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07-14-2014, 08:46 AM
Rebuilding mode...

Eagles, Bulldogs feast on listless Falcons, Tigers

4:51 am |

Monday, July 14th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — National University coach Eric Altamirano had boldly declared that the Bulldogs, even with the departure of two-time MVP Ray Parks, would keep up with the top contenders.

True enough, the Bulldogs surprisingly overwhelmed last year’s finalist University of Santo Tomas, 59-40, in the 77th UAAP men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We played some defense and they (Tigers) didn’t shoot well,” said Altamirano. “We’re confident with our game. I think the boys are starting to jell.”

Earlier, Ateneo also flashed murderous form in dumping Adamson, 79-57, to join the Bulldogs and opening-day winners University of the East and Far Eastern University on top.

Kiefer Ravena showed his old firepower and rookie Arvin Tolentino proved to be as promising as billed as the duo fueled the Blue Eagles’ one-sided win early.

“All of us wanted to be better than what we were last season,” coach Bo Perasol said of his Blue Eagles, who were nowhere in sight all summer as they trained in the Unites States, Japan and South Korea.

Gelo Alolino led the Bulldogs’ second-half breakaway to finish with 13 points, but the game also showed how miserable the Tigers played as they committed a whopping 26 turnovers and shot a pitiful 24 percent from the field.

Ravena, who had a less stellar showing last season due to injuries, pumped in a game-high 22 points on top of four rebounds and four assists.

“It’s a new start for us,” said Ravena. “A new adventure begins for us starting with this win.”

UST chief gunner Kevin Ferrer had seven turnovers and only five points for the Tigers, who wound up just a point better than the league’s lowest production of 39 points the past decade.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers, 22-10, in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 16, 47-31, after a slim 25-21 halftime lead.
Behind Alolino and Troy Rosario, the Bulldogs surged ahead to a 21-point spread, 58-37, as the Tigers continued to look out of sync.

The Eagles zoomed to a 10-1 start before opening up a 27-point gap, 47-20, as Ravena and Tolentino outscored the entire Adamson squad with a combined 21 points.

“The gauge is still how Kiefer will lead the team, but he will definitely need the help and assistance of everybody,” said Perasol.
The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 79—K. Ravena 22, Newsome 12, A. Tolentino 12, Pessumal 8, Elorde 6, Javellosa 4, Apacible 4, Asistio 3, Capacio 2, Gotladera 2, Babilonia 2, Doliguez 2, V. Tolentino 0, T. Ravena 0, Lim 0, Porter 0.

ADAMSON 57—Villanueva 15, Rios 15, Trollano 7, Ochea 7, Iñigo 4, Gumtang 4, Baytan 2, Aquino 2, Nalos 1, Polican 0, Barrera 0.
Quarters: 24-11, 47-20, 62-35, 79-57

Second Game

NU 59—Alolino 13, Rosario 9, Diputado 8, Aroga 8, Khobuntin 6, Alejandro 5, Neypes 4, Perez 2, Celda 2, Javelona 1, Salim 1, Yu 0, Betayene 0, Atangan 0.

UST 40—Abdul 11, Mariano 10, Sheriff 7, Ferrer 5, Subido 3, Lo 2, Daquioag 2, Basibas 0, Pe 0, Gayosa 0, Vigil 0.
Quarters: 14-9, 25-21, 47-31, 59-40

07-14-2014, 08:54 AM
Hindi ko akalain ganito kahina ang Adamson. Ateneo is no longer the powerhouse team of the 5-Peat, and yet we traipsed all over these Falcons like it was a tuneup. You know the other team in in trouble when their starting center is 6'1" and fresh out of high school. Zero guard play, zero press break, couldn't even get through a simple 2-2-1 press. Kenneth Duremdes better rethink whatever the blazes it is he's doing in San Marcelino.

07-14-2014, 04:29 PM
Kenneth Duremdes rues veterans failed to keep Falcons together in face of adversity

From: Reuben Terrado

July 13, 2014, 06:07 pm

Adamson coach Kenneth Duremdes was so disappointed the Falcons were still holed up inside the dugout at halftime of the day's second game.

ADAMSON coach Kenneth Duremdes was disappointed with the way his veterans played in the first game of what is expected to be a long, trying year for the Falcons.

The Falcons allowed the Ateneo Blue Eagles to open a big lead early, and things got no better the rest of the way as they dropped a lopsided 57-79 defeat on Saturday.

So frustrated was Duremdes that Adamson players and coaches were still holed up in the dugout at halftime of the day's second game between University of Santo Tomas and National University.

When he finally came out, Duremdes rued the poor play of his veteran players who were supposed to lead the new-look team. “Veterans ko, parang nasama din sila sa nangyari,” said Duremdes. “We are expecting them to fill in. Pero nasama rin sila.”

Jansen Rios scored a team-high 15 points but he was saddled with three quick fouls in the first quarter. Don Trollano was also a non-factor, scoring just seven points.

Because of Rios' foul trouble, Kiefer Ravena had a field day as he exploded for 22 points. “We reminded Rios to focus on Kiefer at the start of the game. Noong nag-three fouls, doon na bumuhos si Kiefer,” said Duremdes.

Nevertheless, Duremdes found some positives in the Falcons' more aggressive play in the second half. “You have to give it to the boys. Ibang territory ito especially sa mga high school players na hindi masyadong exposed sa ganito. Nandoon pa rin ‘yung attitude. Pero too late,” Duremdes said.

“We just reminded the players that it won’t be easy for them. I emphasized that this is going to be a quick learning process. Kapag natagalan tayo dito, mahihirapan tayo. "If you are not tough enough mentally and physically, hindi makakapaghintay sa inyo ang panalo. We are young but we are here to play,” said Duremdes.

07-14-2014, 04:31 PM
^ Kenneth naman, magisip ka kasi ng magandang press break. 2-2-1 hindi mo malampasan papano na?

07-24-2014, 11:48 AM
Don Trollano suspension stands, Adamson forward to miss game against UST

From: Reuben Terrado

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THE UAAP Commissioner’s Office upheld the disqualifying foul slapped on Adamson’s Don Trollano, which rules him out of the Falcons’ next game against University of Santo Tomas.

UAAP Commissioner Andy Jao said Trollano was caught throwing a punch at Steven Cudal after the University of the East big man bumped into him during one play on Saturday.

Trollano insisted it was not intentional, but Jao disagreed.

“Sumuntok ng ganun,” said Jao, showing a punching motion to the face. “Good call (on the referees).”

Meanwhile, Adamson’s Joseph Nalos will not be slapped with a suspension after he was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for hitting Bong Gallanza in the midsection.

Trollano’s absence is another blow to the Falcons, who are winless in two games.

07-27-2014, 12:50 PM
what could have been...

Sam Miguel
07-31-2014, 09:25 AM
No. 1 Bulldogs feast on Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:15 am |

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
08-10-2014, 10:47 AM
Tams collar Bulldogs; Maroons end 2-year skid

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer

4:37 am | Sunday, August 10th, 2014

CARL Bryan Cruz emerged as a surprise spark as Far Eastern University spoiled National University’s bid to grab the solo top spot with a 71-62 victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws’ rise, though, failed to match the aftershocks that followed University of the Philippines’ first win this season—and in 27 games spanning two years.

Mikee Reyes and JR Gallarza carried the past equally hapless Adamson, 77-64, in the earlier game, which generated greater public reaction especially over social media (See related story on Page A1).

Cruz unloaded 13 of his 16 points in the first half where the Tamaraws surprisingly erected a 20-point advantage, 42-22, before fending off the Bulldogs’ comeback attempt in the final quarter.

“It was the most crucial game for us because if we lost this game, we’ll be in the middle of the pack,” said FEU coach Nash Racela after the Tamaraws climbed to a share of third at 4-2.

“The players knew how important the game was. From the beginning, the focus was there and the effort was there.”

The Maroons pulled away early with Gallarza firing 18 of his 24 points in the first half, before Reyes took over to finish with a career-high 28 points and doom the Falcons to their sixth straight loss.

“We worked so hard this season, we just couldn’t get it going until today,” said Gallarza after the Maroons triumphed for the first time in two years despite the absence of head coach Rey Madrid.

Madrid missed the Maroons’ breakthrough win as he served the last of a two-game suspension for accusing the referees of match fixing.

“We really wanted this game,” said Reyes, who fueled a third-quarter outburst where the Maroons led by as many as 24 points, 60-36. “We felt that this is the game we can get a win.”

Achie Iñigo also delivered for the Tamaraws with 14 points, missing only once in five attempts, aside from dishing out three assists.

The Bulldogs, who held FEU stars Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia below their usual numbers, ended their first round with a 5-2 record to fall behind Ateneo, which has a 5-1 record.

“That has always been the emphasis—we should be unpredictable,” said Racela. “If they (opponents) focus on one or two players, other players should be able to step forward.”

Tolomia hit four crucial points in the endgame, before finishing with 10 on a poor 4-of-15 shooting clip. Belo had nine points, seven rebounds and a key block on Troy Rosario down the stretch.

The scores:

First Game

UP 77—Reyes 28, Gallarza 24, Lao 10, Asilum 4, Juruena 4, Lim 2, Moralde 2, Gingerich 2, Amar 1, Vito 0, Harris 0.

ADAMSON 64—Trollano 24, Rios 20, Monteclaro 5, Nalos 4, Iñigo 3,Villanueva 3, Bayran 2, Ochea 2, Polican 1, Aquino 0, Barrera 0, Garcia 0, Pedrosa 0.

Quarters: 17-13, 40-32, 64-46, 77-64

Second Game

FEU 71—Cruz 16, Iñigo 14, Tolomia 10, Belo 9, Jose 6, Pogoy 6, Tamsi 5, Hargrove 5, Dennison 0, Escoto 0, Delfinado 0, Ugsang 0.

NU 62—Alolino 13, Khobuntin 9, Javelona 8,Betayene 7, Diputado 7, Neypes 6, Rosario 6, Aroga 4, Atangan 2, Alejandro 0, Celda 0, Perez 0.

Quarters: 21-16, 42-22, 55-42, 71-62

Sam Miguel
08-17-2014, 08:51 AM
Tigers, Warriors trim tailenders

By Jasmine W. Payo |

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

Sam Miguel
08-21-2014, 01:02 PM
Ravena lifts Eagles over scrappy Warriors

By Olmin Leyba |

Updated Thursday August 21, 2014 - 12:00am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The scores:

First Game

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

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

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

Second Game

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

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

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

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

By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) |

Updated August 24, 2014 - 4:45pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09-08-2014, 10:02 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

09-17-2014, 08:10 AM
Warriors tame Tigers, arrange duel vs Bulldogs

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

Updated September 17, 2014 - 12:00am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Duremdes was fighting back tears as the buzzer sounded.

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

09-21-2014, 06:07 PM
Bulldogs outlast Warriors, seal semis duel vs Eagles

By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) |

Updated September 20, 2014 - 7:01pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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