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04-09-2014, 03:31 PM
MANILA, Philippines – In addition to the five new teams participating in the eighth Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, one of the wrinkles of the tournament is the three-bracket of the men’s division to accommodate the record 21 teams.

Group A: Colegio De San Juan De Letran, De La Salle University, San Beda College, Southwestern University (Cebu), University of the East, University of San Carlos (Cebu), University of the Visayas (Cebu).

Group B: Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Lyceum University of the Philippines, Mapua Institute of Technology, RP Youth U18, St. Clare College, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.

Group C: Centro Escolar University, College of St. Benilde, Holy Trinity College (General Santos), Jose Rizal University, National University, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, University of the Philippines.

The men’s tournament is a single-elimination round where teams will only play squads in their group. The top two teams of each group along with the two best third placers based on quotient will advance to the knock-off quarterfinals.

Once in the quarterfinals, the qualifying teams will be ranked from first to eighth based on their win-loss record and the quotient system. Teams will play based on the following: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5.
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In the semifinals, it will be the winner of 1-8 vs. the winner of 4-5; and the winner of 2-7 vs. the winner of 3-6. The winners advance to the championship game that is a single match.

In the women’s division, the 10 participating teams are divided into two brackets.

Group A: Adamson University, Centro Escolar University, De La Salle University, Rizal Technological University, University of Santo Tomas.

Group B: College of St. Benilde, Far Eastern University, National University, University of the East, University of the Philippines.

The top two teams of each group will go to the knockout crossover semifinals where A1 will play B2 while A2 will play B1. The winners advance to the single-game championship match.

Lastly, in the juniors’ division, the 12 teams have been grouped into two.

Group A: Far Eastern University, Jose Rizal University, La Salle Greenhills, National University, San Sebastian College Recoletos, University of Santo Tomas.

Group B: Ateneo De Manila High School, Colegio De San Juan De Letran, De La Salle Zobel, Mapua Institute of Technology, San Beda College, University of the East.

As in the women’s division, the top two teams of each group will go to the knockout crossover semifinals where A1 will play B2 while A2 will play B1. The winners advance to the single-game championship match.

The 2014 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup tips off on April 23 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan and is sponsored by Flying V, Filoil, Total, Hanes, San Miguel Corporation, Starmobile, Timex, Silverworks, Gatorade, LGR and in part by Meralco, BDO, Reyes Barbecue, Douwe Egberts, Gerry’s Grill, Brothers Burger, Molten, Bayo, Oxycan, BPI, PBCom, RFM, San Marino, Red Logo and Bacchus Energy Drink.

04-13-2014, 08:26 PM
DLSU, Letran, UV size up ‘Group of Death’ in Filoil cagefest
By Rick Olivares, Unblogged Sports (Associated Press) | Updated April 11, 2014 - 1:03pm

MANILA, Philippines – With a shorter tournament and only the top two teams of each bracket along with the two best third placers (decided by quotient) advancing to the quarterfinals, every school in Group A of the 2014 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup will have that feel of an important game.

Group A is a virtual “Group of Death” with defending Filoil champion University of the East bracketed along with UAAP and PCCL champion De La Salle, NCAA champion San Beda College, NCAA first-runners-up Letran, and CESAFI champion University of Visayas along with league-mates Southwestern University and the University of San Carlos.

“It’s definitely a tough group and my first reaction was, ‘paano kami napunta diyan? Lahat ng tough teams nandyan.’ But we will take the positives from this and learn from it,” admitted La Salle head coach Juno Sauler.

The Green Archers will be fielding an 18-man line-up that will feature rookies Abu Tratter, Julian Sargent, Prince Rivero and Renzo Subido among others.

“We will use this to discover our strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully, we will learn from them in time for the UAAP,” added DLSU team manager Raffy Villavicencio.

“I agree, it’s tough group,” confirmed second-year Letran coach Carlos Garcia. “More so we do not have a replacement for (6’8” center and NCAA Season 89 Most Valuable Player) Raymond Almazan who is now in the PBA. But we are looking at it for exposure and to develop team chemistry.”
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Without Almazan, Letran shifts to its attention to the speedy and high-scoring backcourt of Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac.

UV Lancers head coach and former pro player Donbel Belano believes that going up against some of the best teams in Manila let alone the country will help his Green Lancers in defending their CESAFI crown.

“You will learn a lot more from playing the top teams than teams na kayang kaya mo,” said Belano. “The exposure will be of valuable help to us.”

Filoil’s “Group of Death” opens their play on Saturday, April 26, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan when UE takes on Letran at 2 p.m. while La Salle and San Beda clash at 4 p.m. in a replay of the PCCL Finals.

04-15-2014, 04:28 PM
Letran vs. San Beda, La Salle vs. UE open 2014 FilOil preseason tourney
April 15, 2014 11:17am

Tags: Letran Knights , De La Salle University Green Archers , San Beda College Red Lions , University of the East Red Warriors
The 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup will kickoff with four games, including an NCAA Finals rematch between the runners-up Letran Knights and the San Beda Red Lions, and a battle between the reigning UAAP titlists DLSU Green Archers and the defending FilOil tourney champs UE Red Warriors, Saturday, April 26, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

Earlier in the day, seniors division action begins with the San Sebastian Stags taking on the UP Fighting Maroons at 9:30am, followed by the FEU Tamaraws tackling the Mapua Cardinals at 11:15am. San Beda versus Letran follows at 2pm, before DLSU versus UE closes things out for the division at 4pm.

The nightcap will be a juniors clash of champions between San Beda High and NU, at 6pm.

The juniors and women’s divisions actually start playing on April 23, with a five-game slate.

This year’s edition of the tourney includes a five gameday jaunt to Cebu, which will see UAAP squads DLSU and UE taking on CESAFI teams University of San Carlos, Southwestern University and University of Visayas, from May 21 to May 25.

The last day of the elimination round will be May 31, before quarterfinals play out on June 2 and June 4. Semifinals will be on June 6, before the Finals for all three divisions unfolds on June 7. - AMD,

04-15-2014, 04:33 PM
FilOil Flying V Premier Cup adjusts groupings
April 14, 2014 10:45am
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The FilOil Flying V Premier Cup made adjustments to its three groups in the men’s division of the preseason tournament, this past weekend.

[Related: FilOil preseason tourney unveils new three-group format]

Group A is no longer a powerhouse “Group of Death” with both the UAAP and NCAA champions, as the reigning NCAA titlists San Beda College Red Lions have been replaced by the University of Perpetual Help Altas, while NCAA runners-up Letran Knights were swapped with the JRU Heavy Bombers.

In Group B, the Red Lions took the place of the Altas, while the EAC Generals were exchanged for the Knights.

In Group C, the Heavy Bombers are out, while the Generals are in.

The top two teams of each groups, plus the best two third placers, advance to the quarterfinals.

The tournament opens on April 23, though the opening day schedule has yet to be released. - AMD, GMA News

04-18-2014, 02:46 AM
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A BUSY summer 2014 awaits the basketball teams of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). With the league continuing to grow in stature in the college basketball community, its teams have been invited to participate in prestigious pre-season tournaments as they build up for the 14th season this coming academic year. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/busy-summer-for-naascu-squads/)

04-23-2014, 11:43 PM
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SAN JUAN CITY – Centro Escolar University and Rizal Technological University started their campaigns in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on the wrong foot by falling to separate opponents Wednesday (April 23) at the San Juan Arena. Both teams will now try to nail their first win when they face each other on Friday (April 25) at the same venue starting at 2:00 PM. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/ceu-rtu-drop-filoil-debuts/)

04-25-2014, 11:43 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.

04-25-2014, 10:51 PM
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SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University barged into the win column at the expense of Rizal Technological University, 86-58, in continuing Women’s Division action from the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014 at the San Juan Arena Friday (April 25). The two finalists in the last National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) season dropped their opening day assignments last Wednesday thus turning today’s meeting into a virtual knockout match in Group A. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/ceu-gets-first-filoil-win/)

04-26-2014, 07:55 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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04-26-2014, 08:04 PM
San Beda pulls off double overtime win against gutsy Letran in preseason opener

From: Reuben Terrado
April 26, 2014, 05:35 pm

San Beda pulls off double overtime win against gutsy Letran in preseason opener
Art Dela Cruz posts a huge double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds for San Beda. Dante Peralta

OLA Adeogun posted a double-double and hit the go-ahead basket as San Beda defeated Letran in double overtime, 99-96, on Saturday in an intense match to start off its Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup campaign at The Arena in San Juan.

Adeogun contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds, hitting a putback with 1:08 left in the second overtime that gave the lead to the Red Lions for good.

Baser Amer led all scorers with 28 points, while Art Dela Cruz had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Red Lions erased a 15-point third quarter lead to force overtime and win a rematch of the NCAA Season 89 finals.

San Beda also took advantage after Letran’s Mark Cruz, Ford Ruaya, Rey Nambatac, Jamil Gabawan, and Kevin Racal fouling out one after another in the late stages of the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

Still, the Red Lions had to work for the victory as Adeogun converted on a follow-up for a 97-95 advantage. Daryl Singontiko split his two free throws that would have tied the game for Letran, and Dela Cruz converted two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to settle the score.

The Knights failed to protect a 59-44 lead in the third period. They also needed a rousing fightback in the first half after a slow 12-1 start by outscoring the Red Lions, 28-15, in the second quarter for a 48-39 halftime advantage.

“Letran really fought hard today,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “They really played with heart. We are just lucky that we won. They got into foul trouble and we are happy that we came out with the win.”

Fernandez also rued San Beda’s defense giving up nearly a hundred points in the game.

“A win is a win. We need a lot of things to check especially on defense,” Fernandez said.

Racal scored off a San Beda turnover with 14.2 seconds in regulation to force overtime. He also hit two free throws to once again forge a deadlock with 14.6 ticks in the first extra period. Racal, however, fouled out in the 2:06-mark of the second overtime, leaving Letran with limited offensive options.

The two rivals fought in an intense duel as a handful of Letran fans even pelted the court in the first overtime to protest a decision by a referee.

The scores:

San Beda (99) – Amer 28, Dela Cruz 21, Adeogun 13, A. Semerad 8, Sara 7, Pascual 6, Abarcar 6, Ludovice 3, Cabanag 2, Mendoza 2, Mocon 2, Koga 1, D. Semerad 0, Tongco 0, Estrada 0.

Letran (96) – Cruz 18, Ruaya 12, Nambatac 11, Gabawan 11, Racal 9, Publico 8, Quinto 7, Luib 6, Saldua 4, Singontiko 4, Dela Pena 4, Apreku 2, Castro 0, Pantin 0, Po 0.

Quarterscores: 24-20; 39-48; 52-62; 78-78; 91-91; 99-96.

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04-28-2014, 08:51 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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04-29-2014, 12:10 AM
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SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University opened its campaign on a high note at the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014 by outclassing Emilio Aguinaldo College, 76-67, Monday (April 28 ) at the San Juan Arena. The reigning National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) champions bucked a slow start and turned to their defense to turn things around in their favor. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/ceu-opens-filoil-with-a-bang/)

04-29-2014, 11:03 AM
FEU fends off late RP Youth Team charge, notches second win
By KEVIN DAVISApril 28, 2014 6:42pm
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Tags: Far Eastern University Tamaraws
Mac Belo of FEU goes for a layup against Leonard Santillan of the RP U18 team. KC Cruz

The RP Under-18 youth team’s run in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup almost began with an incredible upset over perennial UAAP contenders Far Eastern University Tamaraws, but key mistakes in the final seconds of the game did them in, as FEU won 74-73, at the FilOil Flying V Arena on Monday.

Out-muscled, out-hustled and overmatched in the first half, the RP U-18 team looked every bit the high school team that they are. Despite their best efforts, the youth squad’s undersized rotation gave up a 28-19 rebound advantage to the senior FEU team, including a 14-5 mark on the offensive glass and a 12-0 blanking on second-chance points. The RP U-18 team though made the halftime score respectable with a quick 5-0 spurt in the final minute of the half, as Henry Asilum’s buzzer-beating jumper cut the lead to five, 36-31.

After resting their major rotation players for much of the first half, the Tamaraws ran with their starting lineup for most of the third quarter. The RP team found a measure of success defensively against this lineup, using an aggressive full-court press and half-court traps to pressure their more experienced counterparts into uncharacteristic turnovers. After turning the ball over only five times in the first half, the Tamaraws coughed up the ball an additional 12 turnovers after the halftime break. When the FEU starters checked out of the game in the final minutes of the quarter, the Youth team had held them to a relative standstill, 57-51.

The RP team’s quickness and length on the perimeter bothered the FEU guards in the press as well as in the half court, as deflections lead to fast break opportunities or precious seconds shaved off the shot clock, resulting in rushed perimeter jumpers. A four-point play by Jolo Go in front of the RP bench represented a turning point for the game and the free throw cut the lead to two points with 2:42 remaining in the game.

A three-pointer from the top of the key by Asilum gave the RP team their first lead of the game with 2:07 remaining. Both teams traded missed opportunities and when the RP team came down with a rebound with 10 seconds remaining, it looked like the National team would pull off the improbable upset. However, an ill-advised full-court pass by Aslium was deflected in the back court, which led to quick transition offense and free throws for Joel Lee Yu, who calmly sank both for a 74-73 lead with 5.4 seconds left.

Out of a timeout, Go missed a three-pointer over the arms of an outstretched defender and FEU ran the remaining time out.

The game featured a matchup between brothers, Russell and Richard Escoto. Richard plays for the FEU seniors team but was called to national team duty and started matched-up against his brother. The elder Escoto won the individual matchup, eight to two.

Andrei Caracut was the game’s top scorer with 17 points off the bench in just 17 minutes.

“I’ll talk about our discussion at halftime. We were telling them [our team] the reason why the RP team [is here] is for them to learn how to compete against stronger teams. So we said to ourselves, by playing very soft we’re not helping them out. That’s why we pushed them in the second, half especially our starters,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

“They’re a very talented team. They have a very good coach. He knows how to attack points offensively. Defensively, that’s his strength, pressure a lot trap at times. One thing I saw from Coach Jamike [Jarin] was that his players are not afraid of their opponents and that’s very important especially when you play the international teams,” Racela added.

With the win FEU takes sole possession of first place in Group B in the FilOil Flying V Tournament.

The RP Youth team plays NCAA champion San Beda on Wednesday, April 30 at 2:15pm. FEU is next scheduled to play Letran on Saturday, May 3 at 4pm. - AMD, GMA News

The scores:

FEU 74- Jose 12, Tolomia 11, Pogoy 8, Escoto 8, Padilla 7, Belo 6, Lee Yu 5, Tamsi 5, Ugsang 5, Cruz 4, Belga 2, Dennison 1

RP U18 73- Caracut 17, Tongco 13, Asilum 10, Desiderio 8, Santillan 7, Dyke 5, Subido 5, Go 4, Escoto 2, Manguera 2

Quarter scoring: 20-12, 36-31, 59-51, 74-73

04-29-2014, 11:05 AM
CEU Scorpions debut with a win over EAC Generals
By KEVIN DAVISApril 28, 2014 4:55pm
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Rod Ebondo of CEU grabs a rebound against Noube Happi of EAC. KC Cruz

The Central Escolar University Scorpions topped the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, leading for much of a 76-67 triumph, on Monday at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

The game was the opening assignment for both CEU and EAC and the win tied the Scorpions with the San Sebastian Golden Stags for the lead in Group C of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. This is also CEU’s first appearance in the FilOil Tournament.

The first half was a messy offensive affair for both teams as they combined to shoot 36.6 percent from the field. A ke 13-0 run in the second quarter though turned a seven-point deficit into a six-point lead for the Scorpions, who led for the ret of the contest.

Mon Abundo was the lone offensive bright spot for the Scorpions, scoring 10 points on 4-6 shooting in the first half of play.

The Generals’ haphazard care of the ball resulted 11 turnovers in the half, and contributed to a nine-point halftime deficit, 38-29.

Emilio Aguinaldo College never threatened CEU’s lead in the second half, though they managed to pull within eight late in the fourth, but untimely turnovers cost EAC their chances at stealing the win. The Generals finished with 25 turnovers for the game.

Defensively, the Scorpions prevented Cameroonian big man Noube Happi from getting easy touches, aggressively denying him the ball with double and triple teams from a rotation of big men - Alfred Batino, and a pair of big men from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rodrique Ebondo and Aristote Mutonbo. Happi still managed 19 points and 10 rebounds, however.

Alfred Batino led CEU with 15 points and four rebounds.

The CEU Scorpions play CSB on May 2 at 2:15pm, which is to be followed by EAC’s matchup against San Sebastian at 4pm. - AMD, GMA News

The scores:

CEU 76 - Batino 15, Ebondo 12, Sedurifa 11, Abundo 10, Jeruta 8, Casino 7, Celso 4, Mutonbo 3, De Leon 2, Opiso 2, Amil 2

EAC 67 - Happi 19, King 11, Onwubere 10, Tayontong 8, Serrano 8, Mejos 5, Jamon 4, Arquero 2

Quarter scoring: 12-17, 38-29, 61-50, 76-60

04-29-2014, 11:07 AM
Lyceum Pirates outgun Mapua Cardinals in opening assignment
By KEVIN DAVISApril 28, 2014 3:23pm
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Lyceum gunner Dexter Zamora (C) gets some hang-time amidst the Mapua defense. KC Cruz

The Lyceum Pirates found their mark from distance with a scorching-hot three-point shooting performance, beating the Mapua Cardinals 92-83 on Monday, at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The game was the first for the Lyceum Pirates who move into a tie for first place in Group B of the Fil Oil Flying V Preseason tournament. The loss dropped Mapua to 0-2 after losing their opening assignment to FEU, 89-77, last Saturday.

The day belonged to the outside shooting of Lyceum, as the team made a total of 12 connections from three-point range, which is the highest for any team in the FilOil Flying V tourney since Adamson hit 15 three pointers to set the tournament record against San Sebastian on April 21, 2007.

The game got off to a slow start as both teams found difficulty find the the bottom of the net in the early stages of the game. Lyceum failed to score from the field until 5:28 was left in the quarter, when Joseph Gabaani opened his account with a lay in with 5:28 left in the quarter.

The Pirates rookie would prove to be pivotal to the Lyceum inside-out attack, scoring 13 points in his FilOil Flying V debut.

However, it was Cardinal forward Josan Nimes who looked to be unstoppable, scoring 10 points in the opening quarter. His free throw gave the Cardinals a one-point lead, but Rohel Maconocido’s three-pointer with eight seconds left put Lyceum on top, 24-22, going into the second quarter.

Outside shooting highlighted Lyceum’s second quarter offense as Dexter Zamora and company combined to shoot a blistering 54 percent from three-point range. Zamora was explosive in the first half of play, scoring 14 points on a perfect 4-4 from the field. It was only the Cardinals ability to get to the line, making 21-of-33 free throws, that kept them within striking range, going into the half down six, 53-47.

Three pointers keyed in a 24-point quarter for the Pirates, as four different players scored from beyond the arc. Wilson Balthazar’s triple with eight seconds left in the third quarter, which gave Lyceum their biggest lead of the contest, 77-64.

The Cardinals managed to cut the lead to seven in the final frame with 3:18 remaining on Jospeh Eriobu’s put-back layup, but Zamora’s jump shot and subsequent free throws iced the games for the Pirates, and gave him his game-high total of 24 points.

Key to the Lyceum victory was limiting Mapua’s star big man Jessie Saitanan to 15 points on 3-10 shooting.

“It’s been a long time since Lyceum’s had a big man. This time we have a Gabayani, we have a Pamulaklakin, we have a Bulawan. They’re still rookies but they’re a big help for Lyceum because they can match up with the big men of other teams,” said assistant coach Glen Capacio. - AMD, GMA News

The scores:

LPU 92 - Zamora 24, Maconocido 14, Gabayani 13, Lacaste Santos 10, Soliman 9, Ko 8, Baltazar 8, Azores 2, Bluawan 2, Evangelista 2

MIT 83 - Nimes 24, Saitanan 15, Eriobu 13, Biteng 9, Estrella 8, Gabo 5, Layug 4, Sevens 3, Serrano 2

Quarter scoring: 24-22, 53-47, 77-64, 92-83

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SAN JUAN City – Cebu’s elite varsity teams started out flat at the resumption of the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014 Wednesday (April 30) at the San Juan Arena. Reigning Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Incorporated (CeSAFI) champion University of the Visayas and Third Placer University of San Carlos both lost by a mile to their opponents from the NCAA. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/cebu-teams-in-flat-start/)

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SAN JUAN City – The Centro Escolar University Scorpions streaked to their second consecutive win at the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Friday (May 2) by plastering the College of Saint Benilde Blazers, 77-68. The reigning National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) champions blew the game wide open early to have enough cushion of hold off a late rally by the Blazers. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/san-carlos-ceu-get-big-victories/)

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SAN JUAN City – Lyceum of the Philippines University turned to its most potent weapon, the three-point shot, then relied on the breaks at the endgame to stop Saint Clare College of Caloocan, 85-82, in continuing action from the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Saturday (May 3) at the San Juan Arena. The Pirates drained a total of 11 triples while pouncing on their opponents errors. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/pirates-trip-saints-85-82/)

05-05-2014, 04:36 PM

UP Fighting Maroons end drought after surviving late surge by CSB Blazers

From: Mei-Lin Lozada
May 5, 2014, 03:25 pm

UP Fighting Maroons end drought after surviving late surge by CSB Blazers
Dave Moralde and the UP Fighting Maroons bounce back after an opening day loss. Dante Peralta

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines nearly squandered a 21-point lead before turning back College of St. Benilde, 76-69, on Monday to even its card in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Former San Beda guard Dave Moralde came up with 18 points for the Fighting Maroons, while JR Gallarza and returnee Mikee Reyes added 14 apiece, as UP improved its win-loss record to 1-1.

Diego Dario and Mark Juruena chipped in 13 and 10, respectively, for UP, which bounced back after losing its opening match to San Sebastian, 78-81.

Up 41-20 at the half, the Fighting Maroons relaxed and found themselves ahead by just six, 61-67, midway through the final period.

Reyes came up with an and-one play and Gallarza hit a basket to widen the gap, 72-61, with 1:14 on the clock.

CSB rallied with eight straight points behind Jonathan Grey and Luis Sinco, 69-72, with 12 seconds left to play, but UP scored trash points to hold on.

“Siguro narinig niyo na 'to, but it's really a process for us," said UP coach Rey Madrid. "Pero finally nagkakaroon na kami ng kumpyansa sa end game. Shaky but it's there and we're able to develop our team defense na nagawa naman namin sa dulo."

Grey scored 17 points for St. Benilde, which dropped to 0-2.

The scores:

UP 76 - Moralde 18, Gallarza 14, Reyes 14, Dario 13, Juruena 10, Gingerich 3, Harris 2, Lao 2, Romero 0, Prado 0.

St. Benilde 69 - Grey 17, Nayve 14, Bartolo 8, Romero 7, Sinco 6, Mercado 5, Argamino 4, Ongtengco 3, Melocotn 3, Jonson 2, Saavedra 3, Pajrillaga 0, Altamirano 0, Flores 0.

Quarterscores: 23-13; 41-20; 56-48; 76-69.

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05-05-2014, 09:49 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, 09:53 PM
San Beda finds energy in second half to beat St. Clare after lackadaisical start

From: Reuben Terrado
May 5, 2014, 06:10 pm

San Beda finds energy in second half to beat St. Clare after lackadaisical start
Anthony Semerad shows the way as the Red Lions score their third win in as many outings. Dante Peralta

ANTHONY Semerad provided the spark after a lackadaisical first half by San Beda, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the final two periods in a 71-54 rout of St. Clare College, 71-54, on Monday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

The Red Lions allowed the Saints to take the lead early and the NCAA champions trailed, 26-32, at the half before showing its true form that led to the win — their third in as many games.

San Beda outscored the Saints, 45-22, after surprisingly falling behind by six points.

Ola Adeogun had 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks for the Red Lions, who lead Group B.

“This game really showed us character especially now that we have to start strong every game,” said Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez. “We really started flat. It seems that we were surprised with what St. Clare has been doing. But I give credit to St. Clare.”

The Red Lions quickly recovered, using a 10-3 run to get past the Naascu runners-up in the third period.

Marte Gil finished with 24 points for the Saints, coached by Gino Manansala.

The scores:

San Beda (71) – A. Semerad 19, Adeogun 14, Dela Cruz 9, Amer 6, Pascual 5, Sara 5, Cabanag 4, Abarcar 3, Mendoza 2, Koga 2, Mocon 2, Bonsubre 0, Solera 0.

St. Clare (54) – Gil 24, Jamito 8, Dulalia 7, Ibay 6, Acebron 6, Fabien 3, Managuelod 0, Ibarra 0, Lunor 0, Bolos 0.

Quarterscores: 13-17; 26-32; 46-42; 71-54.

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05-05-2014, 10:40 PM
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SAN JUAN City – San Beda College averted a monumental upset via a strong second half performance and put away a fighting Saint Clare College of Caloocan, 71-54, at the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Monday (May 5) at the San Juan Arena. The Red Lions almost paid dearly for their lethargic and erratic start, allowing the Saints a 32-26 buffer at the halftime break. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/saints-push-red-lions-to-the-limit/)

05-05-2014, 10:48 PM
UP Fighting Maroons dedicate first win to grieving teammates
By Rick Olivares (philstar.com) | Updated May 5, 2014 - 4:39pm

MANILA, Philippines -- The UP Fighting Maroons survived a furious endgame rally by the College of Saint Benilde Blazers to fashion out a 76-69 win in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup matches Monday at the San Juan Arena.

The Fighting Maroons came out scorching hot and led by as much as 21 points after a basket by JR Gallanza right at the end of the first half buzzer, 41-20, behind the shooting of JR Gallarza and Dave Moralde. UP shot 43% from the field with 16 points coming off turnovers and fastbreaks.

The Blazers on the other hand shot a paltry 16% from the field (6-36) while turning over the ball 14 times. Not even the return of chief gunner Mark Romero could arrest CSB’s poor play.

However, in the third period, the Blazers came alive when they hit six three-pointers highlighted by back-to-back triples by point guard Luis Sinco to cut the lead to 56-48.

The law of averages caught up with UP as they began to miss from the field and commit turnovers in the fourth period. With CSB knocking at the door, 67-61 with 1:58 left in the match, the Blazers main scorer, Mark Romero, just back in the line-up after a trip to the United States, committed two consecutive turnovers that UP converted into five points for a 72-61 lead.

But the Blazers pressed UP and went on an 8-0 run to make a game of it 72-69 with 23 seconds remaining but Maroons rookie Diego Dario and Moralde sealed the deal for them with four free throws for their first win of the summer tournament.

UP evened up their record to 1-1 while CSB fell to 0-3.

“It’s a process and it’s good to see it finally develop especially with our team defense,” said UP head coach Rey Madrid. “Furthermore, it was nice to see the boys play with some composure and to have that big buffer.”

While elated with the win, Madrid noted that his team was outrebounded, 64-38. “Our rebounding was horrendous. It’s a challenge for us.”

JR Gallarza who finished with 14 points (Moralde topscored with 18 markers) offered the Maroons victory to teammates Diego Dario and Mark Juruena who both whose fathers passed away in the last few days.

Benilde was led by Jonathan Grey who scored 17 points.

The Scores:

UP 76 – Moralde 18, Gallarza 14, Reyes 14, Dario 13, Juruena 10, Gingerich 3, Harris 2, Lao 2, Romero 0, Prado 0.

CSB 69 – Grey 18, Nayve 14, Bartolo 8, Romero 7, Sinco 6, Mercado 5, Argamino 4, Ongteco 3, Melocoton 3, Johnson 2, Saavedra 0, Pajrillaga 0, Altamirano 0, Flores 0.

05-07-2014, 10:41 PM
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SAN JUAN City – The debuting Southwestern University Cobras sent a message to the rest of the field of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup by whitewashing the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 72-68, Wednesday at the San Juan Arena. While the final score was close, the Cebu City-based Cobras of Coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba actually dominated the entire contest, leading by twin-digits most of the way. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/southwestern-shoots-down-jose-rizal-72-68/)

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SAN JUAN City – Antonio Pardo hit a running shot at the buzzer to lift the Southwestern University Cobras to a pulsating 79-77 triumph over the University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta Altas Friday (May 9) at the resumption of action at the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. With the win, the Cobras improved to 2-0 while handing the Altas their first loss of the tournament after opening with three straight wins. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/pardo-prayer-pips-perpetual-79-77/)

05-10-2014, 01:04 PM
Where could i find the game schedules?

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SAN JUAN City – Jose Rizal University squeaked past De La Salle University, 69-68, in continuing action from the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Saturday (May 10) at the San Juan Arena. The Heavy Bombers improved to 3-1 and overtook the now 1-1 Green Archers in the Group A standings. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/jose-rizal-breaks-dlsu-69-68/)

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SAN JUAN City – Reigning National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) champion Centro Escolar University marched to its third consecutive win in as many outings by eking out a 69-67 escape against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons Wednesday (May 14) at the resumption of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. The Scorpions held their collective breath as Maroon JR Gallarza’s triple attempt at the buzzer circled the hoop only to be spit out! READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/ceu-st-clare-win-in-filoil/)

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Centro Escolar vs. Holy Trinity

SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University continued its amazing run at the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup by taming Holy Trinity College, 74-61, Friday (May 16) at the San Juan Arena. The Scorpions are still undefeated at 4-0 to hold solo leadership of Group C. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/scorpions-continue-filoil-romp/)

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Far Eastern vs. Saint Clare

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SAN JUAN City – Playing their final game at the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup before returning home to General Santos City, the Holy Trinity College Wildcats gave the fans a lot of memories to last until the next tournament by shocking the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 94-85, Saturday (May 17) at the San Juan Arena. Losing their first five outings by an average of 16 points per game, the Wildcats caught the Maroons flatfooted and never allowed their opponents to even tie the contest. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/holy-trinity-shocks-up-sbc-5-0/)

05-19-2014, 09:12 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.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @KarloSacamos

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SAN JUAN City – Blowouts marked the action from Monday (May 19) at the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. National University, College of Saint Benilde and Lyceum of the Philippines University took the easy path up their respective groups standing with dominating performances over their opponents. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/easy-wins-for-nu-lpu-csb/)

05-20-2014, 10:00 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

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SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University assured itself of the top spot in Group C of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Wednesday (May 21) by toppling National University, 61-58, in a meeting of two previously undefeated varsities. At 5-0, the Scorpions of Coach Edgar Macaraya are also in the position to corner one of the top three seeds in next month’s eight-team knockout playoffs. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/scorpions-top-group-c/)

05-26-2014, 01:41 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.

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.

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SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University leaned on their torrid three-point shooting to dispose of San Sebastian College, 73-62, and complete a six-game sweep of Group C in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Monday (May 26). The Scorpions’ feat managed to cushion the shocking loss of their female counterparts earlier in the day to De La Salle University, 72-77. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/scorpions-sweep-group-c/)

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SAN JUAN City – Saint Clare College of Caloocan ended its roller coaster campaign at the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on a positive note by tripping Mapua Institute of Technology, 85-81, at the San Juan Arena Wednesday (May 28 ). The Saints notched their second win against four losses in Group B while the Cardinals finished a game behind at 1-5. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/saints-end-on-positive-note/)

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SAN JUAN City – The Centro Escolar University Lady Scorpions claimed the last Group B semifinal berth of the Women’s Division of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Saturday by trouncing the Adamson University Lady Falcons, 79-69, afternoon (May 31) at the San Juan Arena. The winners will next face Group A winner National University Lady Bulldogs on June 4 (Wednesday) for a seat in the one-game finals. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/lady-scorpions-in-semis/)

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SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University and Southwestern University booked the first two seats in the Final Four of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup after disposing of separate opponents Monday (June 2) at the San Juan Arena. The top seed Scorpions eliminated the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 64-51, while the Cobras sent off the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 65-57. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/final-4-for-ceu-scorpions/)

06-04-2014, 10:32 AM
DLSU, FEU, SBC, NU part ways in Filoil quarterfinals
By Rick Olivares (philstar.com) | Updated June 3, 2014 - 1:48pm

MANILA, Philippines – The two unlikely semifinalists at the start of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup – Southwestern University and Centro Escolar University – are now waiting for their next foe.

With CESAFI and NAASCU represented in what has traditionally been the stomping ground of NCAA and UAAP powers is now a free for all. Especially now that La Salle and FEU as well as San Beda and NU will be locking horns at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, in an explosive Fourth of June double header at the San Juan Arena. There’s the possible subplot of which is the best collegiate league.

The Green Archers finished with a 4-2 record while the Tamaraws swept their elimination round assignments, 6-0. For FEU head coach Nash Racela, that doesn’t mean much since the barometer is La Salle. His FEU team squared off with the Archers in a practice game in the middle of the summer and his side got beat bad.

“The San Beda game was an important win because they are like La Salle – tall, fast, athletic and with a deep bench. Hopefully, we can play better this time,” noted the second-year FEU mentor.

FEU’s win over San Beda snapped the Red Lions’ win streak and as a result, instead of copping the number one overall seed, they find themselves playing the unpredictable NU Bulldogs that is in their post-Ray Parks phase.

The Bulldogs now led by Glenn Khobuntin, Troy Rosario, Gelo Alolino and Alfred Aroga, finished with a 5-1 record, with their only loss inflicted upon them by CEU the eventual number one overall seed.

Added San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez, “Now that the games are all against the top teams in the tournament, we will get a chance to see where we stand and how we can fare come the NCAA season.”

06-05-2014, 12:37 PM
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SAN JUAN City – National University relied on the fourth period explosions of Afril Bernardino and Shelly Gupilan to stall the bid of Centro Escolar University, 65-61, and enter the Women’s Division finals of the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup Wednesday (June 6) at the San Juan Arena. The duo accounted for all but three of the Lady Bulldogs’ 17 points on top of several key defensive plays. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/national-foils-lady-scorpions-65-61/)

06-07-2014, 01:49 AM
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SAN JUAN City – It will be a titanic clash of league champions as the San Beda College Red Lions and De La Salle University Green Archers booked a one-game titular showdown for the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup in contrasting fashions Friday afternoon (June 6) at the San Juan Arena. The trophy will be disputed on June 8 (Sunday) at the same venue starting at 4:00 PM. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/san-beda-dlsu-in-finals/)

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SAN JUAN City – The De La Salle University Green Archers completed a mind-boggling reversal from a dozen markers down to snatch the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup from the San Beda College Red Lions, 71-66, Sunday afternoon (June 8) at the San Juan Arena. The win was a fitting end to a campaign of highs and lows for the squad that barely made the playoffs as a wild card. READ MORE (http://servssports.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/dlsu-filoil-2014-champions/)