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  1. A Statement Game by Jeron Against NU

    For the first time in 15 years, a rookie leads the De La Salle Green Archers in point production in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball competitions.

    This comes as no surprise, though, when the newcomer had been the most highly coveted blue-chip prospect out of high school.

    Jeron Alvin Teng is already a household name in Philippine sports, having carved his niche in local basketball history as the first and only high school player ever to collect at least 100 points when as a junior at Xavier School, he torched Grace Christian College for 104 markers during a 164-74 victory in the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association tournament on January 5, 2011.

    Living up to his billing, the 6-2 swingman is also making waves in UAAP Season 75 and, this early, is the runaway favorite to romp away with league Rookie of the Year honors, an award that elder brother Jeric of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers snared in 2009.

    Through the first round, Jeron is averaging a team-high 16.7 points a game. *He collected a tournament-best 35 points in La Salle’s pulsating 87-86 double- overtime decision over National University last August 18 at the Araneta Coliseum.

    It was the highest single-game score by a DLSU player since Joseph Yeo, another Xavier School product, tallied 31 markers in 2003. *The last freshman to lead the Green Archers in scoring average was Ren-ren Ritualo in 1997.

    The final first-round assignment for both DLSU and NU was actually a high noon shootout between two former PH Youth and 3-on-3 teammates. *Bulldogs star Bobby Ray Parks Jr., the reigning UAAP MVP, also tallied 35 points. *Teng went 14-for-24 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line and like teammate Almond Vosotross (season-high 18 points) made four three-pointers (out of seven attempts), including one in each overtime. *Parks, who is hitting at a league-leading 20.7-point clip, knocked in three threes but shot just 12-for-17 from the charity stripes. *The son of former PBA import Bobby Parks was hit with his fourth foul with four minutes left in the third quarter but held on to collect 13 points in the twin OTs.

    Following a frigid 6-for-18 performance from the free-throw line last August 12, including 1-for-6 by Teng, La Salle bounced back with a 14-for-25 effort against NU, which shot 22-for-33 from the same area.

    The Green Archers’ crucial victory against NU pulled them even with the Bulldogs with identical 4-3 records and a fourth-place ranking in the eight-team standings behind UST (6-1), four-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University (6-1) and Far Eastern University (5-2) while boosting their chances for a Final Four finish that team officials had before the season declared would already be an achievement in itself.

    La Salle, which has missed the Final Four party in two of the last three years, lost to FEU and UST by just two points each due to inept free-throw shooting. *Coupled with the UST game that saw the Teng brothers going up against each other, the Archers have now been involved in a pair of double-overtime affairs. *No other game in the league has gone into a five-minute extension.

    The off-and-on Archers also had to labor just to get past patsies University of the Philippines, University of the East and Adamson University. *They even trailed the Red Warriors and the Falcons in the final two minutes before pulling off hard-earned victories.

    Jeron, who turned just 18 last March, has scored in double digits in six of DLSU’s seven games so far. *The muscle-bound son of former Philippine Basketball Association strongman Alvin (Robocop) Teng chalked up 15 points vs. UP (73-6, 16 vs. UE (67-59), 13 vs. Ateneo de Manila University (61-71), 17 vs. UST (82-84 2 OT – Jeric had three threes for nine points), and 15 vs. Adamson University (56-52). *He was held to six markers in the Green Archers’ 48-46 setback to Far Eastern University last July 22 in the first of a couple of two-point losses by the Taft Avenue-based school.

    In addition to Teng, who also is norming 7.4 rebounds every time out, only veteran guard LA (Luis Alfonso) Revilla is scoring in twin digits for the Archers. Revilla is hitting at a 10.7-point clip in six appearances, sitting out the FEU game due to an ankle injury that he somewhat aggravated in the nerve-wracking NU contest.

    If there is a sore thumb in Teng’s game, it is his free-throw accuracy. Then again, La Salle, as a team, has been horrendous in that area for the past three seasons.

    Overall, Jeron is a porous 22-for-46 (.47 from the free-throw line for the Green.

    Ironically, Jeron was a decent free-throw shooter during his high school days at Xavier School.

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  2. KD is America's Ringleader

    In the National Basketball Association, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder has won the scoring championship in each of the last three seasons.

    During the stretch, the springy forward out of the University of Texas also has proven he can be a dominant scorer in international competitions.

    During the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship (now known as the FIBA World Cup) in Istanbul, Turkey, Durant averaged a U.S. World record-setting 22.8 points a game as the Americans won all of their nine assignments and regained the crown it last held in 1994 behind tourney MVP Shaquille O’Neal.

    The tournamen’s Most Valuable Player awardee, he torched Lithuania for 38 points during the semifinals for the highest single-game score in the tournament. They also were the most points ever tallied by an American in World history.

    In the recent London Olympics, Durant, who turns only 24 on September 29, topped the U.S. team with a 19.5-point clip as the Americans picked up their second straight gold medal in the Olympic men’s basketball competitions with a perfect 8-0 record.

    Overall, Durant ranked second in the London Games. Australia’s Patrick Mills, a 6-foot guard with the San Antonio Spurs, was the No. 1 scorer with 21.2 points in six games, including a tournament-high 39 points in a 106-75 shellacking of host Great Britain.

    Durant, who also contributed 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals an outing, was one of five Americans posting double-figure scoring averages during the London Olympics.

    The others are Carmelo Anthony (tournament seventh-best 16.3 ppg, including a U.S. Olympic record-breaking 37 points against Nigeria) , LeBron James (13.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 5.6 apg – he had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 119-86 rout of Australia in the quarterfinals to become the first U.S. player ever to collect a triple-double in an Olympic men’s basketball game; he also joined Michael Jordan as the only American athletes to win the MVP awards during the regular season and Finals, capture the NBA title and earn an Olympic gold medal in the same year), Kobe Bryant (12.1 ppg) and Kevin Love (11.6 ppg and a team-best 7.6 rpg).

    The scoring averages of the other Team USA members are as follows: Deron Williams (9.0 ppg plus 4.6 apg), Russell Westbrook (8.5 ppg), Chris Paul 8.3 ppg plus 5.1 apg and a team-best 2.5 spg), James Harden (5.5 ppg), Andre Iguodala (4.3 ppg), Tyson Chandler (4.0 ppg plus 4.0 rpg) and Anthony Davis (7 games, 3.7 ppg).

    Anthony, James, Bryant, Williams and Paul joined the list of 13 Americans who won a pair of gold medals in Olympic men’s basketball. Anthony and James also own a bronze from the 2004 Athens Games.

    In addition to Mills and Durant, the other top-10 point producers (on an average basis) in the 2012 London Olympics are: 3-Argentina’s Manu Ginobili (19.4 ppg), 4-Spain’s Pau Gasol (19.1 ppg – he was the No. 1 scorer during the 2008 Beijing Games), 5-Argentina’s Luis Scola (18.0 ppg – he was the leading scorer during the 2010 World Championship), 6-Russia’s Andrei Kirilenko (17.5 ppg – the naturalized American played with CSKA Moscow last season), 8-Brazil’s Leandro Barbosa (6 games, 16.2 ppg), 9-Great Britain’s Luol Deng (5 games, 15.8 ppg) and 10-France’s Tony Parker (6 games, 15.7 ppg).

    China’s Yi Jianlian, who played for the Dallas Mavericks during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 wars, averaged 14.8 points, , a tournament-high 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots in five games for the last-place Asian champion.

    A record total of 38 NBA players saw action in the London Games, 10 more than in 2008. Another 16 former NBA players also suited up.

    The final men’s basketball rankings in the London Olympics are as follows: 1-United States (8-0), 2-Spain (5-3), 3-Russia (6-2), 4-Argentina (4-4), 5-Brazil (4-2), 6-France (4-2), 7-Australia (3-3), 8-Lithuania (2-4), 9-Great Britain (1-4), 10-Nigeria 1-4), 11-Tunisia (0-5) and 12-China (0-5).

    Updated 08-17-2012 at 11:24 AM by Henry Liao

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    Rookie Jeron Alvin *Teng currently leads the De La Salle University Green Archers in point production in the 75th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

    The 6-2 swingman is averaging 13.7 points in six games for the fifth-place Green Archers (3-3), who are priming up for their final assignment in the first round of the double-round competitions against the fourth-ranking National University Bulldogs on Saturday, August 18, at the *Araneta Coliseum.

    Jeron, the younger brother of the University of Santo Tomas’ fourth-year forward-guard Jeric Teng, has scored in double digits in five of the six games – 15 vs. University of the Philippines (73-6, 16 vs. University of the East (67-59), 13 vs. Ateneo de Manila University (61-71), 17 vs. UST (82-84 2 OT – Jeric had three threes for nine points) and 15 vs. Adamson University (56-52). *He was held to six markers in the Green Archers’ 48-46 setback to Far Eastern University last July 22 in the first of a couple of two-point losses by the Taft Avenue-based school so far.

    In his last two appearances for La Salle, Jeron posted a double-double with 17 points and a dozen rebounds against UST and 15 and 10 against Adamson.

    In addition to Teng, only veteran guard LA (Luis Alfonso) Revilla is scoring in twin digits for the Archers. Revilla is hitting at a 12.2-point clip despite sitting it out against the Tamaraws and being held scoreless by the Falcons following his departure late in the first half of their game with an ankle injury.

    This early, the 18-year-old Jeron is a cinch to follow in the footsteps of brother Jeric (2009) and romp away with the UAAP Rookie of the Year award.

    If there is a sore thumb in the offensive game of the muscle-bound son of former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) strongman Alvin Teng, it is his free-throw accuracy.

    Then again, the Green Archers, as a team, have been horrendous in that area for the past three seasons, squandering winning opportunities against FEU and UST this year with atrocious performances from the foul line. *In the come-from-behind victory over the Falcons, De La Salle went just 6-for-18 from the charity stripes, including 1-for-6 by Teng.

    Overall, Jeron is a porous 19-for-41 (.463) from the free-throw line for the Green.

    Ironically, Jeron was a decent free-throw shooter during his high school days at Xavier School. *In the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA), where he earned his spurs with three championships, three scoring titles and a league-record three Most Valuable Player awards during a distinguished four-year, 43-game stint with the Golden Stallions, Jeron *was a respectable .652 (251-for-385) from the charity stripes en route to a nifty 28.3-point career clip.

    Additionally, in his 104-point game against Grace Christian College on January 5, 2011 for the only triple-figure score by a high schooler in Philippine basketball history, Jeron made 29 of his 34 freebies.

    Inept free-throw shooting has been La Salle’s waterloo since 2010 and Teng’s own problems with the Archers mirror this embarrassing fact.

    La Salle is hard-pressed to reach the Final Four under rookie coach Gee Abanilla, who seemingly is still finding his way to come up with a solid rotation. *The constant experimentation has seen some veterans being sparingly utilized from one game to another, if not entirely benched. *

    While the team’s defense has been decent, it is so deficient on the offensive end. Teng, Revilla and Norbert Torres (9.5 ppg) are scoring in double figures, but there is no consistent go-to guy in the mold of a JV Casio.

    Torres has improved much from last season. *The 6-6 Filipino-Canadian has learned to post up and bulldoze his way around the paint. *However, when faced against taller defenders like Ateneo’s 7-foot Greg Slaughter and UST’s 6-8 Karim Abdul, Torres has gone back to his old habit of taking jumpers from out of his range.

    The Archers, who even had to labor just to get past patsies University of the Philippines, University of the East and Adamson University, badly need to defeat underachieving National University to keep abreast of the Bulldogs at the No. 4 spot in the eight-team standings.

    A loss to NU, on the other hand, means that DLSU will have to overcome a substantial two-game disadvantage going into its seven second-round assignments just to secure the fourth semifinal berth.

    To reach the Final Four, a team will likely need at least eight victories overall. So far, UST (5-1, vs. Adamson August 19), Ateneo (5-1, vs. FEU August 1 and FEU (5-1, vs. ADMU August 1 have the inside track to the Final Four race.
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  4. 2012 London Olympics: King James Dethrones The Admiral

    In knocking in 19 points for Team USA in its 107-100 victory over Spain in the gold-medal game for men’s basketball in the 30th London Olympics, LeBron James surpassed David Robinson as the all-time leading scorer in U.S. Olympic men’s basketball history.

    James now has accumulated 276 points in 24 games over three Olympics, including consecutive gold-medal finishes in Beijing in 2008 and in London this year.

    The 6-8 Miami Heat forward scored 46 points in eight games during the 2004 Athens Games, where the Americans settled for the bronze medal; and 124 and 106 points in eight assignments each at the 2008 and 2012 Olympiads, respectively. *

    Robinson, who shares the record for the most number of Olympic appearances by a U.S. men’s basketball athlete with James and Carmelo Anthony (2004, 2008 and 2012), amassed 270 markers in 24 games over three stints.

    The 7-1 center from the U.S. Naval Academy got a bronze with the last all-collegiate U.S. Olympic squad during the 1988 Seoul Games. *Subsequently, the “Admiral” won a pair of gold medals with the NBA-dominated teams to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (the first time that USA Basketball employed professional players with its “Dream Team” concept) and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

    With ascension of James, Michael Jordan slips to third overall on the all-time U.S. Olympic scoring charts.

    His Airness chalked up 256 points in just 16 games *and two gold medal-winning Olympic stints, turning in the trick during the 1984 Los Angeles Games as a collegiate star from the University of North Carolina and eight years later in the Barcelona Games as a member of the original Dream Team from the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.

    Fourth on the list is Carmelo Anthony with 239 points in 23 games over three Olympics. *

    As a Denver Nugget, Melo made a measly 17 points in seven games during the 2004 Athens Games and 92 in eight appearances during the 2004 Beijing Games. *In the just-concluded London Olympics, the 6-8 forward from the New York Knicks knocked in 130 points in the Americans’ 8-0 finish for a team second-best 16.3-point average.

    Rounding out the top five on the all-time U.S. Olympic scoring ladder is Kobe Bryant. *The Los Angeles Lakers star, who along with Chris Paul and Deron Williams never tasted a single defeat in two Olympic appearances (2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games), compiled 221 markers in 16 games.
  5. 2012 London Olympics: Men's Basketball Quarterfinals Get Underway

    The crucial single-game quarterfinal round of the men’s basketball competitions in the 30th London Olympics unwraps on August 8 (Manila time, starting 9:00 p.m.).

    The four quarterfinal matchups with a knockout format are: Group B second-placer Brazil (4-1) vs. Group A third-placer Argentina (3-2), the defending gold medalist and Group A topnotcher United States (5-0) vs. Group B fourth-placer Australia (3-2), Group A second-placer France (4-1) vs. Group B third-placer Spain (3-2), and Group B topnotcher Russia (4-1) vs. Group A fourth-placer Lithuania (2-3).

    The semifinals, to be held August 11 (Manila time, 12 a.m. and 4 a.m.), will feature the Brazil vs. Argentina winner against the U.S. vs. Australia winner, and the France vs. Spain winner vs. the Russia vs. Lithuania winner.

    The semifinal victors will play against each other in the gold-medal game on August 12 (Manila time, 10 p.m.). *The bronze-medal game between the two semifinal losers will be held four hours earlier.

    During yesterday’s final playdate of the round-robin preliminary phase, Lithuania beat winless Tunisia (0-5), 76-63, France downed Nigeria (1-4), 79-73, and the U.S. crushed Argentina, 126-97, in Group A while Australia upset Russia, 82-80, host Great Britain (1-4) toppled China (0-5), 90-58, and *Brazil came from behind to beat Spain, 88-82, in Group B.

    In Nigeria’s loss to France, former Philippine Basketball Association import Chamberlain (Champ) Oguchi (Meralco, 2010-11) exploded for 35 points. *The 6-4, 26-year-old Oguchi, an Illinois State University product who was born in Houston, Texas, shot 8-for-14 from three-point range.

    In beating Spain, Brazil was “rewarded” with a tougher schedule ahead. *The Brazilians will take on Argentina during the “one-loss-and-you’re-out” quarterfinals in a rematch of the 2011 Tournament of the Americas finals.

    A side attraction: *Argentine-born coach Ruben Magnano, who piloted his country to a gold-medal finish during the 2004 Athens Olympics, is now Brazil’s bench boss, having steered the Brazilians to their first Olympic stint since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

    If Brazil somehow survives past reigning TOA champion Argentina, it will face Team USA, which is heavily favored against quarters foe Australia, in the semifinals.

    By losing to Brazil, two-time European titlist Spain got an easier quarterfinal assignment against France and avoided a potential confrontation with the NBA-dominated American team until the gold-medal game.

    Four years ago in Beijing, China, America’s “Redeem Team” scored a 118-107 decision over the Spaniards in the Olympic men’s basketball finals to regain the gold. *Argentina, the gold medalist during the 2004 Athens Games, settled for the bronze with an 87-75 win over Lithuania.

    This year, it could well be Team USA vs. Russia in the gold-medal duel – a rematch of their much-publicized 1972 encounter in the violence-marred Munich Olympics where the former Soviet Union broke the Americans’ 63-game winning streak in Olympic men’s basketball with a controversial 51-50 victory in the finals.
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