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07-13-2014, 08:05 AM
LaSalle didn't exactly start its title defense the way they wanted to, losing to FEU after blowing an eafly lead and missing free throws in the homestretch.

07-14-2014, 08:57 AM
FEU stuns La Salle ; UE whips UP

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:21 am |

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

First Game

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

07-22-2014, 02:45 PM
Ateneo finds edge in Ravena, Pessumal to beat La Salle

By Mark Giongco |

INQUIRER.net 3:33 pm |

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol uttered a bold statement last Sunday when he was asked how the Blue Eagles would fair against defending champion La Salle ahead of the two rivals’ first meeting in the UAAP Season 77.

“Walang ka-edge edge ang Ateneo against La Salle (Ateneo has no edge at all against La Salle),” he had previously said.

That wasn’t the case Sunday. The Blue Eagles may not have the edge as Perasol pointed out but they sure found reasons to beat the Green Archers 97-86 before 17,344 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Kiefer Ravena finished what Von Pessumal started with 14 of his game-high 29 points coming in the final eight minutes while Arvin Tolentino and Fonso Gotladera outplayed the La Salle’s big men Arnold Van Opstal and Norbert Torres combining for 31 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks.

“We talked about it in the dugout, even in the practices we had, the only chance we had in beating La Salle is to play it possession by possession,” said Perasol after steering the Eagles to a 2-0 start good for a tie in first place with National University and host University of the East after dropping their first three games last season.

“I just have to remind them that they cannot hang their heads if they miss their shots. At the end of the day, they were able to respond by making their shots. Kiefer made his shots, Pessumal and of course our golden boy Fonso Gotladera,” added Perasol.

Ravena put on a shooting clinic in the fourth quarter – hitting four 3-pointers including three straight – that stretched the Blue Eagles to 14, 85-71, with 2:05 left after taking just a precarious one-point lead.

The 6-foot Ravena provided the finishing kick but it was Pessumal who kept Ateneo in the game.

The fourth-year swingman Pessumal fired 21 points, 19 coming the first three quarters, that helped the Eagles buck a slow start.

“I was trying to make sure that we anticipated that their defense is going to clamp up on Kiefer. And of course the challenge was on the other guys most especially Von, a natural scorer,” said Perasol.

“The response of Von Pessumal, if not for those scoring I don’t think we were able to catch up,” added Perasol.

Gotladera, who was used sparingly in his one year with La Salle, also gave Ateneo a big lift with 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks while he and rookie Tolentino neutralized Van Opstal and Torres.

“First of all, Fonso is really motivated. Coming off La Salle, in a way, perhaps he has that personal agenda in a way of saying ‘I am better than what you are thinking about me,’” said the former PBA coach Perasol.

The 6-foot-4 center though said his breakthrough performance had nothing to do with making a point but rather for the team.

“Coming into this game, I just wanted to contain Arnold and Norbert. I really don’t have a [personal] agenda, we just want to win as a team and we’re grateful that we’re able to get this win.”

Jason Perkins carried much of the offensive load when the going got tough for La Salle, which reeled to a 0-2 hole for the first time since Season 74, with 25 points that went with 10 rebounds and four assists. Almond Vosotros added 18 while Jeron Teng had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Van Opstal and Torres teamed up for only 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Archers will try to avoid a 0-3 start vs the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

07-22-2014, 02:46 PM
Beleaguered Archers lose starting guard Thomas Torres

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:30 am |

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — La Salle absorbed another blow to its title-defense as starting guard Thomas Torres sustained an injury that will likely sideline him for the rest of the UAAP men’s basketball season.

Torres fractured his right ankle during the Ateneo-La Salle match last Sunday where the Green Archers absorbed an 86-97 loss that kept them winless in two games.

The absence of Torres will likely leave the playmaking chores to Almond Vosotros, Kib Montalbo, Robert Bolick or rookie Terence Mustre.

Even minus Torres, La Salle coach Juno Sauler said the Archers must learn how to deal with speedy opponents following losses to rival Ateneo and Far Eastern University, 77-82.

“FEU is a very quick team, Ateneo is a very quick team, and we’re not,” said Sauler. “We have to find ways to counter the quickness of our opponents. We have to find solutions.”

The Archers will try to avoid falling into a 0-3 hole tomorrow versus National University, which shares top spot at 2-0 with Ateneo and University of the East.

La Salle, though, had a better start to its title defense in women’s basketball as the Lady Archers stayed unbeaten in two games like the Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs.

Camille Clare and Ana Castillo teamed up for 16 points to power the Lady Archers past Adamson, 50-42, while Trixie Antiquiera topscored with 15 in the Lady Bulldogs’ 62-60 nipping of University of Santo Tomas.

Danica Jose posted 22 points and 13 rebounds as Ateneo downed FEU, 58-55.

The Blue Eagles picked up back-to-back wins over the Tamaraws and the Archers with Kiefer Ravena winning the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week plum by averaging 25.5 points.

07-24-2014, 10:56 AM
Eagles alone on top at 3-0

Archers avoid 0-3 hole, nip NU

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:46 am |

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Arvin Tolentino proved yet again that he’s this season’s prize catch as Ateneo turned back University of the Philippines, 86-75, to grab the solo lead with its third straight victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Tolentino, an early frontrunner for the top rookie plum, poured in 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Blue Eagles quell the Maroons’ persistent rallies.

“There was no doubt in my mind that he can make an impact right away as far as scoring is concerned,” Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said of Tolentino, a former San Beda high school star. “The best is yet to come for him. He’s used to highly competitive games when he was in high school, that’s why we really pursued him.”

La Salle later survived an even tougher challenge as Jason Perkins buried a shot clock-beating basket to bail out the Green Archers against National University, 57-55.

Perkins knocked in the Archers’ last six points, including a crucial basket underneath off an inbound pass from Jeron Teng with just 1.9 seconds left on the shot clock.

That big basket gave the Archers a four-point cushion, 57-53, in the last 6.7 seconds and helped the Archers seal their first victory in three games.

“It took a while for the play to develop,” La Salle coach Juno Sauler said of Perkins’ winning play. “We were lucky there.”

Perkins topscored with 14 and grabbed seven rebounds, while big man Norbert Torres, who also came through with key baskets inside the last five minutes, finished with 13 points.

Ravena posted 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles, while Chris Newsome fueled the team’s big start with 18 points and 12 boards.

The winless Maroons moved within a bucket, 51-49, in the third quarter before the Blue Eagles roared back with a 12-0 spurt, half coming from Tolentino, that stretched the lead back to double figures, 63-49.

The Archers, who spoiled the Bulldogs’ bid to join the Eagles on top, trailed 48-49 before Torres and Perkins teamed up to wrest the lead, 53-49.

After a Troy Rosario shot pushed the Bulldogs within a bucket, 53-51, Perkins responded with a putback off a Teng miss to give the Archers a 55-51 edge with 36.6 seconds left.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 86—Tolentino 20, K. Ravena 19, Newsome 18, Capacio 9, Elorde 7, Pessumal 5, Babilonia 2, Gotladera 2, Javellosa 2, Lim 2, Apacible 0, T. Ravena 0.

UP 75—Lao 16, Gallarza 10, Asilum 9, Gingerich 9, Juruena 9, Dario 6, Vito 6, Reyes 5, Moralde 5, Bederi 0.
Quarters: 23-21, 46-38, 66-54, 86-75

Second Game

LA SALLE 57—Perkins 14, N. Torres 13, Teng 9, Van Opstal 7, Vosotros 7, Andrada 3, Montalbo 2, Rivero 2, Bolick 0.

NU 55—Aroga 12, Rosario 10, Alolino 9, Khobuntin 9, Javelona 5, Diputado 4, Alejandro 3, Neypes 2, Perez 1, Betayene 0, Atangan 0, Celda 0, Salim 0.

Quarters: 12-16, 35-29, 45-43, 57-55

07-24-2014, 10:59 AM
Finally, Coach Juno Sauler went to some high-low plays to exploit their size advantage inside. They still proved vulnerable versus the transition game, especially on those Glenn Khobuntin coast-to-coast plays. Glenn Khobuntin coast to coast for chrissakes...

07-24-2014, 11:21 AM
Have they found Alolino?

Sam Miguel
07-25-2014, 10:14 AM
^ Tokayo, I think Javelona told him this game would be at Big Dome...

07-28-2014, 09:38 AM
UAAP: Teng, Rivero lead La Salle rally past UE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07-31-2014, 01:43 PM
Ang talagang nakakatakot sa Lasalle: nagka-36 turnovers na, 0-9 na si Almond Vosotros, panalo pa din. Sheer size, much like Ateneo used to have, is making a world of a difference. Hindi lang ito tangkad, may bulk din kasi.

Sam Miguel
08-07-2014, 09:47 AM
Eagles survive Tigers on Kiefer key jumper

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated August 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Games on Saturday (Mall of Asia Arena)

2 p.m. – AdU vs UP

4 p.m. – NU vs FEU

MANILA, Philippines - Kiefer Ravena hit a looper with 3.7 seconds left as Ateneo squeaked past University of Santo Tomas, 63-61, and grabbed a share of the lead in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

Doing what he does best, Ravena extricated from defender Ed Daquioag to get himself into position to launch the winning basket that secured the Eagles’ fifth win in six outings and a tie for first with idle National U.

Defending champion La Salle moved to solo third after clobbering a coach Rey Madrid-less University of the Philippines, 74-53, for its fourth straight win after a 0-2 start.

With 23.1 seconds to work on, the Eagles went to Chris Newsome for isolation outside, drawing Karim Abdul, then Ravena came off a screen to get the leather up top, he shook off Daquiaog and swished it home from about 15 feet.

UST had to rush its offensive and Kevin Ferrer’s Hail Mary heave harmlessly sailed off target, dropping the Tigers to 3-2.

“That last play was designed by (assistant) coach Ronnie Magsanoc and it was followed to the T. It was exactly what happened in there,” Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol said.

“We knew Kiefer is going to be double-teamed (so that play was run). I was also tempted to tell Kiefer not to take those looping shots because he was missing them all night. But knowing Kiefer, he found a way to make it,” he added.

Ravena finished with 17 points to go with eight boards. Newsome led AdMU with 18 markers, including an And-1 play that gave the Eagles a 61-60 lead with 48 seconds left. Arvin Tolentino had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds as Ateneo survived a back and forth duel with the Tigers.

“We knew it’s going to a grind against a very tough team like UST,” said Perasol.

Karim Abdul shot 19 and hauled down 12 rebounds as Aljon Mariano played his best game of the season with 17, including a huge trey that put the Tigers in front, 58-57, 1:49 to go.

The Archers detonated a 17-0 bomb in the second quarter to take the fight out of the Maroons early, leading by as many as 32 at 47-15.

“We came out better today in terms of energy but we didn’t finished with the same energy. I thought we slacked off in the second half,” said DLSU coach Juno Sauler, ruing the fact that the Maroons outscored them in the third and fourth, 16-14 and 13-10.

Jeron Teng bounced back from a two-point performance in their 63-48 rout of Adamson last time as he banged in 25 points and 11 rebounds.

The Maroons, who dropped to 0-6 and 0-27 since Season 75, played without Madrid, who served the first of a two-game suspension slapped by commissioner Andy Jao for his rants against officiating. Assistant coach Ramil Cruz stood in for Madrid.

Prior to the game, UP board representative Ronualdo Dizer appealed on behalf of Madrid, saying the sanction was “too harsh” for a first time offender.

Jao still enforced the suspension yesterday but promised to talk with his deputies and technical officials about the tailend of Madrid’s suspension on Saturday in the UP-Adamson game.

“They do not realize the gravity of what they did. He may be a first timer but the repercussions (are there),” said Jao.

The scores:

First Game:

DLSU 74 – Teng 25, Vosotros 15, Perkins 6, Rivero 6, Torres 6, Tratter 6, Montalbo 5, Sargent 3, Andrada 2, Bolick 0, Mustre 0, Salem 0.

UP 53 – Lao 13, Moralde 8, Asilum 7, Reyes 6, Gallarza 6, Vito 6, Bederi 3, Harris 2, Amar 1, Gingerich 1, Lim 0, Juruena 0.

Quarterscores: 26-9, 50-24, 64-40, 74-53

Second Game:

AdMU 63 – Newsome 18, K. Ravena 17, Tolentino 14, Elorde 6, Capacio 2, Pessumal 2, Gotladera 2, Porter 2, T.Ravena 0, Babilonia 0.

UST 61 – Abdul 19, Mariano 17, Vigil 11, Ferrer 4, Daquioag 4, Sheriff 4, Lao 2, Subido 0, Lo 0, Pe 0.

Quarterscores: 14-15, 28-25, 46-45, 63-61

Sam Miguel
08-07-2014, 10:04 AM
Green Archer Almond Vosotros relieved to see shots finally start to fall

From: Reuben Terrado

August 6, 2014, 05:27 pm

After a string of disappointing games, Almond Vosotros finally makes his shots and now hopes to do it consistently for the Archers.
ALMOND Vosotros' shots finally started falling on Wednesday afternoon.

The La Salle guard shot a season-best 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 15 points as the Archers won their fourth straight game, downing University of the Philippines, 74-53.

Vosotros, who started the game having made only seven of 35 shots from three-point land, said it was practice and a change in mindset that helped him snap out of the cold shooting spell.

“Siguro talagang wino-work out ko lang sa practice kasi gusto kong bumalik ’yung shooting ko," he said.

"Sa game, hindi ko iniisip na dapat maka-shoot ako ng three-points. May mga open shots ako na hindi ko tinira pero tinry ko nung second half.”

The former San Sebastian Staglet had revealed the slump started to get in his head, but insisted he never lost confidence in his shot. “Hindi naman nagbago kumpiyansa ko. Nag-focus lang talaga ako every game. Hindi ko na rin iniisip na kailangang maka-shoot ako. Basta manalo ang team, okay na sa akin,” said Vosotros.

Vosotros also said he is starting to adjust to his new role as the court general of the team with Thomas Torres out with an ankle injury. “Hanggang ngayon, slowly nag-aadjust pa rin ako. Dati sine-setup ako ng mga point guard. Ngayon, ako na ang nag-sesetup. Winowork out ko talaga ’yun sa practice. One and two position,” said Vosotros.

Sam Miguel
08-11-2014, 09:50 AM
Ravena lifts Eagles anew; Archers win

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:26 am |

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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

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

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

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

Archers score

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

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

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

Team leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

08-11-2014, 10:56 AM
Archer Jason Perkins quick to play down 'unnecessary words' thrown his way by UST coach Dela Cruz

From: Reuben Terrado

August 10, 2014, 08:47 pm

UST coach Bong Dela Cruz mouths some words in the direction of Green Archer Jason Perkins during the two teams' UAAP game on Sunday.

JASON Perkins of La Salle claimed he heard some ‘unnecessary’ words from University of Santo Tomas coach Bong Dela Cruz during their UAAP men's basketball game on Sunday.

Perkins declined to go into specifics as to what was said to him that led to verbal exchanges between Dela Cruz that eventually dragged Jeron Teng and even La Salle assistant coach Allan Caidic into the fray.

“There was just some unnecessary words. That’s pretty much it,” said the burly Perkins, moments after the Green Archers' 83-70 victory over the Tigers.

“I don’t want to go into detail.

“I just thought it was unnecessary.

I won’t say something bad back. I won’t stoop to that level,” Perkins added.

Teng also confirmed something was said by Dela Cruz late in the game but also declined to say much.

“Kung gusto niyo, si Jason nalang ang tanungin niyo,” Teng said when asked by the media about the incident. “Medyo personal ‘yung sinabi ni coach eh. Siya na lang.”

Incidentally, Teng’s brother Jeric played for UST during his college days and even fought Jeron and Co. in the UAAP championship series last season won by La Salle.

Dela Cruz couldn’t be reached for comment after the game although he was seen having a word with Caidic during the traditional post-match handshake at midcourt.

Perkins refused to dwell on the incident, saying it only happened in the "heat of the game."

“I think it’s just the heat of the game. That happens in basketball, the physical play, getting into each others heads. It was okay. That’s just the heat of the game,” said Perkins.

Sam Miguel
08-12-2014, 11:05 AM
5-game run takes toll on hurting Archers

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated August 12, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Injuries are piling up for La Salle Green Archers as fast as they racked up five straight wins to turn things around after a lousy start in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball wars. The defending champions hope the guys on sick bay will recover sooner as they brace for a tougher grind in the second round.

“It (health issue) is going to be big because now we’re down to nine (healthy) players. I don’t even know if we can practice five-on-five. Probably I’ll ask (assistant) coach Allan (Caidic) to join practice,” said coach Juno Sauler in jest after the Archers thumped University of Santo Tomas, 83-70, to finish the initial round with 5-2 and joint second.

Guard Kib Montalbo left the UST game with a pulled calf muscle, an injury that would take a week or two to heal. Big man Norbert Torres also exited after suffering a cut on his finger and would need three to five days to recover.

They joined three others who already missed out the duel with the Tigers – Arnold van Opstal (achilles, 3-5-day recovery period), Thomas Torres (foot, two more weeks), and Terrence Mustre (wrist, one week).

Despite the manpower woes, the Archers found a way to emerge victorious, with shock troopers stepping up to support usual scorers Jeron Teng (22) and Jason Perkins (15). Julian Sargent fired 10 markers, including nine in their fourth-quarter breakaway, while guard Robert Bolick (5) and frontliners Yutien Andrada (4) and Abu Tratter (4) filled in for Montalbo and Torres, helping contain Kevin Ferrer and Karim Abdul.

“I think they (bench players) are up to the challenge. I’m sure they’re eager to show that they can contribute,” said Sauler.

“I’m confident with our rookies. Anytime they’re given the chance, they’ll step up for the team. And It showed in this game,” said the 6-foot-2 Teng.

The Archers’ five-game roll put them right behind arch rival Ateneo (6-1) as the tourney hit the halfway point.

“It’s not really the streak but the team growing, especially coming to the second round. And hopefully, we can get healthier,” he said.

08-18-2014, 10:24 AM
Archers outshine Eagles, join three-way tie for lead

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated August 18, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Jeron Teng rifled in 32 points as La Salle clamped down on Kiefer Ravena down the stretch to eke out a hard-earned 88-86 win over Ateneo and force a three-way logjam for the lead in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

The 6-foot-2 Teng fired eight points in the final period, topping off his explosive showing with two free-throws to give the Archers an 87-83 cushion with 8.1 seconds left en route to their sixth straight win for 6-2 card overall.

The Archers not only avenged their 86-97 setback to the Eagles in the first round but also caught up with their arch rivals at the top in the company of Far Eastern U.

The Tams earlier went 6-2 after a 74-70 overtime victory over National U in the curtain raiser. (See related story)

“Very well-fought match between the two sides, which was what was expected,” said DLSU coach Juno Sauler after the latest edition of the DLSU-AdMU rivalry that drew a crowd of 15,915.

Teng outscored the entire Ateneo team in the first quarter, 15-10, and finished with 21 at the turn as Archers enjoyed leads that reached as high as 36-23.

He wasn’t alone, though, as Jason Perkins dished out an 18-point, 10-rebound effort and Julian Sargent and Robert Bolick combined for 21 while taking turns hounding Ravena .

“Jeron made very good reads when the defense adjusted on him in the second half, he involved his teammates. I remember he was doubled early somewhere in midcourt and he just made a pass to Julian,” said Sauler of Teng, who also issued five assists.

Teng made a killing at the stripe, converting 17 of his 20 tries, including six in the fourth that helped DLSU quash Ateneo’s furious rally.

“I just really work on my free throws because I know every game I take lots of freethrows. In order to help the team, I have to make my free throws,” said Teng.

Ravena, the leading MVP candidate, wound up with 22 markers but he missed a triple try and a layup in the stretch.

“We kept changing the matchups with Julian and Robert. Ateneo was moving pick and roll with guards so there will be times Jeron will guard Kiefer, maybe even Almond (Vosotros) few times. The only thing we told them was to challenge his jump shots then hopefully he’ll miss,” said Sauler of his defensive ploy.

“I have to give it to La Salle, they started really well,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, who rued his wards’ slow start. “If we want to win more, we have to set ourselves na hindi kami lagi sa huli nananalo (we can’t afford to just rally all the time and try to win it at the endgame).”

Chris Newsome backstopped Ravena with 15 spiked by a trey that put Ateneo within 86-87 before DLSU’s Vosotros made a split to seal it for the Archers.

08-18-2014, 10:25 AM
Teng explodes for 32 as La Salle gets payback vs Ateneo

By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) |

Updated August 17, 2014 - 7:17pm

MANILA, Philippines – Jeron Teng provided the scoring spark for La Salle as the defending champions survived a thrilling battle with archrival Ateneo, 88-86, to post their sixth straight win in the 77th UAAP men's basketball tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

Teng erupted for 32 points while Jason Perkins, Julian Sargent and Robert Bolick chipped in 18, 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Taft-based squad.

Teng recounted how he responded to Ateneo’s defense on him.

"In the first half I just took advantage of the openings that I saw but in the second half, they adjusted their defense so I tried to look for my teammates," said Teng, who had five assists and shot an efficient 17-of-20 from the charity stripe.

"I really worked on my free throws after every practice because I know I will shoot a lot in the games so continuously, I just worked on it," he added.

The Archers improved their record to 6-2 (win-loss) to force a three-way tie for No. 1 with Ateneo and FEU.

"It was a very well fought game between the two sides, which was expected from us," La Salle coach Juno Sauler said in the post-game press conference.

Trailing for most of the game, Ateneo charged in the payoff period and even grabbed the lead, 75-73, after Gwynn Capacio's triple at the 5:43 mark.

La Salle countered with a quick 5-0 zip capped by Prince Rivero's lay-up to give the Archers a 78-75 upperhand with 3:33 remaining.

Kiefer Ravena stopped the bleeding for Ateneo and drilled two free throws to trim the deficit, but Sargent – who was the tasked to cover Ravena for most of the game – answered with a booming triple to give the Archers an 81-77 cushion.

Ravena, who had bailed out Ateneo in their first round outings, was poised to deliver again after sinking a high-looping runner while Fonso Gotladera scored on a nifty basket inside to tie the game 81-81 with 1:24 left.

Teng split his free throws and Perkins came up big with a jumper in the next possession as the shot clock was winding down to give La Salle an 84-81 advantage with 31 ticks left.

Perkins split his charities and Chris Newsome scored on a quick lay-up to keep Ateneo within striking distance, 83-85, with 12.3 seconds remaining.

Teng then coolly drained two clutch free throws while Newsome banked in a triple at the top of the key to cut the Archers’ lead, 86-87, with three seconds left.

Almond Vosotros was fouled with 1.9 ticks left, and he split his free throws for the final score. Ateneo was unable to get the possession back after Perkins got the offensive rebound.

Ravena paced the Blue Eagles with 22 points while Newsome and Nico Elorde added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Sauler cited his team’s defense on the Ateneo star.

"Ravena will always be Ravena. The best thing you can do about him his challenge his shot. I think Julian (Sargent) and Robert (Bolick) did a good job on him," said Sauler.

At the end of the first half, La Salle took a 44-36 lead after dominating the inside points department, 26-14.

Teng had a torrid start, scoring 15 points in the first quarter and ended the first half with 21 markers. Ravena, for his part, led the Eagles with 15 points, all of which came in the second period, including a halftime buzzer-beater.

08-26-2014, 09:04 AM
Archers buck slow start, shoot down Maroons

By Olmin Leyba (philstar.com) |

Updated August 23, 2014 - 4:53pm

MANILA, Philippines – La Salle started like a house divided but finished like a house on fire, nipping University of the Philippines, 86-65, to join idle Ateneo at the top with 7-2 Saturday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tourney at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

The defending champions waited until the third quarter to go full throttle, feeding on the energy of sub Abu Tratter to wiggle free from a 40-39 contest and unleash a 17-4 salvo that set the foundation for their seventh straight victory.

Tratter fired all of his seven points in the penultimate period to jumpstart the Archers’ break-away even as starters Almond Vosotros, Jeron Teng and Jason Perkins took the cue and joined in the 28-19 quarter that swayed the momentum to DLSU.

“I think the guys weren’t ready to play, weren’t focused mentally in terms of what we wanted to achieve on our game plan defensively and offensively. Aside from the lack of focus at the start, our energy level was really down,” rued coach Juno Sauler.

“Abu, when he came in the third, brought a lot of energy and it rubbed off on a lot of players. That’s when we picked up,” he added.

Vosotros fired a season-high 21 points spiked by five triples as Teng put in 15 markers, six rebounds and five assist and Perkins had a double-double of 13 points and 11 boards. Arnold Van Opstal marked his return from an Achilles injury by shooting 12 markers with eight caroms.

Despite falling behind, 6-17 in the first, the Maroons pounced on the Archers' listless effort and fought their way back in at 28-all in the second. The Maroons stayed within a manageable level until the midpoint of the third, 41-44, before the Archers took command for good.

“We can’t afford to start this way. I didn’t like how we started, especially the lack of mental concentration. It’s unacceptable,” said Sauler.

JR Gallarza (18 spiked by four treys) and Mikee Reyes (14) led the scoring while Mark Juruena posted 12 rebounds, nine points and nine dimes for UP, which suffered its second consecutive setback for 1-8 overall.

Sam Miguel
08-28-2014, 09:55 AM
Tams sweep Archers, grab solo UAAP lead

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer4:39 am |

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Mike Tolomia caught fire in the second half as Far Eastern University snapped La Salle’s seven-game winning streak with a 74-70 decision to grab the solo lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Tolomia poured in 19 of his 22 points in the second half, including the Tamaraws’ last five points inside the final 14.8 seconds that sealed their eighth victory in 10 games.

“Mike had good instinct,” FEU coach Nash Racela said of Tolomia, who nailed the dagger basket after grabbing a huge offensive rebound off his own miss at the foul line.

Tolomia, who came out of the hospital just a day earlier due to fever, also had five boards, three assists and no turnovers to lead the Tamaraws to an elimination sweep of the defending champion Archers.

Earlier, University of Santo Tomas unveiled a surprise in Regie Basibas as the Tigers rolled back University of the Philippines, 77-65, to keep their Final Four bid alive.

The seldom-used Basibas, a rookie forward from Arellano High School, dropped half of his 16 points in the Tigers’ fourth-quarter outburst and had a game-high 18 rebounds.

“We have injured players, so we really needed players who can step up,” said coach Bong dela Cruz after his Tigers improved to 5-5 despite the absence of Kevin Ferrer (fractured hand) and Ed Daquioag (sprained ankle).

Karim Abdul teamed up with Basibas in the Tigers’ pivotal run to finish with 21 points, 12 boards and four blocks.
The Archers fell to a share of second with Ateneo and National U at 7-3.

The Maroons, out of contention with a 1-9 card, played minus their head coach after Rey Madrid got ejected in the first quarter.

Madrid, who faces possible suspension, went ballistic over an alleged non-call and got slapped with a technical foul twice for entering the court and for continuous complaining.

The scores:

First Game

UST 77—Abdul 21, Basibas 16, Mariano 13, Vigil 11, Subido 7, Sheriff 4, Gayosa 2, Lo 2, Lao 1, Dela Cruz 0, Pe 0.

UP 65—Reyes 22, Dario 9, Gingerich 9, Vito 8, Gallarza 7, Moralde 4, Lao 3, Juruena 3, Asilum 0, Amat 0, Harris 0, Bederi 0.
Quarters: 20-11, 36-29, 54-52, 77-65

Second Game

FEU 74—Tolomia 22, Belo 11, Iñigo 10, Escoto 7, Pogoy 7, Jose 5, Cruz 4, Tamsi 4, Hargrove 4, Dennison 0, Ugsang 0.

LA SALLE 70—Teng 28, Torres 13, Perkins 8, Vosotros 7, Van Opstal 5, Sargent 4, Montalbo 3, Rivero 2, Andrada 0, Bolick 0, Tratter 0.

Quarters: 15-19, 26-35, 52-51, 74-70

09-08-2014, 10:01 AM
Ateneo gains Final 4 berth

La Salle almost there

By Cedelf P. Tupas |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:32 am |

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

A BATTLE-WEARY Ateneo squad drew strength from Kiefer Ravena and Chris Newsome as it repulsed Adamson, 67-52, yesterday to clinch a Final Four berth in the 77th UAAP basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

Ravena and Newsome joined forces in the Blue Eagles’ torrid windup, combining for nine points as the Eagles cruised to a 10th win in 13 games that formalized their entry in the Final Four after missing out last season.

Later, defending champion La Salle proved steadier down the stretch as it dumped University of Santo Tomas, 67-60, and assured the Archers of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth.

Jeron Teng and Arnold Van Opstal delivered down the stretch, knocking in critical baskets in a nip-and-tuck battle as the Archers notched their ninth win in 12 games.

The loss was the Tigers’ seventh in 12 games this season, putting them in danger of missing out the Final Four for the first time since 2010. A win by National U against University of the Philippines today will shut the Final Four door on the Tigers.

Playing their third game in a week, the Eagles still mustered enough strength to hold off the winless Falcons, who came within 35-41 early in the fourth quarter before finally losing steam as Ateneo staged a 15-0 run to build a 21-point buffer.

“We were playing our third game in seven days and I felt the energy was waning but our defense kicked in the third and early fourth quarter,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

Ravena tallied 16 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists, while Newsome dished out a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds that went with six assists.

Teng took charge for La Salle with 26 points, including 11 in the final period, while Van Opstal wound up with 11, seven of which coming in the last five minutes. But it was key defensive plays like the steal of Kib Montalbo off a driving Karim Abdul and another crucial miscue from Aljon Mariano with 15 seconds left that doomed the Tigers.

After Van Opstal tied the game at 60-all with a drive with 2:17 remaining, Teng went 5-of-6 from the foul line in the last two minutes.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 67—Ravena 16, Newsome 12, Pessumal 8, Capacio 6, Elorde 6, Gotladera 6, Tolentino 6, Asistio 3, Doliguez 2, Porter 2, Apacible 0, Ravena 0.

ADAMSON 52—Trollano 20, Rios 9, Nalos 6, Aquino 4, Monteclaro 4, Ochea 4, Garcia 3, Villanueva 2, Barrera 0, INigo 0, Pedrosa 0, Polican 0.

Quarters: 10-4, 23-16, 41-31, 67-52

Second Game

LA SALLE 67—Teng 26, Van Opstal 11, Montalbo 8, Sargent 7, Torres 7, Perkins 4, Vosotros 4, Bolick 0, Rivero 0, Tratter 0.

UST 60—Dacquioag 19, Lao 14, Abdul 13, Mariano 6, Lo 5, Gayosa 3, Basibas 0, Pe 0, Macasaet 0, Sheriff 0, Subido 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 34-30, 46-47, 67-60

09-14-2014, 11:22 AM
Eagles clinch Final 4 bonus

By Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:40 am | Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Ateneo fought back from 19 points down in the last six minutes of regulation then stunned Far Eastern University in overtime, 68-64, to grab the No. 1 semifinal spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Kiefer Ravena caught fire to end what looked like his worst performance of the season, dropping 12 of his game-high 23 points in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter, including two free throws that forged overtime, 59-59, with 20.3 seconds left.

“This season has been tremendous for us. It has been a revelation for so many players, especially Kiefer,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol after his Eagles, who trailed at 36-55, wrapped up their elimination run on top with an 11-3 record, while nailing the first twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The Tamaraws, who ended their elimination round with back-to-back losses for a 10-4 slate, still have a chance for the other twice-to-beat bonus in a playoff match this Saturday against La Salle.

The Green Archers forged a tie for second after hacking out an emphatic 68-56 triumph over National University in the second game.

The Bulldogs fell to fourth but their chance of clinching the last semifinal berth hinges on University of Santo Tomas beating University of the East Tuesday. A win allows UE to tie NU’s 9-5 record and force another playoff for the No. 4 slot.

The Tamaraws, starring Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, dominated the first three quarters before collapsing in the fourth period where they only nailed one field goal and sank just two of 13 free throws in the last six minutes.

FEU still had a chance to salvage the game in regulation, but Tolomia missed two free throws with 2.8 seconds left.

Ateneo’s great escape recalled a similar stroke of luck when the Eagles got away with a 70-69 decision over lowly University of the Philippines when Maroons’ guard Mike Reyes blew two free throws with eighth tenths of a second left last Sept. 4.

Chris Newsome also came out big in the clutch to finish with 13 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and four steals for the Eagles.

Almond Vosotros hit his stride early to finish with 15 points and Arnold Van Opstal also had 14 markers to lead the Archers, who launched a 9-0 spurt that set the tone for their second-half breakaway, 46-37, after a deadlock at 37.

Norbert Torres added 13 points.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 68—Ravena 23, Newsome 13, Gotladera 9, Pessumal 7, Capacio 6, Babilonia 5, Elorde 3, V. Tolentino 2, Doliguez 0, Tolentino 0.

FEU 64—Belo 16, Pogoy 15, Tolomia 10, Cruz 8, Hargrove 8, Iñigo 3, Jose 2, Dennison 2, Tamsi 0, Denila 0, Lee Yu 0.

Quarters: 7-12, 18-25, 26-45, 59-59 (reg.), 68-64 (OT)

Second Game

LA SALLE 68—Vosotros 15, Van Opstal 14, Torres 13, Teng 9, Perkins 8, Montalbo 5, Sargent 4, Bolick 0, Mustre 0, Rivero 0, Tratter 0.

NU 56—Alolino 18, Rosario 14, Aroga 8, Javelona 8, Betayene 4, Khobuntin 4, Celda 0, Diputado 0, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

Quarters: 20-17, 31-31, 49-43, 68-56

09-22-2014, 10:34 AM
All green and go for Tams as No. 2

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated September 22, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - A highly motivated Mike Tolomia grabbed his opportunity to atone for his previous boo-boo and delivered in the stretch this time as Far Eastern U tripped La Salle, 65-60, to secure the No. 2 seeding and twice-to-beat advantage in their UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball Final Four showdown yesterday at the MOA Arena.

Tolomia, who had sleepless nights after two missed free-throws in their 64-68 overtime loss to Ateneo at the end of the elims, took charge in the clutch and redeemed himself in leading a decisive 7-0 windup that lifted the Tams to the win.

The 5-11 Tolomia shot 19 points overall, banging in the game-tying lay-up then making a split to put FEU up, 61-60 with 1:43 left. His teammate Carl Bryan Cruz padded the lead to three with a basket and then Tolomia took the ball away from Almond Vosotros and drew an unsportsmanlike four from Jeron Teng. He went one-of-two to make it 64-60, 7.7 seconds left.

“Parang natatawa na lang ako sa sarili ko sa pagsubok, parang ambilis, isang laro lang, binigyan ako ng opportunity na bumawi. Thankful ako ke God. (I’m thankful that after one only game, I was given the chance to redeem myself),” said Tolomia who admitted to not sleeping well for two nights following that Ateneo setback.

The huge victory put FEU into the prime position going into their actual semis encounter on Saturday as they only need to win once to advance to the championship.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet. That’s why I had to talk to my players right after the game to remind them not to celebrate too much. Of course, we’re happy we won this game but then again malayo pa (it’s not over yet), we need another win for us to make it to the finals,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

The Tams had control three-fourths of the way, going up by as many as 13 at one point (27-14 in the second). The Archers tried to turn things around with a 10-5 start in the payoff period, seizing a 60-58 lead on an Arnold van Opstal post move with 3:22 to go.

“It was really hard especially coming off that loss to Ateneo. Today showed the character of the team. Sabi namin (We told them) if you want to succeed in life, you have to persevere. It wasn’t easy beating La Salle. Good thing our players persevered especially when we struggled in the second half,” said Racela, whose wards went 3-0 in their head-to-head against the Archers this season.

“They attacked well on offense and defended well,” DLSU coach Juno Sauler said.

09-23-2014, 09:00 AM
La Salle manager Terry Capistrano on 'commotion' with Racela: 'I had no intention of provoking anything'

From: Snow Badua

September 22, 2014, 08:32 pm

La Salle team manager Terry Capistrano says he only tried to question FEU coach Nash Racela about his 'hand gestures' and had no intention of provoking anything during the post-game commotion.

DE La Salle team manager Terry Capistrano broke his silence on the incident between him and Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela, saying he had no intention of instigating a confrontation at the end of the Tamaraws' win over the Green Archers in their playoff for the No. 2 seeding in the UAAP Final Four.

Meeting at mid-court for the customary post-game handshakes, Capistrano said he only questioned Racela about his on-game 'hand gestures' which he felt could send emotions flaring during the tense match which the Tamaraws won, 65-60, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Actually, I did not even approach him. Siya 'yung lumapit sa akin to shake my hand and then I asked him the question: ‘Bakit para kang naghahamon ng away?’” said Capistrano in an interview with Spin.ph.

“Siguro people inside the court thought nag-aaway kami. Kaya they approached us. Pinaghiwalay kami,” he added. “Pero wala akong intension makipag-away. Ito ba namang tanda ko na ito.

“I was just curious to ask what was that (gesture) all about,” Capistrano said without a hint of anger in his voice. “It was a question. He knows that. Walang murahan. Walang sigawan. He never said anything uncivil, I never said anything uncivil.”

Racela, who earlier said he was stunned by Capistrano's action, sounded relieved when told about the side of the longtime La Salle team manager regarding the incident, which the FEU coach said could have been a case of misinterpretation.

“That’s good. I am happy to hear na okay na siya (Capistrano). Pero if ever they saw something wrong with my actuations, I ask for their understanding. Wala sa intension ko 'yun (humanap ng gulo),” said the brother of Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Olsen Racela.

Capistrano claimed it is not in his nature to engage people in confrontations, pointing out that he has never been involved in any untoward incident in the past 13 years that he has been team manager of the Green Archers.

“Alam mo 12 years, 13 years na akong manager ng team na ito. Pero never ako natawagan ng technical foul, because I know how to behave. I know how to control my temper,” he said.

Capistrano was actually the manager of La Salle when a similar incident happened during Game One of the 2005 Finals between the Archers and the Tamaraws. His assistant team manager, Manny Salgado, approached then FEU star Arwind Santos shortly after the game for the customary handshake, but then tapped the unsuspecting lanky forward hard on the nape when he finally turned his back.

Good thing, Santos and the rest of the Tamaraws were prevented from ganging up on Salgado, who was later meted a lifetime ban by the league.

“Yes, I was there when it happened. Of all people, I would know that (repercussions of misbehavior),” Capistrano declared.

Capistrano said he would have approached Racela even if the outcome of the match was in favor of La Salle.

“Of course, I will still approach him. I would siyempre tell him about the hand gestures. Baka ma-misinterpret, magdulot pa ng ibang kaguluhan,” he said, obviously referring to Racela’s constant waving of both hands while coaching the Tamaraws on the sidelines.

Capistrano also said he is very much satisfied after hearing the side of Racela on the incident following a Spin.ph interview and story on the matter.

“In your report, he answered that he was surprised that he had no intention or anything … I take his word for it. He clarified it already, nasagot na nya `yung questions … I think that’s the end of it,” he said.

“I had no intention of provoking anything. In your report, he said he is from La Salle, and he never wanted any animosity or bad blood. He is a fellow La Sallian, so walang problema 'yun,” added Capistrano, a president of an international shipping company.

“I don’t want to create a scene. Wala akong ibang motibo. Ang tagal ko na rito. Kaya nga after the game na ko nagtanong. Imagine if I asked him at the height of the game.

“Ayaw kasi natin na mamis-interpret ang lahat. Tulad nung nilapitan ko siya. Akala ng marami nag-aaway na kami,” he said before breaking into laughter.

“This is going to be an intense game. Ayaw natin ng gulo.” Capistrano said he is ready to face any investigation being planned by UAAP commissioner Andy Jao, who is now in the process of getting statements from game officials and players who witnessed the incident.

“Yes, I am. It’s his (Jao) call. But you know, I don’t think this is necessary. There was nothing there. No untoward incidents. There were no bad words said. We don’t even know why people got between us,” he said. “I really didn’t think that this is going to be a very big thing. Siguro hindi rin ako kilala ni Nash, kaya he thought I was charging at him. Pero hindi yun ang pakay ko,” he said.

Sam Miguel
10-02-2014, 11:40 AM
Scrappy Tamaraws dethrone Archers

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated October 2, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - It was a Final Four with similar endgames but contrasting finishes.

Gaining from a big-time triple from Mac Belo off a feed by Mike Tolomia in the dying seconds, the Far Eastern U Tams scored a pulsating 67-64 victory over the La Salle Archers and took the other UAAP finals berth last night at the Big Dome.

The Tams, making their first finals since 2005, will face the National U Bulldogs in an unlikely duel for this year’s diadem.

With 24.4 seconds to plot a winning play, Tolomia took the leather and wasted some time before driving to the basket. With Jason Perkins providing help defense, Tolomia wisely dished it out to an open Belo, who cashed in and swished it home at the buzzer.

“The last play was really designed for Mike. But in the end, he made the most important decision of his basketball career, hindi niya pinilit (he didn’t force it), he saw an open Belo (and passed). We’re so blessed because Mac hit two three-pointers in the last two minutes,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

“Sabi ni coach sa corner lang ako but after nakita ko si Perkins nag-help kay Mike, sabi ko ipapasa ito sa akin, ayun tsamba (I was instructed to stay in the corner but when I saw Perkins helping out on Mike, I thought I might get the pass. And I was lucky it went in),” said Belo, who paced the Tams with 23 points.

Belo actually had four treys in the night, the third of which restored a 64-61 cushion with 1:05 left. Tolomia added 14 markers plus six assists.

“He (Belo) hit the biggest shot of the ball game. But I think what was commendable was the fact it was another guy who made the pass. Again, it’s a team play…it just so happened Mac was the guy taking it and luckily he made it,” said Racela.

“For a while, we were down by four, akala ko sasabog kami (I thought we would self-destruct) but yeah, the players were really tough tonight,” he added.

With FEU versus NU set in the finale, this will be the first time since the Final Four’s inception that neither Ateneo nor La Salle are involved in the championship series.

“I realized that Ateneo and La Salle are always in the finals since 1993 and I think this was the best thing that ever happened in the UAAP, having FEU and NU in the finals. Just like how we watched it, today, NU could bring the crowd, FEU could bring the crowd, so hindi lang La Salle and Ateneo ang nakakapagdala ng crowd (it’s not just Ateneo or La Salle that can fill the venue),” said Racela.

Jeron Teng (13) and Perkins (12) led DLSU, which saw an end to its reign after one year.

The scores:

FEU 67 – Belo 23, Tolomia 14, Pogoy 8, Hargrove 6, Inigo 5, Cruz 3, Tamsi 3, Jose 3, Ru. Escoto 2, Dennison 0, Lee Yu 0, Ugsang 0, Ri. Escoto 0.

DLSU 64 – Teng 13, Perkins 12, Van Opstal 11, Sargent 8, Rivero 7, N. Torres 7, Vosotros 6, Bolick 0, Montalbo 0, T. Torres 0.

Quarterscores: 24-17, 42-37, 51-47, 67-64