declared himself ready after a one-year head coaching sabbatical, saying that he is available and interested to take the vacant job at University of the East in the UAAP.

An unimpeachable source confirmed to Spin.ph that as of posting time Alas was with Mike Tan, the eldest son of business tycoon Lucio Tan , the top backer of the Red Warriors , and UE assistant team manager Matthew Manotoc.

UE management is now looking for a replacement after Boycie Zamar was fired as Red Warriors head coach.

Alas said there had been several offers for him to coach since last year but he refused to speak about it during that time.

"May tumawag sa akin from UE," he said. "And last year may offer pa akong iba pero 'di ako nagpa-interview kasi wala pang one year."

"Pero ngayon na tapos na ang one year, I'm available and I'm interested in (the offer of) UE."

The Letran teams under Alas won three NCAA championships, made five Finals appearances and reached the Final Four 10 times.

Aside from Alas, brothers Dindo and Derrick Pumaren are also being considered for the job, as well as former coach Lawrence Chongson and PBA legend Robert Jaworski.

The 49-year old mentor is currently in Alaska as assistant coach to Luigi Trillo in the PBA.

03-31-2014, 04:32 PM
Sacked coach Zamar says he harbors no ill feelings toward UE
• From: Reuben Terrado
• March 31, 2014, 02:45 pm

FORMER University of the East coach Boycie Zamar says he harbors no ill feelings towards his alma mater after he was shockingly relieved of his duties last week.
Breaking his silence following his firing as UE head coach, Zamar told mediamen on Monday that he is still very grateful to his alma mater despite what had recently transpired in entering for only his second full season with the Red Warriors.
“I will always be thankful and grateful sa UE,” said Zamar after the Cebuana Lhuillier squad that he is also coaching won in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday. “I’ll always be a true-blooded Warrior.”
Incidentally, UE pointed to his other commitments outside the school — including that at Cebuana Lhuillier in the PBA Developmental League — as the reason for his ejection as Red Warriors head coach.
In its official statement, UE said the Red Warriors needed a full-time head coach that will handle the squad for UAAP Season 77, which the school will also host.
Zamar is one of the assistant coaches of the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA and also had the same position with Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Cup.
He was hired by UE in the middle of the 2012 season to replace Jerry Codinera.
Sources also told Spin.ph that Zamar’s commitments with the Beermen, one of the three PBA ballclubs of the San Miguel Corporation, was the reason for his dismissal as head coach, more so since UE is being bankrolled by Asia Brewery, a competitor of SMC.
Zamar refused to comment further, only mentioning the good memories he had with the school being one of the members of the last UE championship teams in the 1984 and 1985 season.
“As a good soldier, I will abide by kung ano ’yung desisyon. I will always be grateful to UE. Alam mo naman, pusong Warrior tayo... ’Yun lang ang sa akin. Be thankful and grateful bilang nagsilbi ako at nagkaroon ako ng tour of duty sa UE. I’ll forever be grateful to that,” Zamar added.
“Mahirap mag-comment. Doon lang ako sa sinabi ko. For me, I’ll be thankful for that opportunity. ’Yung naabot ko ngayon, dahil sa UE,” Zamar said.
Zamar said he is still willing to coach UE someday if called upon again.
“Gusto ko lang din mag-cool down everything. Pero sabi ko nga, anytime I’m here for a call of duty lalo na’t I’m an alumnus,” said Zamar, who was actually in his second stint with UE as head coach before he was relieved.
“I don’t burn bridges. I’m a coach and I’ll have to be an example sa mga bata. Burning bridges is not the solution,” he added.
Zamar also encouraged his former players to still fight for the school despite his departure.
“To fight for UE and for the school. Hindi naman tayo nagsasabi sa mga players na lumipat sila because it’s unfair. At the end of the day, it’s the university that counts. It’s the interest of the school,” said Zamar.
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03-31-2014, 09:54 PM
It should become official this week, dinner-meeting went well: Hello Louie Alas!

04-01-2014, 12:18 AM
Akala ko bo, UE alumni ang gusto nila! Good choice if Alas is the next coach of UE. But will they ask Alas to quit his assistant coaching gig with Alaska? This was one of the main reason given why Zamar was sacked.

04-01-2014, 12:27 AM
It should become official this week, dinner-meeting went well: Hello Louie Alas!

Louie Alas was very vocal against foreign players when he was the coach of Letran. In UE, he will have 2 foreigners, “mercenaries” is what they call them.

04-01-2014, 10:09 AM
^ Amo tatanggalin daw sina Mamie at Arafat.

04-01-2014, 10:59 AM
^ Sir Joe, okay lang sila? Ang tagal tagal namin hinintay si Arafat tapos tatanggalin lang nila? Grabe sakripisyo ng bata, halos two and a half years nag-tiis yan maghintay. How reliable yung news kay Alas?

04-01-2014, 11:26 AM
^ Amo tatanggalin daw sina Mamie at Arafat.Hahaha, alas just followed gee abanilla, eating their own words

04-01-2014, 11:41 AM
Akala ko bo, UE alumni ang gusto nila! Good choice if Alas is the next coach of UE. But will they ask Alas to quit his assistant coaching gig with Alaska? This was one of the main reason given why Zamar was sacked.This only shows how short their memory is. Or will use the same reason for booting alas if they don't win this coming season.

04-01-2014, 12:07 PM
^ Amo tatanggalin daw sina Mamie at Arafat.Kung ganon hindi na siya dapat ma classify na kontrabida sa BEN hehe

04-02-2014, 09:19 AM
Choice for next UE coach down to Louie Alas and Dindo Pumaren, says source

From: Reuben Terrado
April 1, 2014, 07:33 pm

Choice for next UE coach down to Louie Alas and Dindo Pumaren, says source
Louie Alas, right, coached Letran for more than a decade in the NCAA while Dindo Pumaren handled the UE Red Warriors from 2003 to 2008. Jerome Ascano

THE choice for the next University of the East coach is down to former Letran mentor Louie Alas and one-time Red Warriors coach Dindo Pumaren.

A highly-reliable source relayed to Spin.ph on Tuesday that Alas and Pumaren are the only ones being considered to take over the job left vacant after the sacking of Boycie Zamar.

“It looks like it’s one of those two,” said the source who refused to be named as he is not authorized to talk about the sensitive matter.

The development ruled out Dindo’s brother Derrick Pumaren from the job.

Initially, the elder Pumaren appeared to be the perfect choice to become Zamar’s successor following an earlier official statement made by the school that it is looking for an alumnus to take on the job.

“We didn’t hear his name,” said the source, when asked why the elder Pumaren, a former Red Warrior, was no longer being considered for the job.

Another source told Spin.ph that Alas is set to meet with UE officials led by executive vice president Carmelita Mateo within the week regarding the coaching position.

Alas handled Letran for more than a decade in the NCAA where he steered the Knights to three men’s basketball championship before resigning from his post in 2012.

He also steered the national team to the 1999 Southeast Asian Games gold medal in Brunei.

Pumaren, for his part, handled the Red Warriors from 2003 to 2008 and led the team to a 14-0 romp during the UAAP men’s basketball eliminations in 2007 only to be swept in the title series by De La Salle.

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04-02-2014, 09:27 AM
alas mas ok, proven na ..

04-02-2014, 01:33 PM
^ Amo tatanggalin daw sina Mamie at Arafat.

boss, di ba to april fools joke? haha

04-02-2014, 01:46 PM
Sagot lang po yan dun sa naunang post about coach Louie and Letran's stand against imports

04-04-2014, 12:46 PM
Wala pa rin ba balita kung tuloy na si Louie Alas?

04-05-2014, 10:32 PM
Red Warriors remain in limbo as UE officials 'torn between head-coach candidates'

From: Reuben Terrado
April 4, 2014, 04:58 pm

Red Warriors remain in limbo as UE officials 'torn between head-coach candidates'
Roi Sumang remains the Red Warriors' main man, but who will take charge on the sidelines is still to be determined. Jerome Ascano

THE search for a new University of the East head coach could take longer than initially anticipated as the school's management remains torn between candidates.

UE officials said they will name a new coach this week after announcing the departure of former Red Warriors coach Boycie Zamar, but the process is taking longer than usual because members of the management team are split on their choices, a source said.

In a statement, UE said it is in search of a coach who can work full time for the Red Warriors - something which Zamar had not been able to commit to the school.

“The school wants someone full time but part of management wants someone who isn’t full time,” said the person with knowledge of the situation but spoke on condition of anonymity.

The source didn’t state who are on the short list but Spin.ph has reported, based on information from informed sources, that Louie Alas and Dindo Pumaren are the only ones being considered for the vacant position.

Incidentally, Alas, a former head coach of the Letran Knights in the NCAA, also holds a position as assistant coach of Alaska. Pumaren, on the other hand, doesn’t have any coaching job at the moment.

“The last time I heard, we are in limbo,” the person added.

Alas had a meeting last week with Mike Tan to discuss the vacant coaching job. Tan, son of UE owner Lucio Tan who is also the head of Asia Brewery, is said to be working “behind the scenes” in helping the UE Red Warriors basketball team.

Pumaren had previously coached UE from 2003 to 2008. Interestingly, the Red Warriors’ team manager during that time was the school’s executive vice president Carmelita Mateo, who is making a return to the same role in Season 77 replacing Jesus Tanchanco.

Pumaren is also the son of former UE player and coach Pilo and brother of Derrick, who was also considered for the vacant head coaching position.

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04-10-2014, 11:58 AM
Derrick Pumaren officially takes over as head coach of UE Red Warriors


04-10-2014, 12:26 PM
sa wakas may coach na . not my first choice but still hoping for the best.

04-10-2014, 01:58 PM
Derrick Pumaren officially takes over as head coach of UE Red Warriors

From: Reuben Terrado
April 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

Derrick Pumaren officially takes over as head coach of UE Red Warriors
University of the East management described Derrick Pumaren as a "true Red Warrior." Jerome Ascano

DERRICK Pumaren officially took over as head coach of the University of the East Red Warriors on Thursday and has started his search for members of his coaching staff.

Pumaren’s younger brother Dindo, head tactician of the Warriors from 2003 to 2008, will be his top lieutenant but the two are now looking for more assistant coaches to join the rejigged staff.

Spin.ph earlier reported that Derrick Pumaren was the most logical choice for UE, given that he is an alumnus and can work full-time - conditions the school laid out after announcing the firing of Boycie Zamar.

However, the search became complicated when some backers of the team from Lucio Tan's family pushed for other options who may not necessarily work fulltime for the position, sources said.

Consequently, the scheduled announcement of the new coach was delayed by a week.

Former Letran coach Louie Alas was also considered for the post but he is also a concurrent assistant coach of Alaska in the PBA. He was also interviewed for the job by Mike Tan, son of the school owner.

Alas, who won NCAA titles for Letran, also expressed interest in the job.

But in the end, the school went with Derrick Pumaren, a veteran coach who has won two championships in the PBA with Swift and who UE officials described as a "true Red Warrior."

A former member of the UE Pages champion team, Pumaren, son of UE great Pilo and older brother of Air21 coach Franz, also played two years with the Red Warriors.

He is known in basketball circles as 'Manong' Derrick, since he was the eldest among the Pumaren brothers.

However, Derrick has not held a coaching position since his last PBA post with Talk 'N Text in 2008, settling mostly for consultancy jobs.

04-10-2014, 02:14 PM
Derrick Pumaren replaces Boycie Zamar as UE Red Warriors head coach
By Chris Lagunzad | Yahoo PH Sports – 24 minutes ago


MANILA, Philippines - UE head coach Boycie Zamar signals to his players during the matchup between the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors and the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers for the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, south of Manila on 20 July 2013. (George Calvelo/NPPA Images)

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Sticking to its principle of tapping a homegrown head coach, University of the East selected former Red Warrior Derrick Pumaren to call the shots for its men's basketball team in lieu of the sacked Boycie Zamar.

A member of UE's back-to-back championship teams in 1978 and 1979 in the UAAP men's cage wars, Pumaren has already hit the ground running Thursday by conducting the Red Warriors practice at the Tanduay gym in Manila along with his younger brother Dindo who will serve as his first assistant coach.

Derrick Pumaren's appointment ended nearly two weeks of guessing game since Red Warriors team management gave Zamar and his coaching staff the pink slip last March 28.

Yahoo Philippines previously reported former Letran coach Louie Alas had the inside track for the job and even "agreed in principle" to handle the Red Warriors after sitting down with Michael Tan, a son of business tycoon and top UE backer Lucio Tan.

However, a group of "academicians" argued Alas has a concurrent position as an assitant coach to the Alaska Aces in the pro league, something that runs against the school's stand of tapping "someone who will handle the team on full time."

That somehow paved the way for the entry of Pumaren, a former national team coach who also had several coaching forays in the pro league, the last with Talk 'N Text in 2008.

He also handled the De La Salle Green Archers from the late 80s to early 90s and even served as consultant for different clubs in local and foreign scene.

With close to three months left before UE hosts UAAP Season 77, Pumaren is racing against time to instill his system to a squad led by guard Roi Sumang and hulking African import Charles Mammie.

04-11-2014, 08:08 AM
^ Manong Derek na pala. Holy shit...

04-11-2014, 09:34 AM
^ Manong Derek na pala. Holy shit...

That good or bad for UE? Hehe

04-11-2014, 12:23 PM
Basta hindi puro press, Pards.

04-11-2014, 09:31 PM
Dindo Pumaren, Noynoy Falcasantos to join Derrick Pumaren’s coaching staff
by inboundpass
Friday, 11 April 2014 1 Comment

by Naveen Ganglani

Manila – Former UAAP head coach Dindo Pumaren and PBA player Noynoy Falcasantos will join newly-appointed University of the East Red Warriors head coach Derrick Pumaren’s coaching staff in the upcoming season of the UAAP.

The younger Pumaren and Falcasantos will serve as Derrick’s main assistant coaches, a source close to the situation revealed to InboundPass.com earlier today. Furthermore, UE management is looking at more options to fill out other open assistant coaching slots.

“Based on what I know, Manong Derrick will be the head coach. Dindo [Pumaren] and Noynoy Falcasantos will be the assistant coaches,” the source said.

Dindo served as UE’s men’s basketball head coach from 2003-2008, wherein he led the Recto-based club to the finals in 2007, following a 14-0 elimination round campaign. Prior to Derrick’s hiring, released reports revealed that Dindo, along with former collegiate basketball coaches Louie Alas and Lawrence Chiongson, were being considered for the UE head coaching gig.

Falcasantos, a Zamboanga City native, played forward for Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) from 2000-2004.

The source also cited that the new coaches are in the process of getting to know the players in the UE roster, which includes Roi Sumang and Charles Mammie.

“They still need to get to know the team better,” mentioned the source, who also said that the presence of the three coaches may lead to the return of Red Warriors standout Chris Javier.

“They’re entry will perhaps bring the return of Javier,” he said.

Javier, a big man who plays effective on both ends of the floor, was reported to have left the UE men’s basketball team due to a variety of reasons involving both sides. With him in tow for Season 77, UE will become one of the most lethal teams in the league.

04-15-2014, 03:19 AM
2004-2008 si coach dindo sa UE, dapat palitan sa UE yung namumuno!lakas makasira ng chemistry eh!hindi marunong sa basketball kung sino man namamalakad dyan naniniwala ako ng atleast 3 years dapat ang tenure ng coach para makita yun peak ng program nya.

04-15-2014, 09:46 AM
Problema kasi nung time ni Dindo naka-sweep ng regular season pero na-sweep naman sa Finals, kaya nga kung 'yung magkuya lang na Mike at Bong ang nasunod wala dapat kinalaman si Dindo sa UE ngayon. But the UE Board wanted a fulltime head coach na walang ibang raket, so Louie Alas wasn't too high on their list. I suggested a compromise in Leo Isaac, until I found out that he would be handling the Ever Bilena team in the PBA.

04-25-2014, 11:44 AM
UE, La Salle, San Beda, Letran banner 9th Filoil Flying V opening
By Rick Olivares (philstar.com) | Updated April 25, 2014 - 11:29am

MANILA, Philippines – The ninth Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup formally gets underway on Saturday, April 26, when the men’s division finally sees action in the country’s top preseason collegiate basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena of San Juan.

Last year’s NCAA Finals protagonists San Beda College and Letran battle it out at 2 p.m. while Filoil defending champion the University of the East takes on reigning UAAP champion De La Salle University at 4 p.m.

The Lions will miss Rome De La Rosa, who has graduated, but head coach Boyet Fernandez hopes that Javee Mocon, a star with their junior champions, will fill that void. Another former Red Cub moving up to the seniors is point guard Ranbill Tongco, who will add depth to the position already manned by Baser Amer, Ryusei Koga and Ivan Ludovice.

The Knights will be hard-pressed to fill the void left by key players, including last year’s NCAA Most Valuable Player Raymond Almazan, power forward Jonathan Belorio and point guard Franz Dysam.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will be without familiar faces in the graduated team captain Adrian Santos, JR Sumido, Ralf Olivares, JM Noble, Jai Flores, and Lord Casajeros as well as head coach Boysie Zamar. Shoring up UE’s depleted frontline is 6’6” Cameroonian center Moustaph Arafat, who will back up Charles Mammie.

The Recto-based squad will likewise parade new coach Derrick Pumaren, who will be on the job for two weeks when they tip off against the Green Archers.
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The Archers have only lost LA Revilla to the pros but will have talented newcomers like Abu Tratter, Julian Sargent, Terrence Mustre and Prince Rivero on hand to extend La Salle’s UAAP reign.

Other seniors squads seeing action on Saturday are the San Sebastian Stags, who will play the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons at 9:30 a.m.

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws will take on the Mapua Cardinals, who will return to the summer tournament after a one-year sabbatical at 11:15.

Tickets to the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup are available at all SM TicketNet outlets as well as the game venue.

The preseason collegiate basketball tournament is sponsored by Filoil, Flying V, Total, Hanes, Timex, Starmobile, San Miguel Corporation, Meralco, BDO, Silverworks, Gatorade, Gerry’s Grill, Reyes Barbecue, LGR, Brothers Burger, BPI, PBCom, Molten, CDO, Bayo, Douwe Egberts, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Oxycan, Red Logo and Bacchus.

04-26-2014, 07:59 PM
Van Opstal leads way as Archers shoot down Red Warriors, spoil debut of UE coach Pumaren

From: Reuben Terrado
April 26, 2014, 07:10 pm

Van Opstal leads way as Archers shoot down Red Warriors, spoil debut of UE coach Pumaren
La Salle big man Arnold Van Opstal comes up huge in the endgame against the Warriors. Dante Peralta

ARNOLD Van Opstal scored 16 points while coming up with big plays in the crucial stretch to lift La Salle to a 69-62 victory over University of the East on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan to start its buildup for the UAAP season on a high note.

Van Opstal hit a follow-up shot then blocked a Roi Sumang lay-up to spark the Green Archers in the endgame, beating a hard-fighting Red Warriors squad and spoiling the debut of recently-hired head coach Derrick Pumaren.

Almond Vosotros’ airball was picked up by an uncontested Van Opstal with 33 seconds left in the game, giving La Salle a 65-62 edge.

Sumang tried to answer back but Van Opstal made a defensive play to keep UE at bay. Almond Vosotros converted two free throws with 12.3 seconds to settle the score.

La Salle coach Juno Sauler shrugged off the victory over the defending Filoil champions.

“It’s not really the match against UE but seeing where we are in terms of our preparation and seeing what we need to fix with two months before the UAAP starts,” said Sauler, whose team missed Jason Perkins due to an injury.

Cameroonian swingman Moustapha Arafat sparked UE in the third quarter as he led a 9-2 finish to give the Warriors a 53-49 lead.

UE, however, sputtered and was outscored by La Salle, 20-9, in the final period.

Thomas Torres had 12 points while Vosotros added 10 markers for the Green Archers.

Roi Sumang topscored for UE with 15 points while Arafat added 12 markers, eight rebounds, and four blocks.

The scores:

DLSU (69) – Van Opstal 16, T. Torres 12, Vosotros 10, Teng 8, Salem 5, Andrada 4, Montalbo 4, Rivero 2, N. Torres 2, Tratter 2, Mustre 2,Dela Paz 2, Sargent 0.

UE (62) – Sumang 15, Arafat 12, Gallanza 7, Olayon 7, Palma 6, Javier 5, Varilla 3, Alberto 3, Caparida 2, Charcos 2, Jumao-as 0, De Leon 0, Hernandez 0.

Quarterscores: 20-10; 32-28; 49-53; 69-62.

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04-28-2014, 08:52 PM
Looking at the La Salle-UE Filoil match
By Rick Olivares
Posted at 04/28/2014 4:38 PM | Updated as of 04/28/2014 4:38 PM

It was just the first match of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup for La Salle and the University of the East (UE) that ended with a 69-62 win for the former. But after 40 minutes, it is obvious that their respective title campaigns will come down to what could be taken away from the match.

UE Red Warriors

Roi Sumang and Moustaph Arafat will be like Mike Conley and Greg Oden for Ohio State University – an incredible one-two punch to lead their team. But that one-two punch becomes only huge if the other starters and bench produce.

Sumang, the reigning pound-for-pound king of college basketball (Mark Cruz does give him a run for that title although Sumang is ahead ever so slightly) can still light up the scoreboard but UE needs to surround him with talent. A player like Sumang doesn’t come too often. He’s like Paul Lee, a human dynamo and a scoring machine if you will. But Michael Jordan for all his prodigious scoring efforts needed Scottie Pippen, Ho Grant, Dennis Rodman and Toni Kukoc.

Moustaph Arafat is a fun player to watch. I love how he kept this poker face in going about his game. Very much like former NU Bulldog Jean Mbe. His block of Arnold Van Opstal’s two-handed stuff attempt was awesome. And to think that he came from the 15-foot line to help out on defense. And that alley-oop from Sumang for a dunk… man. I can watch that over and over again.

UE will have that quick strike capability like they did when they had Lee and Elmer Espiritu. And Arafat has a silky smooth medium range jumper just like NU’s Alfred Aroga.

But they will need strong inside play. Paging Chris Javier. This is where you have to make a stand and show what kind of player you are. And Ivan Hernandez has to get out of his Robocop mode and rebound.

And speaking of inside presence, in one moment, Derrick Pumaren inherited one of Boycie Zamar’s problems – Charles Mammie. The Sierra Leone native did not practice and as a result didn’t play. With the UAAP threatening to only allow one foreign player in the line-up, he just might not be on the team.

As for the other guys, if Bong Gallanza can play the fireman’s role the way Gene Belleza did two years ago for UE, that will help. He has to be aggressive in attacking that basket rather than relying on kickouts.

This team cannot keep throwing up three-point shots because their average hovers around 20-30% which isn’t very good. Sumang can carry the team for stretches but opposing teams will try to confound him, force him to give up that ball and put taller and athletic players in front of him. You take away that drive, he’ll just be an outside shooter. It falls to Gino Jumao-as to help out in this regard. He has to be aggressive in attacking and creating. That will make life easier for guys like Arafat, Javier, and Hernandez.

Dan Alberto as back-up point guard has to play better. But it will be tough for him as UE is thin. They’ve got so many new guys. They were tabbed for five 24-second shot clock violations but that wasn’t entirely because La Salle’s defense was great; UE just kept passing the rock around because no one wanted to take the shot. Again I know it’s the pre-season and they will learn but it is painfully obvious on what they need to achieve.

La Salle Green Archers

In a pre-game interview (and it became very apparent at the end of this game), junior forward Jeron Teng nailed it as sweet as a game-winning jumper – the green and white now have the confidence to close out games.

Harried by a late UE run, La Salle shut down their opponent with strong play. There was that ball going out of bounds but was saved by Yutien Andrada to Jeron Teng for an undergoal stab. There was that missed corner three by Almond Vosotros that fell into Arnold Van Opstal’s hands for a bucket (they practice that play, joked Vosotros). And speaking of Vosotros – there are players who, if you are an opponent, do not want to see get hot from the outside. UST’s Kevin Ferrer and UE’s Sumang are the other two. Golden hands is the term. But La Salle has two because there’s Matt Salem. I guess, UE forgot all about him too and he made them pay for their disrespect.

Vosotros, as usual, was steady in the clutch. Hence, this win.

You have to like the depth and talent of this team. They’ve got the height, defense, speed, shooting and the halfcourt and fastbreaking style down pat (not in that order mind you).

There were concerns about their playmaking but with Thomas Torres, Kib Montalbo and Terrence Mustre, they are okay. Vosotros can even run the point.

Prince Rivero. even as a rookie, showed what he can do. He isn’t afraid to drive and showed good basketball IQ. I’ve seen him play even in high school all the way to the NBTC All-Star Game and I thought to myself, second coming of Rafa Dinglasan (hey, buddy) but with better offense. That means energy, hustle and smarts.

Norbert looked lost, much like he did for stretches in last season. But never discount this guy.

Outside Rivero, the other newbie who showed some fight in him was Mustre. He committed some errors but you could see the determination on his face to do something positive. You have to appreciate that. Abu Tratter was not his usual self where he would drive hard to the basket (when playing for La Salle’s Team B). I thought he was coasting or maybe even feeling his way around. We’ve seen Julian Sargent play in last pre-season and well, there’s an upside maybe somewhere.

How do you beat this team that has the makings of a super team? You have to not match them but take it to them. You need to play as a team because La Salle is deep and can hurt you in so many ways.

Even in only the pre-season, the UAAP has been served notice that the Green Archers mean business about annexing a back-to-back crown.
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05-05-2014, 09:47 PM

Perpetual Help stays unscathed, keeps defending champion UE winless

From: Mei-Lin Lozada
May 5, 2014, 04:50 pm

Perpetual Help stays unscathed, keeps defending champion UE winless
Juneric Baloria of Perpetual Help forces his way against Charles Mammie of UE. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help romped to its third straight victory and kept defending champion University of the East winless in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

Reigning NCAA Rookie of the Year Juneric Baloria came up with 28 points as the Altas won, 83-78, over the Red Warriors.

Justine Alano added 25 and Harold Arboleda chipped in 20, including five triples, for the Altas, who are unbeaten in three games and are alone on top in Group A.

“Sinasabi kasi ko walang star sa team,” said Perpetual Help coach Aric del Rosario. “Pare-pareho ang score namin, kalat-kalat, lahat gumagawa kaya maganda ang takbo ng team.”

Alano noted they are motivated to work hard, especially against teams reinforced by foreign players.

“Lahat kasi kami gusto manalo, walang petiks sa amin at motivation namin na all-Filipino kami, wala kaming import,” said Alano.

Roy Sumang finished with 16 points, Pedrito Galanza added 15, Leonean import Charles Mammie chipped in 13 and Cameroonian reinforcement Moustapha Arafat contributed 10 for UE.

It was the second loss in two outings for the Red Warriors, who fell to the La Salle Green Archers, 62-69, in their opening game.

The scores:

UPHSD 83 - Baloria 28, Allano 26, Arboleda 20, Thompson 8, Dagangon 1, Gallardo 0, Dizon 0,, Sadiwa 0, Oliveria 0, Jolangcob 0, Bantayan 0, Cabiltes 0

UE 78 - Sumang 16, Galanza 15, Mammie 13, Arafat 10, Javier 8, Caparida 6, Palma 4, Charcos 4, Jumao-as 2, Varilla 0, Hernandez 0, De Leon 0

Quarterscores: 17-17; 34-36; 59-58; 83-78.

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05-05-2014, 10:15 PM
Altas slay Warriors, keep streak alive
By Rick Olivares (philstar.com) | Updated May 5, 2014 - 5:54pm
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MANILA, Philippines -- The University of Perpetual Help Altas caught a big fish in the University of the East Red Warriors following a 83-78 victory in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Monday at the San Juan Arena.

The Altas, making no bones about their playing All-Filipino, relentlessly harassed and double-teamed the Red Warriors for the entire match. Their efforts saw them net 30 fastbreak and six turnover points to UE’s paltry 12 markers for the entire game.

The Altas’ Juneric Baloria and Justine Alano set the tone at the start of the match by clamping down on UE’s one-two punch of Roi Sumang and Charles Mammie on the defensive end. Sumang didn’t score a point until the 4:59 mark of the second period due to the tight guarding of Baloria while the 6’2” Alano outscored the 6’7” Mammie 9-7 in the first half.

UE took a slim 36-34 lead heading into the half but the Altas quickly overhauled it and matched the Red Warriors basket for basket. Harold Arboleda hit a triple at the end of the third quarter buzzer for a 59-58 lead Perpetual Help would not relinquish.

The Altas posted a game high nine-point lead, 82-73 with 55 seconds to play after a fastbreak layup by Alano. But UE had one last run in them as they cut the deficit down to four, 82-78, after two Sumang freethrows. But Gabriel Daganon pulled down a crucial offensive rebound and added a free throw for the marginal point as UE committed a turnover at the end game.

Three Altas scored at least 20 points with Juneric Baloria, Justine Alano, and Harold Arboleda notching 28, 26, and 20 points respectively.
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UE was led by Sumang’s 16 points. Pedrito Galanza added 15 while the Red Warriors African duo of Charles Mammie and Moustaph Arafat recorded 13 and 10 points respectively.

The Altas’ third win put them atop the Group A standing ahead of idle Lyceum of the Philippines University that is 2-0 and La Salle that is 1-0. UE dropped to 0-2.

The Scores:

UPHDS 83 – Baloria 28, Alano 26, Arboleda 20, Thompson 8, Daganon 1, Gallardo 0, Dizon 0, Sadiwa 0, Oliveria 0, Jolangcob 0, Bantayan 0, Cabiltes 0.

UE 78 – Sumang 16, Galanza 15, Mammie 13, Arafat 10, Javier 8, Caparida 6, Palma 4, Jumao-as 2, Varilla 0, Hernandez 0, De Leon 0.

05-06-2014, 03:56 PM
Mukhang masyado na naman nage-experimento ang mag-kuyang Pumaren. But it is still early in the summer season, and better to not do too well here than in the UAAP.

I think the Pumarens should focus on developing the games of Galanza, Caparida, Palma and Olayon, because those guys are all relatively tall and very athletic swingman types who can provide that extra scoring punch in support of Roi and Charlie. Sa lakas kumuha ng bola ni Charlie at ngayon ni Mustaf Arafat hindi na dapat sila mahiyang humanap ng tira nila.

Junard Caparida in particular has to be given more opportunities to shine, considering how well he played versus Cebuana in tuneups.

Chris Javier to me should focus on laying down that big body against opposing post players. He actually did a credible enough job versus AVO considering that was AVO, but he also has to locate and box out to help Charlie and Arafat in clearing those boards. UE gave up too many second chances to Lasalle and even to Perpetual considering their size and strength inside. That should be Javier's other main job.

05-19-2014, 09:10 AM
Warriors give defensive-minded Bombers dose of own medicine, score first win after two losses in preseason

From: Karlo Sacamos
May 17, 2014, 04:55 pm

Warriors give defensive-minded Bombers dose of own medicine, score first win after two losses in preseason
Charles Mammie and the UE Warriors did not allow the Bombers to go closer than 21 points in the fourth period. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of the East gave Jose Rizal University a dose of its own medicine to barge into the win column of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup with a 99-78 blowout victory on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

In a battle between teams with the same defensive-oriented system, it was the Warriors’ version that proved more effective and resulted in the one-sided win, the UAAP squad’s first in three games.

The Warriors also dealt the Heavy Bombers their second loss in five games in Group A.

“They’re slowly but surely adapting to the system we’re trying to run,” said new Warriors coach Derrick Pumaren, the former JRU consultant for Bombers coach Vergel Meneses.

Bong Galanza fired a team-high 17 points, while Charles Mammie pumped in 11 of his 15 points in the second half, where the Warriors broke the game wide open using a suffocating full-court press that the Bombers failed to break.

JRU also used the same ploy, but the Warriors converted more turnover points, 30-9, and more in transition, 14-10, while limiting the Bombers to just 34-percent shooting from the field.

So suffocating was the Warriors’ defense that the Bombers could come no closer than 21 points in the final frame.

The scores:

UE (99) – Galanza 17, Mammie 15, Arafat 14, Jumao-as 12, Sumang 10, Javier 8, Palma 5, Alberto 4, Guiang 4, Olayon 4, Charcos 4, Cudal 2, Varilla 0, De Leon 0, Caparida 0, Pillas 0

JRU (78) – Mabulac 19, Paniamogan 13, Marticio 10, Asuncion 9, Dela Paz 8, Teodoro 6, Benavides 4, Balagtas 3, Benemerito 2, Salaveria 2, Abdulwahab 1, Muñez 1, Lasquety 0, Sanchez 0, Astilla 0, Guiron 0

Quarterscores: 23-14; 49-38; 78-53; 99-78.

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05-20-2014, 09:59 AM
UE defuses JRU in Filoil cagefest
By Rick Olivares (philstar.com) | Updated May 19, 2014 - 2:22pm
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UE's Charles Mammie battles it out with defenders from JRU during the team's Filoil game.

MANILA, Philippines – The UE Red Warriors quickly shifted on the attack after forcing a turnover. Charles Mammie sprinted forward, sealed off JRU’s Marco Balagtas, after which the ball was quickly fed to him inside. Heavy Bomber Michael Mabulac raced from the blind side hoping to strip Mammie of the ball, but in one quick motion, the second year UE center spun inside the no-charge zone and laid the ball off the window for a deuce. Mabulac swiped at the air as Balagtas crashed to the floor. The former wore a grimace and looked to Mabulac who slammed the ball in equal parts dismay and helplessness.

Mammie would add one more free throw a few seconds later for a 78-53 lead, their highest of the match, with 11 seconds to play in the third period.

There was to be no comeback for the JRU. Any notion of an ambush was brushed off the moment the curtain fell on the Heavy Bombers’ conquest of La Salle the previous week. UE head coach Derrick Pumaren watched that game. Aside from that, he knows this Heavy Bombers team having served as a consultant to their team in the first two years of Vergel Meneses’ appointment as head coach.

“Pareho lang naman halos yung sistema namin,” revealed UE shooting guard Bong Galanza after the match.

None of JRU’s shooters were given much daylight. Jaycee Asuncion was scoreless in the first period. Philip Paniamogan came in with about halfway through that opening quarter with the hope he could open that lane for his teammates. Jordan dela Paz and Teytey Teodoro fared no better.

It actually took their defensive stopper in Nonoy Benavides to get them on the board with their first three points that came past the five-minute mark.
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Paniamogan chipped in three free throws.

UE also got several of JRU’s players in foul trouble in Rhyle Salaveria, Razak Abdulwahab, and Balagtas.

Not all of JRU’s problems were caused by UE. They would have greatly alleviated some of the pressure early in the game had Abdulwahab made good on three undergoal stabs where he was perfectly set up by his teammates. But as hard working as he is he doesn’t have very good hands which is why Benavides opted to scoot in for a lay-up on a fastbreak even if Abdulwahab was ahead of him.

While Roi Sumang was checked once more, his teammates finally came to play.

“We cannot get used to losing,” underscored Pumaren after the match.

Gino Jumao-as was aggressive from the get-go. He drove, fished a big foul from Michael Mabulac, and compiled 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 17 minutes of play. His touchdown pass (outlet) to a streaking Chris Javier for a layup at the 4:28 mark of the third period for a 20-point lead was a thing of beauty.

This was what has been expected from the second year player out of San Sebastian High School – the do-it-all player who can help Sumang in facilitating UE’s offense.

Emil Palma is also emerging as a similar player – someone who can pass and defend. The second year forward scored five points in addition to pulling down three rebounds and pilfering three balls from JRU.

Five Warriors scored in double digits for the match – Galanza led the way with 17 points. Mammie was in his wreaking crew-best as he put together 15 points, six boards, one steal, three rejections, and two monster slams. Moustaph Arafat who could pass off for a young Chris Webber had a stat line of 14 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks. Gino had 12 while Sumang added a quiet 10 points.

So unforgiving was UE’s defense was that they notched 24 fastbreak points and 30 turnover points. JRU could only counter with 18 fastbreak points and nine turnover points.

It was only Michael Mabulac and Paniamogan from the regular rotation who came through for JRU. While JRU was trying to find an opening from the outside, Mabulac had the right idea – attack the interior. He netted nine points during UE’s third quarter blitz as he attacked Mark Olayon and Arafat. Rich Marticio, pulled out deep from the bench by Meneses provided the outside sniping (as he wasn’t scouted by UE) for 10 points including two triples.

But UE was in control of this game as their first unit set the tone form the opening tip. Their power game and repeated attack inside saw them shoot an accuracy rate of 52 percent.

It was a resounding 99-78 win for UE (now at 1-2) against a good JRU team (now 3-2) and places them in the proper frame of mind as they head for Cebu next week in the first road matches of the summer tournament.

Pumaren said that while he was pleased with how his team responded to the challenge, he hoped that his wards can bring it for every game. “we’re learning to play together as we have new players and are counting on some players who didn’t get much playing time last year. How they rise to the challenge will determine how far we go in the UAAP which is every team’s ultimate goal.”

Big stat: UE shooting 52 percent from the field, which is an indication of their willingness to take it inside. That is actually the fifth best showing in this tournament. Here are the other top shooting matches in the 2014 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup:

National University 59% vs. Holy Trinity College

La Salle’s 54% vs. JRU (incredibly in a losing effort)

College of Saint Benilde’s 53% against Holy Trinity College in a controversial game where the Wildcats played matador defense in the final five minutes (that no doubt brought up the percentage)

St. Clare College’s 52% vs. the RP Youth Under-18 team

UE’s Cebu schedule of Filoil matches:

May 23 5pm vs. USC

May 24 5pm vs. UV

May 25 3pm vs. SWU

05-26-2014, 01:39 PM
SWU serves UE a lesson in power, relentlessness
By Rick Olivares, Unblogged Sports (philstar.com) | Updated May 26, 2014 - 11:38am
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LAPU-LAPU CITY – It was the University of the East’s turn to face all these questions after they were pounded mercilessly all game long by Southwestern University en route to a 80-63 loss that saw them bounced from the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

The SWU Cobras answered their own questions about their own resolve after flopping big time in their match against new nemesis La Salle the day before in a 64-59 defeat.

The Cobras won their fifth match in six outings and advanced to the quarterfinals of the premier collegiate summer basketball league because of the following:

Landry Sanjo

The night of SWU’s loss, I had a chat with the Cameroonian. He got so emotionally caught up in the match with La Salle that he forgot to keep his head in the game. His two fouls on Arnold Van Opstal when the Green Archers forged ahead were of the frustration kind. Sanjo said that he’d play his usual smart but power game against UE.

And he set the tone for the game. He relentlessly attacked UE and got Charles Mammie, Chris Javier and Moustapha Arafat in foul trouble.
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He was the paragon of power and hustle. Sanjo finished with 34 huge points – best in the tournament so far while grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing off three assists, and chalking up a steal and a block. He had more points that all the UE centers put together.

He was highly active in every quarter, including the fourth when UE chopped the lead down to nine. His three-pointer with 50 seconds left was the coup de grace for SWU.

According to my Cebuano media friends, after SWU lost Ben Mbala to La Salle, everyone has been trying to find their own version of Sanjo, a power player with a incredible work ethic.

Cobras shot the daylights out of the Hoops Dome

Just when UE was trying to figure out a way to stop Sanjo, Jasper Parker kept the defense honest with his outside shooting (6-13). When either Tallo or Parker went to the bench, Anton Pardo came in and blew the Red Warriors away on 7-11 shooting. Daryl Goloran hit his 15-footers.

Collectively, SWU shot 53 percent from the field. A lot of those baskets (even a few from Parker) came from inside the paint. They went back to what got them those first four wins and that was by pounding the rock inside.

The Cobras were able to sustain their level of intensity

SWU took three of the four quarters. And yet there was no drop off in their play even if they gave up the third period that UE took (scoring 20 to the 25 points of the Red Warriors). With the bench of Goloran, Pardo, and Justin Aboude delivering quality minutes, it afforded the starters valuable rest time.

Mac Tallo didn’t shoot too much this time around but he was solid at quarterback as he passed for eight assists (2:1 ration on assists to turnovers) while adding a steal and a block.

What happened to UE?

The saying in the vernacular is, “Naunahan sila ng SWU.” Once SWU got the jump on them for a 12-2 lead in the first period, they never stepped off the gas pedal. UE was unable to impose its style of basketball with their trapping defense.

The trap worked in the third period and a portion of the fourth but the 20-point lead was a little too much to overcome.

The inability of the centers to stop Sanjo was their undoing. The help sagged inside leaving a lot of room for Parker and Pardo to check their gun sights before firing for effect.

When UE tried to get those points back, their own gunners in Bong Galanza and Paul Varilla (both with zero points) fired blanks.

Their only three bright spots were Dan Alberto who scored nine points but was checked in the second half. Chris Javier finally stood up to the taller opposition (it took a near fight with Charles Mammie -- that was eventually resolved -- during the halftime break to set him off). Javier finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and one assist but gave up a crucial turnover at the height of UE’s rally. Nevertheless, it is hoped that this could be the game where he finally contributes on a regular basis.

The last bright spot for UE was Roi Sumang. What hasn’t been said about this kid who has been playing through injuries (and he had this niggling thigh injury for the past couple of weeks that hurt his explosiveness).

When UE made its comeback, Sumang drove every time and got and-ones on Tallo (twice) as well one each on Goloran and Adam Mohammed.

Losing Gino Jumao-as to two unsportsmanlike fouls hurt UE for there was no other facilitator. Renz Palma tried his best but was whistled for quick fouls rendering him largely ineffective.

When UE chopped the lead down to nine with 2:34 left in the third after Roi scored the second of his and-ones on Tallo, the Red Warriors couldn’t get a break from the referees. Three non-calls for traveling and two over-the-back fouls. While that hurt their momentum, that doesn’t mean they would have won it because for a while, they stopped SWU but were unable to convert because they would turn the ball over or take some bad shot.

It is clearly a painful loss. However, like SWU a day before, this is something they should learn from and serve them in good stead in time for the UAAP.

05-26-2014, 03:41 PM
SWU serves UE a lesson in power, relentlessness
By Rick Olivares, Unblogged Sports (philstar.com) | Updated May 26, 2014 - 11:38am
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LAPU-LAPU CITY – It was the University of the East’s turn to face all these questions after they were pounded mercilessly all game long by Southwestern University en route to a 80-63 loss that saw them bounced from the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

The SWU Cobras answered their own questions about their own resolve after flopping big time in their match against new nemesis La Salle the day before in a 64-59 defeat.
Their only three bright spots were Dan Alberto who scored nine points but was checked in the second half. Chris Javier finally stood up to the taller opposition (it took a near fight with Charles Mammie -- that was eventually resolved -- during the halftime break to set him off). Javier finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and one assist but gave up a crucial turnover at the height of UE’s rally. Nevertheless, it is hoped that this could be the game where he finally contributes on a regular basis.Unlike last year, looks like Javier is really engaged (hindi lang engaged in a near-fist fight ha)

05-27-2014, 10:12 AM
Chris Javier needs to play more consistent defense. I think he can handle the top big men of the league defensively, as long as he uses his feet the way he was taught to in San Beda. He has good mass and good strength and is a legit 6'4" to 6'5" with some skill, so he should be able to use his personal fouls more judiciously while also providing some opportunistic scoring.

07-04-2014, 02:02 PM
University of East - Red Warriors Season 77 Lineup

Dan Alberto
Edgar Charcos
Zyron Cudal
RR De Leon
Clark Derige
Pedrito Galanza
Daryll Guiang
Ivan Hernandez
Chris Javier
Gino Jumaoas
Charles Mammie
Moustapha Arafat
Mark Olayon
Emil Palma
Roi Sumang
Paul Varilla

07-04-2014, 02:10 PM

Dan Alberto
Edgar Charcos
Zyron Cudal
RR De Leon
Clark Derige
Pedrito Galanza
Daryll Guiang
Ivan Hernandez
Chris Javier
Gino Jumaoas
Charles Mammie
Moustapha Arafat
Mark Olayon
Emil Palma
Roi Sumang
Paul Varilla

dunno why caparida was dropped (he was playing good in the summer leagues) in favor of derige (don't know his game tho)

1st 5 2nd 5
Mammie |Hernandez |De Leon
Javier |Arafat | Guiang
Olayon |Varilla | Cudal
Galanza |Palma | Derige
Sumang |Jumao-as|Alberto |Charcos

can't wait!

07-08-2014, 03:23 PM
I think Clark Derige is a Fil-Am, although hindi ko pa nakita laro niya. Meron daw kasing nadalang Fil-am swingman type sa UE si Coach Nomar Isla, maybe that's Derige.

07-08-2014, 04:24 PM
I think Clark Derige is a Fil-Am, although hindi ko pa nakita laro niya. Meron daw kasing nadalang Fil-am swingman type sa UE si Coach Nomar Isla, maybe that's Derige.

Sir Joe, si Clark Derige yata galing FEU, yung fil-am si Paul Varilla =)

Sam Miguel
07-09-2014, 10:28 AM
I think Clark Derige is a Fil-Am, although hindi ko pa nakita laro niya. Meron daw kasing nadalang Fil-am swingman type sa UE si Coach Nomar Isla, maybe that's Derige.

Your boy Junard Caparida missed some practices for unknown reasons, although I think he is still with UE. You might need to beat some sense into that boy.

07-09-2014, 10:54 AM
^ UE never seem run out of head case.

I think the media is selling UE short by ranking them as pretenders. The Warriors are 9-10 player deep and that's not counting Varilla and Caparida. If Jumao-as and Alberto step up and allow Sumang 10-12-minute rest and their forwards can provide decent defefense they can beat any team on any given day

07-09-2014, 01:25 PM
UAAP Preview: UE’s Charles Mammie is ready to step up
By Bob Guerrero | College Hoops Experts' Blog – Tue, Jul 8, 2014 9:08 AM PHT

Mammie and Pumaren. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.

Like many Africans, UE center Charles Mammie, from Freetown, Sierra Leone, is following the ongoing FIFA World Cup. Usually an Arsenal fan, Mammie is now hoping Brazil can take the title after he watched them dismantle Colombia in the last eight.

But when asked if he will be taking in the final match on Monday morning, which kicks off at three a.m., the 21-year old demurs.

“I don't think so. I've got practice. I've got commitments.”

It's just one of the many signs that Mammie, now in his second year with the Red Warriors, is maturing, and not a moment too soon.

Flashback to Season 76. The hulking Mammie averages 15.1 points per game, good for fifth in the league. He also hauls down just under ten rebounds per outing.

That's the good news. Mammie got slapped a two-game suspension for too many unsportsmanlike fouls. He also forked the ball over 3.6 times a game, second-worst in the league to Adamson's Jericho Cruz. The Red Warriors finished outside of the Final Four with a 7-7 record.

But it's what went on off the court and away from the stat sheet that made all the buzz.

ALSO READ: UAAP: New-look Adamson face tough fight ahead.

“Charles Mammie doesn't have an ego. He has many egos” said then-UE coach Boyzie Zamar in one post-match press conference. “I deal with him every day, every game, every half, every quarter.”

“Hindi ko alam kung anung diskarte ang gagawin ko sa kanya (to manage him.) Kung Western style, Asian style, o Pinoy style.”

Mammie against Ateneo. Image copyright Bob Guerrero.

Mammie smiles when he hears about his former coach's comments.

“People say things about you to motivate you to get to the next level. But If you never talk to me, if you never bond with me (you wouldn't know) that I'm a good person.”

The new UE coach, veteran Derrick Pumaren, definitely sees the good side of Mammie as he takes the reins for this season.

“With Charles, you have to understand him. He is misunderstood by others” says Pumaren, whose brother Dindo, a former UE head coach himself, is on his staff.

“I think he was just able to get away with a lot of things last year. He was late to some practices.” When asked if that information is on the record, Pumaren smiles and says yes.

“This season is different. He knows from the start that this is what it's going to take if he wants to play UE basketball. He cannot let his emotions get the best out of him. He's got to be mature this year. He knows he has to play UE basketball, he cannot play Charles basketball.”

ALSO READ: Coaches pick La Salle to win UAAP again.

Pumaren says he sees a different Mammie in 2014, one that is blossoming not only as a person, but as a player too.

“He's got better footwork this time, and he's a better inside player now. He will be able to finish baskets.” Pumaren's next statement is interesting.

“He plays defense now.”

For a fellow who stands in the neighborhood of 6'8”, Mammie's .8 blocks a game in Season 76, tenth in the league, is distinctly underwhelming.

Charles has his own recipe for success in 2014. He's been working on his mid-range jumper, and asserts that “I'll try to mix (mix up) my game this season.”

The second-year player seems to have warmed up to his new coach, who he calls “a father figure, a perfectionist who likes to put things right.”

Pumaren has also assigned assistant Noy Falcasantos, a former PBA forward with Santa Lucia, the task of sanding down the rough edges of Mammie's game.

This season Mammie will also have the benefit of some help coming off the bench. Last season UE's backup center cupboard was rather bare, forcing Zamar to play Mammie as much as 38 minutes a game.

“That's not gonna happen this season” insists Pumaren. Cameroonian Moustapha Arafat, the team's other import could spell Mammie at the five spot in games, although he is really a swing man who will likely play small forward or power forward.

“Arafat will give us a different look. He is more of a wing who can guard small guys and big guys, he'll run the floor and take the ball to the basket.”

Chris Javier is also an option if Mammie needs rest.

UE will need all their resources, including the breathtakingly brilliant Roi Sumang, to make a final four run. Mammie doesn't lack for confidence.

“We're aiming for something big this season. I want to win. I'm a winner.”

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Sam Miguel
07-11-2014, 11:03 AM
If the UAAP was three-on-three basketball UE would sweep the tournament all the way to the title.

Charles Mammie, Moustafa Arafat, Roi Sumang, and any one among Bong Galanza, Emil Palma and Gino Juamo-as as the fourth man, is so ridiculously loaded and talented that no other UAAP threesome our foursome comes close.

Arguably Mammie and Sumang are the best at their respective positions in the UAAP, meaning UE already has the advantage at center and pointguard, the most critically important positions in basketball.

Arafat now gives UE that extra size, talent and athleticism off the bench, which they did not have in a .500 season last year. Arafat should be able to give UE at least an extra two to three wins this season, taking them to at least 9-5.

In a tournament this short, and in a field like we have in Season 77, 9-5 virtually guarantees a Final 4 spot. Make that 10 or 11 ins and it could assure UE one of the twice-to-beat spots.

But the question is: How productive can the rest of the Warriors be in the Pumaren system?

Manong Derrick in fairness has kept up with all the modern coaching standards over the years, and knows his X and O better than most UAAP head coaches. Certainly his experience across every level of organized basketball will be an advantage. That he seems to have made a connection with Charlie early on should work to the collective advantage of the Red and White.

Charlie was two bad decisions away from having made the Mythical 5, maybe even MVP, last season. Imagine that, he already missed two games due to disciplinary suspensions and yet he still put together good enough numbers to have contended for MVP. And he didn't even get his number called on offense. 90% of his points came off his own offensive rebounding and cleaning up other assorted messes from his teammates.

Should Charlie still get into whatever trouble (knock on wood UE fans) UE now has Arafat to at least hold the line. Arafat is not the brute strong force Mammie is, but he much more skilled, able to play like a natural 3 with very good handles. I'd say he's at least as skilled as Alfred Aroga of NU, and taller than Aroga to boot. That block he got on an attempted two-hand jam by Arnold Van Opstal in their Fil Oil encounter is but a glimpse of what Arafat has to offer.

Finally there is Sumang, the best damn pointguard this league has seen since perhaps Johnny Abarrientos. Everything UE does runs through him, and he's matured enough to realize he has to pick his spots and not play in fifth gear from the opening tip.

So now we come to the support.

Chris Javier is a solid enough 4/5 to start alongside Mammie or Arafat. He isn't much of an athlete but he does have strong enough fundamentals thanks to his San Beda training. If he can average at least six points and four rebounds per game, and fish at least two fouls from opponents inside, as say an 18-20 minute starter, UE should get even more mileage out of their two imports.

Palma, Jumao-as, Galanza, Dan Alberto, Mark Olayon and Paul Varilla are all interchangeable as far as I'm concerned, in that they are not really stuck in positions and minutes, so much as hoping to be productive in any way they can. If these six guys can chip in at least 25-27 points and maybe 10-11 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and maybe two blocks per game, then they would have done their jobs already. They need to produce not to merely be productive, but more so to take even a little pressure off their Big 3.

Had Junard Caparida not gone full knucklehead, he could have been part of this bench mob and contributed as well.

07-12-2014, 07:17 PM
UE over UP 87-59

UE (87) – Alberto 15, Javier 12, De Leon 10, Jumao-as 10, Mammie 8, Arafat 7, Sumang 7, Guiang 4, Olayon 4, Galanza 3, Varilla 3, Hernandez 2, Derige 1, Palma 1, Charcos 0, Cudal 0.

UP (59) – Lao 18, Moralde 11, Asilum 8, Gingerich 6, Gallarza 5, Dario 4, Harris 3, Reyes 2, Vito 2, Bederi 0, Juruena 0.

Quarterscores: 19-16; 45-26; 66-36; 87-59.

Cannot script a better start for us even though we started flat in the 1stQ, after that buzzer beating 3 of alberto (coming out game for him), we never looked back as the 2nd unit came in the 2nd. Great all around game from everyone. kudos to alberto and the 2nd group. those drop passes by our guards to bigs was beautiful to watch -- we swung the ball from side to side, the boys were calm and executed plays

let's hope this will be consistent through the uaap season.

07-12-2014, 11:58 PM
Dan Alberto now has 13 more games to prove hindi lang buenas ang pinakita niya kanina.

07-14-2014, 09:00 AM
FEU stuns La Salle ; UE whips UP

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:21 am |

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University put a big question mark on La Salle’s title-retention bid with a resounding 82-77 upset that kicked off the 77th season of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mike Tolomia, who used to be overshadowed by ace guards RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, pumped in a game-high 23 points, including a crucial eight-point cluster that pushed the Tamaraws ahead, 75-71, going into the final two minutes.

“Going up against a very, very strong team like La Salle, there were doubts,” FEU coach Nash Racela admitted later. “We never expected that we’re going to win this.”

The much improved Mac Belo also helped the gritty Tamaraws come back from an early 13-point deficit, 10-23, to finish with 20 points.
“We were overpowered, overmanned, but I was just happy that our team defense worked,” said Racela.

University of the East also picked up an opening-day triumph with an 87-59 pummeling of the University of the Philippines.

Dan Alberto sparked an early scoring explosion to finish with 15 points for the Red Warriors, who shot a notable 50 percent from the field in the 28-point whipping that served as welcome treat for new coach Derrick Pumaren.

Carl Cruz also came through in the clutch for the Tamaraws inside the last 45 seconds, where he won a jump over La Salle center Arnold Van Opstal before knocking in the team’s last three points.

Returning FEU big man Russel Escoto, who sat out last year due to injury, chipped in 13 markers, while Cruz finished with 11 points.

Almond Vosotros paced the Green Archers with 18 markers. Chris Javier added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Gino Jumao-as and Ronnie de Leon had 10 markers each for the Warriors, who led by as many as 39 points, 75-36, in the second half.

“We really came out strong,” said Pumaren. “We really played good defense. The energy was there, especially in the second half.

We rotated well, challenged them (Maroons), made them work for every point.” The Warriors never let up with Pumaren’s trademark defensive press as the Maroons also struggled with a 28 percent shooting clip.

Alberto, who plays back up for UE’s star guard Roi Sumang, poured in all of his points from beyond the arc, starting with a buzzer-beating heave near midcourt at the end of the first quarter.

Fresh from a pocket tournament in Taiwan, the Maroons had hoped to come out more competitive, but ended up prolonging their woes with a 22-game losing skid since 2012.

The scores:

First Game

UE 87—Alberto 15, Javier 12, De Leon 10, Jumao-as 10, Mammie 8, Sumang 7, Arafat 7, Olayon 4, Guiang 4, Varilla 3, Galanza 3, Hernandez 2, Palma 1, Derige 1, Cudal 0, Charcos 0.

UP 59—Lao 18, Moralde 11, Asilum 8, Gingerich 6, Gallarza 5, Dario 4, Harris 3, Reyes 2, Vito 2, Bederi 0, Juruena 0. Quarters: 19-16, 45-26, 66-36, 87-59

Second Game

FEU 82—Tolomia 23, Belo 20, Ru. Escoto 13, Cruz 11, Pogoy 6, Iñigo 4, Jose 3, Hargrove 2, Dennison 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Tamsi 0, Denila 0.

LA SALLE 77—Vosotros 18, Teng 14, Perkins 11, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 7, N. Torres 6, Montalbo 6, Sargent 2, Tratter 2, Rivero 2, Bolick 0, Andrada 0.

Quarters: 10-23, 33-37, 57-59, 82-77

07-19-2014, 10:25 PM
UE over ADU 99-72

UE (99) – Galanza 16, Sumang 15, Jumao-as 12, Alberto 9, Javier 9, Varilla 9, De Leon 8, Mammie 6, Arafat 6, Cudal 4, Olayon 3, Charcos 2, Derige 0, Hernandez 0

Adamson (72) – Polican 16, Trollano 14, Rios 13, Inigo 10, Villanueva 8, Pedrosa 5, Monteclaro 3, Nalos 3, Aquino 0, Barrera 0, Baytan 0, Butron 0, Gumtang 0, Ochea 0.

Quarterscores: 20-25, 40-39, 69-52, 99-72.

Forgettable 1st half from us buti nlng we were hitting from 3. Sumang varilla galanza and company made one big run in the 3rd then rr deleon and jumao-as finished in the 4th.

these were the 2 easiest games of the 1st rnd. the next games will be the real test starting with dlsu next sunday

07-21-2014, 09:24 AM
Warriors drop 60 points in the second half to defeat Falcons

The University of the East Red Warriors peppered the Adamson University Soaring Falcons with 60 points in the second half to cruise to a 99-72 win on Saturday.

Bong Galanza had 16 points with four triples, while Roi Sumang added 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Gino Jumao-as had 12 markers, four assists and three boards. Chris Javier, Paul Varilla and Dan Alberto had nine each.

The Falcons managed to end the half up one, 40-39, as Don Trollano led his squad with nine points. While Adamson dominated the inside game, 22-14, the Warriors capitalized on their hot outside shooting. Dan Alberto led his team as UE outscored Adamson, 24-5, from the perimeter. Alberto and Bong Galanza combined to make six of 12 of UE's attempts from deep.

In the third, Paul Varilla jump-started the UE offense with triples, while Roi Sumang streaked for layups en route to a 17-3 run midway through the quarter. Galanza chipped in at the end, as the three UE players combined to outscore the whole Adamson team 23-12. The Warriors enjoyed a 69-52 lead after three.

Come the fourth, Gino Jumao-as joined the scoring party, as the Warriors outscored the Falcons 30-20 in the payoff period to cruise their second straight win.

William Polican led the Falcons with 16 points, while Don Trollano had 14. Jansen Rios and Axel Inigo had 13 and 10, respectively. Rios also added 13 boards and three assists. - GMA News

07-21-2014, 09:24 AM
Warriors drop 60 points in the second half to defeat Falcons

The University of the East Red Warriors peppered the Adamson University Soaring Falcons with 60 points in the second half to cruise to a 99-72 win on Saturday.

Bong Galanza had 16 points with four triples, while Roi Sumang added 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Gino Jumao-as had 12 markers, four assists and three boards. Chris Javier, Paul Varilla and Dan Alberto had nine each.

The Falcons managed to end the half up one, 40-39, as Don Trollano led his squad with nine points. While Adamson dominated the inside game, 22-14, the Warriors capitalized on their hot outside shooting. Dan Alberto led his team as UE outscored Adamson, 24-5, from the perimeter. Alberto and Bong Galanza combined to make six of 12 of UE's attempts from deep.

In the third, Paul Varilla jump-started the UE offense with triples, while Roi Sumang streaked for layups en route to a 17-3 run midway through the quarter. Galanza chipped in at the end, as the three UE players combined to outscore the whole Adamson team 23-12. The Warriors enjoyed a 69-52 lead after three.

Come the fourth, Gino Jumao-as joined the scoring party, as the Warriors outscored the Falcons 30-20 in the payoff period to cruise their second straight win.

William Polican led the Falcons with 16 points, while Don Trollano had 14. Jansen Rios and Axel Inigo had 13 and 10, respectively. Rios also added 13 boards and three assists. - GMA News

07-24-2014, 11:44 AM
With Lasalle up next, Roi Sumang and new coach Derrick Pumaren better realize that involving your shooters will be key to beating the Archers. Charles Mammie can clean up the boards by himself if he has to, but UE's 2/3 guys have to make their shots to make Lasalle pay of they pack in the lane with their three star big men. Bong Galanza, Jino Jumao-as, Dan Alberto, even Mark Olayon and of course Roi have to make the outside shot to make this work.

Of course it would be best kung makatakbo ang UE kasi so far mukhang mahina talaga ang transition defense ng Lasalle. Heck if even Glenn Khobuintin is making coast-to-coast plays against you talagang mahina ang transition defense mo. If Roi, Jumao-as, Arafat can get off to the races mas maganda lalo. Dito talaga nami-miss ng UE si Ralf Olivares, kasi may pukol na nakakatakbo pa.

07-28-2014, 09:39 AM
UAAP: Teng, Rivero lead La Salle rally past UE

By Mark Giongco |INQUIRER.net7:49 pm | Sunday, July 27th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion De La Salle rallied to slip past University of the East, 60-58, Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jeron Teng scored seven of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, where the Green Archers battled back from 10 points down to level their win-loss record at 2-2 and deal the Red Warriors their first loss in three games.

“We’re lucky to pull this through with 36 turnovers,” said DLSU head coach Juno Sauler.

Rookie Prince Rivero also came up big in the final frame firing all of his eight points, including a basket near the rim off the setup job by Teng that made it, 60-56, with 44.1 seconds remaining.

“We needed Prince because Arnold (Van Opstal) and Jason (Perkins) fouled out,” Sauler said.

Rivero, a high school MVP with La Salle in the NCAA, also grabbed five rebounds and had a block in just 14 minutes of action to fill in for Jason Perkins and Arnold Van Opstal, who both fouled out in the final five minutes and 53 seconds.

“Just probably intuition. Prince has been playing the three spot for us but we decided to try him out at the four,” Sauler explained why he fielded Rivero in.

Roi Sumang spearheaded the Red Warriors’ surge with 16 points but his potential game-tying attempt from the right baseline fell short as time ran out.

A step quicker, UE disrupted La Salle’s offense with its pressure defense that resulted to the Archers, minus starting point guard Thomas Torres for the second straight time due to a fractured right foot, committing 36 errors.

Van Opstal knotted the count for the first time since La Salle trailed, 36-46, to start the fourth quarter at 51-all with a layup past Charles Mammie with 4:08 remaining.

But Mammie got right back and drew Van Opstal’s last foul before hitting two free throws to give the lead back to the Red Warriors, 53-51, before Rivero completed a three-point play that put the Archers ahead for good, 56-54, with 2:13 left.

“They (my players) defended well in the fourth. That was big. Being able to give up just 12 points in the fourth quarter,” Sauler pointed out.

Mammie had eight points and eight rebounds but turned the ball over seven times before also fouling out late in the game.

Moustapha Arafat, UE’s other import, also had to sit the remainder of the game after committing his fifth and final foul with still 6:09 to go.

Norbert Torres notched a double-double for La Salle with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

La Salle’s guards had trouble with the ball amid UE’s suffocating defense. Almond Vosotros had 12 points on a bulk of attempts but had nine turnovers.

07-28-2014, 09:43 AM
Basketball UAAP Rookie Prince Rivero earns spurs as error-prone Green Archers frustrate UE Warriors with gritty fightback From: Reuben Terrado July 27, 2014, 06:58 pm Share it! 1341 98 0 1 Rookie Prince Rivero earns spurs as error-prone Green Archers frustrate UE Warriors with gritty fightback Rookie Prince Rivero scored eight points in the fourth quarter as La Salle pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Red Warriors. Jaime Campos PRINCE Rivero scored eight points including two critical baskets down the stretch as De La Salle survived a slew of turnovers to beat University of the East, 60-58, on Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena. Rivero sank the go-ahead three-point play for La Salle with 2:13 to play before giving the Green Archers a 60-56 lead with another basket, again off a feed by Jeron Teng, at the final 44.1-second mark to hand the Red Warriors their first loss in the season. The Green Archers managed to survive despite falling behind by 10 points at the end of the third quarter, committing 32 of their 36 turnovers in the first three periods, and losing big men Arnold Van Opstal and Jason Perkins on fouls down the stretch. “We were lucky to pull this off after committing 36 turnovers,” La Salle coach Juno Sauler said in what should be the understatement of the season so far. Teng had 18 points while Torres added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Green Archers, who improved to 2-2 win-loss but still lie in sixth place in the standings. Almond Vosotros had 12 points. But the story in the end was Rivero, the former NCAA MVP who stepped up after the Green Archers lost Perkins and Van Opstal one after the other on fouls, scoring all of his points in the fourth quarter. “We needed Prince because of Arnold and Jason fouling out,” said Sauler. It was a disappointing loss for the Red Warriors (3-1), who led 46-36 at the end of the third quarter behind Derrick Pumaren's trademark trapping defense which threw La Salle off its rhythm all afternoon. Roi Sumang had 16 points for the Red Warriors, but his drive to the basket with a chance to send the game into overtime missed the rim completely. The scores: DLSU (60) – Teng 18, N. Torres 14, Vosotros 12, Rivero 8, Van Opstal 5, Perkins 2, Tratter 1, Montalbo 0, Andrada 0, Bolick 0. UE (58) – Sumang 16, Varilla 8, Mammie 8, Olayon 7, Galanza 5, Jumao-as 4, Alberto 4, Arafat 3, Javier 2, De Leon 1. Quarterscores: 12-14; 26-28; 36-46; 60-58. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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07-28-2014, 11:32 AM
Roi Sumang says he was under the weather, but willed self to play against La Salle From: Reuben Terrado July 27, 2014, 08:13 pm Share it! 227 55 0 4 Roi Sumang says he was under the weather, but willed self to play against La Salle UE guard Roi Sumang shot 5-of-19 from the field and airballed the potential game-tying shot on a drive against the Green Archers. Jaime Campos ROI Sumang bared he was under the weather prior to University of the East’s UAAP men’s basketball game against La Salle on Sunday. Sumang said he suffered from tonsillitis earlier this week and only returned to practice on Friday, but wouldn't miss the all-important game against the defending champion Green Archers. “Pagod talaga. Galing ako sa sakit. Nag-practice lang ako nung Friday at saka Saturday. Hindi talaga ako makabangon noong Tuesday at Wednesday,” Sumang said. “Pinilit ko lang kasi kalaban La Salle.” Despite coming in from sick bay, Sumang scored a team-high 16 points, but the Red Warriors failed to hold on when La Salle caame charging back to post a 60-58 victory. Sumang shot 5-of-19 from the field and airballed the potential game-tying shot on a drive as the Red Warriors tumbled to their first loss on their third game of the season. The former national team standout credited La Salle’s composure with its execution in the endgame. “Maganda talaga nilaro ng La Salle. Dumating ‘yung fourth quarter, mas maganda ang execution nila,” said Sumang. As he ended his interview with reporters, Sumang vowed to bounce back. “Nangyari na eh. Siguro bawi na lang kami,” said the UE star. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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07-28-2014, 12:54 PM
MAganda ang execution ng La Salle sa offense pero pinadali ng UE ang buhay ng DLSU sa defense by shooting jumpers exclusively in the last few minutes

07-30-2014, 05:08 PM
FEU Tamaraws break down UE's trademark press just in time to pull off UAAP win
From: Reuben Terrado July 30, 2014, 04:26 pm

FEU Tamaraws break down UE's trademark press just in time to pull off UAAP win Anthony Hargrove had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tamaraws. Jerome Ascano FAR Eastern University survived 31 turnovers and a flat start to beat University of the East, 73-63, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws won their second straight game despite committing 11 turnovers and shooting 4-of-13 from the floor in a first quarter that saw them fall behind, 9-22. FEU, however, started having more success breaking UE's trademark press in the second and put the game away with a crucial run in the fourth quarter. “No adjustments,” said FEU coach Nash Racela when asked how he figured out UE's press. “We just did the things that we were doing in practice going into this game." Racela said the Tamaraws were actually waiting to pounce on UE's relentless press. “We talked about the press of UE. Ang sabi lang namin, UE is a pressing team. We acknowledged that, we actually wanted that, so we could attack the basket.

The players executed well and our small guys really defended well today,” said Racela. Mark Belo had a game-high 21 points for the Tamaraws, who improved to 3-1 win-loss to tie Ateneo at the top. Anthony Hargrove finished added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Tolomia had 13 points and six assists and got a lot of help in the backcourt from Achie Inigo, who had seven points, five rebounds, and four assists. Paul Varilla had 12 points for the Red Warriors, who only got seven points from star Roi Sumang as they dropped their second straight game after a 2-0 start. FEU's 31 turnovers in the game were only five shy of De La Salle’s count in its first loss of the season.

The scores:
FEU (73) – Belo 21, Hargrove 14, Tolomia 13, Cruz 7, Inigo 7, Pogoy 5, Jose 4, Dennison 2, Ru. Escoto 0, Denila 0.

UE (63) – Varilla 12, Galanza 11, Javier 8, Arafat 8, Sumang 7, Mammie 6, Alberto 5, Jumao-as 4, De Leon 2, Olayon 0. Quarterscores: 12-22, 31-32, 52-49, 73-63. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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07-31-2014, 09:26 AM
No. 1 Bulldogs feast on Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:15 am |

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

National University caught Adamson on a bad day and the Bulldogs carved out the most lopsided triumph this season with a 62-25 rout to grab the solo lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bulldogs set the tone for the whopping 37-point romp right in the opening minutes as they zoomed to early double-digit leads behind Jay Alejandro, Gelo Alolino and Glenn Khobuntin.

“When we watched Adamson in the last two games they were really shooting well,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “Today they were not shooting well. It just so happened we played good defense and they couldn’t buy any shot.”

Alejandro unloaded 10 of his team-high 13 points in the first half where the Bulldogs erected a comfortable 29-point cushion, 40-11, on the way to their fourth victory in five games.

Earlier, Mac Belo continued to do wonders coming off the bench as Far Eastern University downed University of the East, 73-63, to climb to a share of second at 3-1.

Belo, the standout forward who didn’t start for the second straight game, sparked the Tamaraws’ comeback from an early deficit before finishing with a game-high 21 points.

“He’s very consistent,” FEU coach Nash Racela said of Belo. “His true leadership showed today. Even if he came off the bench in a big game, he still gives the numbers.”

Anthony Hargrove, who teamed up with Roger Pogoy and Achie Iñigo in a fourth-quarter breakaway, posted a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Falcons’ three-point output in the first quarter was the lowest scored by a team since the Bulldogs had the same measly production against Ateneo in 2009.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 39 points, 58-19, as the miserable Falcons could not score more than eight points in any quarters.

“I didn’t see them relax,” Altamirano said of his Bulldogs, the league’s surprise early leader. “I saw their body language even before the game that they were very focused.”

Alolino added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Troy Rosario had 10 markers and 10 boards for the Bulldogs.

“Being No. 1—we cannot rest on that,” said Altamirano. “This season is very unpredictable. You can go from 1 to 7 in a span of two games. What’s important is we have to be consistent every game.”

The Tamaraws came back from an early 13-point deficit, 9-22, with Belo and Hargrove fueling a 10-3 blitz at the start of the second quarter to trim the gap to 22-25.

By the second half, the Tamaraws were in full control and kept UE star guard Roi Sumang scoreless in the first three quarters.

The Warriors absorbed their second straight loss to drop into a tie with idle La Salle at 2-2. The Falcons remained winless in four outings.

The scores:

First Game

FEU 73—Belo 21, Hargrove 14, Tolomia 13, Cruz 7, Iñigo 7, Pogoy 5, Jose 4, Dennison 2, Escoto 0, Denila 0.

UE 63—Varilla 12, Galanza 11, Javier 8, Arafat 8, Sumang 7, Mammie 6, Alberto 5, Jumao-as 4, De Leon 2, Olayon 0.

Quarters: 12-22, 31-32, 52-49, 73-63

Second Game

NU 62—Alejandro 13, Alolino 10, Rosario 10, Khobuntin 7, Aroga 6, Cauilan 3, Neypes 3, Yu 3, Diputado 2, Javelona 2, Salim 2, Perez 1, Betayene 0, Atangan 0, Celda 0, Tansingco 0 .

ADAMSON 25—Trollano 7, Ochea 5, Nalos 4, Monteclaro 3, Aquino 2, Baytan 2, Barrera 1,Pedrosa 1, Butron 0, Donahue 0, Garcia 0, Gumtang 0, Iñigo 0, Rios 0, Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 19-3, 40-11, 56-17, 62-25

Sam Miguel
07-31-2014, 09:29 AM
Coach Derrick Pumaren, this will all be on you. You have to let Sumang and Mammie play. They cannot be doing a lot of hanging around and waiting for the ball to get back to them. This is not how Sumang and Mammie operate. Granted your first two wins were blowouts against also-ran teams, but still, you were in the Lasalle game, you were in the FEU game. That press has to stop. Surely there has to be more to the Pumaren playbook than that.

08-04-2014, 10:50 AM
Bulldogs overpower Warriors; Eagles win

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated August 4, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - National U rode on a big 9-0 tear and clamped down on defense in the stretch to eke out a come-from-behind 57-55 victory over University of the East and keep the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

Cameroonian Alfred Aroga banged in 18 points and 15 rebounds in a dominating performance that helped the pacesetting Bulldogs complete the win, storming to their third straight and 5-1 overall.

“It was a tightly contested ballgame; it could have gone either way. But I just want to commend the boys for their resiliency in the end. They just refused to lose,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano, whose wards trailed by 11 points early on.

“In the early part of the game, we kind of forced the issue and lost our discipline. But come the third quarter, we got our acts together and got back to where we’re really strong at – defense – so I think it came down to making stops in the end,” he added.

Facing a 48-54 deficit, the Bulldogs shackled the Warriors and fired nine unanswered points in a three-minute stretch, making the most out of their offensive rebounding to turn the game around and seize a 57-54 margin going to the last 2:15.

UE, which trimmed the NU lead to two at 55-57 on a split by Roi Sumang, still had the chance to go for an equalizer or even a game-winner having ball possession with 17.1 seconds left. Sumang drove past Nico Javelona but found Aroga waiting underneath to challenge his up-and-under shot that missed the mark. Aroga picked up the rebound as NU supporters who included former star Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. celebrated.

“We knew they were going to Sumang. Of course, we didn’t want to give up a three, at least we can give up a two but we wanted to contain him really well, force him to one side where we know there will be help coming and true enough, Alfred was there to help up Javelona on the drive,” Altamirano said.

Glenn Khobuntin added 14 points plus eight rebounds and two assists and Troy Rosario came up with 11 markers and five boards to complement Aroga.

Bong Galanza and Sumang shot 16 apiece for the Warriors, who fell to their third straight loss after a 2-0 start. Charles Mammie and Moustapha Arafat went scoreless in their matchup with Aroga.

In the second game, Kiefer Ravena uncorked 12 of his 23 points in the payoff period to power Ateneo to an 81-78 victory over Far Eastern U and solo second with 4-1.

Taking charge in the crunch, Ravena knocked in a fadeaway jumper, a booming trey and two freethrows in succession to give the Blue Eagles a 75-66 cushion going to the last 1:15. The cagers from Katipunan hung tough in the face of a searing fightback by the Tams with Ravena’s split restoring a three-point spread with 2.4 seconds left.

Mike Tolomia launched a Hail Mary shot from near centercourt that hit the glass and didn’t go in, leading to FEU’s second setback in five games for a share of fourth with La Salle.

08-04-2014, 10:58 AM
Punyeta, nakalamang na ng sais hindi pa binalik kagad sina Roi at Charlie for the finishing kick.

Ayun, awa ni bathala nilamon ang UE nina Troy Rosario at Glenn Khobuntin on MISSED FREETHROWS.

Does that sound familiar?

Oh right, that's exactly what Norbert Torres and Lasalle did to UE too.

I don't know what if any are the issues between the Pumarens and Charlie. If there are those need to be ironed out. Fast.

UE cannot survive on Roi playing hero ball and Arafat and Javier unable to secure defensive rebounds.

In short, UE needs Charlie on the floor and tending the boards.

Free Charles Mammie!

08-04-2014, 03:51 PM
Basketball UAAP Struggling UE star Roi Sumang braces for criticism, but vows to keep shooting
From: Reuben Terrado August 3, 2014,

Struggling UE star Roi Sumang braces for criticism, but vows to keep shooting UE star Roi Sumang missed a driving layup with a game on the line. Jaime Campos ROI Sumang was again a picture of disappointment after failing to convert basket in the homestretch that led to a second straight loss for University of the East in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament. Against National University on Sunday, Sumang missed a driving lay-up with the towering Alfred Aroga on his path in the waning seconds, allowing the Bulldogs to escape with a 57-55 victory.

As he fell to the ground, Sumang started to shed tears while his teammates and coaches tried to console him in the aftermath of the Warriors’ third straight loss after an auspicious 2-0 start to the season. Sumang actually didn't do all that badly, statistics-wise, as he finished with 16 points. But the effort went for naught. “Sino bang hindi iiyak kapag dalawang beses ka matalo?” a visibly disappointed Sumang admitted after emerging from the dugout. With another disappointing performance, Sumang is ready to face his critics. “Hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin uli. Ayun, ako na naman uli ang titirahin,” he said. Sumang, however, got words of encouragement from his teammates who vowed to protect the UE star from critics. “Kahit sino naman matutuwa.

Gusto ko ‘yung sinabi ni RR (De Leon) sa dugout na ako na naman ang titirahin sa social media kaya protektahan natin ‘yung teammate natin,” said Sumang. “Ako handa na ako. Wala akong pakialam kung ano man ang sabihin nila sa akin. Maglalaro pa rin ako,” he added. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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08-04-2014, 04:21 PM
napasama pa yata UE RW sa pagpalit ng Head Coach, the Pumaren press is not working for the team. mas ok yata yung last year na system ni Coach Boyzie run and gun, high - low play & DDO. THE Pumaren brothers has yet to win a game against a team other than UP & AdU

08-06-2014, 02:35 PM
Defiant Derrick Pumaren not pushing panic button after
UE Warriors' third loss in a row

From: Reuben Terrado

DESPITE three straight losses, University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren is not pushing the panic button.
The Warriors have lost by two points in two of their three defeats in the UAAP men's basketball tournament,
the last a 57-55 setback to National University. Last week, UE was beaten by La Salle, 60-58, despite forcing
a ton of Green Archers turnovers with their vaunted trapping defense. Still, Pumaren remains positive. “We
lost three battles but the war is not yet over,” said Pumaren defiantly. UE actually shot better against the
Bulldogs by making 38 percent of their attempts including a 5-of-14 clip from beyond the arc. But Pumaren
said it was the ‘little things’ that cost the Warriors the victory. “We gave up four or five offensive rebounds
(in the endgame) and that was the ballgame right there,” said the former PBA champion coach. “The problem
is in our execution. In the last two games, we are not playing as a team. Offensively, there is no sharing of the
ball, instead of making the extra passes,” he added. But Pumaren believes the Red Warriors can get over the
hump, even if UE next faces in-form Ateneo next on August 10. “We are still in pretty good shape. We just have
to come out and get the third win against Ateneo. Then, we will take it from there,” said Pumaren.

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08-10-2014, 05:34 PM
Olats nanaman

That was a classic game between ADMU and UE , Sucks that we got the short end of that one.
Another heartbreaking loss (we've had the worst luck at these things lol)

At 2-4 next game is must win for us against UST to have a chance at a final 4 berth. Let's hope the boys persevere and make a run in the 2nd round (ala-dlsu last yr).

We can still turn this around

Sam Miguel
08-11-2014, 09:48 AM
Ravena lifts Eagles anew; Archers win

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:26 am |

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Flourishing yet again at crunch time, Kiefer Ravena unloaded the huge baskets down the stretch as Ateneo pulled off a big comeback from 21 points down to stun University of the East in overtime, 93-91, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Ravena exploded for a career-high 38 points, including the mid-range jumper with 23.4 seconds left that forged overtime, 80-80, before accounting for the Blue Eagles’ last seven points in the extra period.

The Eagles trailed by a wide 17-38 margin early before Ravena, Von Pessumal and Chris Newsome combined in a gigantic rally that propelled Ateneo to the solo No. 1 spot.

“If you have to go to the bottom line of this—it was just the desire for us to get back,” said coach Bo Perasol after his Eagles wrapped up their first-round campaign with a a 6-1 record.

Archers score

Defending champion La Salle ended its first-round run with an emphatic 83-70 triumph over University of Santo Tomas in the second game to gain a share of second at 5-2 with National University.

Jeron Teng, who topscored with 22, joined hands with Jason Perkins and rookie Julian Sargent in a fourth-quarter surge that gave the Green Archers their first double-digit lead, 72-62, going into the last three minutes.

“Big minutes from those coming off the bench, not just offensively,” coach Juno Sauler said after the Archers, who streaked to their fifth straight win, edged the Tigers in a rematch of last season’s finalists.

Team leader

Ravena, who also posted six rebounds and nine assists, starred in their third-straight pulsating win as the star guard also drilled the game-winners in the Eagles’ narrow escape over Far Eastern University (81-78) and University of Santo Tomas (63-61) last week.

“I always give it to the leader—Kiefer,” said Perasol. “He’s the epitome of a can-do attitude, regardless of the situation. He was able to deliver for us in the end again.”

Pessumal hit 18 of his 19 points from three-point range, the last triple pushing the Eagles ahead, 84-82, with 2:43 minutes left in overtime.

After a Bong Galanza triple swung the lead back to the Warriors, 85-84, Newsome nailed two free throws before Ravena took over with seven straight points.

Newsome finished with an all-around game of 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and a couple of steals.

Roi Sumang shot a career-high 30 points for the Warriors, who have blown big leads in all their losses and now stood at 2-4 behind the Tigers’ 3-3 mark.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 93—K. Ravena 38, Pessumal 19, Newsome 18, Babilonia 4, Elorde 4, Tolentino 3, Apacible 2, Gotladera 2, T. Ravena 2, Capacio 1, Porter 0.

UE 91—Sumang 30, Galanza 19, Mammie 18, Guiang 6, Varilla 6, Jumao-as 4, Olayon 4, Palma 4, Alberto 0, Javier 0, Arafat 0.

Quarters: 10-28, 31-44, 55-64, 80-80 (reg.), 93-91 (OT)

Second Game

LA SALLE 83—Teng 22, Perkins 15, Rivero 12, Sargent 10, Vosotros 9, Bolick 5, Andrada 4, Tratter 4, Torres 2, Montalbo 0.

UST 70—Mariano 20, Vigil 19, Ferrrer 11, Abdul 10, Pe 6, Sheriff 4, Daquioag 0, Dela Cruz 0, Lao 0, Lo 0, Macasaet 0, Subido 0.
Quarters: 17-15, 35-35, 59-51, 83-70

08-11-2014, 11:02 AM
UE coach Pumaren left to rue 45 free throws awarded to Ateneo - and 25 for Ravena

From: Reuben Terrado

August 10, 2014, 06:07 pm

When asked if he was questioning the officiating by pointing out the wide free-throw disparity, UE coach Derrick Pumaren tells the media, "It's up to you guys."

UNIVERSITY of the East coach Derrick Pumaren rued the number of free throws awarded to Ateneo in the Red Warriors' 93-91 overtime loss to the Blue Eagles in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Sunday.

The first-year UE coach saw his team lose a 21-point lead in regulation, but insisted it was tough to overcome the 45 free throws awarded to Ateneo by the referees against the 30 given to the Red Warriors.

“I think it will be hard to beat teams if we give them 45 free throws, right? As a team, we only shot 30 free throws,” said Pumaren in a brief interview with the media moments after UE's fourth successive loss.

Pumaren singled out Ateneo hero Kiefer Ravena, who scored 38 points while making 19 of 25 attempts from the charity line. “Ravena shot 25 free throws. That’s the game right there,” said Pumaren.

When asked if he was, in effect, questioning the officiating of the game, Pumaren left it to the media to answer it. “It’s up to you guys,” he said.

08-11-2014, 11:07 AM
^ Alam mo Coach kundi mo sana binangko ng matagal si Mammie wala na sanang problema.

Charlie was killing Ateneo right from the get-go, for the simple reason na wala naman siyang katapat sa Ateneo. 10 points, five rebounds na kagad siya first quarter pa lang.

So how did he wind up with only 18 points and 13 rebounds for the whole game including an overtime? Obviously hindi mo na naman ginamit ng tama si Charlie.

Sa sinasabi mo namang freethrows 15/30 ang UE, 33/45 ang Ateneo.

Huwag na lang perfect sana UE sa freethrows, pero sabihin na lang natin 20/30 man lang, eh 'di sana panalo pa regulation pa lang.

Sam Miguel
08-12-2014, 11:32 AM
UAAP commissioner rues 64 fouls called in Ateneo-UE game, but says it was 'excessive for both sides'

From: Reuben Terrado

August 11, 2014, 04:06 pm

UAAP commissioner Andy Jao says he immediately called the referees' attention to the fouls called on Ateneo and UE on Sunday, which he felt were 'excessive.'

UAAP commissioner Andy Jao said he was not happy with the number of fouls called during the game between Ateneo and University of the East on Sunday, but said he felt the fouls "were excessive for both sides."

Jao said he immediately called the referees' attention to the 64 fouls called in the game, which led to a combined 75 free throw attempts for the Blue Eagles and the Red Warriors, in an overtime game that dragged on for almost three hours.

“I saw that and actually I thought both of them had too many free throws. They (Red Warriors) had 30, the other (Blue Eagles) had 45. That is why the game was so long,” Jao told Spin.ph on Monday.

The Blue Eagles were able to mount a comeback from 21 points down to come away with a 93-91 overtime win over the Red Warriors in a thrilling but dragging game that pushed back the end of the other double-header between La Salle and University of Santo Tomas past 7 p.m.

On Sunday, UE coach Derrick Pumaren lamented after the game the 45 free throws awarded to Ateneo — including 25 given to Blue Eagles star Kiefer Ravena which were just five less than the free throws of the entire Red Warriors combined. [See Pumaren left to rue 45 free throws awarded to Ateneo - and 25 for Ravena]

But for Jao, the total free throws were too much, not just for Ateneo but for UE as well. “For me, it’s excessive for both sides,” said Jao. Jao, however, said the number of fouls wasn’t due to the way the game was called by the officials alone, but also due to the way UE and Ateneo played.

“UE has a tendency to commit fouls because they press almost all the way. They have a tendency to get into penalty quickly." On the other hand, Jao said "Ateneo had to defend (Charles) Mammie.”

Jao said he understands Pumaren's frustration after the game. “I have a lot of respect for coach Derrick," said the longtime television analyst and basketball official. "He isn’t the kind of person that will make an excuse about officiating.”

08-13-2014, 04:39 PM
Nanalo din =)

08-13-2014, 05:07 PM
UE Red Warriors prey on Karim Abdul-less UST Tigers to end four-game UAAP losing streak
From: Reuben Terrado August 13, 2014, 04:37PM

UE Red Warriors prey on Karim Abdul-less UST Tigers to end four-game UAAP losing streak UE slotman Charles Mammie dominated inside in the absence of UST's Karim Abdul. Jerome Ascano UNIVERSITY of the East broke its four-game losing slide with a 72-62 win over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Emil Palma had 14 points while Charles Mammie added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Red Warriors, who opened a 32-15 lead at halftime against a UST team without top big man Karim Abdul. [See Karim Abdul misses out on UE game due to viral infection] The win came like a whiff of fresh air for the Red Warriors, who had lost three games by just two points including an overtime defeat to Ateneo on Sunday.

The losses piled up for UE that coach Derrick Pumaren told mediamen to open his post-game interview: “First of all, long time, no see.” Pumaren, however, made it clear he was not happy to see his players once again fail to protect a big lead after seeing a 29-point lead cut down to what it was at game's end. “It was not really a good win. We relaxed. We lost a 20-point lead. For now, a win is a win. We got to get over that hump which hopefully will be a good start for us,” said Pumaren. "We wanted to end the first round on a winning note," he added. The Tigers (3-4) to lose their third straight game to wrap up the first round campaign.

They were never really in the game after scoring just four points in the second quarter. The Tigers were able to go on a 14-0 run to cut the Red Warriors’ lead to 60-42, but UE responded with an 8-0 blast to cement the win.

The scores:

UE (72) – Palma 14, Mammie 12, Galanza 9, Sumang 8, Arafat 7, Javier 6, Alberto 6, Olayon 3, Varilla 2, De Leon 2, Charcos 2, Jumao-as 1, Guiang 0, Cudal 0, Derige 0, Hernandez 0.

UST (62) – Mariano 21, Ferrer 12, Vigil 8, Faundo 7, Sheriff 4, Daquioag 3, Pe 3, Lo 2, Lao 1, Subido 1, Gayosa 0, Macasaet 0. Quarterscores: 19-11, 32-15, 60-31, 72-62. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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08-14-2014, 10:11 AM
the journey continue for UE RW ====> seven games to F4. A 7-0 will give them a clear shot to the elusive F4 and a 6 - 1 maybe and just maybe a knock out game for the last F4 slot. At the end of 2nd round the 10-4 or 9-5 who knows but I am hoping for the best in Season 77

Sam Miguel
08-17-2014, 08:50 AM
Tigers, Warriors trim tailenders

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer

2:08 am | Sunday, August 17th, 2014

University of Santo Tomas and University of the East scored contrasting victories over the tailenders to remain tied for fifth place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tigers narrowly slipped past the Adamson Falcons anew, 61-59, while the Warriors rolled past University of the Philippines Maroons, 68-48, even minus injured star Roi Sumang.

UST and UE both improved to 4-4. The Maroons, who snapped a 27-game losing skid with a 77-64 win over the Falcons last week, fell to 1-7, while the Falcons remained winless in eight outings.

Louie Vigil buried the the go-ahead jumper, 60-59, with 1:51 left, before Aljon Mariano shone in the endgame by grabbing three crucial offensive rebounds in the final minute to rescue the Tigers.

“They played very good defense again,” UST coach Bong dela Cruz said of the Falcons, who also lost to the Tigers by just a point, 49-50, in the first round. “We couldn’t convert our outside shots, we couldn’t penetrate inside.”

Charles Mammie posted a double-double of 15 points and 14 boards and also blocked four shots to power the Warriors, who led by as many 24 points, 62-38, in the final quarter.

Sumang sat out due to a sprained ankle, but Dan Alberto ably took over as he sparked the Warriors’ early breakaway by drilling nine of his 11 points in the opening quarter.

“We’ve gone over the hump after losing four straight [in the first round],” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren.

Trailing by only a point, 59-60, the Falcons couldn’t gain possession in the final minute as the Tigers dominated the boards.

The Tigers grabbed four straight offensive rebounds—the last three from Mariano—after missing four consecutive attempts in a crucial final-minute stretch that doomed the Falcons.

The scores:

First Game

UST 61—Vigil 13, Daquioag 11, Ferrer 8, Subido 8, Mariano 7, Sheriff 7, Lao 5, Abdul 2, Basibas 0, Faundo 0, Lo 0, Pe 0.

ADAMSON 59—Rios 22, Trollano 16, Iñigo 11, Donahue 4, Polican 3, Baytan 2, Garcia 1, Aquino 0, Barrera 0, Butron 0, Monteclaro 0, Nalos 0, Pedrosa 0, Villanueva 0.

Quarters: 19-12, 35-29, 52-52, 61-59

Second Game

UE 68—Mammie 15, Alberto 11, Olayon 11, Javier 6, Galanza 5, Jumao-as 5, Charcos 4, Guiang 3, De Leon 2, Hernandez 2, Arafat 2, Varilla 2, Palma 1, Cudal 0, Derige 0.

UP 48—Reyes 19, Lao 10, Vito 7, Asilum 4, Moralde 2, Gingerich 2, Gallarza 2, Harris 2, Lim 0, Juruena 0.

Quarters: 18-7, 32-24, 51-36, 68-48

08-18-2014, 01:54 PM
August 20, 2014

ATENEO Blue Eagles VS UE Red Warriors

TIME: 4:00pm

08-18-2014, 01:58 PM
August 20, 2014

ATENEO Blue Eagles VS UE Red Warriors

TIME: 4:00pm

Sam Miguel
08-21-2014, 01:01 PM
Ravena lifts Eagles over scrappy Warriors

By Olmin Leyba |

Updated Thursday August 21, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Atoning from his endgame meltdown last time, Kiefer Ravena rifled in nine of his 16 points in the payoff period to lift Ateneo to 78-73 victory over University of the East and back into the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament at the MOA Arena yesterday.

Ravena, who initially let Chris Newsome and Von Pessumal run the show, took charge in the crunch and knocked down a pair of charities followed by a booming trey that gave the Eagles a 76-72 cushion going to the last 14.2 seconds.

The win put Ateneo back on track after an 86-88 setback to rival La Salle last Sunday and installed the Eagles at the pace with 7-2. The Warriors dropped to 4-5.

"What can I say, parang ginawa lang ng teammates ni Kiefer nag-bake sila tapos si Kiefer ang naglagay ng icing, ng frosting (It's like the rest of the team baked the cake and Kiefer was there to put the icing)," said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

The 6-foot Ravena got the leather from Newsome, dribbled to the left, shrugged off defender Renz Palma, and launched it from top of the rainbow territory.

"As any player would do after a loss, I just wanted to bounce back. Crucial misses for me in that loss to La Salle and I wanted to bounce back," said Ravena, who also had eight rebounds and seven assists. "I was also motivated to play even more by the chants of 'one big flop' by UE and the cheers of the Ateneans."

Newsome fired a season-high 23 points plus six rebounds, two steals and two assists to lead Ateneo while Pessumal added 13, including two free throws in the last 8.1 seconds that sealed it.

"I was telling Kiefer at the five, six-minute mark to up the ante because he seems to be coasting. In the end he delivered. It also helped that we had our best start in five games and didn't have play catchup anymore. Plus Von, Chris and Nico (Elorde) were there for defense, shooting and leadership," Perasol said.

Charles Mammie had 18 rebounds and 15 points while Sumang had 10 after a scoreless first half to pace UE.

Earlier, National U ran roughshod over a hapless Adamson side, 71-50, to break a two-game slump and improve to 6-3 while formally eliminating the Falcons (0-9) from Final Four contention.

Although the Falcons doubled their previous tally from a record-low 25 points in a 37-point blowout the first time, the Falcons limped with two markers in the second quarter, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away. Those two points were the lowest output in a quarter since Ateneo scored that little in a 72-76 loss to NU way back August 2003.

"Very pivotal talaga yung second quarter. Our second unit stepped up, medyo low energy yung first unit. Yung second unit sila ang nag-provide ng spark (The second quarter was the pivotal point. Our first unit lacked the energy but our second unit stepped up and provided the spark),"said Altamirano.

Boosted by their good game in a 61-59 loss to Santo Tomas last Saturday, the Falcons fought the Bulldogs toe to toe in the early goings and even led by 14-10.

It was then that Altamirano sent in the likes of Rev Diputado, Pao Javelona and Reden Celda, who joined forces in a 22-0 blast bridging the first and the second to seize a 32-14 tear. The Falcons broke their long silence via a jumper by Jansen Rios but that was all they could manage as the Bulldogs countered with a 10-0 salvo to widen the gap further, 42-16 at the turn.

"We're just happy to get this win. We know how important this game was for us (in the race for the Final Four)," said Altamirano, whose wards closed in on the lead pack.

Gelo Alolino (14 points and five assists) and Glenn Khobuntin (12 markers, six boards) topped scoring for NU, which led by as many as 31.

Don Trollano and Rios paced the Falcons with 15 and 10, respectively.

The scores:

First Game

NU 71 - Alolino 14, Khobuntin 12, Aroga 7, Betayene 6, Celda 6, Javelona 6, Rosario 6, Diputado 5, Alejandro 3, Neypes 3, Perez 2, Salim 1, Atangan 0, Cauilan 0, Tansingco 0.

AdU 50 - Trollano 15, Rios 10, Inigo 7, Nalos 7, Garcia 6, Aquino 3, Ochea 2, Baytan 0, Butron 0, Donahue 0, Gumtang 0, Monteclaro 0, Pedrosa 0, Polican 0, Villanueva 0.

Quarterscores: 18-14, 42-16, 59-28, 71-50

Second Game

AdMU 78 - Newsome 23, K. Ravena 16, Pessumal 13, Elorde 11, Gotladera 11, Babilonia 2, Capacio 2, T. Ravena 1, A. Tolentino 0, V. Tolentino 0.

UE 73 - Mammie 15, Sumang 10, De Leon 8, Varilla 8, Alberto 7, Jumao-as 7, Olayon 7, Arafat 4, Palma 3, Galanza 2, Javier 2, Guiang 0.

Quarterscores: 15-11, 35-32, 54-51, 78-73

08-22-2014, 09:50 AM
looks like another goodbye to the F4 party for the UE RW in Season 77. With only 5 remaining games against AdU, UST, NU, FEU & DLSU. Its gonna be a tall order to beat NU, FEU & DLSU :(. As the season goes SUMANG not living to the expectations of the UE faithful making a poor decision on the end game against ADMU makes me feel more pessimistic on our chances to get through with the elusive F4.

08-26-2014, 08:59 AM
Warriors repel winless Falcons

By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) |

Updated August 24, 2014 - 4:45pm

MANILA, Philippines – University of the East flirted with disaster before finishing strong in warding off a hard-fighting Adamson side, 72-59 victory, in the 77th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

Bong Galanza fired a team-high 20 points, including four triples, while Charles Mammie and Ronnie De Leon added 12 points apiece for the Legarda-based squad.

The Warriors improved their win-loss record to 5-5 to take the solo fifth spot in the team standings.

However, UE coach Derrick Pumaren expressed disappointment with his wards’ play, pointing out their lack of energy.

"We still have a shot (at the Final Four) but we cannot play the way we played today. If that's the way we play against the top teams, we can kiss our Final Four hopes goodbye. We have to play a lot better," said Pumaren.

"I don’t think the guys are ready to play today especially in the start. They were taking Adamson lightly. We are fighting for position we cannot take things lightly," he added.

The Falcons were right in the game early in the fourth quarter when Dawn Ochea scored on a putback to cut the deficit, 48-50, at the 9:29 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Warriors responded with an 11-3 run to take the momentum and ultimately control the game.

"We have to work our way up to the Final Four. The mentality we should have is we have to do it right now and forget the record. Our season starts today," said Pumaren.

Don Trollano led the Falcons’ charge with 18 points while Dawn Ochea added 12 markers.

Adamson remains the only winless team in the season with a 0-10 card.

08-26-2014, 10:33 AM
Pumaren pushes squad for possible Final 4 appearance
August 24, 2014 7:21pm

The University of the East stayed in the hunt for a final four spot after a 72-59 victory over winless Adamson University, but UE head coach Derrick Pumaren was unsatisfied with the way his team played on Sunday.

The Falcons took control of the game in the first half behind the efforts of veteran Don Trollano, Jansen Rios, William Polican, and Dawn Ochea who provided the spark off the bench. The Warriors only turned things around in the second half, seizing the lead with a 9-0 run including a dunk from Charles Mammie.

"I don't think they came out to play tonight. They didn't play hard, especially at the start," Pumaren said.

"They were taking Adamson for granted and that's what I've been telling them. With the position we have right now, we cannot take any team lightly."

With the win, UE holds a 5-5 card for fifth place in the standings, just behind the National University whom they will face on Aug. 31.

"That will be a battle for positioning for us," Pumaren said.

In the first round, the Warriors absorbed a heartbreaking 57-55 loss to the Bulldogs after yielding to De La Salle University and Far Eastern University. They later lost to Ateneo De Manila University in overtime, only snapping their losing streak with a win against the University of Santo Tomas.

"We still have a chance but we cannot play the way we played tonight," Pumaren said.

"If that's the way we're gonna play against NU, the top teams, then we have to kiss the season goodbye." - RAF, GMA News


08-26-2014, 01:26 PM
^ Nababagabag ako na kaya palang iskoran ni Dawn Ochea si Arafat. I know Ochea was a high school star and that he knows how to play, pero kung pati import kaya mong iskoran with post moves malaki problema ng UE kay Arafat.

One good thing is that at least Charlie is getting more minutes and responding by slowly regaining his rebound numbers from last season. Number 1 na ngayon sa rebounding si Charlie at nearly 10 rpg. That came about as a result of more minutes. He's also Number 2 in freethrows attempted at 68, problema nga lang he's made only 28 of them so far. Pero at least mukhang nare-recognize na ng coaches that UE is a better team when Charlie gets more minutes. If UE returns to the Final 4 after a five-year absence it will be because Charlie finally got his minutes and his rebounds back.

08-31-2014, 10:04 PM
Why was UE star player Roi Sumang benched

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 08/31/2014 8:30 PM | Updated as of 08/31/2014 8:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Roi Sumang may be University of the East's (UE) star player but he is not above the law, coach Derrick Pumaren declared Sunday after benching his point guard in their crucial game against National University.

It came as a surprise to fans that Sumang did not start against the Bulldogs, and courtside reporter Yvette Din later said the point guard was benched as a disciplinary action.

UE still won the game, 64-55, to stay in the hunt for a Final Four spot, but Sumang's absence loomed large over the contest.

Pumaren later revealed to reporters that Sumang missed their practice on Saturday morning after leaving the UE campus Friday night -- and this came after he and the rest of the Red Warriors affirmed their commitment to work their hardest in a last push for the semi-finals.

"The team had a meeting last Thursday (with UE management), and they gave the commitment that they will go all out, they will give their best in an all-out effort to stay alive," said Pumaren.

"Roi was the one who was very vocal, and he was taking the lead during the meeting. But I don't know what happened. He did not sleep there in the quarters last Friday, he left around 7, 7:30 (p.m.), and then he arrived back to the quarters at around 9:00 a.m.," he added.

The Red Warriors practice started around 9 a.m., but instead of going to the gym and offering an explanation, Sumang stayed inside the quarters.

"So I didn't hear anything from Roi. So there is no reason for him to play tonight," said Pumaren. "They gave all their commitment, and he's a big part of this team. He cannot do that."

"I think it's disrespectful to the school, to the management, to the team and to me as a coach," he added. "He is a player, yes, I know he is Roi Sumang, but he is not above the law."

Meanwhile, UE center Charles Mammie said Sumang had the flu and was confined. "Roi wasn't fit to play today," he said.

Pumaren said Sumang only texted him at 11:16 p.m. on Saturday to say that he had a headache. The coach added that he has yet to talk to Sumang, as he does not want to lose his concentration with such a crucial game to play.

"I don't want to have that 'init ng ulo,'" he said. "We'll sit down and figure out what happens."

There is still no clear explanation as to Sumang's actions, and it is still unclear if he will again be sanctioned for UE's game against Far Eastern University next Sunday.

"I still have to sit down with UE management about what to do regarding that," Pumaren said of Sumang.

Sumang declined to speak with reporters after the game. "Hindi ako naglaro, paano ako magsasalita?" he said on his way out of the Coliseum.

Meanwhile, Pumaren heaped praise on his players who stepped up even with Sumang out.

"The beauty of basketball is it's a team sport. It's not one guy, it's not two guys. It's a team. It takes a whole game to win a ballgame. That's what we showed tonight - UE is not a one man team. It's a basketball team, and there is no 'i' in team," Pumaren said.

08-31-2014, 10:05 PM
"Hindi ako naglaro, paano ako magsasalita?"

- baka naman may ka-meeting ng gabi na 'yon? di ba bonbon?

08-31-2014, 10:06 PM
"Hindi ako naglaro, paano ako magsasalita?"
“Ako na naman, hindi nga ako naglaro”

- baka naman may ka-meeting ng gabi na 'yon? di ba bonbon?

09-01-2014, 01:59 AM
"Hindi ako naglaro, paano ako magsasalita?"

- baka naman may ka-meeting ng gabi na 'yon? di ba bonbon?

Let's not jump into conclusions. Baka nag-bar lang sa morato saturday night e hahah.

Anyways, we played our best game yesterday (without sumang at that) -- unleashing mammie was what the doctor ordered , monster game from him. Solid games from javier and the crew

Hope we push through and make the run to the final 4

UE (64) – Mammie 22, Varilla 8, Javier 8, Jumao-as 8, Galanza 5, Alberto 4, De Leon 3, Guiang 2, Olayon 2, Charcos 2, Arafat 0, Palma 0.

NU (55) – Alolino 13, Rosario 12, Javelona 9, Khobuntin 6, Neypes 5, Betayene 5, Aroga 3, Diputado 2, Alejandro 0, Celda 0, Perez 0.

Quarterscores: 8-11; 19-15; 37-29; 64-55.

09-01-2014, 10:16 AM
Mammie, Jumao-as team up as Warriors wallop Bulldogs
August 31, 2014 7:02pm

The Warriors shut down the Bulldogs in the second period, allowing just four points Photo by KC Cruz

The University of the East Red Warriors shackled the National University Bulldogs in the second quarter before gamely engaging them in a shootout in the last two to come out with a 64-55 win on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

With the upset, UE now holds a 6-5 card to keep their final four bid alive. The Warriors place fifth in the standings, just behind NU which slid down to 7-4.

Charles Mammie led the Warriors with season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Paul Varilla and Chris Javier added eight points each. UE played without star player Roi Sumang, who sat out the entire game due to a disciplinary action imposed by the team.

Gelo Alolino finished with 13 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs, while Troy Rosario chipped in 12 points and nine boards. Nico Javelona added nine markers and nine rebounds.

Down 11-8 after the first period, Gino Jumao-as and Javier led UE in the second, going on a 9-0 run entering the halftime break. The Bulldogs had to settle with baskets from Alfred Aroga and Kyle Neypes for four points in the quarter.

Rosario led the charge for the Bulldogs at the start of the third to come close 21-26, but Varilla nailed a triple to swing the momentum back in UE's favor. Mammie followed up with a dunk and a basket to mount a 10-point cushion for the Warriors, 33-23. Henri Betayene stepped up for NU to end the quarter at 29-37 going into the final frame.

The Bulldogs stepped on the gas in the fourth, opening with a 9-0 blitz which put them within one, 38-39. But the Warriors regrouped and easily recovered as Mammie continued to assert his presence inside the paint. Jumao-as and RR De Leon fired crucial treys to once again stretch the lead to nine, 53-44.

Alolino scored in the paint and drew a foul for a three-point play with 52 seconds left, 51-59, but the Warriors nailed their free throws in the endgame to keep the lead for good. —RAF, GMA News


09-01-2014, 10:40 AM
The team played well yesterday without Roi Sumang, I hope they will fix things and focus on the 3 remaining games (FEU, DLSU & UST).
Lets hope for the best and goodluck to our team UE RED WARRIORS


09-08-2014, 09:53 AM
Never-say-die Warriors crush Tams

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Back-against-the-wall University of the East dished out what coach Derrick Pumaren described as their “best performance” to date, bringing down pacesetting Far Eastern, 94-71, yesterday to keep its Final Four bid alive in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Warriors unleashed a lethal 21-0 run in the fourth anchored on Charles Mammie, returning Roi Sumang and Bong Galanza to take command en route to their seventh win in 12 outings, staying one game behind fourth-running National U (8-4) in their chase for the semis.

Final Four qualifier Tams, who welcomed back coach Nash Racela after his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in Spain, dropped to 10-3 but maintained its position at the top in the company of Ateneo.

“So far that’s the best we played this season,” said Pumaren, after steering his wards to their third straight victory. “We’re happy but we can’t be too happy about this because we’re still not out of the woods, we’re still right behind NU and we have to control our destiny.”

Mammie punched in 18 points despite foul woes to backstop Galanza, who fired a career-high 26 markers. Sumang, benched the last time out for disciplinary reasons, saw limited action but pumped in nine points, all in their fourth-quarter breakaway.

“The guys showed their guts out tonight. They refused to lose, knowing the predicament we’re in right now. I think we played a hell of a defense in the fourth. We’re able to defend their dribble-drive offense, we’re there all the time to challenge every shot,” said Pumaren, whose team also beat FEU for the first time in five years.

UE has moved on from last week’s episode that led to the disciplinary action against Sumang.

“He’s been showing up in practice and working very hard and it showed tonight, especially in the fourth where he was able to settle down and hit two three point shots that kept him going,” said Pumaren.

“He really played well, especially in the fourth. But I must say it was a total team effort. We really played as a team on defense,” he added.

Mac Belo (16) and Achie Inigo (10) topscored for FEU.

Earlier, National U overpowered University of the Philippines, 66-51, to boost its semis bid with 8-4 card.

The Bulldogs wasted little time asserting themselves against the Maroons (1-12), limiting their opponents to 8 and 9 in the first two quarters for a 29-17 lead.

“I told the boys we have to assert our identity in the game and it had to start on our defense so I think, everything else evolved and followed from our defense,” said the NU coach Eric Altamirano, whose wards choked UP to 30.36 percent clip while shooting 49.12 percent.

Alfred Aroga shrugged off back spasm to bang in 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. With the hulking Cameroonian at the forefront, the taller Bulldogs dropped 46 markers inside the paint against UP’s 14.

09-08-2014, 10:08 AM
UE Red Warriors demolishes FEU Tamaraws

"It was a total team effort. We played as a team defensively. We tried to stop and contain FEU, and that's what we did tonight.

In the minutes that Sumang played, he played really well especially in the fourth quarter. That's why he stayed in the game, and I'm happy that he played well.

As I've told the guys, we're not out of the woods yet. We are still trying to stay alive, and that was our mission for tonight's game. We were playing the No. 1 team in the league, and we just have to want it more than them. The boys showed tonight that they wanted it more than FEU."

- UE Coach Derrick Pumaren

It was the Warriors' first victory against the Tamaraws since September 24, 2009.

The Tamaraws, who entered the game as the No. 1 team in the league, saw their seven-game winning streak snapped just as head coach Nash Racela returned from his duties with the national team in Spain.

The Tamaraws finished the game with 33 turnovers, which the Warriors translated to 34 points. Anthony Hargrove was responsible for seven of those miscues, while guard Mike Tolomia, who had a subpar performance, committed six.

Mac Belo led the way for the Tamaraws with 16 points and eight boards, and helped the Tamaraws stay within striking distance in the third period when his two-handed jam fired up the team and the FEU crowd.

UE was unable to completely pull away in the third quarter thanks to the FEU guards, who hit timely three-pointers every time the Warriors looked as though they were about to take control of the game.

FEU's offense bogged down in the fourth period in the face of UE's aggressive defense, however, and they were scoreless for over seven minutes in the final quarter. The Tamaraws finished the game shooting 43% from the field.

It was the Tamaraws' worst loss with Racela as their head coach, and the biggest winning margin against FEU since Ateneo routed the Tamaraws, 72-49, in Game 1 of the Season 73 UAAP Finals.

The scores:

UE 94 - Galanza 26, Mammie 18, Alberto 10, De Leon 9, Sumang 9, Javier 7, Varilla 5, Olayon 2, Arafat 2, Jumao-as 2, Palma 2, Hernandez 2, Guiang 0, Charcos 0, Cudal 0.

FEU 71 - Belo 18, Inigo 10, Tolomia 9, Hargrove 9, Cruz 8, Tamsi 6, Pogoy 5, Ugsang 5, Jose 3, Escoto 0, Lee Yu 0, Denila 0, David 0, Delfinado 0.

Quarter-scoring: 21-17, 44-37, 64-61, 94-71

Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/09...y-final-4-hunt

09-10-2014, 04:29 PM
what a game against dlsu. 1 more win and we're back in the dance. galanza playing his best collegiate ball in these last games.

09-11-2014, 12:15 AM
UE Warriors stun La Salle Green Archers behind late fightback to stay in hunt for Final Four spot
From: Reuben Terrado September 10, 2014, 04:55 pm

UE Warriors stun La Salle Green Archers behind late fightback to stay in hunt for Final Four spot Dan Alberto and the Warriors are still a notch below the semifinal places but could still catch up with one game left in their elimination-round schedule. Jerome Ascano DAN Alberto completed a three-point play off a turnover, lifting University of the East to a 68-66 win over La Salle on Wednesday that kept the Warriors in contention for a Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum. Bong Galanza had 21 points, including 10 in the fourth to spark a 17-2 finish for the Red Warriors, who climbed to 8-5 after fighting back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit.

But the biggest basket was made by Alberto, who broke a 63-63 deadlock by stripping the ball from Almond Vosotros and scoring on a lay-up over Jeron Teng with 31.8 seconds left. UE, which led by as many as 15 points in the first half, needs a win over University of Santo Tomas on September 16 to gain at least a playoff for the fourth seeding in the Final Four. “I think this was a character game for us,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren. “We were down by 10 but the boys kept their poise and refused to lose. Because of panic mode, we couldn’t buy a basket but we came back playing defense.” The defending champion Green Archers (9-4) now face a must-win situation against National University on Saturday in order to gain a playoff for the No. 2 spot and a crucial twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four against the loser of the Far Eastern University-Ateneo tussle on the same day.

La Salle appeared to have the win in the bag after taking a 61-51 lead with four minutes to go but made only one field goal the rest of the way. Teng scored to make it 63-60 with 1:44 left but the Archers failed to hold on. Galanza tied the game at 63 with a jumper, 55.4 seconds remaining, before Alberto’s three-point play. Teng’s pass was intercepted, leading to a Roi Sumang free throw, 67-63, with 19.3 seconds left. Teng had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Archers.
The scores:
UE 68 – Galanza 21, Sumang 14, Javier 8, Alberto 6, Jumao-as 6, Mammie 4, Arafat 3, Varilla 2, De Leon 2, Palma 2, Guiang 0, Olayon 0.

DLSU 66 – Teng 23, Vosotros 11, Sargent 10, N. Torres 7, Rivero 7, Montalbo 6, Van Opstal 2, Perkins 0, Andrada 0. Quarterscores: 15-13; 36-22; 43-39; 68-66.

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09-11-2014, 12:19 AM
Juno Sauler left to rue decision not to call timeout late in La Salle loss to UE Red Warriors
From: Reuben Terrado September 10, 2014, 06:01

Juno Sauler left to rue decision not to call timeout late in La Salle loss to UE Red Warriors De La Salle coach Juno Sauler blames the extended minutes he gave the starters for the Archers' inability to hold off a rallying UE side in the end. Jerome Ascano DE La Salle coach Juno Sauler was left to rue his decision not to call a timeout late in the Green Archers' 66-68 loss to University of the East on Wednesday in the UAAP men's basketball tournament. Sauler admitted the extended minutes of his star players took its toll in the end, leading to a collapse that saw the defending champions losing a 71-61 lead with four minutes left in the game.

Sauler believed his players were already fatigued at that point of the match and a timeout could have helped. “Probably, I should have called a timeout earlier. The players had that run, but when we were up by 10, the players played extended minutes. They probably poured a lot of energy during that run when we had a 10-point lead,” said the soft-spoken coach. Turnovers also hounded La Salle as a steal by Dan Alberto led to a UE three-point play to break a 63-63 deadlock with 31.8 seconds to go. “We should have been conscious in taking care of the basketball,” Sauler said. Jeron Teng, Almond Vosotros, and Kib Montalbo played at least 35 minutes each for the Archers, who remain in third spot with a 9-4 (win-loss) slate but are just one game ahead of fifth-ranked UE which is at 8-5. [See UE Warriors stun Green Archers to stay in frame for Final Four berth] Before taking control in the fourth, the Archers dug themselves out of a 15-point deficit in the first half. La Salle outscored UE, 17-7, in the third quarter to cut the deficit to only 39-43. “We had too many turnovers. But credit to UE. They shot very well.

They were shooting jumpshots and threes in transition. They shot 40 percent from the three. It’s hard to beat a team like that,” noted Sauler. The loss left the defending champion in a precarious situation, since a loss to National University on Saturday could push the Archers down to as low as the No. 4 spot in the Final Four. But Sauler refused to dwell on the UE loss, saying another win will put the Archers in a position to play for one of the twice-to-beat incentives in the semifinals. “Everyone is chasing here and there, even the FEU-Ateneo game. It’s going to be a circus in the last games for the teams that are involved. It’s going to be an exciting last two playing dates,” said Sauler. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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09-16-2014, 04:32 PM
We're in the playoff for the 4th spot with a 78-73 win over UST.

Bad 1st half from us with all those turnovers and our missed freethrows. We made a run when mammie
was inserted in the 3rd and when UST made a run in the 4th - varilla made timely shots (8pts in the 4Q).

Another great game from galanza 17pts. good support from alberto (15pts) and javier. We got to shoot better from the foul line and limit our turnovers , we can't make that same mistake against NU.

09-16-2014, 08:31 PM
UE sets playoff for Final Four seat after beating UST

By Josiah Albelda Posted Sep 16th 2014

The UE Red Warriors arranged a playoff for the last Final Four spot after repelling the UST Growling Tigers.

For yet another game, University of the East tried to stay alive. And for yet another game, the Red Warriors did stay alive.

The Recto cagers arranged a playoff for the last Final Four spot after repelling University of Santo Tomas, 78-73, in the 77th UAAP men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Veteran guards Bong Galanza and Dan Alberto teamed up in a huge third quarter run that broke the game open for the Warriors and helped them close the double-round elimination with a 9-5 record that set them a playoff on Saturday against National University.

“We’ve been trying to stay alive,” said coach Derrick Pumaren. “We just have to live one more time to stay alive and make the Final Four. We just have to come out ready (for the Bulldogs). No if’s, no but’s.”

With the Growling Tigers keeping the game close by taking advantage of UE’s 17 turnovers in the first half, Pumaren had the Warriors regroup and challenged them to bury UST in the last two periods.

That is what exactly what the Warriors did, with Galanza and Alberto combining to even the Tigers’ 15-point output in the third period as they entered the final canto armed with a 60-50 lead.

“I think we came out with a lot of intensity, a lot of energy in the second half,” Pumaren added.

UST tried to recover, but wingman Paul Varilla doused the Espana squad’s fourth-quarter comeback with eight points.

Galanza finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, Alberto added 15 points and Roi Sumang chipped in with 10 points, four rebounds and five assists for UE, who, just a couple of weeks ago, were on the brink of elimination.

“We worked hard to be in this position right now,” Pumaren said. “The boys are getting used to what we’re doing. Things that we’re doing is already second nature to them.”

Charles Mammie had seven points and five boards for the Warriors, but Pumaren chided the Sierra Leone native for being late to the game.

Aljon Mariano bade his UAAP career goodbye with 18 points for the Tigers, even as Ed Daquioag and Karim Abdul added 16 and 13 markers, respectively.

The scores:

UE 78 — Galanza 17, Alberto 15, Sumang 10, Varilla 9, Javier 8, Mammie 7, Palma 4, Arafat 3, Olayon 2, Guiang 2, Jumao-as 1

UST 73 — Mariano 18, Daquioag 16, Abdul 13, Pe 9, Lo 7, Sheriff 6, Vigil 4, Subido 0, Gayosa 0, Lao 0, Basibas 0, Faundo 0

Quarters: 15-17, 36-35, 60-50, 78-73

09-16-2014, 08:58 PM
For Charles Mammie, UE win over UST meant a new lease of life for UAAP career.

Here's why From: Reuben Terrado September 16, 2014, 06:37 pm

For Charles Mammie, UE win over UST meant a new lease of life for UAAP career. Here's why Charles Mammie is congratulated by Chris Javier after the Warriors earned a playoff for a semifinal spot. Jerome Ascano FOR University of the East, the victory over University of Santo Tomas on Tuesday meant an extension of the Warriors’ season. For Charles Mammie, it meant a new lease on life for his college playing career. The import from Sierra Leone arrived at the Araneta Coliseum late and was benched for the first half before being fielded by coach Derrick Pumaren upon the prodding of the other Red Warriors players. On one condition. “I told them, ’You better pray that we win. If not, that’s going to be it for him (Mammie). You won’t see him in a UE uniform again,” Pumaren told his team.

Pumaren had actually benched Mammie in a game in the preseason for missing practice. Fortunately for Mammie, the Red Warriors had a hot third-quarter run to beat University of Santo Tomas, 78-73, and clinch a playoff for the last Final Four berth against National University. Mammie, who is eligible to play at least one more year in the UAAP, arrived at the Araneta Coliseum 30 minutes before the game, but late for UE’s call time.

Pumaren said he was hell bent on benching Mammie the whole game but was prevailed upon by his players in the all-important game. Mammie eventually finished with seven points and five rebounds. “I wasn’t going to use him,” said Pumaren, who has already benched Mammie in a preseason game and even UE star Roi Sumang weeks ago. “You know me, discipline is the number one priority of this team.” [See Roi Sumang benched as a disciplinary action for leaving team quarters] “If I can do that to Roi, I can do it to him (Mammie). Even if we sacrifice losing this ball game. But the boys asked me if he can play,” said Pumaren. Mammie’s explanation? He had to go back for his socks in his pad in Makati but got stuck in traffic. “I was late. I come back from EDSA and I was late,” Mammie said.

Pumaren said being stuck in traffic is not an excuse. “Traffic is not a reason. I wasn’t born yet, there is already traffic in Manila. It’s not an excuse. He left at 10:30 a.m. and not make it here. I don’t know kung saan siya galing,” said Pumaren. Mammie was happy that he got the support of his teammates, prompting Pumaren to change his mind. “They got my back. We are all family,” said Mammie. Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

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09-17-2014, 08:08 AM
Warriors tame Tigers, arrange duel vs Bulldogs

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated September 17, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Feeding on the survival instinct that’s been keeping them going for the past three weeks, a determined University of the East nipped University of Santo Tomas, 78-73, to step closer to its goal of making it to the Final Four of UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

In danger of getting the exit after winning only four of their first nine games, the Warriors patiently picked up their game and worked their way to five straight triumphs to close out the elims, catch up with National U at fourth with 9-5 and force a playoff.

The Warriors will figure in one more do-or-die on Saturday, also at the Big Dome, in their dispute for the last semis berth with NU.

“We’ve been fighting to stay alive for the past three weeks and we just have to do it again one more time to make it to the Final Four. That’s our immediate goal coming to the season because UE has not made it to the Final Four in the last four years, I think,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren.

The Warriors pulled off their playoff-clinching win despite benching Charles Mammie for the entire first half. Pumaren said Mammie came in late for the game and was given disciplinary action of a game-long sit-out, if not for the intercession of his teammates.

“Discipline is priority for this team and he can’t do that. If I can bench Roi (Sumang) for disciplinary reasons, I can do that to him, even if we sacrifice losing this game,” said Pumaren.

“But the boys asked me if we can use him and I told them you better pray that we win, if not, that’s the last time he’ll wear the uniform ‘coz he’s going to be out of the team,” he added.

Mammie finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes.

“I went to Makati to get my socks, that’s why I was late and I know I’m late,” said Mammie.

The Warriors shifted to high gear in the second half, where Mammie, Dan Alberto, Mark Olayon and Bong Galanza joined forces in giving the host team a 58-45 lead at the 1:30 mark.

The Tigers, who were looking for a graceful exit, launched a fightback and came to within, 65-71, but Paul Varilla took the cudgels and knocked down a jumper and a reverse lay-up to restore a 10-point cushion going to the last 1:59.

In the second game, Adamson avoided a winless season as it got back at first-round tormentor University of the Philippines, 67-63.

Dawn Ochea scored on a layup off transition to give AdU the go-ahead and Axel Inigo iced it with two charities as the Falcons broke through with their first win in 14 games under first-year coach Kenneth Duremdes. The Maroons also ended with 1-13 but took seventh on the strength of their 77-64 win in the first round.

Duremdes was fighting back tears as the buzzer sounded.

“Tears of joy. This is the sweetest victory. We ended the season on a winning note,” he said. “It’s also a good sign for our program and development of players.”

09-21-2014, 06:06 PM
Bulldogs outlast Warriors, seal semis duel vs Eagles

By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) |

Updated September 20, 2014 - 7:01pm

MANILA, Philippines – National University narrowly escaped with their lives, hacking out a pulsating 51-49 victory over University of the East to grab the last semifinals seat in the 77th UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

NU's Alfred Aroga drilled two pressure-packed free throws with 12.4 seconds left in the game to give the Bulldogs the lead, which would eventually turn out to be the final count.

The charities were the result of a perfect inbound pass by Paolo Javelona to Aroga, who was fouled in an attempt underneath the basket.

"Those free throws from Alfred were really the biggest play of our season. The whole game we were having a hard time getting open in the inbound play. For Alfred to make those free throws was big for us," said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

NU then doubled on spitfire guard Roi Sumang in the next play, forcing him to give up the ball to a wide-open Bong Gallanza, who missed the potential game-winning triple at the buzzer.

"We knew they were going to Sumang. We wanted him to give up the ball so we doubled him right away," said Altamirano.

Glenn Khoubuntin topscored for the Bulldogs with 12 points while Aroga, Jeth Rosario and Gelo Alolino combined for 23 markers to help NU arrange a Final Four showdown with top-seeded Ateneo.

"Don’t give up. Yun lang nasa isip ko. Ayoko matapos yung last year nang ganun lang. Naghirap talaga kami kaya ginawa namin yung best namin para sa mga taong sumosuporta samin," said the graduating Khoubuntin.

Down by seven, 42-49, with less than three minutes left in the game, UE charged back with a 7-0 run – six points coming from Sumang. Chris Javier then split his charities with 37.9 ticks left to tie the count at 49-all.

Altamirano commended the tremendous effort from the Warriors, saying they also deserve to enter the Final Four.

"Unang una, I want to say I have to give it to UE. Kung pwede lang dalawa kami pumasok sa Final Four," he said.

“They really deserve to go in the Final Four. It came down to kung sino yung may gusto manalo and I'm proud of my boys. They showed character tonight," Altamirano added.

Sumang registered 19 points to pace the Warriors, who fell short of their dramatic run that saw them win six of their last seven games to force Sunday’s knockout game.

The Bulldogs will face a dangerous Ateneo side that will enjoy a twice-to-beat semis edge.

09-22-2014, 10:43 AM
Why I think UE botched that last play and the long months ahead
By Rick Olivares
Posted at 09/21/2014 3:41 PM | Updated as of 09/21/2014 3:41 PM

That final play. As Roi Sumang was double teamed, he missed an open Chris Javier WHO HAD HIS HANDS RAISED AND IS ASKING FOR THE BALL. Javier could score at close range or dump the ball off to Charles Mammie if Alfred Aroga helped out. To be fair, Bong Galanza had the shot. It was just short. But any time you fake off a defender and worry about a second one flying out at you, sometimes you lose a little bit in doing all that in getting a shot off. I watched this play unfold and immediately spotted the missed open man. I reviewed the video I shot just to validate my initial thoughts and went, DAMN!

How painful was that loss by the UE Red Warriors to the NU Bulldogs during last Saturday’s knockout match for the fourth seat of the UAAP Final Four?

I figure the repercussions will be felt all the way to next summer.

While not as good as last year’s team in terms of strength and potential, this team of Derrick Pumaren finished with a better record and challenged for a playoff berth.

They were the hottest team heading into the playoffs but poor play generally by the whole team hurt them against NU.

I thought that UE never fully figured out what to do when Charles Mammie was stopped down low with the double and triple teaming.

Bong Galanza shot 4-of-17 from the field. Dan Alberto, who was huge in their five-game win streak, didn’t score. His stat line of three rebounds, three assists, and four steals was somewhat negated by his three turnovers and shooting 0-of-5.

Others who should have stepped up like Gino Jumao-as, Chris Javier, Paul Varilla, and Moustapha Arafat hardly did much.

Were Mammie’s two missed free throws in the crunch big? Sure, but why count them? He’s a 41% free throw shooter. Anything he makes from the line is gravy. UE’s turnovers in the end hurt them – the Galanza turnover and Varilla’s traveling infraction after securing the loose ball. The latter gave NU one last chance at an offensive.

In their final chance to either send the game into overtime or win it outright, I thought that NU did a good job of stopping UE from doing what they wanted. As soon as Roi Sumang received the ball, he was hounded by a couple of defenders forcing him to pass out to an open Galanza whose last gasp attempt hit the back rim, hit the front of the rim.

I thought that Sumang should have taken that last shot. After all, he hit a huge three moments before. Maybe the Red Warriors didn’t execute the play well as I thought that there should have been a pick and roll.

Or if Roi didn’t take the last shot, then look for the open man.

Dan Alberto inbounded the ball to Chris Javier who went out to receive the ball (Sumang, in the meantime, went down low where he was guarded by the taller Pao Javellona).

Roi them went to the three-point arc to collect the ball from Javier. Javellona shadowed him and got some help from Troy Rosario. There were eight seconds left to execute. Sumang passed out to an open Galanza, who ditched the first defender Glenn Khobuntin. Rosario flew out to challenge but was late.

Watching the play unfold, I immediately thought that the Red Warriors made several mistakes in finding their open spots.

When the double team arrived, I thought that Galanza should have immediately drifted to the left side of the arc. Mammie was on the left block with Aroga on him.

Here is the mistake. Alberto and Javier were on the right side with only Jess Diputado guarding that side. Javier flashed into the lane and raised his hands for Roi to spot him. Diputado stuck to him as Alberto drifted to an open position. Chris would have a medium range shot of which he has (remember his two successive game winners from two seasons ago) or drop the ball to Mammie should Aroga help out.

The ball instead swung to Galanza.

To be fair, Galanza had the shot. But I believe that faking off players (as he did with Khobuntin) forces you to lose some of your rhythm.

My opinion is it boiled down to execution. NU did its job in forcing the ball out of Sumang’s hands. I think UE should have anticipated that. That missed recognition is something they will rue as they missed an excellent opportunity to send the match into an extension period or even a possible game winner.

Am wasn’t there for UE’s huddle but it goes without saying that Roi would get double teamed and the idea is to look for the open man.

But that’s basketball. You win some and you lose some.

Only for UE this one really hurts in so many ways.

For the second successive year, UE’s season ends in tears. Last year, Ralf Olivares was inconsolable as he was clearly missed when Ateneo ousted them even as Roi Sumang suffered a leg injury that would hobble him for a while. This year, Daryl Guiang who may not be the most skilled player but plays with a lot of heart sobbed on the shoulder of Moustapha Arafat. Sumang, who has endured years of painful losses, wore a pained look.

For the second successive year, they will be losing key components. After this campaign, everyone saw the swan songs of Bong Galanza and Charles Mammie. And perhaps in my opinion, Roi Sumang who still has a year of eligibility.

Watching UE from afar and up close, this team is good but they need a few more scorers. I think that Roi wasn’t his old productive self in Pumaren’s system. I think he struggled and wasn’t as happy. That is just my intuition.

However, I think that Roi should stay and play out his final year.

What do I think of what Coach Derrick was trying to do? I think it was good. They have a terrific coach who will guide them for years on end unless he fails to get them out of the rut in the next season or two. Everyone has to embrace the defensive schemes he is running. And recruiting will be just as important.

It will be a long several months before we see what kind of team they put on the floor and get a chance to remove the bitter taste of the loss to NU.

But for now, they’ll mull this one over.

01-09-2015, 09:14 AM
2015 na! Wala ba balita sa Warriors?

02-02-2015, 01:44 PM
^ Pinag-iisipan daw kung ilalaglag si Arafat after taking part in a Marikina tournament over the holidays.

OK lang, nariyan pa naman si Mammie, at mukhang better and stronger import si Bernard Awana.

It will take a mountain of convincing para maglaro ng fifth year niya si Roi Sumang.

02-02-2015, 02:03 PM
Na upset niyo ang San Beda sa tournament sa TIP. Maganda ang nilaro ni Alberto at ok din ynug new Fil-Am PG na si, Kendall Gil (yes, he was named after the Fighting Illini) Quimson

02-03-2015, 12:02 PM
Thank you sa info Sir Joescoundrel and Sir Bchoter. Nakausap ko si Roi last December sa UE nung nag-renew ako ng alumni card, sabi nya maglaro pa daw sya next season (baka nagbago isip). Si Arafat laglag na yun, since isa na lang import syempre si Mammie kunin nila. Team A ng San Beda ang kalaban? Nandun din kasi si Andre Paras.

02-03-2015, 12:44 PM
News report say that manong Derek has signed the pg of CKSC, Fran Yu. He is also after CESAFI MVP Jam Jabonete of ADC-SHS but his first choice is to play in Diliman.

02-04-2015, 12:02 PM
short video ng UE versus San Beda game last friday

via UE Red Tribe facebook page https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153153143226458