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10-03-2014, 11:38 AM
FEU guard Mike Tolomia charting his own path as he steps out of Romeo, Garcia shadows
From: Richard Dy
•October 2, 2014, 04:17 pm

Mike Tolomia says he does not want to be a duplicate of either RR Garcia or Terrence Romeo

MIKE Tolomia vowed to chart his own basketball destiny the moment RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo left Far Eastern University to join the PBA last year.

The 5-foot-11 guard from Zamboanga City worked hard during the offseason and has posted career-high numbers of 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists to lead the Tamaraws back to the UAAP Finals this season.

There were big shoes to fill after the departure of Garcia and Romeo, but Tolomia said he never wanted to be a mere duplicate of his more illustrious FEU teammates.

“Sa akin, di ko naman iniisip talaga masyado yun eh (filling their big shoes). Gusto ko lang gawin yung sarili kong destiny,” the FEU shooting guard told Spin.ph.

Tolomia added that their disappointing finish in the Final Four last season with Garcia and Romeo gave him the extra motivation to return with a bang this year.

“Lagi na lang may magaling kaming guards pero di kami umabot din. Pero ako, gusto ko maging iba dun sa nakasanayan,” he added.

The athletic FEU guard is also happy to find a scoring partner in Mac Belo, the recipient of his late pass that led to the unassuming forward's buzzer-beating three-point shot to end La Salle’s UAAP reign on Wednesday night, 67-64.

“Sobrang proud ako sa kanya (Belo). Sobrang humble na tao, talagang bine-bless siya ni God as a player,” he said.

“Masipag si Mac, offense man or defense, talagang isa siya sa mga tinitingnan namin sa team.”

With just two days to prepare for National University in Game One of the UAAP Season 77 best-of-three Finals, Tolomia isn’t making any kind of prediction.

“Team defense, talagang kailangan namin para manalo kami ng champion, kaya nga depensahan ang labanan niyan,” said Tolomia.

10-03-2014, 11:41 AM
Racela shrugs off FEU's earlier wins over NU

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/03/2014 10:07 AM | Updated as of 10/03/2014 10:07 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) coach Nash Racela downplayed his team's elimination round record against Finals opponent National University (NU), noting the Bulldogs are a far different team now.

FEU and NU will clash in an intriguing Finals starting Saturday and Racela said he expects a good match-up against a Bulldogs team that is riding high following its ouster of top-seeds Ateneo de Manila University in the Final Four.

"I think it's gonna be a good match-up. It's gonna be tough for us, kasi (Alfred) Aroga has been playing well, tapos (Gelo) Alolino has been playing well also," said Racela.

"I think what's scary about them is the number of role players they have who are stepping up, so they're gonna be a different NU team pagdating sa Finals," he added.

The Tamaraws won both of their games against NU in the elimination round, and they do have some momentum as well after dethroning defending champions De La Salle University in their own Final Four series.

Racela, however, is wary of NU, especially with key players Aroga and Alolino playing so well, while role players like JJ Alejandro and Pao Javelona, as well as reliable veterans Troy Rosario and Glenn Khobuntin, stepping up.

"Laging sinasabi ni (NU) coach Eric (Altamirano) na pagdating sa ganitong series, iba na, kalimutan na 'yung mga nangyari before," Racela said. "And that is also how we think as a team."

"Kalimutan na natin 'yung nangyari before, regardless kung nanalo tayo or natalo tayo. What's really important is the game ahead of us, or the series ahead of us," he said.

FEU is back in the Finals for the first time since Season 74, where they lost to Ateneo in two games. Only four players in the current team – Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Carl Bryan Cruz and Russell Escoto – were also part of the Season 74 squad.

"I'm sure nakalimutan na rin ng mga players namin because when they entered the Finals (in Seaso 74), I think they were just first year players, so medyo nakalimutan na nila," said Racela.

"Actually, before the game, that's what I told them, na we have four players who have played in the Finals, so this will be the first time for most of them, even for the coaching staff. I told them na tulungan niyo din ako na makarating sa Finals," he added.

The Tamaraws last won the UAAP title, when Arwind Santos powered FEU over La Salle in two games. FEU is seeking a record 20th men's championship.

10-03-2014, 11:46 AM
Analysis: Court leadership will be crucial in UAAP Finals


Posted at 10/02/2014 9:36 PM | Updated as of 10/02/2014 11:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The outcome of Season 77 UAAP men’s basketball finals between the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws and the National University (NU) Bulldogs will fall squarely on the shoulder of their guards.

Basketball coach and analyst Allan Gregorio said the leadership of NU’s Gelo Alolino and FEU’s Mike Tolomia, who are among the best guards of the league, will play a major role in the UAAP Finals.

“Kung sino ang magkakaroon ng leadership [from the guards will win],” said Gregorio in an interview on The Score.

“When you talk of point guards, lamang si Alolino dyan. When you talk of the No. 2 position, lamang si Tolomia diyan. Sila ba ang magbabantayan? I don't think so.”

But Gregorio pointed out that FEU has generally been successful whenever Tolomia is right on the spot. “You know that if FEU were going to win, they must always have that big game coming from Mike Tolomia,” he said.

It was Tolomia’s assist that set up Mac Belo for the game winning shot that propelled FEU past De La Salle University last Wednesday. He finished with 14 points in that game.

Gregorio said that NU will have to find a way to stop Tolomia and Belo if it wants to win its first UAAP crown since 1954.

He added that coach Eric Altamirano will have to fire up his import Alfred Aroga, who is expected to be given a tough time by FEU’s defensive specialist Anthony Hargrove.

“So what's the challenge from the part of coach Eric Altamirano? How do you stop Mike Tolomia, Belo? [He also needs to] bring out the best in his import especially pag hina-hardcore defense na siya ni Anthony Hargrove,” said the analyst.

Gregorio is also anticipating a very good match-up between Belo and his NU counterpart Troy Rosario.

“Pareho silang naglalaro ng kwarto and they're both athletic. Parehong tumitira sa labas, I think we're looking at Troy Rosario versus Belo, that's going to be the match up for the Finals,” he said.

10-03-2014, 11:49 AM
NU-FEU clash snaps pattern

By Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer
4:01 am | Friday, October 3rd, 2014

As Far Eastern University and National University gear up for what could be an epic UAAP championship showdown, the series also highlights the incredible fact that it will only be the first time in 20 years that neither La Salle nor Ateneo is fighting for the crown.

The Eagles and the Archers, the country’s fiercest collegiate rivals, have combined for 11 of the league’s last 20 championships.

And since the Final Four format was introduced in 1994, either the Archers or the Eagles were slugging it out in the title round. Thrice— in 2001, 2002 and 2008—the two glamour squads arranged a blockbuster title series.

This time, however, both the Archers and the Eagles fell just a basket short of arranging another trip to the finals.

“Initially, our goal was just to make it to the Final Four, but at the end of the day, you really want to go all the way,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol after his No. 1 Blue Eagles blew a twice-to-beat semifinal advantage against the Bulldogs.

“It was a tough year,” said coach Juno Sauler after his Archers came so close to keeping their back-to-back title bid alive until the Tamaraws escaped behind a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

“We could have been better if we were all healthy,” added Sauler, noting the injuries and illness the Archers battled all season, including the mild dengue that hit star Jeron Teng and the fractured foot that sidelined starting point guard Thomas Torres.

In the end, though, both the Tamaraws and the Bulldogs showcased sheer grit to upset the two powerhouses that FEU coach Nash Racela tagged as the perennial “perceived finalists.”

Mac Belo buried the triple that lifted the Tamaraws past the Archers, 67-64, while Gelo Alolino sank two pressure-packed free throws with 9.3 seconds left as the Bulldogs shocked the Eagles, 65-63, in last Wednesday’s pair of heart-stopping, do-or-die Final Four duel

10-03-2014, 12:00 PM
The Final Score
Hard not to cheer for FEU and NU in the UAAP finals

October 2, 2014 2:08pm

For FEU, one pass made all the difference.

Mike Tolomia is FEU’s Mr. 10 Seconds this season. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the first, second, third, or fourth quarter of games. There’s no difference between the first game of the tournament and the last game of the UAAP final four. Or the last play of a game with a finals berth at stake.

When the shot clock flashes 10, the ball often goes to Tolomia. It’s not happenstance.

Tolomia was already the Tamaraws’ Mr. 10 Seconds during the pre-season. Even if it wasn’t a birthright – FEU coach Nash Racela could’ve yanked that privilege away if changes were necessary - Tolomia rightfully kept that unofficial distinction all throughout UAAP Season 77.

The Tamaraws knew the drill the way they knew Tamaraws had horns. 10 seconds to shoot. Give it to Mike. Halos ‘matic na yan.

Hence, with 10 seconds left in the second and last final four game between FEU and La Salle, Tolomia had the ball. ‘Matic na kasi.

But he wasn’t automatically looking for a shot. Racela practically tattooed a belief on Tolomia’s brain: Mike, hindi mo kailangan tumira. Ang kailangan mo, gumawa ng tamang desisyon. To know what differentiates a shotmaker from a playmaker. To discern the best option for the Tamaraws, and not Tolomia per se.

Tolomia attacked with three seconds left. He surged a step past La Salle’s Julian Sargent. As a result, Tolomia dragged La Salle’s Jason Perkins away from Mac Belo. Belo, who already made three shots from beyond the arc, stood on the right corner, hands ready for the possible pass, head ready for the possible game-winning three.

Mike, hindi mo kailangan tumira. Ang kailangan mo gumawa ng tamang desisyon.

Do I force the shot against two defenders or do I toss the ball to a wide-open teammate who scored 32 points in the last game and was one three-point shot away from scoring 23 points in tonight’s game? The decision, I imagine, wasn’t that hard to make.

“We’re not afraid na nasa kamay ni Mike yung bola,” Racela said during a preseason interview. “He just has to decide correctly.”

With a minute left, Tolomia actually passed to Belo and Belo knocked down a three-point shot. FEU went up by three. That was a dress rehearsal.

So with 1.8 seconds left in a tied ballgame, a chance for redemption at stake for a team that desperately yearned for it, FEU’s Mr. 10 Seconds simply did the same thing leading to a more devastating result. Look. Pass. Belo. Three. Kaboom. Buzzer. Bedlam. Finals.

10-03-2014, 12:04 PM
Coach Nash Says , thanks Refs!!for allowing us to Play defense .

10-04-2014, 08:24 PM
FEU coach Nash Racela wary of NU 'inside-outside' pair of Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino
From: Karlo Sacamos
•October 3, 2014, 11:40 pm

Tamaraws coach Nash Racela is counting on American Anthony Hargrove to stand his ground against vastly improved Bulldogs center Alfred Aroga.

FAR Eastern University may have National University's number since the elimination round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, but Tamaraws coach Nash Racela insisted it hardly matters when the Finals gets underway on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws swept their head-to-head matchup with the Bulldogs in the regular season, drawing first blood in the first round, 71-62, before replicating the feat, 74-70, in their second meeting.

Now, both squads face off once again in the biggest stage of the competition.

“Kalimutan na natin ang nangayri before,” Racela said. What’s important is the series that’s ahead of us.”

“Plus, they’re going to be a different NU team pag dating sa Finals,” he added.

Game One of the best-of-three series tips off at 3:30 p.m.

The biggest differences, Racela believed, will be the inside-outside duo of Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino, not to mention a slew of unheralded cagers who have been rising to the occasion as of late.

“It’s going to be tough for us because Aroga and Alolino have been playing well,” Racela said. “What’s scarier is a number of role players is stepping up also.”

The Tamaraws, though, also have a two-man tandem they can turn to in Mike Tolomia and Anthony Hargrove, who feels can stand his ground against Aroga — better than he did against La Salle’s Jason Perkins and Arnold Van Opstal in the Final Four.

“Aroga is totally different compared to Perkins and AVO,” the American slotman said of his Cameroonian counterpart. “I see Aroga’s game kind of similar to mine: quick and athletic, so I feel like I can stand to him.”

“He’ll be a tough matchup for anybody else, but I feel comfortable and I accept it as a challenge,” he added.

Mac Belo has been the Tamaraws’ focal point on offense, but it was role player Carl Cruz, who has been the biggest thorn in the side of the Bulldogs.

Cruz fired a team-high 16 points in the Tams’ 71-62 win over the Bulldogs last August 9. The veteran forward scored just nine in their second meeting, but seven of his output came in the fourth quarter and overtime, including the short jumper that forced the extra period.

And Racela expects all of his key wards to have a hand this time in the hope of capturing the school's first crown since 2005.

“Team play: that’s what we always emphasize.”

10-04-2014, 08:28 PM
FEU holds on to nip NU, draws first blood in Finals

by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/04/2014 5:52 PM | Updated as of 10/04/2014 7:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 3) The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws are one win away from clinching the UAAP Season 77 crown after they held off the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 75-70, in Game 1 of their best-of-three Finals Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After struggling all game with poor shooting and foul trouble, Mac Belo hit a huge lay-up over NU center Alfred Aroga with 44.6 seconds to go to extend FEU's lead to 73-68.

"Perfect play, perfect timing," said FEU head coach Nash Racela after the game. "Mac is not afraid to take the big shots. It just so happened that in the game, NU made good adjustments. In the fourth quarter, they made consecutive stops."

"We had to look for another thing, and we're blessed that Mac delivered," Racela said of Belo, who sent FEU to the Finals with his game-winning triple against De La Salle University in the Final Four.

NU made it a one possession game after a free throw each from Aroga and point guard Gelo Alolino, 70-73, with still 38.5 seconds left, and FEU missed golden chances to seal the win when center Raymar Jose muffed two easy shots and the Bulldogs came away with the ball.

But NU veteran Glenn Khobuntin misfired on a potential game-tying triple off a pass by Alolino, and Achie Inigo iced the win for the Tamaraws by making two free throws with seven-tenths of a second to go.

With the victory, FEU is now one win away from winning their first men's UAAP championship since Season 68, back when Arwind Santos was starring for the Tamaraws.

"Before the game, I told our players that the most important game is the first game, and having that advantage," said Racela. "Yes, we will treat the next game as a do-or-die game."

Pogoy comes up big

It seemed as though FEU would break the game open in the third quarter, when Roger Pogoy exploded for 10 points in the frame, hitting a variety of shots, including wide-open three-pointers, to give his team the advantage.

"Tine-take advantage ko kasi na 'yung tao ko ay 'yung helper nila Mike (Tolomia) and Belo, kaya open na open talaga ako sa corner," said Pogoy, who finished with 14 points in the contest.

The Tamaraws got their running game going in the third period, and their hard work on the offensive glass helped them build a lead as large as 13 points, 60-47, late in the quarter.

When the dust settled, FEU had outscored NU, 25-12, in the third period, and took a 60-50 advantage entering the final frame.

The Tamaraws were still ahead, 69-60 off a jump shot from Inigo, when the Bulldogs' made a last-ditch rally. A three-point play by Aroga sparked an 8-2 exchange, capped by a J-Jay Alejandro triple, to make it 68-71 with 1:01 left in the game.

But the Tamaraws surprised the Bulldogs in their next play, with Belo initiating the offense. The versatile forward took Aroga off the dribble and scored the crucial bucket that gave FEU some breathing room down the stretch.

Belo finished the game with only eight points on three-of-13 shooting, along with seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Point guard Mike Tolomia led all FEU players with 15 points and six rebounds, although he did commit seven turnovers -- five of them in the first half.

Meanwhile, Aroga finished with 17 points and eight boards in the game, but was frustrated by FEU counterpart Anthony Hargrove nearly all game long. Alolino finished with 14 points, and forward Troy Rosario added 12 points and eight rebounds before leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter due to cramps.

Early NU lead

NU led by as much 12 points in the first half, using a 12-4 exchange sparked by Rosario and Reden Celda to take a 30-18 lead. Celda, who came off the bench, had seven points in the run, including a baseline floater to give his team their biggest lead of the half.

With the Bulldogs threatening to pull away, Tolomia rose to the occasion for the Tamaraws. His fearless lay-up over Aroga touched off an 11-0 FEU barrage, as FEU used its transition offense to cut into the NU lead.

Back-to-back lay-ups from Jose made it 29-30 with 3:03 to go in the first half, before a Rosario three-point play ended a nearly five-minute NU silence.

The Bulldogs took a 38-35 lead at halftime as scoring picked up in the second frame after a slow opening quarter for both teams.

"We just reminded them to do the right things," Racela said of their halftime talk with the Tamaraws. "The reason NU was scoring in the first half was because we were giving them breakdowns, talagang nagte-take advantage lang sila."

"I think we just reminded them to be disciplined, tapos 'yung tamang depensa lang 'yung gawin," he added.

NU was still ahead, 40-37, in the third period, but Pogoy's scoring outburst helped FEU take control of the game. His acrobatic reverse lay-up over Aroga with 6:45 to go in the third broke a 40-all deadlock, and it was a lead that the Tamaraws would not relinquish.

The Bulldogs did not help their cause as they missed 16 of 31 free throw attempts, including two crucial charities by Aroga and Alolino in the final minute of the game.

"I think it's a blessing that they had 31 free throws," Racela said after the game.

The FEU coach is fully expecting NU counterpart Eric Altamirano to come up with adjustments in time for Game 2 on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

"We'll anticipate that, and we'll be ready for that," he said.

The scores:

FEU 75 - Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Inigo 12, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Jose 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Escoto 0.

NU 70 - Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Javelona 3, Betayene 3, Alejandro 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

Quarter-scoring: 14-15, 35-38, 60-50, 75-70

10-04-2014, 08:33 PM
Belo overcomes bad shooting, delivers again for FEU

by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/04/2014 7:39 PM | Updated as of 10/04/2014 7:39 PM

MANILA -- Far Eastern University (FEU) forward Mac Belo was admittedly shocked when head coach Nash Racela ran a play for him in the crucial stage of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals against the National University Bulldogs.

Belo, whose crunch time heroics helped propel FEU past De La Salle in the Final Four, had been struggling in the face of NU's defense, and had made only 2 of his 12 field goal attempts heading into the final minute of the game.

But with the Tamaraws clinging to a 71-68 lead, Racela put the ball in Belo's hands, and Belo responded with a strong drive against the defense of NU's Alfred Aroga that put them on top, 73-68, with just 44.6 seconds left in the game.

FEU went on to win the contest, 75-70, to draw first blood in the best-of-three Finals series.

"Yung unang feeling ko, blessed, happy kasi ayun, pinabawi ako ni Coach kasi alam niya naman na bad shooting ako kanina," the soft-spoken Belo told ABS-CBNnews.com after the game.

"Na-shock ako na binigyan niya ako ng play, at pagkatapos noon, nakakita ako ng open lane, kaya naka lay-up," he said.

Before that shot, Belo's last basket came in the third quarter, when he scored a three-pointer to tie the game at 40-all with 7:16 to go. Yet the versatile big man said he was confident despite his subpar shooting afternoon.

"Oo, confident ako noong last play na 'yun. Kasi nagr-run na rin 'yung NU, so kailangan putulin 'yung momentum nila at that time," said Belo.

Racela noted that Belo "is not afraid to take the big shots," something the player proved when he took - and made - the game-winning three-pointer that lifted FEU over La Salle in their do-or-die game in the Final Four.

"Perfect play, perfect timing," Racela said. "NU made good adjustments. In the fourth quarter, they made consecutive stops, so we had to look for another guy. We were blessed that Mac delivered."

Belo acknowledged that he was troubled by the NU defense, as players collapsed hard on him on every drive. Moreover, he was saddled with four fouls in the final period of the game.

"Sobrang ingat," he said, when asked how he played defense in the final minutes of the contest. "Ayun nga, foul trouble na, eh kailangan ako sa loob. Mahirap na."

Belo knows he cannot afford to again shoot three-of-13 from the field for only eight points come Game 2 on Wednesday, especially with NU sure to make adjustments to make up for their loss today.

"Siguro mas i-improve ko 'yung outside shooting ko," said Belo, who made only one of three attempts after going four-of-six from downtown in their previous game against La Salle. "Puro drive lang ang ginawa ko kanina eh."

Belo also said the Tamaraws will enter Wednesday's Game 2 with "no confidence."

"Kailangan namin isipin na do-or-die game din for us 'yung game na 'yun," he said.

FEU is seeking its first UAAP men's basketball crown since Season 68.

10-04-2014, 08:41 PM
UAAP Finals: FEU takes Game 1 vs NU, 75-70

5:51 pm | Saturday, October 4th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Far Eastern University Tamaraws seized game one of their best of three Finals series against the National University Bulldogs, 75-70, at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

Mike Tolomia topscored for the Tamaraws with 15 points although it was Roger Pogoy who helped pad the FEU lead to 10, 60-50, by scoring 10 of his 14 points, in that decisive third quarter.

With the win, the Tamaraws move closer to regaining the title they last won nine years ago.

When asked in a post-game conference what the Tamaraws did to pull away from the Bulldogs at the start of the second quarter, Coach Nash Racela said they just “went back to their strengths”.

“Against NU, we had to go back to our strengths,” said Racela whose team beat defending champion La Salle twice in the semi-finals enroute to the Finals.

Pogoy said he was left open every time Tolomia and Mac Belo were guarded and considered it a “blessing” that he could convert those shots.

Meanwhile, Alfred Aroga topscored for NU with 17 while Gelo Alolino, the hero in NU’s do-or-die match with Ateneo, had 12.

The Bulldogs, who are making their Finals appearance after 44 years, are expected to make adjustments when they face the Tamaraws in Game 2 of the Finals at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The scores:

FEU (75) – Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Inigo 12, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Jose 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Ru.Escoto 0.

NU (70) – Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Javelona 3, Beteyene 3, Alejandro 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

10-04-2014, 08:43 PM
Tams stave off late Bulldog run to take Game 1 of finals

October 4, 2014 5:34pm

The FEU Tamaraws staved off a late NU run to claim Game 1 of the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals, 75-70, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Tams held on to a 10-point lead late in the fourth, before the Bulldogs went to Alfred Aroga for a 5-0 run to slice the lead in half, 62-57, with five and a half minutes remaining. FEU cashed in on a pair of jumpers, before NU went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to three, 71-68, with 1:01 to go.

Belo countered with a drive at the other end, though, while Aroga and Gelo Alolino struggled to convert only half of their charities, 73-70. With time running out, Glenn Khobuntin forced a triple to tie but failed, as Achi Inigo secured two freethrows to put the game away.

The bulldogs were successful with their jumpshots in the first, but FEU had Reymar Jose inside to set the tone. Five straight points from Ron Dennison pushed the Tams ahead, 14-13, before Aroga ended the period with a drive.

NU surprised FEU with a 15-4 run to start the second, capped off by a Reden Celda layup at the 6:02 mark, 30-18. The Tams bit back with an 11-0 rally, as four straight from Jose trimmed the lead to one, 30-29. Back to back hits from Alolino ended the half with NU ahead by three, 38-35.

Come the third, Roger Pogoy took it upon himself to ignite the FEU offense, scoring 10 points off triples and finishes off the break. A 6-0 swing in the final three minutes stretched the lead to 13, before Khobuntin strung three points together to make it a 10-point game heading into the payoff period. - RAF, GMA News

10-04-2014, 08:47 PM
FEU Tamaraws a win away from UAAP championship after holding off NU Bulldogs
From: Karlo Sacamos
•October 4, 2014, 06:08 pm

FEU Tamaraws a win away from UAAP championship after holding off NU Bulldogs

FAR Eastern University reasserted its mastery of National University, scoring a 75-70 victory to draw first blood in the UAAP men’s basketball Finals on Saturday in front of a packed crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws carried their elimination-round success against the Bulldogs into the biggest stage of the tournament, overhauling an early double-digit deficit before proving steady in the endgame.

Mike Tolomia spearheaded the attack, but it was Roger Pogoy who shone brightest for the Tamaraws, who moved on the verge of capturing their first title in almost a decade or since 2005.

Game Two of the best-of-three series is on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino delivered as usual, but Troy Rosario was the missing link for the Bulldogs in the second half, where he suffered cramps and wound up scoring a measly point after going for 11 markers in the first half.

“We just went back to our strengths in the second half,” Tamaraws coach Nash Racela said. “In the previous games kasi, umalis kami sa strengths namin just for us to get a win and get to the Finals. But now, we had to go back.”

The Tamaraws, who had to adapt to La Salle’s deliberate playing style in the semifinals, returned to employing what they do best, thriving in a high-octane offense that the Bulldogs failed to stop in the second half.

Trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, the Tamaraws turned the game around in the third quarter, where Pogoy scattered 10 of his 14 points as his team built their own double-digit cushion.

An Achie Iņigo layup with late in the quarter gave the Tamaraws their biggest lead at 60-47, completing a 25-point turnaround.

In all, the Tamaraws outscored the Bulldogs, 25-12, in that period.

The Bulldogs, however, threatened in the final frame, cutting the lead to three, 70-73, after Alolino split his charities with 38.5 seconds left, but Glenn Khobuntin missed a potential overtime-sending triple from the left wing in their final offensive play.

Tolomia finished with a team-high 15 points along with six rebounds and three assists, although the cat-quick playmaker committed seven turnovers in 35 minutes.

The Bulldogs’ defense was evident against Mac Belo, the Tamaraws’ leading scorer with over 16 points per game and Final Four hero, who was limited to just eight points on a paltry 3-of-13 shooting from the field.

The scores:

FEU 75 – Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Iņigo 12, Jose 8, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Escoto 0

NU 70 – Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Alejandro 3, Betayene 3, Javelona 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0

Quarterscores: 14-15, 35-38, 60-50, 75-70

10-04-2014, 08:51 PM
Pogoy stars as Tams near UAAP title

By Olmin Leyba (philstar.com) | Updated October 4, 2014 - 8:41pm

MANILA, Philippines – Roger Pogoy got things started in the third quarter then Mac Belo delivered the insurance basket as Far Eastern U nipped National U, 75-70, to close in on the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball crown at the MOA Arena Saturday.

One of four remnants of the team that figured in a championship series in 2011, the 6-foot-2 Pogoy fired 10 points in the third to help the Tams seize control, 60-47, and the Morayta-based cagers held on to secure the crucial win in the series opener.

Not much of a factor in the game, Belo took over when the Bulldogs threatened to within 71-68. Coming off a pick-and-roll, Belo blew by his defender to score and extend FEU’s lead to five, 73-68, 44.6 seconds left.

“Not only Pogoy and Belo but it’s a good thing other players stepped up for us,” said FEU coach Nash Racela, citing the likes of Alfrancis Tamsi, Ron Dennison ad Raymar Jose who did their share. “People are saying they don’t have the finals experience but they were okay today, they played like veterans.”

It was the first victory in the finals for the Tams since their title-clinching 73-71 win over La Salle way back Oct. 6, 2005.

The Tams could finish the job with another victory on Wednesday at the Big Dome.

Pogoy finished with 14 points to backstop Mike Tolomia’s team-high 15. Achi Inigo added 12, including eight in the payoff period while Belo wound up with eight.

“Iyung tao ko laging naghe-help kila Mike at Belo kaya open ako madalas. Buti na lang pumapasok (My defender helped out on defense against Tolomia and Belo so he left me open. Thankfully, I made my shots),” said Pogoy, who played sparingly as a freshman in the 2011 finals.

The Bulldogs, who are looking for their first title in 60 years, actually got off to a roaring start and grabbed a 30-18 tear halfway through the second canto, before the Tams adjusted and turned things around.

“We just got back to our strengths,” said Racela. “We just reminded them to do the right thing, be disciplined on defense, because the reason NU was scoring in the first half was we’re giving them breakdowns that they’re taking advantage of.”

“I felt FEU wanted it more than us,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said."Key there was the third quarter, we gave them 25 points there which was too much."

He also rued the missed free throws of the Bulldogs, particularly during their rally.

“To sum it all up, that (missed charities) did us in. We missed 16 free throws (overall). I think it was more of mental fatigue and too much excitement. I told them they were too emotional, emotion got in their way. Normally when they shoot free throws, they were very relaxed, they weren’t expending energy but today they were the opposite,” said Altamirano.

The Scores:

FEU 75 – Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Inigo 12, Jose 8, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Ru. Escoto 0.

NU 70 – Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Alejandro 3, Betayene 3, Javelona 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

Quarterscores: 14-15, 35-38, 60-50, 75-70.

10-04-2014, 08:53 PM
This is it!!!!! 20th!! na Po!

10-05-2014, 04:20 PM
Breaking the stranglehold

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 3, 2014 - 12:00am

Over the last 20 finals of the UAAP men’s senior basketball championships dating back to 1994, either La Salle or Ateneo has figured in the title playoffs. The duopoly has now been shattered.

This season, FEU and NU are battling in the finals which start at the Mall of Asia Arena tomorrow. “It took 20 years for Sampaloc to become the center of the UAAP universe,” beamed Tamaraws team owner and UAAP Board representative Anton Montinola. For basketball purists and scholars of the game, their reaction was it’s about time.

FEU hasn’t won a UAAP men’s senior championship since 2005 or nine years ago. NU’s drought is much longer. The Bulldogs haven’t clinched since 1954-55 and they’ve only won one title compared to the Tams’ 19. NU coach Eric Altamirano has painstakingly brought prominence to the varsity program and his efforts aren’t unnoticed. NU has now barged into the Final Four the last three years. In all, the Bulldogs have advanced to only four Final Fours (the first in 2001) since the format was introduced in 1993.

For FEU, the Tams have gone to the Final Four in six of the last seven years, missing out in 2012. They’ve advanced to 16 Final Fours so far compared to La Salle’s 18 and Ateneo’s 15. FEU’s last finals appearance was in 2011 when the Tams bowed to the Blue Eagles. NU’s previous finals outing was in 1977 when the Bulldogs lost to Adamson.

So it’s been quite a while since the UAAP has welcomed either FEU or NU to the finals. Or putting it in another way, it’s been a while since the UAAP has not welcomed either Ateneo or La Salle to the finals. How glaring is the fact that NU made it to the finals the year after star Bobby Ray Parks stepped down and FEU did it the year after stars R. R. Garcia and Terrence Romeo relinquished their collegiate eligibility.

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Last Wednesday, the Archers and Eagles came tantalizingly close to making it back to the finals. Ateneo was up by three with 2:22 to go and had possession, down by two, with 9.3 ticks left. A power fluctuation interrupted the Eagles’ inbound for a chance to win it in regulation or force extension. Ateneo had a timeout remaining so it wasn’t as if the interruption favored the Eagles to sue for a break.

What was announced to be a 20-minute recess to stabilize the power condition wound up to be about 10 minutes less. Ateneo tried to take advantage of the break by taking warm-up shots but NU objected, forcing the Eagles to retire to their bench. In the PBA or even in the NBA, teams are allowed to take warm-up shots during an unexpected break. But it was a different situation last Wednesday because with one possession left, only Ateneo stood to benefit from taking warm-up shots.

Ateneo had a lot of time to go for the basket but Kiefer Ravena’s drive was foiled to preserve NU’s victory. Parks cheered wildly from the sidelines as his former teammates delivered a first finals appearance since the Sy family took ownership of the school in 2008. It was a fitting reward for SM Prime Holdings president/CEO Hans Sy who has given his all-support to the team from Day One. Not only has the NU men’s team broken barriers in the finals but also the women’s team which is on the verge of capturing its first-ever crown.

Ateneo has not beaten NU in six outings since last season, indicating a curious “kontra pelo” matchup. The same nightmarish matchup confronted La Salle against FEU. Before last Wednesday’s showdown, FEU had beaten La Salle in three of four encounters this season. The difference in both series was Ateneo was the higher seed and La Salle wasn’t.

The Eagles finished the eliminations as the No. 1 seed with a twice-to-beat advantage over No. 4 NU. In Final Four history, No. 1 has beaten No. 4 in 17 of 19 duels. That’s a lofty 90 percent rate. The only two occasions where No. 4 beat No. 1 involved the Bulldogs. Last season, NU was No. 1 and lost to No. 4 UST. And this season, No. 4 NU toppled No. 1 Ateneo.

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In La Salle’s case, the Archers couldn’t have picked a worse game to play their worst this season. They shot 9-of-23 from the line and just couldn’t shake off the Tams’ stifling defense. Jeron Teng and Almond Vosotros were a combined 8-of-26 from the field and neither attempted a single free throw. Still, La Salle made it close and even led by four down the stretch. Then, Mac Belo hit a buzzer-beating triple to lift FEU to a pulsating 67-64 win. Belo scored 10 of the Tams’ last 12 points, punctuated by two treys. “Coach Chot (Reyes) has his eye on Belo for Gilas down the road,” noted Montinola.

It looked like the game was headed into overtime with the count tied and FEU in possession, time down to 24.4 ticks. As the clock wound down, Mike Tolomia tried to break down Julian Sargent’s defense and when he couldn’t, passed off to Belo in the corner. Belo’s defender Jason Perkins had helped out on Tolomia so he was a little late to recover. The play was reminiscent of Teng’s dish to Vosotros to beat UST in Game 3 of the finals last season, bringing La Salle to the throne.

As much as Altamirano deserved credit for NU’s march into the finals, FEU coach Nash Racela earned it, too. Altamirano’s staff counts on Joey Guanio, Mon Jose, Jeff Napa and Vic Ycasiano while Racela is backstopped by Johnny Abarrientos, Mike Oliver, Gilbert Lao, Ronald Magtulis, Josh Reyes and Jojo Lastimosa. Both teams are surrounded by excellent coaching minds.

Neither Ateneo nor La Salle will play in the finals this season but it won’t mean less interest, less ticket sales and less fanfare with NU and FEU slugging it out. On the contrary, expect a series that will be resounding, exciting and historic. The University Belt is back in a big way in the UAAP so strap it on for a wild ride to the championship.

10-05-2014, 04:23 PM
No star, no problem: Roger Pogoy steps up in a more team-oriented game for FEU Tamaraws
From: Mei-Lin Lozada
•October 5, 2014, 12:59 pm

NO star, no problem.

That according to Roger Pogoy sums up the state of this season's Far Eastern University team, which moved a win away from the school's first UAAP championship in nine years following a 75-70 victory over National University on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The versatile Pogoy was a holdover from the FEU team that lost to Ateneo in 2011 - a talent-laden lineup that was led by league MVPs RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo and then Gilas mainstay Aldrech Ramos.

This season's Tamaraws have no such stars, but are now on the brink of achieving what that star-studded 2011 team failed to do, thanks to a team-oriented game.

"Mas ok ngayon kasi mas maganda ang pasahan at samahan," said Pogoy when asked to compare the two teams. "Last 2011 kasi medyo nag-focus kasi kami kina RR (Garcia), Terrence (Romeo) at Aldrech (Ramos). Pero ngayon wala na, kung sino libre tira kaya mas okay."

[See For a change, FEU relies not on individual skills but team play to achieve success]

The Talisay City, Cebu native was used sparingly in 2011, but said he and fellow holdovers Mike Tolomia, Russell Escoto, and Carl Cruz gained valuable finals experience from it.

"Hindi naman ako sobrang gamit noong 2011 pero may advantage din sa amin na alam na namin ang pakiramdam sa finals na ganoon ka-pressure," he said.

That experience came to the fore in Game One when Pogoy stepped up to score 10 of his 14 points in the Tamaraws' game-breaking run in the third quarter. He also had four assists and two steals.

Pogoy said he was simply taking advantage of the opportunities.

"Tine-take advantage ko lang na ang tao ko ay 'yung helper nila Mike (Tolomia) at (Mac) Belo kaya open na open talaga ako sa corner," said Pogoy. "'Yun din ang sinasabi ni coach (na tumira ako) and nakikita ni coach na extra work ako sa practice kaya binibigyan ako ng lisensiya."

10-05-2014, 04:26 PM


Former FEU star Arwind Santos tells Tams to focus on Aroga; Ildefonso wants more touches for NU big man
From: Mei-Lin Lozada
•October 4, 2014, 07:15 pm

FROM the outside looking in, former UAAP stars from both sides have pieces of advice for their alma mater after Far Eastern University's 75-70 win over National University in Game One.

Arwin Santos, part of three FEU champion teams from 2003-2005, said team chemistry is solid for the Tamaraws but warns the current players to do a better job on NU big man Alfred Aroga.

"Maganda ang timpla ng team nila, sina (Mike) Tolomia, (RR) Pogoy nagsasakripisyo para maging maganda ang takbo ng team, lahat nagi-step up," the former UAAP MVP told a handful of sportswriters.

"Pero (kailangan nila mag-improve) sa depensa sa mga big man. Kasi doon sila inaatake lagi. Kasi ang mga guard nila (FEU) magagaling dumepensa, doon lang sa mga big man dumepensa pa sila. Lalo na 'yung si Aroga, grabe nakita ko, ibang klase maglaro pang nangayod talagang nagagawa niya."

Santos' former teammate Denok Miranda has the same thoughts.

Miranda, who played with Santos, Jeff Chan, Marc Isip and JR Rizada during their time, said: "Mas taasan pa nila ang depensa at energy kasi 'yun ang magpapanalo sa amin."

With a 1-0 edge in a best-of-three series, one-time UAAP MVP RR Garcia wants the Tams not to let up.

"Sobrang saya ko para sa kanila, nakuha nila ang Game One," he said. "'Wag lang sila mag kumpyansa at ibigay lang ang best nila para makuha nila (ang title)."

For Jens Knuttel, who along with Garcia never got a taste of a championship as they bowed to Ateneo in 2010 and 2011, said this is not the time for the Tamaraws to relax.

"Actually hindi ko alam ano sasabihin kong advice kasi ako mismo hindi nag-champion sa UAAP," said Knuttel in jest. "Pero para sa akin lang, nakuha nila ang first game wag lang maging complacent sa second game."

On the other hand, former NU star Danny Ildefonso said Bulldogs big man Aroga should get more touches inside the paint not only to maximize his height but to create plays for the shooters at the perimeter as well.

"Improve nila ang transition defense at ibigay ang bola sa loob (kay Aroga), lalo na madami ka shooters. Ibigay mo muna sa loob para lumuwag depensa sa labas, 'yun lang ang nakita ko," said Ildefonso.

Game Two will be on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

10-05-2014, 04:27 PM
Former King Tamaraw.

10-05-2014, 04:33 PM
Why did NU lose Game 1 to FEU? Coach explains

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/05/2014 2:04 PM | Updated as of 10/05/2014 2:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Emotions and the excitement of playing in the Finals got in the way of the usually steady National University Bulldogs (NU) in Game 1 of their best-of-three series against Far Eastern University, admitted head coach Eric Altamirano.

After showing great composure in their two games against Ateneo in the Final Four, NU allowed FEU's Mac Belo to score on a crucial possession then flubbed a potential game-tying attempt.

The Tamaraws took the game, 75-70, and the Bulldogs are once again in a do-or-die situation heading into Wednesday's Game 2 at the Araneta Coliseum.

"Masyado silang emotional kanina," Altamirano said of his players. "'Yung emotions nila got in the way."

Altamirano said the excitement of making the Finals may have also cut into the Bulldogs' focus, something that manifested in their free-throw shooting. NU made only 15 of their 31 free throw attempts, and even the usually steady Gelo Alolino made only three of seven.

"To sum it all up, that did us in, 'yung free throws namin," Altamirano said. "We missed 16 free throws, so 'yun talaga eh. I think we have to address that."

"Normally, when I see them shoot their free throws, very focused sila, very relaxed, and they're not expending a lot of energy. I felt that they were doing that, even si Gelo na normally very steady," he added.

"Siguro, excited sa Finals," he also said.

Two of their free throw misses came in the final minute, courtesy of Alolino and Alfred Aroga. Altamirano believes that mental fatigue became a factor for his players, especially after a hard-fought Final Four series against the Blue Eagles.

"I will attribute that talaga sa mental fatigue, and then mostly focus lang 'yan," said Altamirano, who guaranteed that there will be extra free throw shooting practice for NU.

"These guys shoot every day, so 'yung focus lang. They have to make sure that they put their minds into it, do their regular routines. Importante na maka-pahinga sila ngayon," he added.

Altamirano also pointed to a fairly catastrophic third quarter for his team, when they allowed FEU to score 25 points and shoot nearly 48% from the field. The Tams led by as much as 13 points in that frame, a cushion big enough to help them hold off NU's late charge.

"They were able to get their momentum, especially sa transition, and they were able to score in transition and made their shots," said Altamirano. "They made their shots from the outside, and then most of their transition baskets came from our turnovers."

Despite their missed free throws, NU still had a chance to tie the game down, 70-73, when they got control of the ball with around eight seconds left. But veteran guard Glenn Khobuntin's three-pointer hit only the backboard, and FEU controlled the rebound, forcing NU to foul.

"At that time talaga, we were just looking for the right shot. Unfortunately, Gelo did not see Rev (Diputado) and Pao (Javelona)," said Altamirano, referring to two guards who are more reliable three-point shooters than Khobuntin.

"We rushed things," said Altamirano. "That comes from being in a hurry and then not keeping your poise at the end of games."

At the same time, the coach acknowledged that the Tamaraws "wanted it more than us."

The Bulldogs now have their backs against the wall once more, a situation they are all too familiar with as they have already played three do-or-die games this season.

"Wala kaming choice. We're put in this situation, and the most important thing is we give it our best on Wednesday," said Altamirano.

10-05-2014, 04:38 PM
NU's Aroga hails Tamaraws Belo, Tolomia; says Bulldogs should go hard on defense for finals Game 2


After National University dropped Game 1 of the UAAP finals to Far Eastern University in a 75-70 thriller on Saturday, big man Alfred Aroga said the Bulldogs need to go hard on defense in order to force a decider.

"We just have to do what we do best," Aroga said of NU, which is considered the best defensive team in the league this season.

"When the opponent is leading with high score, you need to focus back on defense, make stops and try to execute in offense," Aroga added.

With the loss, the Bulldogs are facing a sudden death situation for the fourth time this year. They had to overcome a strong challenge from the University of the East for the last final four spot, before erasing a twice-to-beat advantage against the no. 1 team Ateneo de Manila University to enter the finals.

"We've been through all these do-or-die games for like three times, so we need to step up big time," Aroga said of NU for the next game, which they have to win to extend the finals series.

The Bulldogs have yet to win against FEU this season, as the Tamaraws swept them in the elimination round.

"FEU is a tough team. They have players like Mac Belo, who plays like a veteran 'cause he's really, really smart. We need to find ways to stop him," the NU center said.

Aroga also lauded the Tamaraws' team play led by Mike Tolomia's playmaking abilities.

"They're really collective. You can see how they play like a team on offense. They're really sharing the ball," Aroga said.

"Tolomia, that guy, he really thinks a lot. That's the guy I really appreciate a lot on the court," he said. "He creates for his players." - RAF, GMA News

10-05-2014, 04:41 PM
Former Tamaraw Arwind Santos says FEU exceeded his expectations in barging to finals

By MARISSE PANALIGAN,GMA News October 5, 2014 6:40am

Former Tamaraw and now PBA player Arwind Santos said Far Eastern University exceeded his expectations when they barged into the finals of the UAAP men's basketball tournament.

Santos, who was part of the team in 2005 when FEU last earned its last championship, said he initially thought the Tamaraws could only reach the final four.

"Ang basa ko nga sa team nila dahil sa nakita ko 'yung ibang makakalaban nila, sabi ko mukhang final four lang ata ngayon," said the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player.

In the previous years, Santos said he believed the team could bag the championship with stars Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia still in action for the team.

"Dati nung time na napakalakas nila, sinabi ko 'oy kayang-kayang mag champion,'" Santos said. "Pero hindi nagchampion, hindi nakapasok ng finals."

With the graduation of the key players, Santos lowered his expectations for the team. But he was proven wrong when FEU knocked out the defending champions De La Salle University in the semifinals courtesy of a buzzer-beating trey from Mac Belo.

"God is good, ngayon nasa finals na tayo at nakikita pa natin na ang laki ng potential na puwede nilang makuha yung championship," said Santos.

He said the victory against the Archers really helped the Tamaraws in improving their grit in the court.

"Kasi ang La Salle nakita mo naman ang lineup nila, ang laki nila, halos mga go-to guy din," Santos said. "'Yun 'yung parang nalampasan nila 'yung isang mabigat na kalaban, parang stepping stone."

Santos said he liked the team's chances in capturing the title after watching FEU beat National University in Game 1, which saw nine Tamaraws contributing in offense.

Unsung heroes Roger Pogoy and Achie Iņigo, meanwhile, scored in double digits along with star guard Mike Tolomia.

"Hindi naman puwedeng puro Mac Belo lang, 'di naman puwedeng Tolomia lang. Eto ang dami e, lahat nagse-step up," Santos said. - RAF, GMA News

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10-06-2014, 01:47 PM
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10-06-2014, 01:48 PM
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10-06-2014, 01:57 PM
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10-07-2014, 09:41 AM
Tamaraws slip past Bulldogs

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:49 am |

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

BASKETBALL glory is within reach again for Far Eastern University.

Riding on a huge second-half assault, the Tamaraws slipped past the National University Bulldogs, 75-70, yesterday to move within a win of the UAAP men’s basketball championship at the packed Mall of Asia Arena.

Mac Belo again buried the big shot at crunch time, but the Tamaraws also drew big games from Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and Achie Iņigo, who shone in the final two quarters.

“Perfect play, perfect timing,” FEU coach Nash Racela said of Belo’s clutch basket with 44.6 seconds left. “Again, Mac is not afraid to take the big shots.”

Belo–who knocked in the buzzer-beating triple in FEU’s semifinal escape over La Salle–drove past NU’s Alfred Aroga to nail the decisive layup that padded the Tamaraws’ lead to 73-68 after the Bulldogs had threatened, 71-68, following Jay Alejandro’s corner triple.

Tolomia pumped in 15 points to lead the Tamaraws, who boast the most number of titles in the league with 19, but the last one came almost a decade ago in 2005.

The Tamaraws aim to wrap it up in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I just reminded them to do the right things again–to be disciplined, play the right defense,” said Racela after his Tamaraws came back from as many as 12 points down, 18-30.

The Bulldogs’ undoing started in the third quarter where they only had three field goals and sank only six of 13 free throw attempts as the Tamaraws zoomed to leads as high as 13 points, 60-47, behind the hot-shooting Pogoy.

NU, though, made history in women’s action as the Lady Bulldogs downed the Lady Tamaraws, 59-48, to complete a perfect season and bag their first championship.

The scores:

First Game (Women)

NU 59—Miranda 14, Antiquiera 12, Tongco 12, Bernardino 6, Abriam 4, Gupilan 4, Paig 3, Escoto 2, Sison 2, Nabalan 0.

FEU 48—Valenzona 14, Siat 10, Tanaman 10, Arellado 8, Ventura 4, Castro 2, Baldonado 0, Gabriel 0, Chan 0, Lozano 0.

Quarters: 13-19, 29-30, 40-36, 59-48

Second Game (Men)

FEU 75—Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Iņigo 12, Jose 8, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Escoto 0.

NU 70—Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Alejandro 3, Betayene 3, Javelona 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

Quarters: 14-15, 35-38, 60-50, 75-70

10-08-2014, 04:09 PM
@ Darkknight! go for 20th!!!!!

Dark Knight
10-08-2014, 06:03 PM
FEU lost.

But this what happened exactly against the Archers.

1. FEU won against La Salle 2 times in the elims and 1 time in the playoffs for the no. 2 spot. Lost the twice to beat advantage. Won the series.

2. FEU won against NU 2 times in the elims and in Game 1 of the Finals. Lost in Game 2. Will win the series?

We need a lot of prayers come Game 3.

Dark Knight
10-08-2014, 06:03 PM
FEU lost.

But this what happened exactly against the Archers.

1. FEU won against La Salle 2 times in the elims and 1 time in the playoffs for the no. 2 spot. Lost the twice to beat advantage. Won the series.

2. FEU won against NU 2 times in the elims and in Game 1 of the Finals. Lost in Game 2. Will win the series?

We need a lot of prayers come Game 3.

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10-09-2014, 08:57 AM
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10-09-2014, 09:22 AM
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Dark Knight
10-09-2014, 09:22 AM
Akala ko Ateneo Vs. La Salle lang makakagawa nito

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Dark Knight
10-09-2014, 03:14 PM
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Dark Knight
10-09-2014, 03:18 PM
I just wish the older players will watch Game 3.

Ronald Magtulis
Edwin Bacani
Mark Victoria
Leo Avenido
Robbie Mendoza
Celino Cruz
Mico Roldan
Rysal Castro
Bryant Punzalan

Also with NU

Gilbert Neo
Archen Cayabyab
Rey Mendoza
Edwin Asoro
Jonathan Jahnke

Dark Knight
10-09-2014, 03:18 PM
I just wish the older players will watch Game 3.

Ronald Magtulis
Edwin Bacani
Mark Victoria
Leo Avenido
Robbie Mendoza
Celino Cruz
Mico Roldan
Rysal Castro
Bryant Punzalan

Also with NU

Gilbert Neo
Archen Cayabyab
Rey Mendoza
Edwin Asoro
Jonathan Jahnke

10-09-2014, 09:30 PM
sana pati sina Gerard Jones , RJ Rizada , Nestor Echano , Don Yabut Codinera Brothers ,

10-09-2014, 09:33 PM
FEU's eagerness, excitement backfired in Game 2

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/09/2014 3:42 PM | Updated as of 10/09/2014 7:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws were a little too eager and excited to wrap up their best-of-three Finals series against National University (NU) on Wednesday and this backfired on them.

The Tamaraws needed only one more win to clinch the UAAP Season 77 crown, but got off to a horrible start to the game and were eventually crushed by the Bulldogs, 62-47, in Game 2 to force a winner-take-all showdown.

"Siguro na-excite kami," admitted FEU forward Mac Belo after the contest. "Nakita niyo naman, Game 2, tapos kami one win na sa kanila, so na-excite siguro lahat."

"Lahat kami masyadong gigil eh," added starting point guard Achie Inigo. "Parang nang-gigil kami lahat, nag one-on-one kami, nag-individual offense."

The Tamaraws took a 2-0 lead when Raymar Jose drained a baseline jumper early in the first quarter, but it turned out to be their last lead of the game as NU unleashed a 16-1 scoring run to take control of the contest.

FEU head coach Nash Racela said he expected the Bulldogs to come out strong because they were playing with their backs against the wall. But he also pointed out that they needed to "manage" the emotions of their players.

"I think that's something na hindi namin successfully nagawa," he admitted. "Medyo magulo kami noong start."

The Tamaraws did trim the lead to six points in the final quarter, but gave up back-to-back three-pointers to Bulldogs point guard Gelo Alolino that essentially wrapped up the game in NU's favor.

The UAAP Finals is thus now down to one last game, to be held October 15 at the Araneta Coliseum.

"I think it's expected to last the distance," Racela said of their series. "Ang maganda lang is that both teams have equal chances in the final game."

FEU is trying to win its first UAAP crown in nine years, while NU is trying to end a 60-year title drought.

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10-10-2014, 10:41 AM
For NU, sana manood rin sina Alfie Grijaldo, that guy last name De Castro, Froilan Baguion, Ronnie Cajayon.

Sa FEU, if the UAAP had as much media exposure back then as it has now, baka tinitilian na rin ngayon si Jet (or Jed nga ba?) Cutler. Tsaka nanood ba si Benedict Fernandez nung miyerkules?

10-10-2014, 02:06 PM
Not sure kung andun cya kc d cya napansin (B.fernandez) , maybe this coming wednesday ksama c jens knuttel

10-14-2014, 07:45 PM
Switch in practice venue from crowded Morayta to serene Diliman works wonders for FEU Tamaraws
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 13, 2014, 06:51 pm

IT could be the ambiance.

Last April, Far Eastern University began holding practices from its old gym in Morayta to a newly-built sports complex located in its high school campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

The transfer from crowded Morayta to serene Diliman obviously worked wonders as the Tamaraws are just one step away from winning their first UAAP men’s basketball championship since 2005.

“Sa Diliman kasi, 10 minutes away from Commonwealth. Masarap ang hangin dito. Sa Morayta, hindi conducive,” admitted coach Nash Racela, who spent his first year as FEU mentor holding team practices in Morayta.

Located near a few villages in Quezon City, the FEU-Diliman Sports Complex was completed early this year in the hope of helping boost the school’s sports program.

Aside from a football field made of artificial turf that was used in last year’s football tournament, the sports complex also has a three-story building where the basketball gym is also located.

Following its completion, the Tamaraws started to hold their practices away from the main campus prior to the start of UAAP Season 77.

The shift in practice venue was also considered following the string of controversies that hounded FEU players off the court the past few years, the most alarming when Mac Baracael, now with Barangay Ginebra, was shot just a few meters away from the university gym.

Now FEU players are also quartered at the Diliman campus, which helps them stay focused during the season.

“Less distraction kaysa Morayta,” said the FEU coach. “Paglabas mo kasi ng gym (in Morayta), nandoon na lahat.”

Racela said the move to Diliman has also allowed their players to get more focused on their education.

The plan of the school, according to Racela, is for other sports to have the same set-up in the future.

“May set-up na nasa Diliman sila tapos ‘yung mga professors nila from Morayta, pupunta sa Diliman. If maging successful, eventually pati ‘yung ibang sports ganun din,” he said.

10-14-2014, 07:48 PM
What's on former FEU star Mark Isip's mind? 'Tamaraws bound to win championship'
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 14, 2014, 06:14 pm

MARK Isip can’t help but see similarities between today’s Far Eastern University team and the last batch of Tamaraws to win the UAAP men’s title of which he was a part of.

So much so that he believes Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, and the rest of the Tamaraws are bound to win this year’s championship.

“We are bound for a championship. Dapat mabalik na sa Morayta ang championship,” said Isip, who intends to watch the deciding Game Three of the Finals between the Tamaraws and the National University Bulldogs on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Isip played a huge part in FEU’s last title run in 2005 when the Morayta-based school swept De La Salle in the best-of-three title series.

Now with GlobalPort, the lanky forward converted the go-ahead three-point play in the crucial moments of Game Two, which the Tamaraws won, 73-71, en route to the championship.

Memories of that Game Two victory came flashing back on Isip’s mind after Belo hit the game-winning three-pointer in the Tamaraws’ do-or-die game against deposed champion De La Salle during the Final Four.

Incidentally, both Isip and Belo wore the same jersey number at FEU.

“Nine years ago, last time na nandoon ako sa sitwayson na ‘yun, number 12 din ako, game-winner din nung 2005,” said Isip, recalling his own cherished moment in the UAAP.

Same as that 2005 unit, Isip said this year’s team has all the makings of a champion not only owing to the personnel but also with the system the Tamaraws are employing.

“Guard-oriented kasi sila ngayon. Nag-e-excel talaga sila Tolomia pati si Belo sa dribble drive na set nila. During our time kasi, ang focus ng opensa namin is sa big man with Arwind (Santos) and me, parang doon mina-maximize ‘yung opensa namin,” said Isip.

After a nine-year wait, there’s no doubt in Isip’s mind his alma mater is bound to celebrate another championship.

10-14-2014, 07:52 PM

10-14-2014, 07:58 PM
This school has most number of former players in the PBA active roll. FEU, Ateneo or La Salle?
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 14, 2014, 03:57 pm

UAAP teams Ateneo, FEU, La Salle and UE have the most number of alumni in the PBA's active list while San Beda has the most number of active PBA players among NCAA teams. Spin.ph Graphics

THE presence of several PBA stars in Far Eastern University's side of the gallery during Game Two of the UAAP Season 77 finals against National University spoke volumes of the school’s status as one of the biggest sources of talent of the professional league.

As images of former PBA MVP Arwind Santos, Gilas gunner Jeff Chan and Ginebra's Mac Baracael were beamed to a live television audience from the Big Dome, it occurred to Spin.ph that perhaps the Morayta-based school may have the most number of alumni in the PBA's active roster this season.

It turned out we were wrong.

In an unofficial tally by Spin.ph based on the team rosters (not including players on reserved or injured list) for the season-opening Philippine Cup, it is Ateneo and not FEU which holds the distinction as the school with the most number of former players in the league roll with 17.

The list of former Blue Eagles players in the pro league's active roster mostly came from the era in the early 2000s led by Gilas Pilipinas standouts LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Larry Fonacier of Talk ‘N Text, and Rookie of the Year Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra.

Following Ateneo is FEU, which has 16 PBA players. Aside from Santos, Chan, and Baracael, other former Tamaraws in the league include GlobalPort guard and former UAAP MVP Terrence Romeo, and even San Mig cager Marc Pingris, who declared FEU as his college in his profile on the PBA website even if spent just one season at Morayta before joining the PSBA Jaguars.

No wonder FEU takes pride in having many of their products become stars in the PBA, as school owner Anton Montinola heralded in an interview with mediamen during the launch of the FEU-Diliman Sports Complex earlier this year.

“We take care of our players, we develop them, and they go on and become superstars,” said Montinola. “I think we may have the best collection of PBA players coming from FEU.”

“If they have an alumni game, all FEU players playing against any school, I think we are hard to beat. We are proud of that,” added Montinola.

La Salle has the third biggest players in the PBA with 13 led by Jvee Casio, Mark Cardona, Joseph Yeo, and Mike Cortez followed by UE with 11, including two-time MVP James Yap and former Rookie of the Year Paul Lee.

Here are the top 10 UAAP and NCAA schools who have the most players in the PBA, based on the tally by Spin.ph.

1. Ateneo (17): Nonoy Baclao, Rich Alvarez, Ryan Buenafe, Enrico Villanueva, Paolo Bugia, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, JC Intal, Nico Salva, Juami Tiongson, JP Erram, Bacon Austria, Chris Tiu, Doug Kramer, Justin Chua, Larry Fonacier.

2. FEU (16): Terrence Romeo, Mark Isip, Eder Saldua, Paul Sanga, Reil Cervantes, Jonas Villanueva, Aldrech Ramos, Chris Exciminiano, Mac Baracael, RR Garcia, Denok Miranda, JR Cawaling, Jeff Chan, Mark Barroca, Arwind Santos, Marc Pingris.

3. La Salle (13): LA Revilla, Joshua Webb, Simon Atkins, Mike Cortez, Mark Cardona, Jvee Casio, Papot Paredes, William Wilson, Joseph Yeo, TY Tang, Ryan Arana, Jerwin Gaco, Rico Maierhofer.

4. UE (11): Hans Thiele, Rudy Lingganay, Angelus Raymundo, Mark Borboran, Paul Artadi, Paul Lee, James Yap, Paulo Hubalde, Ronald Tubid, Elmer Espiritu, KG Canaleta.

5. Adamson (7): Roider Cabrera, Richard Alonzo, Eric Camson, Rodney Brondial, Alex Nuyles, Eddie Laure, Jericho Cruz.

6: UST (7): Jojo Duncil, Cyrus Baguio, Jeric Fortuna, Dylan Ababou, Jeric Teng, Jervy Cruz, Allein Maliksi.

7. San Beda (6): Anjo Caram, Rome Dela Rosa, Dave Marcelo, Jake Pascual, Ogie Menor, Bam Gamalinda.

8. Letran (6): Rey Guevarra, Kevin Alas, RJ Jazul, Bryan Faundo, Raymond Almazan, Aaron Aban.

9. San Sebastian (6): Calvin Abueva, Gilbert Bulawan, Jason Ballesteros, Ian Sangalang, Ronald Pascual, Mark Macapagal.

10. JRU (4): John Wilson, JR Sena, Byron Villarias, Jeckster Apinan.

10-14-2014, 07:59 PM
well i think its tie between ADMU and FEu , they forgot to include Jens knuttel of Ginebra

10-14-2014, 08:24 PM

10-14-2014, 08:27 PM
History beckons for Tams, Bulldogs

(The Philippine Star) | Updated October 14, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - History and personal milestones are at stake for National U Bulldogs and Far Eastern U Tamaraws when they mix it up one last time tomorrow to dispute the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball crown.

Aside from putting an end to a harrowing 60-year title drought, the Bulldogs could put the cherry on top by becoming the first fourth seed since the implementation of the Final Four format in 1994 to capture the coveted diadem.

For the Tams, pulling off a title conquest again after a nine-year spell would make them the first ever squad to reach the 20-crown plateau in the prestigious and highly competitive UAAP collegiate caging.

The winner-take-all explodes tomorrow before another expected full house at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

If he steers the Jhocson-based squad to the diadem, it will also be a personal double for soft-spoken NU mentor Eric Altamirano.

As a player back in 1986, Altamirano ably quarterbacked and set the winning plays for University of the Philippines teammates Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc and current NU assistant Joey Guanio in leading the Maroons to their first and only UAAP men’s cage plum.

“It’s a different feeling but I’m really blessed to be in both situations, being in the finals as a player and as coach,” said Altamirano.

Now coaching in the finals, he can make his players share the treasured winning experience.

“Andun yung excitement, excited for the school, excited for my players (The excitement is there, both for the school and my players); Syempre, I want them to experience being in the finals but then again, we have to put that all aside and focus on the task at hand,” said Altamirano.

Altamirano has won two titles in the PBA coaching Purefoods (1997 All-Filipino) and Mobiline (1998 Centennial Cup).

On the other side of the bench stands Nash Racela, who is on the hunt for his first championship in the collegiate ranks. He previously called the shots for San Beda in 2004 but the Lions lost to Perpetual Help in the Final Four. Further back in 2001, Racela led the Batangas Blades to the MBA national crown.

Racela’s assistant, former PBA legend Johnny Abarrientos can also gain another personal achievement if the Tams win it. Abarrientos had earlier enjoyed championship campaigns with FEU playing in both the juniors (1987) and seniors divisions (1991).

10-14-2014, 08:32 PM
Destiny beckons for Bulldogs

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 14, 2014 - 12:00am

For NU athletic director and former PBA coach Junel Baculi, it’s destiny calling for NU to win the UAAP senior men’s basketball title over FEU in Game 3 of the Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tomorrow.

NU hasn’t won a UAAP crown since the Bulldogs’ first and only championship in 1954 or exactly 60 years ago! And NU hadn’t advanced to the Finals since 1970 when the Bulldogs were trounced by coach Baby Dalupan’s UE Warriors featuring stars like Rudy Kutch, Johnny Revilla, Rudy Soriano and Rey Franco. That was 44 years ago when NU was coached by the late Skip Guinto and one of its players was a certain Rafael Altamirano.

Curiously, NU is now coached by Eric Altamirano who on his fourth year on the job, is on the verge of making history with the Bulldogs if they get the job done in Game 3. Rafael is Eric’s uncle, the brother of the coach’s father Ninoy. “It’s an amazing coincidence that Eric is now coaching NU and his uncle played on the last NU team that was in the Finals,” said Altamirano’s wife Marissa. “This must be destiny.”

Baculi said three factors will decide the outcome in tomorrow’s winner-take-all showdown which is expected to set a new all-time record for attendance in a basketball game in the country. “First, it’s NU’s defense against FEU’s offense,” he said. “Second, coaching. The coach who is able to adjust quickly has the edge. And third, destiny – it’s ours. As for the most critical matchup, it’s not just Mac Belo against Troy Rosario. I think it’s also Glenn Khobuntin against R. R. Pogoy.”

In Game 2 last Wednesday, a new attendance record of 24,896 was registered at the Big Dome. That’s exactly 13 more heads over the previous mark of 24,883 posted in Game 7 of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel-San Mig Coffee semifinal series of the PBA Philippine Cup last season. The difference is hardly significant and if it were an election, a recount would’ve been in order. How many more bodies can the Cubao hoophouse accommodate? For sure, standing-room-only tickets will be sold to pack in as many spectators as possible. Breaching the 25,000 mark is likely because it’s a do-or-die match. It won’t just be followers of NU and FEU queuing for tickets. Basketball fans of whatever color and loyalty will want to witness the action, too, for the sheer excitement of it. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be where history is made?

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Whether NU or FEU wins, history will be made. The Tamaraws haven’t won a title since 2005 so they’re also out to end a streak of a nine-year drought. And of course, the team that winds up on top of this year’s playoffs will be forever remembered for winning the first Finals without Ateneo or La Salle since 1994.

Altamirano, chasing his first major collegiate diadem, said he’s aware that FEU will come back strong after losing Game 2 in a rout, 62-47. “We reminded the boys that FEU will come back strong in Game 3,” said Altamirano. “But we’ll be ready. We’ll do what we do and do it better. FEU has many weapons so we have to continue to take away the things they do offensively.”

Altamirano, an inspirational motivator and a strong Christian, said he views the chance to win the title for NU “as an opportunity to honor God, the school and the community that supports the team.” Breaking down what has to be done for NU to win in Game 3, Altamirano said he has three priorities. “First, don’t let them score in the 70s,” he said. “Second, control the rebounds. And third, don’t give them easy baskets.”

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In the double-round eliminations, NU averaged 76.1 points in 10 wins and 70 in four losses. The Tamaraws won seven in a row before losing their last two outings before the playoffs. FEU was at its fiercest when the Tams demolished Adamson, 90-73. Overall, FEU averaged 74.4 points, tied with UE in offense behind No. 1 Ateneo’s 75.9.

On the other hand, NU is No. 1 in defense, allowing only 52.2 points in nine wins and 66.8 in five losses in the eliminations. In 14 elimination contests, NU gave up 57.4 points where the league average was 67.9. FEU, in contrast, surrendered 70.3 points and only UP, Ateneo and Adamson yielded more. The Bulldogs’ best defensive effort came in their 62-25 romp over the Falcons. The most they gave up was 74 points in bowing to FEU in overtime. NU’s five losses were two to La Salle, 57-55 and 68-56, two to FEU, 71-62 and 74-70 in overtime and one to UE, 64-55.

Although FEU is a more potent offensive team than NU, only two Tams are averaging in double figures compared to three with the Bulldogs. Belo is averaging 16.8 points with eight starts in 18 games, hitting 40.5 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent from the line. He’s also averaging 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Mike Tolomia is hitting at a 14.9 clip and averaging 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 dimes. Pogoy is averaging 8.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

For NU, Gelo Alolino is showing the way with 12.3 points a game followed by Alfred Aroga’s 10.8 points and Rosario’s 10.8. Khobuntin is averaging 8.9 points. Together, Aroga and Rosario are grabbing a combined 18.1 rebounds an outing.

10-14-2014, 08:41 PM
Jeron gives his analysis on UAAP Game 3

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/14/2014 4:18 PM | Updated as of 10/14/2014 4:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Game 3 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals between Far Eastern University (FEU) and National University (NU) will boil down to desire, according to De La Salle University's star forward Jeron Teng.

Teng and the rest of the Green Archers' Season 77 campaign came to a brutal end when FEU forward Mac Belo drained a buzzer beating three-pointer in their Final Four showdown, making the defending champions mere spectators in the Finals.

"Medyo napa-process ko na, na we're really out," Teng said in an interview on "The Score" on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Monday night. "Our chance na lang na makabawi is next year."

"Ang tagal din (bago) nag-sink in sa akin na talo kami eh. Hindi ko ma-imagine na we didn't reach the Finals," he added.

Teng said that while it hurts to see the FEU Tamaraws and the NU Bulldogs battle for the championship, he did keep track of the first two games through social media.

"Feeling ko, if NU played the same way they played on Game 2… kasi ang lakas ng big guys nila, sila Troy Rosario, sila (Alfred) Aroga," said Teng.

The Bulldogs put on a defensive master class in Game 2 to shut down the Tamaraws' vaunted dribble-drive motion offense to force a deciding Game 3 for the Season 77 crown.

"Ang hirap din eh. Ang NU, parang kami din 'yan, puro big guys. Pero talo kami (ng FEU)," Teng mused. "So I don't know."

"It will depend na lang sa team on who will want it more sa Game 3," he said.

La Salle won the UAAP Season 76 championship by outlasting the University of Santo Tomas in a hard-fought three-game series, with Teng being named the Finals MVP.

"Every possession counts (in a Game 3)," Teng said. "You have to play your best every minute."

"Doon dapat, hindi mo na isipin 'yung pagod, kasi wala na, last 40 minutes na. So the team who wants it more will win it," he added.

10-14-2014, 08:44 PM
Bulldogs, Tamaraws draw inspiration from Final 4 coups

By Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:14 am | Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — A day before the UAAP Finals decider, Far Eastern University and National University look back and try to draw inspiration from their respective series that propelled them to the championship showdown.

The Tamaraws and the Bulldogs, each confident of completing a historic title romp, clash in the winner-take-all Game 3 at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Both hope to get a boost from their huge Final Four feat two weeks ago, when the Tamaraws dethroned the La Salle Green Archers and the Bulldogs ousted the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles.

“It’s another do-or-die, so how we prepared and what we did in our previous do-or-die games, we want to have that again,” standout guard Gelo Alolino said of the Bulldogs, who survived four no-tomorrow contests this season, including two against the Eagles in the Final Four.

“In our minds, we know we have to bring out that kind of game [against Ateneo].”

Showing incredible will in every knockout game, the Bulldogs had it in full display again when they forged a rubber match for the crown with a commanding Game 2 triumph, 62-47, last week.

But for the Tamaraws, who took Game 1 of the title series with a 75-70 decision, they want to relive the poise and focus they showed in responding to adversity.

“It’s on us how we’ll adjust,” said FEU coach Nash Racela after the Game 2 loss where the Tamaraws bowed to the Bulldogs for the first time in four games this season.

In the Final Four, the Tamaraws also played a virtual best-of-three series against the Archers, starting with a playoff for the No. 2 spot and the twice-to-beat semifinal advantage.

Although the Tamaraws clinched the bonus, the Archers stunned them for the first time in four meetings at the start of the Final Four to forge a decider for the championship berth.

The knockout match could have gone either way, but Mac Belo drained a buzzer-beating triple that sent the Tamaraws to the Finals and ended the Archers’ back-to-back title bid.

“We’re looking at the series against La Salle,” said Racela. “It’s the same thing, [Game 1] gave us a cushion. Now we want the same result—winning the third game.”

A victory will solidify the Tamaraws’ status of having the most successful basketball program in the league with a record 20 championships.

But it will be likewise historic if the No. 4 Bulldogs triumph as it will end the league’s longest title drought of 60 years, and at the same time, turn them into the lowest-ranked team to win a crown since the Final Four format was intitutionalized in 1994.

“We don’t want to lose our focus,” said Alolino.

10-14-2014, 08:51 PM
#UAAP77: Pace Is Power
by Enzo Flojo
Monday, 6 October 2014 1 Comment

It’s all about stepping up at the right time on the biggest stage.

And that, UAAP fans, is what Roger Pogoy just did in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals against the NU Bulldogs.

With his team down in the scorecards to start the second half, Pogoy caught fire, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the third period to turn the tables on the NU quintet.

The key? The Tamaraws made the necessary adjustments and helped themselves by playing faster and forcing the Bulldogs to play FEU’s pace.

The Moraytans scored a total of 6 fastbreak points in the first half on only 3 transition attempts.

In the third quarter alone, coach Nash Racela’s wards scored just as many fastbreak points on 4 transition attempts.


FEU put the pedal to the metal and forced NU to try and catch up.

The result? The Green & Gold outscored the Bulldogs, 25-12, in the third period, holding on for the 75-70 win.

Oh, and it definitely didn’t help one bit that coach Eric Altamirano’s guys made good on only 48% of their free throws. I mean, FEU was whistled for 28 fouls (eleven more than NU), which resulted in 31 FTs (more than double FEU’s total), BUT the Henry Sy-backed team could only convert on 15 of those attempts. Star playmaker Gelo Alolino, who made nearly 80% of his free throws prior to the Finals, went just 3/7, while key players Alfred Aroga and Glenn Khobuntin combined to shoot 8/17 from the stripe.

So, what can NU do in Game 2 to finally beat FEU this season and force a Game 3?

The Bulldogs need to establish their frontline. By that I don’t just mean Aroga and Troy Rosario, but Khobuntin as well, who’s really more of a small PF rather than a big SF. Aroga and Rosario should get their 10-15 points each, but Khobuntin has to be big. He shot just 3/12 from the floor in Game 1, and that won’t cut it. He can’t let Pogoy outscore him, 14-9, and expect to come out with a W.

NU also needs to have someone other than Aroga put points on the board off the bench. Second unit sparkplugs like J-Jay Alejandro, Rev Diputado, and Kyle Neypes have to contribute significantly to offset the star power and balance of FEU. If NU’s second unit puts together a couple of good runs, then the Bulldogs can steal Game 2.

Lastly, coach E needs to prepare for a monster game from Mac Belo. Prior to Game 1, Belo was limited to single-digit scoring only once this season (coincidentally, it was also against NU in the first round, but FEU still won that match), and he bounced back in a big way after that. He dropped 13 markers in a rout of Adamson in the next game and then dropped a 23-10 double-double on the Bulldogs in an overtime victory. Given that history, it stands to reason Belo will go all out in Game 2, and NU’s defense has to be ready for that.

As for FEU, beating the Bulldogs three out of three times this season should give them supreme confidence heading into the potential title-clinching game. And that’s something coach Nash has to check. It’s so easy to be lulled into complacency when you’ve repeatedly survived against the same team time and again, but NU is no longer fighting for just a spot in the Final Four. NU is fighting for its first title in more than four decades. The Bulldogs are just backed into a corner. They know they have a once in a lifetime chance to annex the elusive UAAP diadem, and it’s a good bet they won’t go down scratching, biting, and barking till kingdom come.

And another thing – expect that whichever team controls the pace controls the destiny of this series.

Because pace, as Game 1 proved, is power.

10-15-2014, 12:08 PM

NU Bulldogs seek end to 60-year title drought in do-or-die Game Three against FEU
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 14, 2014, 08:49 pm

FAR Eastern University has been chasing it for the last nine years, while National University has been going after it for six decades now.

Whatever, one thing is certain on Wednesday – one UAAP title drought will definitely come to an end.

The Tamaraws and Bulldogs fight it out for one last time this season as they clash for all the marbles in the most important game of the premier collegiate league’s Season 77.

An overflow crowd is again expected at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum by the time the final game of the best-of-three title series tips off at 4 p.m.

One of the founding members of the UAAP, FEU is going for its 20th championship in the league but the first in nine years since Arwind Santos carried the Tamaraws to the top in 2005.

NU, meanwhile, is looking to end a long 60-year wait for the school, which won its first and only men’s basketball title in 1954.

[See After long search, we finally found surviving member of NU's last champion team]

With both schools eyeing history, a sea of humanity is expected to witness the culmination of what has so far been a dramatic season that saw the league register a record 24,896 fans who watched Game Two of the series won by the Bulldogs, 62-47, also at the Big Dome.

“I think it’s expected to go the distance,” admitted FEU coach Nash Racela. “Ang maganda lang is both teams have equal chances in the final game.”

“Isang game na lang talaga,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said for his part. “You can’t look back. Our focus is on that one game.”

Their respective players being in college basketball’s biggest stage for the first time, FEU and NU have showed the wealth of experience they gained during the season is enough to perform well even under pressure.

The Tamaraws clipped last year’s champion La Salle in three thrilling games, capped by a game-winning, buzzer-beating three-pointer by Mac Belo in their do-or-die encounter in the semis.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, won two straight games to overcome top seed Ateneo in the Final Four.

Racela said winning over the Green Archers should augur well for the Tamaraws’ quest to overcome the Bulldogs.

“Looking back at that series against La Salle, we won the first game, gave us a cushion, they came back, then we won the final game. We want the same result,” said the Gilas Pilipinas deputy coach.

[See No doubt in Mark Isip's mind that FEU bound to end title drought]

Altamirano has also seen how the Bulldogs have turned from boys to men over the course of the season.

“We’ve had a lot of times this season that our opponent had a run and kept reminding the players to keep their poise and composure. Those games that we played really helped us handle this type of situation,” said Altamirano, a member of the UP team that won its first and only UAAP title in 1986.

Game Three will now boil down to who wants it more.

“The X’s and O’s are only there to guide you,” said Racela of the Game Three battle.

Altamirano said: “You throw all the stats out of the window. I think it will boil down kung sino ang makaka-assert nung sarili nila. Can we assert defensively? Can FEU assert themselves offensively? I think that’s the key.”

10-15-2014, 12:12 PM
UAAP Finals: Between the lines of FEU and NU before Game 3

By Rick Olivares, Unblogged Sports (philstar.com) | Updated October 14, 2014 - 10:30am

This might come a little late, but I just got back from a 16-day sojourn of the United Kingdom.

When I look at the UAAP Season 77 Finals, I think the match-up between FEU and NU is one of the best things to happen to the league since UP won it all in 1986.

It is already a known fact that that the finals pairing broke the stranglehold that Ateneo and La Salle have had on alternating in finals appearances since 1987. It’s certainly very good that the Smart Araneta Coliseum is playing to a packed venue because that ought to show the advertisers that there is more to the league than the two aforementioned schools.

When I look at the two squads, they managed to get in by playing with a lot less pressure. It’s far from their previous year’s respective campaigns when they bombed out while playing under more pressure.

Losing a large number of players and previous league MVPs helped the respective players grow under a less harsh glare of television cameras and social media.

Taking a look at the NU Bulldogs after their Season 76 collapse despite owning a twice-to-beat advantage, some in the school felt that Eric Altamirano should be replaced as head coach. Some felt that the team was soft and pushed around easily by the UST Growling Tigers. But the team’s top official put the kibosh on any coaching change. One source told me that they felt that they saw the coaches put in their due diligence and that maybe the team needed to grow a little bit more. I’ll bet those who wanted wholesale changes are merely smiling now and aren’t part of any celebration in the Sampaloc school.

Take point guard Gelo Alolino. Some wanted him dropped from the lineup. Even getting him as a Gatorade Brand Ambassador was met with questions. Personally, I thought that he had what it took to be a premier guard in the UAAP (yes, I think he is underrated).

This particular team of Bulldogs have bonded over time and have had the benefit of very good coaches and an excellent support system. In fact, I’d like to point out to that little seen incident prior to the knockout match between NU and UE where the Red Warriors’ Charles Mammie was taunting the Bulldogs’ Alfred Aroga prior to the match. Aroga sat on his seat, paid no attention to Mammie and although he was initially fuming, team officials came over to soothe his frayed nerves. Aroga scored the winning free throws after fishing a foul from Mammie.

I love what has been done to National University as a whole in the last six years. The school has placed a premium on education by hiring top teachers. The facilities in place as well as the new curriculum have brought in a newer student base. One time while taking the elevator ride up to the gym, the students beside me were speaking in English! That was definitely unheard in these parts years ago. There is a bounce in the step of the school. The strides made in facilities, the education and athletics have given the students something they can be proud of.

The immediate surrounding areas have all been cleaned up. The front of the school is now home to sandwich and coffee shops.

Not too far from NU is Morayta, which is the enclave of Far Eastern University. The school has had the benefit of having sound educators improve the quality of their education such as former Department of Educations Culture and Sports Secretary Edilberto De Jesus and others. Their campus has also grown by leaps and bounds. A brother of mine who has been a professor in their school for the past 13 years certifies that upsurge in quality.

Over at sport, they have always been very good. But more so since they put in a program headed by Mark Molina, who in turn has brought in smart and shrewd managers like Vince Santos, who has developed their football program that is the best in the country at the moment.

In basketball, the Tamaraws looked imperious after the first round of play of Season 76. But this being FEU, everyone waited for them to collapse and they did no one favors by doing so. When some players physically fought among each other leading up to the Final Four everyone already knew that even before the game was played they had come undone.

As I have mentioned time and again, the Tamaraws began to play as a team during last season’s Champions League, where the ball was whipping around like crazy and players were getting their touches and buckets. The no-star system clearly worked for them. To borrow some tags from North America, the Legion of Doom became the Legion of Boom.

There were fears of a significant drop off with the loss of their previous team MVPs and team captain Gryann Mendoza. But no. They have kept on rolling.

Sure, head coach Nash Racela had to get it out of Mike Tolomia to be the ultimate playmaker – one capable of creating for teammates and scoring huge buckets – instead of looking to shoot first and shoot again later. The team of role players, from Carl Cruz to Roger Pogoy to Achi Iņigo, have all come up huge. Anthony Hargrove, when he is talking and closing that lane, has been very effective. Plus his passing is so underrated.

During the summer, it was Nash Racela’s goal to use La Salle as the yardstick in moving up in the league. They lost three matches to La Salle during the summer tourneys but every time they do, they were closing the gap and learning.

I mentioned earlier about either Ateneo and La Salle or both appearing in the finals since 1987. In that time too, another little known fact is for another team to win the title, they had to beat one of those two schools in convincing fashion to wrap up the crown for themselves.

FEU took down La Salle while NU reversed last season’s miscues by edging Ateneo in two games. So where does that leave us? Game Three.

One team will go home a winner after Wednesday. But in reality, the entire league wins

10-15-2014, 12:13 PM

10-15-2014, 01:18 PM
FEU out for payback

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 15, 2014 - 12:00am

FEU has beaten NU in three of four encounters in the UAAP men’s senior basketball tournament this season and is out to make it four of five in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum this afternoon.

What’s going for the Tamaraws is their tradition of bouncing back strong from a loss. In Game 2 last Wednesday, the Bulldogs finally booked their first win over FEU via a 62-47 rout. That snapped NU’s three-game losing skid to FEU this campaign and forced the decider in what could draw the highest attendance ever for a basketball game in Philippine sports history.

Ordinarily, a 15-point loss would be a severe blow to the losing team’s confidence. But not FEU. In the previous La Salle series, the Tams were blown out by the Archers, 94-73, and then went to a do-or-die for the right to play in the Finals. That was La Salle’s first win over FEU in four battles this season. FEU toughened up and rebounded in a big way, defeating the Archers, 67-64, in the rubber to advance to the Last Dance. It’s exactly the same situation that FEU now faces against NU.

In the eliminations, NU lost twice to FEU, 71-62 and 74-70 in overtime. FEU drew first blood in the Finals, 75-70, then NU took Game 2. So it’s come down to just one more game for the championship. For NU, the battlecry is to make it two in a row over FEU. And for FEU, the battlecry is to do to NU what it did to La Salle.

“We hope to bounce back as we did against La Salle,” said FERN Realty president and FEU representative to the UAAP Board of Trustees Anton Montinola. “We were down by only two rebounds against La Salle (in FEU’s 67-64 win) but down 19 against NU (in the Bulldogs’ 62-47 win). We must start strong as we did against La Salle. In Game 2, by scoring six points in the first quarter against NU, we dug a deep hole. Not enough assists so we didn’t share the ball. Focus on the task at hand, defend better against NU’s bigs.”

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Montinola hit the nail on the head. When FEU won Game 1, the Tams did a solid job offensively, racking up more assists, 15-10, more triples, 6-3, more points from layups and tips, 10-6, more fastbreak points, 14-6 and more second chance points, 12-9. The execution was evident in FEU’s higher field goal percentage, 40.8 to NU’s 38.8. It’s no secret that in a game where the accent is offense, FEU has the advantage over NU. In the eliminations, FEU averaged 76.1 points in its 10 wins and 70 in its four losses. Overall, the Tams averaged 74.4 points compared to NU’s 64.1 clip.

In Game 2, the accent was on defense and NU took the cue to barnacle FEU. The Bulldogs held the Tams to only 17 conversions in 61 field goal attempts or a dismal 27.8 percent norm. NU had more assists, 10-8, more points from layups and tips, 11-5, more fastbreak points, 10-4 and more second chance points, 16-6. FEU could score only six points in the first period as NU established control early. NU’s bigs set the pace by dominating the boards and the Bulldogs wound up with a whopping edge, 58 caroms to FEU’s 39. NU had more offensive rebounds, 27-15.

Troy Rosario, who had 12 points in Game 1, came alive with 19 points and 14 boards in Game 2. Glenn Khobuntin delivered 17 points from nine in the opener. Alfred Aroga had seven points and 13 rebounds. For FEU, Mac Belo hit 17 points on 5-of-13 from the field and Mike Tolomia added 14. No other Tam was in twin digits as only six FEU players scored compared to eight for NU. Import Anthony Hargrove was scoreless in four tries.

Montinola described Game 3 as “a classic finale.” Regarding discussions on imports in the UAAP, Montinola said this season, each team was allowed to recruit two with only one to play at a time. “We may present options to the Board soon to vote on,” he said. “Maybe, only one import per team and we may close the window soon in order to develop Filipino bigs like Troy and Mac for the Gilas program. We may allow only one import per school lineup as transition to no more imports eventually. For next season, it could be only one import per lineup of 16 players so all schools will make tough choices.”

* * * *

FEU coach Nash Racela, who like counterpart Eric Altamirano is chasing his first major collegiate crown, said the Tams’ priority is to go back to basics and work on their fundamental defense. “Put a body on their bigs and not allow them to dominate the boards,” he said. “Lesser possessions mean lesser opportunities for them to score.”

In Game 2, NU had 14 more field goal attempts because of more possessions generated by a dominant control of the offensive boards. That’s the point of concern Racela singled out. NU’s defense also put a lot of pressure on FEU’s scorers, resulting in a lowly field goal percentage. Racela said that can’t happen again. “Offensively, we can’t force the issue and settle for bad shots,” he went on. “We only had eight assists in Game 2 (compared to 15 in Game 1). Ball movement will be key in Game 3.”

FEU hasn’t won a UAAP men’s senior basketball title since 2005 and NU’s drought goes back to 60 years when the Bulldogs claimed their first and only crown in 1954. One of those streaks will end today. NU fans insist destiny is calling and it’s about time the Bulldogs crashed the championship party. FEU fans claim history is on their side and tradition will bring the Tams back to the throne. Which side is to be believed?

10-15-2014, 01:23 PM
FEU, NU out to make UAAP history

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/15/2014 9:09 AM | Updated as of 10/15/2014 9:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – History will be made on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum when the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws and the National University (NU) Bulldogs face off one last time with the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball title on the line.

NU forced a winner-takes-all Game 3 by putting on a defensive clinic in last week's second game, shutting down FEU's offense en route to a 62-47 win.

The Tamaraws, for its part, leaned on a fine performance from its role players and the crunch time heroics of Mac Belo to win Game 1, 75-70, last October 4.

Both teams had one week to rest, recover, and plan for the do-or-die Game 3, which NU head coach Eric Altamirano said will go down to which squad can assert its system.

"I think it will boil down to sinong team ang makaka-assert ng sarili nila. Can we assert ourselves defensively, or can FEU assert themselves offensively?" he said. "I think that will be the key for the third game."

A victory for the Bulldogs tomorrow will end a 60-year title drought – the longest in the UAAP.

"Wala na, isang game na lang talaga eh," said Altamirano, whose team will play a do-or-die game for the fourth time in the playoffs. "You have to throw everything out and just focus on that one game."

"That's our date with destiny," he said.

NU last won the championship in 1954, incidentally beating the FEU Tamaraws to win the crown.

The Tamaraws, meanwhile, will annex a record 20th men's basketball crown if they win -- and their first since the UAAP's 68th season.

"I think it was expected to go the distance," FEU head coach Nash Racela said of their series against the Bulldogs. "Ang maganda lang is both teams have equal chances in the final game."

Racela will try to remedy his team's sluggish starts after NU raced to a quick 16-3 lead in Game 2 that the Tamaraws were never able to recover from.

"We expected that from them, coming from a loss, na bubuhos sa start. At the same time, on our part, we had to manage 'yung emotions ng players," he said. "I think that's something na hindi namin successfully nagawa, kaya medyo magulo kami ng start."

NU's win over FEU last Wednesday was their first over the Tamaraws this season. FEU won both elimination round games against the Bulldogs.

Another great crowd is expected to witness the game after a record 24,896 spectators watched Game 2 last week, also at the Araneta Coliseum.

Game time is at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be shown live on ABS-CBN Sports+Action and on Balls Channel HD 167

10-15-2014, 01:29 PM
FEU, NU clash for UAAP title

Bulldogs seek end to drought
By Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer
3:21 am | Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University and National University leave it all out on the floor as they clash in one final showdown for the UAAP men’s basketball championship Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With the way the series has gone, no one can tell if the much-anticipated Finals decider will be like Game 1, where FEU showed yet again that it thrives at crunch time, or Game 2, where NU displayed its finest teamwork.

“It will boil down to which team can assert itself,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “If NU can assert itself defensively or if FEU can assert itself offensively.

That will be the key in the third game.” Game 3 fires off at 4 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Bagging the crown will be huge in many levels for the Bulldogs, the league doormat for many decades, who are now vying to snap the league’s longest title drought of 60 years.

The No. 4 Bulldogs also aim to become the lowest ranked team to go all the way since the league adopted the Final Four format in 1994.

“At this point, there’s no more advantage,” said NU guard Gelo Alolino. “We have to give our all and give our best, because we also expect FEU to do the same.”

While the Bulldogs only have the 1954 title to show, the Tamaraws own the most crowns and will shoot for their 20th overall.

“We don’t want to think about [making history],” said Racela, adding that the Tamaraws were overeager in their Game 2 loss. “When we’ve accomplished something, that’s the only time we think about it.”

The Bulldogs forced the winner-take-all match with a dominant 62-47 Game 2 triumph behind Troy Rosario, Glenn Khobuntin, Alfred Aroga and Alolino. In that game, the in-sync Bulldogs held the Tamaraws to their lowest score (47) and the lowest field goal percentage (27.87 percent) in a Finals game since 2003.

FEU drew first blood, leaning on Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia and a hardworking support crew for a thrilling 75-70 victory.

10-15-2014, 01:30 PM
Friends off court, Alolino, Tolomia eye UAAP title

By Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:51 am | Sunday, October 12th, 2014

IT MAY be hard to fire up any animosity between the top guards of this season’s UAAP Finals protagonists.

Friends even before their college careers took off, Far Eastern U’s Mike Tolomia and National University’s Gelo Alolino vie to lead their teams to the UAAP championship this Wednesday.

“We’re competitive, but outside, we’re friends,” said Alolino. “Even if we’re both in the Finals, we talk, text [and communicate through] social network. The friendship is still there.”

The two are among a clique of college players who formed a strong bond after years of playing together as members of the Philippine youth team.

Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena, who’s part of that band of basketball brothers, couldn’t quite pick between his two long-time friends.

“It will boil down to Gelo and Mike,” said Ravena, this season’s MVP. “It’s a player’s game. As leaders of the team, they take it upon themselves to find a way to help the team win.”

10-15-2014, 06:47 PM


NU Bulldogs end six decades of futility by beating FEU Tamaraws for UAAP championship
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 15, 2014, 06:09 pm

THE National University Bulldogs completed their amazing transformation from whipping boys into UAAP basketball champions on Wednesday afternoon by beating the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 75-59, in sudden death before a record crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino led from the front for the Bulldogs, who also got significant contributions from a host of unsung heroes like Rev Diputado, Glenn Khobuntin and J-Jay Alejandro to wrap up the best-of-three series, 2-1, and lock up just their second UAAP title - and first after six decades.

During those dark days, rare were the years when the Bulldogs finished out of the cellar, until they came to back to life behind the support of the country's wealthiest family, the Sys of the SM mall chain, and a hardy bunch that stepped up following the departure of top star Bobby Ray Parks.

"It was quite a journey," said coach Eric Altamirano, who was tasked to revive the Bulldogs by the Sys but suffered one playoff heartbreak after another in his first few years in charge.

"I'm overwhelmed," Altamirano added. "Who would have thought that we will win after going through all those playoff heartbreaks."

10-15-2014, 06:50 PM
Oh well, Big Congratulations to the newest UAAP S77 champion King! Who let the Dogs out! its NU!

10-15-2014, 06:54 PM
A record breaking Ever Uaap game finals Gate attendance a whopping 25138 fans from Feu n NU, way better than Dlsu and Admu game finals attendance.

10-16-2014, 09:51 AM
NU wins 2nd UAAP title after 60 years

INQUIRER.net 4:33 am |

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines–National University (NU) finally shook off the whipping team-tag that hung around its Bulldogs in decades past. And this time, they can proudly call themselves champions.

Completing their long and arduous climb from league doormat, the transformed Bulldogs dominated the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 75-59, in the Finals decider Wednesday to capture the UAAP men’s basketball championship and snap the league’s longest title drought of 60 years.

The No. 4 Bulldogs, who barely made it to the semifinals, also became the lowest-seeded team to bag the crown following huge games from Finals MVP Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino in the winner-take-all Game 3 that drew a boisterous record crowd of over 25,000 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“It was really a long journey for us,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said. “But all those adversities we had to go through, they made us stronger.”

Even more incredible, the Bulldogs pulled off the title romp against the fancied Tamaraws, the team that boasts the most number of crowns in the league with 19.

“They just wanted to win, that’s all,” said Hans Sy, the SM Prime Holdings chair, whose financial support helped transform the Bulldogs.


While the Bulldogs picked up only their second title in the league’s 77-year history, this one was truly unexpected.

Five times this season, the Bulldogs stood at the brink of elimination. And five times they survived with different game heroes stepping up.

And in Game 3, it was Aroga who took charge with a huge double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs’ relentless assault in the second half.

Alolino also dropped eight of his 12 points in the second half, where the Bulldogs zoomed to double-digit leads as high as 16 points, 70-54, in the thrilling match that shattered attendance records anew with a crowd of 25,138.

“There’s a collective spirit among them that they won’t give up,” Altamirano said. “They refused to lose.”

The Bulldogs showcased it again as FEU’s ace guard Mike Tolomia got off to a hot start to tow the Tamaraws to an early 11-5 lead.

But NU’s big men, led by Aroga, started asserting themselves inside to push the Bulldogs ahead, 20-18, by the end of the first quarter.

From there, the Bulldogs just kept pounding with Glenn Khobuntin also chipping in and young gunners Jay Alejandro and Rev Diputado starring in key stretches.

“With this team, you never really know who’s going to step up,” Altamirano said.

Stripped of stars this season, including two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Ray Parks, the Bulldogs surprisingly became the first fourth-ranked squad to win the title since the league adopted the Final Four format in 1994.

The Bulldogs, though, almost didn’t even make it to the Final Four as they had to go through a playoff match against the University of the East for the last semifinal berth.

In the Final Four, the Bulldogs again fought off elimination twice as they shockingly eliminated the No. 1 Ateneo Blue Eagles by overcoming their twice-to-beat semifinal advantage.

When the Tamaraws took Game 1 with a 75-70 decision, the Bulldogs rose to the occasion anew with a clinical 62-47 Game 2 triumph last week.

“Every knockout game that we played made us stronger and helped us gain more confidence,” Altamirano said after the Bulldogs remarkably survived their fifth do-or-die match this season with their Game 3 win.

“All of those games really prepared us for Game 3. The players felt that they’ve been here. It’s not new to them,” he added.

Painfully short

The Tamaraws painfully fell short of making their own history with a 20th overall crown even if their top duo of Tolomia (23 points) and Mac Belo (17 points and 13 rebounds) came out sizzling.

“It was really tough,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “Any angle you look at it, we were overpowered by Aroga. We did not have a person to match up against him.”

But it wasn’t just Aroga who did the damage as Khobuntin also unloaded 10 markers and Alejandro, who sparked the Bulldogs’ strong second quarter, also finished with 10.

Diputado, the Bulldogs’ rookie guard, also knocked in five straight points that helped defuse the Tamaraws’ comeback attempts in the third quarter.

Among those celebrating the Bulldogs’ historic title romp were former President and NU alumnus Fidel V. Ramos and Nestor Sapida, the last known member of the Bulldogs’ 1954 champion team.

Very, very happy

“I’m very, very happy,” said the 78-year-old Sapida, who at only 5-foot-11, played center then. “Before the game, at the dugout, I already told them that we have this already.”

True enough, it seemed like destiny for the Bulldogs.

“Who would have thought,” said Altamirano. With INQUIRER.net


NU 75—Aroga 24, Alolino 12, Alejandro 10, Khobuntin 10, Neypes 8, Rosario 6, Diputado 5, Betayene 0, Javelona 0, Perez 0, Salim 0.

FEU 59—Tolomia 23, Belo 17, Dennison 6, Cruz 4, Jose 4, Iņigo 3, Hargrove 2, Tamsi 0, Ru. Escoto 0, Pogoy 0, Ugsang 0, Ri. Escoto 0.
Quarters: 20-18, 30-26, 55-44, 75-59

Dark Knight
10-16-2014, 11:10 AM
ang sakit sakit................

10-16-2014, 09:52 PM
hehehe lilipas din yan, tara kain tayo SM fudcourt andun cla vice...lol

10-16-2014, 09:54 PM
Abarrientos urges Tolomia, Belo to stay with FEU

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/16/2014 3:51 PM | Updated as of 10/16/2014 3:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) legend Johnny Abarrientos offered some advice to current standouts Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo in the aftermath of the Tamaraws' heartbreaking loss to National University (NU) in the UAAP Season 77 Finals.

Belo and Tolomia both had breakout campaigns in Season 77, with Belo being named to the Mythical Five. Both players were also instrumental in leading the Tamaraws to the Finals.

But after Wednesday's loss, Abarrientos believes it will do both players good to hold off any plans of turning professional and remain with FEU.

"Wala ako sa posisyon na mag-advise for them, pero I think it's good for both of them na mag-stay muna sa team," said Abarrientos, who is currently an assistant coach for the Tamaraws.

Abarrientos revealed that until this very day, he still regrets not playing all five years for the Tamaraws back when he was starring for the team in the 1990s.

"Nangyari 'yun for me, I had one more year to play for the UAAP, but I decided to step up to the pros, because we won back-to-back (championships) noong time ko," said the point guard known as "The Flying A."

Abarrientos powered the Tamaraws to the 1991 and 1992 UAAP championships and was the third overall pick in the 1993 PBA Draft by Alaska.

"I've done so many things in the PBA. I had 27 Finals appearance, 18 championships. God is so good to me. Pero 'pag bumabalik ako, naiisip ko 'yung one year na 'yun. Regret ko talaga," he admitted.

Abarrientos said Belo and Tolomia may end up also regretting should they decide to leave for the PBA.

"For them, ia-advise ko na huwag muna. Kasi sayang eh, sayang. At the end of the day, matatapos 'yung career mo, whether you like it or not. Sabi ko nga, bigyan mo muna ng isang magandang game 'yung team mo, like a championship, before you step up," he said.

Moreover, Abarrientos sees no reason for Tolomia and Belo to hurry.

"Sayang, meron ka pa namang taon, bakit ka naman magmamadali? For me naman, medyo kulang pa. They need to stay at least one more year pa," he said.

Tolomia is in his fourth playing year for FEU, while Belo is in third.

After FEU won Game 1 of the best-of-three series against NU, former King Tamaraw Arwind Santos said both Tolomia and Belo were "PBA-ready."

Abarrientos also admitted it was his regret over that one lost playing year that compelled him to return to FEU and serve as an assistant coach.

"Kaya ako nandito sa FEU, I want to give back in my own little way. Kasi nanghihinayang ako doon sa one year," he said. "Manghihinayang din sila, eventually, 'pag nasa PBA na sila. Kasi sayang talaga. Definitely, sayang."

FEU retired Abarrientos' No. 14 jersey in 2011, joining Arwind Santos as the only Tamaraws to receive the honor.

10-16-2014, 09:58 PM
FEU has nothing to be ashamed of, says Racela

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/16/2014 11:58 AM | Updated as of 10/16/2014 1:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) may have come up short in its quest for a 20th UAAP men's basketball crown, but the Tamaraws have nothing to be ashamed of, according to head coach Nash Racela.

FEU bowed to National University (NU), 59-75, in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum, putting an end to its bid for a first title since Season 68.

"It was really tough," Racela told reporters after the game. "Kahit saang angle, we were overpowered by (Alfred) Aroga, so that's the only thing I could see. We didn't have a person who could match-up."

Aroga burned his defenders for 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, while shutting down the shaded lane to anchor the NU defense.

Mike Tolomia led the way for FEU with a career-high 23 points, and Mac Belo had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, but no other Tamaraw scored in double-digits.

Nevertheless, Racela said the Tamaraws had a season to be proud of.

"We've been very consistent with them, na as long as you give your best, you should be proud of yourself," said Racela. "'Yun lang ang sinabi namin."

"If you look at the game, or at least the series, they really gave their best. Sinubukan naman nila eh, but I think Aroga was really bigger than them and he was really stronger than them. So we said, nothing to be ashamed of," he added.

Racela said the FEU community was also "satisfied" with what the Tamaraws achieved in their campaign, especially when their prospects ahead of the season were taken into consideration.

"I think we overachieved. At the start of the season, nobody said we would make it to the Final Four, and to the surprise of many – I was also surprised – we made it to the Final Four," he said. "We made it to the Finals by beating the defending champion (De La Salle University)."

"So that, in itself, is an achievement. Just because we lost the championship to NU does it mean that we failed," he stressed.

At the same time, Racela said their inability to win the championship showed that they still need to improve on a lot of aspects of their game.

"It's hard. It's hard to win," he said. "Importante is your full commitment, and hangga't hindi pa natatapos, you just continue to battle."

Racela pointed out that Coach Eric Altamirano has been handling the NU basketball program for five years now, while he has only been the FEU head coach for two years.

"If you look at NU, that's why they have that kind of discipline, kasi limang taon mo na ginagawa. I mean, kahit nakapikit, hindi na sila magu-usap, alam na nila 'yung dapat nilang gagawin," he said. "It's something that we still lack. I think time will help us."

With a long, taxing season now over, the Tamaraws are hoping to get some rest, and Racela is hopeful that they will be a stronger team next year.

"Right now, we just want to rest, and prepare of course for next year, but it's gonna be a long year, and we're hoping to be stronger next year," he said. "That's always the plan."

10-16-2014, 10:00 PM

10-16-2014, 10:03 PM
Altamirano, Racela laud record Game 3 crowd

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/16/2014 3:07 PM | Updated as of 10/16/2014 3:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) coach Eric Altamirano and Far Eastern University (FEU) coach Nash Racela paid tribute to the over 25,000 fans who watched Game 3 of their UAAP Season 77 Finals showdown Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Prior to the series, Racela called the FEU-NU Finals match-up as the "best thing to ever happen to the UAAP," and the record-breaking crowds that attended Games 2 and 3 at the Big Dome justified his statement.

"I'm happy, kasi noong sinabi ko 'yun, natakot din ako, baka hindi ko ma-support," Racela said.

Game 2 was attended by 24,896 paying patrons, and one week later, FEU and NU fans again broke the record as 25,118 spectators trooped to Araneta to watch the Bulldogs beat the Tamaraws, 75-59, and win their first championship since 1954.

"Noong nagkaroon ng 17,000 sa MOA (Arena for Game 1), and almost 25,000 (in Game 2), and then now more than 25,000… so it tells everybody that it's not only Ateneo and La Salle," Racela said.

"They (Ateneo and La Salle) are getting favors because of that thinking ng mga tao, and hopefully next year, it could balance off. I'm sorry to my Atenean friends and my La Sallian friends, but it's the reality – they're getting favors. Right away, that's an advantage," he explained.

"That's why masaya kami for NU and for FEU, making it to the Finals. We wanted to win the championship, but that in itself, I think, dapat maging masaya din 'yung other four schools," Racela added.

Altamirano admitted that he was surprised to see such a huge crowd again, adding that it was "good for the league."

"Isipin mo, dalawang teams lang 'yan," he said. "Napuno nila 'yung coliseum, nag 25,000 pa. Dalawang teams lang 'yan. So it's really an achievement for both schools, and for the league."

Among those who watched the game were former President Fidel V. Ramos, 78-year-old Nestor Sabida – a member of NU's 1954 title team – and actress Anne Curtis.

10-16-2014, 10:04 PM

10-16-2014, 10:16 PM
Nash Racela plays down Game Three argument between FEU teammates Hargrove, Cruz
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 16, 2014, 09:14 pm

FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela played down the exchange of words between teammates Anthony Hargrove and Carl Bryan Cruz that took place during a crucial stretch of the third quarter in the decisive Game Three of the UAAP men’s basketball Finals on Wednesday.

“Brotherly love,” said Racela. “Linabas na namin para mag-usap sila. It happens.”

Hargrove and Cruz were seen talking face to face midway through the third quarter of the match before teammates stepped in to break the two apart. What both players were arguing about remained unknown.

Shortly after the incident, the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to post a 49-35 lead they held till the end to win the championship and end the school’s 60-year title drought.

Cruz finished with four points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field, while Hargrove only had two points before fouling out late in the game.

Hargrove also had the unenviable task of containing NU counterpart Alfred Aroga, who eventually was named Finals Most Valuable Player after a 24-point, 18-rebound effort in the Game Three win.

Incidentally, Hargrove and Cruz played their final game in college as the two are the only ones who will not be playing for the team next year.

10-16-2014, 10:17 PM

10-16-2014, 10:22 PM
FEU coach Nash Racela beaten but unbowed, says Tamaraws 'overachieved' this season
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 16, 2014, 03:32 pm

FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela played up the positives after failing to lead the school to the 2014 UAAP championship, saying the Tamaraws exceeded expectations this season.

The Tamaraws were one win away from their first league title in nine years after winning Game One but couldn’t finish off National University. Instead, it was the Bulldogs who broke their own title drought spanning six decades by winning the final two games of the best-of-three series.

The sad end, however, was not entirely disappointing for second-year coach Racela, who had seen his team get as far as the finals in a season where the Tamaraws were supposedly in transition following the departure of former league MVPs Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.

“I think we overachieved as a group,” said Racela. “At the start of the season, no one expected us to be in the Final Four.

Before the showdown against the Bulldogs, the Tamaraws entered the finals by booting out the defending champions La Salle Green Archers, which the FEU coach said is an accomplishment in itself.

“To the surprise of many, we made it to the Final Four. We even made it to the finals beating the defending champion. That in itself is an achievement. Not because we lost to the champion, ibig sabihin we failed,” he said.

Racela said the longer time spent by the Bulldogs together under head coach Eric Altamirano made a big difference in the finals as NU played with more cohesion in the stretches tht mattered.

It's something the Tamaraws still lack, he added.

“If you look at NU, that is why they have that kind of discipline dahil ilang taon mo ng ginagawa. Kahit nakapikit, alam na nila ang gagawin. It is something that we still lack. I think time will help us,” said Racela.

10-16-2014, 10:23 PM

Dark Knight
10-17-2014, 01:03 PM

i hope Belo will stay. Para naman may laban uli tayo next season. Pag di na bumalik si Belo or Tolomia mahihirapan na tayo. We will lose Carl Cruz and Hargrove but Prince Orizu will suit up na. Hopefully mas offensive threat sya kay Hargrove.

Dark Knight
10-17-2014, 01:03 PM

i hope Belo will stay. Para naman may laban uli tayo next season. Pag di na bumalik si Belo or Tolomia mahihirapan na tayo. We will lose Carl Cruz and Hargrove but Prince Orizu will suit up na. Hopefully mas offensive threat sya kay Hargrove.

10-18-2014, 03:40 PM
masipag mag post ng video si orizu and the way i see it mukhang marami pang kakaining bigas ito.

sa tingin ko yong mga bridesmaid finish natin, just one serviceable big man away from the chips lang lagi kinukulang which supposed to be the role non mga import natin. kaso wala e di tayo siniswerte sa import at mukhang malabo pa ring swertihin.

parang smaller version lang ni sentcheu si orizu i would be glad to be proven wrong though di pa naman natin nakikita maglaro talaga to.

10-18-2014, 05:23 PM
Legit bigman yan c Orizu, Belo and tolomia will stayed thats for sure thou.

10-18-2014, 05:26 PM
Nothing but respect between FEU's Racela, NU's Altamirano

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/17/2014 7:48 AM | Updated as of 10/17/2014 7:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) coach Eric Altamirano paid Far Eastern University () counterpart Nash Racela a tremendous compliment after the Bulldogs won the UAAP Season 77 crown by beating the Tamaraws last Wednesday.

"I'd like to commend Nash. He really coached this team really well. I have a lot of respect for Nash. He used to be my assistant, but ang feeling ko, baka mas magaling pa sa akin si Nash," said Altamirano.

Racela's Tamaraws won Game 1 of the best-of-three series, but it was Altamirano and the Bulldogs who claimed the crown after winning the next two games in convincing fashion.

"The game could have gone either way," Altamirano said of their 75-59 win in sudden-death showdown. "I think both teams deserve to win a championship."

Altamirano stressed that Racela was "doing a good job" with the Tamaraws and should not be judged unfairly because FEU lost in the Finals.

"I think not winning this championship should not define him as a person," he said. "It's not about the championship, but about how these young players grow as a person and as a basketball player."

Racela, for his part, said they were "outcoached" by their NU counterparts.

"Whoever ends up winning is the better one, it's always like that. So again, I congratulate Coach Eric. He deserves it, his coaching staff deserves it, I think the community deserves it because of the support they're giving the school," he said.

Racela also said that being a "better coach" was all relative.

"Pwedeng totoo, minsan mas magaling siya, minsan mas magaling si (La Salle coach) Juno (Sauler). Depende sa resulta ng game. Minsan si (Ateneo coach) Bo (Perasol) ang mas magaling," he said.

"But I guess in the end, I think we all performed. Ganoon lang naman siguro. I think that this year, he (Altamirano) was the best," he added.

10-18-2014, 05:34 PM
Nash Racela glad to be proven right as FEU-NU finale a certified box-office hit
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 18, 2014, 11:32 am

Game Three saw 25,138 fans fill the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, easily breaking the venue record of 24,896 which was established during Game Two of the series. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University may have lost the UAAP men’s basketball title to National University, but Tamaraws coach Nash Racela was nonetheless happy to see two ‘unpopular teams' pull in record crowds for the Finals.

“I’m happy,” said Racela, who prior to the title series stated that not having either an Ateneo or La Salle team in the championship round was good for the league.

Good thing his words were readily backed by numbers.

“Actually, natakot din ako dahil baka hindi namin ma-support. Pero almost 17,000 came sa Game One, almost 25,000 sa Game Two, and then more than 25,000 sa Game Three. It tells everybody na it’s not only Ateneo and La Salle.”

The decisive Game Three actually set another milestone as a total of 25,138 fans filled the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, easily breaking the venue record of 24,896 which was established during Game Two of the series.

“I’m sorry to my Atenean friends and La Sallian friends, but that’s the reality. Masaya kami for FEU and NU,” said Racela.

NU counterpart Eric Altamirano was also elated with the turnout during the series even as he seconded the statements of Racela shortly after the Bulldogs won their first league title in 60 years.

“It’s good for the league. Napuno ng dalawang teams ‘yung coliseum. Dalawang teams lang. It was an achievement for both schools and for the league,” said Altamirano.

Racela said NU’s title victory should be celebrated by the whole UAAP.

“We wanted to win the championship but NU winning the championship, dapat maging masaya din ang ibang schools,” said the FEU mentor.

Dark Knight
11-30-2014, 11:01 AM
Bullpups open title defense with OT win over Baby Tams

By: Myke Miravite
November 29, 2014

MANILA — Opening their title defense bid in the 77th UAAP juniors basketball tournament, National University needed an extra period to squeak past Far Eastern University in overtime, 71-66, Saturday afternoon at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

The reigning juniors champions leaned on their balanced scoring as four players finished in double-digits with Philip Manalang coming up with big plays in the clutch to power the Bullpups over the pesky Baby Tamaraws.

The win did not come easy for NU, however, as Christian Fajarito displayed nerves of steel at the end of regulation, sinking his two free throws to erase the reigning champs’ 58-56 lead and send the game into overtime.

The Bullpups used their experience in the extra period as Oliver de Guzman, Allen Mina and John Clemente converted the telling blows that gave NU a 68-64 advantage with 33.7 seconds to go.

Wendell Comboy, who tallied in a double-double production of 10 markers and 11 boards, then tried to carry the Baby Tams back into the game as he cut NU’s lead down to just two in the dying moments of the game but Manalang foiled his plans with a 2/2 trip to the line for the final score of 70-66.

Manalang finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds while Mina and de Guzman added 13 and 11 respectively.

Mark Dyke, meanwhile, provided the steady production for NU as he added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Marvin Lee, Brandrey Bienes, and Carlou Lloren backstopped Fajarito and Comboy’s leadership as they contributed 16, 10, and 10 points.

Dark Knight
11-30-2014, 11:01 AM
Bullpups open title defense with OT win over Baby Tams

By: Myke Miravite
November 29, 2014

MANILA — Opening their title defense bid in the 77th UAAP juniors basketball tournament, National University needed an extra period to squeak past Far Eastern University in overtime, 71-66, Saturday afternoon at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

The reigning juniors champions leaned on their balanced scoring as four players finished in double-digits with Philip Manalang coming up with big plays in the clutch to power the Bullpups over the pesky Baby Tamaraws.

The win did not come easy for NU, however, as Christian Fajarito displayed nerves of steel at the end of regulation, sinking his two free throws to erase the reigning champs’ 58-56 lead and send the game into overtime.

The Bullpups used their experience in the extra period as Oliver de Guzman, Allen Mina and John Clemente converted the telling blows that gave NU a 68-64 advantage with 33.7 seconds to go.

Wendell Comboy, who tallied in a double-double production of 10 markers and 11 boards, then tried to carry the Baby Tams back into the game as he cut NU’s lead down to just two in the dying moments of the game but Manalang foiled his plans with a 2/2 trip to the line for the final score of 70-66.

Manalang finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds while Mina and de Guzman added 13 and 11 respectively.

Mark Dyke, meanwhile, provided the steady production for NU as he added 11 points and eight rebounds.

Marvin Lee, Brandrey Bienes, and Carlou Lloren backstopped Fajarito and Comboy’s leadership as they contributed 16, 10, and 10 points.