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  1. Jeric vs Jeron: A Tale of Two Brothers

    In 2012, jeron joined jeric in the uaap. Ust n dlsu have played each other 4 times during the last two seasons and the record is 2-2. In those games, Jeric averaged 12.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 2.0 apg. Jeron normed 13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 2.5 apg. 2 games went into 0T ('12 1st round and '13 1st round). Jeron hit a jumper off kevin ferrer at game buzzer in 2nd round '12 game for a 53-51 dlsu win on aug 29, 2012. Jeric was 2009 tiong lian mvp as a xavier school senior for 2 straight titles n scoring crowns. Jeron was tl mvp in 2010, '11 and '12 and won 3 tl titles (including '09 as a hs rookie teammate of jeric) and 3 scoring titles. Jeric was uaap rookie of the year in '09 while jeron was rookie of the year in '12.

    Updated 10-02-2013 at 09:16 PM by admin

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    One team looks to complete a Cinderella-like finish as the first-ever No. 4 seed in the Final Four era to capture the championship.

    The other team is on a nine-game roll and seeks two more victories to secure its first title in six years.

    Welcome to the 2013 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball finals, where a pair of title-hungry teams – the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers and the De La Salle University Green Archers – duked it out in a marquee best-of-three duel to determine who will succeed the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, who had topped the past five editions but shockingly failed to survive the elimination phase this season.

    Both teams are as hungry as ever.

    UST has not won the crown since defeating Ateneo, 2-1, during the 2006 finals. In coach Pido Jarencio’s inaugural campaign at the helm, the Growling Tigers bucked a 0-1 deficit by taking the second and third games, including a thrilling 76-74 overtime decision in the finale. The 2006 UST squad is the most recent team to win the title after dropping the title series opener.

    La Salle, on the other hand, has not reached the mountain top since whitewashing unbeaten elims leader University of the East in two straight games during the 2007 finals.

    UST and La Salle also earned finals trips in 2012 and 2008, respectively, but both lost to Ateneo via 2-0 scores.

    Since 1993, when UST went 14-0 in the double-round elimination phase and was declared outright UAAP titlist under the old rule, the two schools have five championships apiece.

    A common denominator between UST and La Salle during the period: A “four-peat” by each team. The Growling Tigers did it from 1993-97 while the Green Archers reigned supreme from 1998-2001.

    This year marks the fifth UST vs. DLSU finals matchup in the Final Four era that began in 1994.

    It is also the first championship encounter between the two prominent schools since 1999, when the Green Archers took the last two games of the best-of-three finals – including the deciding Game Three in overtime (78-75) – to secure the UAAP crown that eluded them in previous titular affairs against the Growling Tigers in 1994 (2-1, after UST dropped the series opener; 77-76 Game 3 final score), 1995 (2-1, after UST also lost Game One), and 1996 (2-0, after DLSU won both games in the elims).

    Overall, La Salle owns a 38-18 advantage over UST in their head-to-head series since 1994. (This includes the 6-0 run that DLSU won from 2003 to 2005 but was subsequently deleted from the official history books due to player ineligibility issues.)

    Since 1999, La Salle is 28-6 against UST. Since 2012, when La Salle’s Jeron Teng made his UAAP debut and joined elder brother Jeric of UST in the league, the score is 2-all.

    There’s no other brother tandem in the 76-year existence of the UAAP that played on opposite sides during the finals.

    La Salle, unbeaten in nine games since the start of the second round, is the slight favorite to beat UST in this year’s finals although a seven-day rest may yet unnerve the Green Archers in the opener on Wednesday, October 2.

    The Green Archers have a potent frontline in Arnold Van Opstal, Norbert Torres and UAAP Mythical Five member Jason Perkins, whose strong performance beginning the second round coincided with La Salle’s rise to the top of the elims standings (three-way tie with National University and Far Eastern University).

    Jeron Teng, the 2012 UAAP Rookie of the Year who is the top point-producer for rookie mentor Juno Sauler’s troops for the second consecutive year, is the X-factor in that the 6-2 swingman can be a multi-dimensional threat as shown by his averages of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the last two playoff victories against FEU.

    Streaky Almond Vosotross is mired in an offensive slump but fifth-year playmaker Luis Alfonso (LA) camouflaged the former’s poor effort with a 17-point clip in the two games vs. the Tamaraws.

    La Salle’s anemic free throw shooting remains La Salle’s Achilles heel.

    UST survived three elimination games (vs. Ateneo to earn the No. 4 seed and two playoff games against the top-seeded NU Bulldogs) to become the first-ever fourth seed in the Final Four era to gain a finals berth.

    Significantly, the Growling Tigers turned their season following the emergence of relatively unknown Jamil (Sheak) Sheriff with his excellent police-like duties at the point. Will La Salle’s Revilla, Thomas Torres or rookie Kib Montalbo be able to neutralize Sheriff’s speed and quickness?

    UST’s first-string frontline is no pushover either with hardworking Kevin Ferrer, an intimidating presence on both ends of the floor, and Aljon ...
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  3. DLSU-UST UAAP FINALS: Is Game One Important?

    Traditionally, the first game of a best-of-three championship series in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament is important.

    That’s because the series is a very short one. A loss in the series opener is often damaging, a bad omen that signify a death sentence is inevitably forthcoming.

    But don’t tell that to the University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle University, the two schools battling it out for this year’s UAAP men’s basketball title.

    Since the Final Four format was introduced in 1994, UST and De La Salle had previously faced each other four times in the best-of-three finals.

    In three of them, the opening-game loser was able to buck the odds and snare the championship in three games.

    UST turned in the trick in 1994 and 1995 and DLSU repeated the feat in 1999.

    In 1994, the Green Archers took the opener, 77-74, but the Growling Tigers bounced back to take the next two games, 89-75 and 77-76.

    In 1995, La Salle again grabbed a 1-0 lead with an 88-78 victory but UST evened the count with a 66-62 decision in the second game and eventually retained the UAAP crown for the third consecutive year with a 67-64 squeaker in the winner-take-all Game Three.

    The following campaign (1996), the Growling Tigers swept the Green Archers, 2-0, in the finals, 65-60 and 57-54 (after dropping a pair of elimination-round games to DLSU) to claim the diadem for the fourth year in a row under coach Aric del Rosario, who’s now the bench strategist of the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the rival league National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Del Rosario still held the UST mentoring reins in 1999 when UST and La Salle faced each other a league-record six times.

    During the elims, UST won in the first round, 61-59, but La Salle got back in the second, 78-69, to force a playoff with its victim for the No. 1 seed. In the playoff, the Green Archers registered an 84-79 win to secure the top spot.

    Following semifinal triumphs over their respective foes, UST and La Salle once more clashed for the crown. UST grabbed the finals series opener, 62-60, but DLSU levelled the count with an 81-74 win in the second game.

    In the winner-take-all Game Three, La Salle edged UST, 78-75, in overtime to retain its UAAP title. UST had taken a sizeable lead throughout the first 35 minutes but La Salle slowly came roaring back as the Growling Tigers committed one turnover after another and consistently misfired on their free throws in the final minutes of regulation (notably Gilbert Lao, who this season served as an assistant to rookie head coach Nash Racela at Far Eastern University).

    With less than 30 seconds left, La Salle playmaker Dino Aldeguer, backstopped by hardworking center Don Allado, deadlocked the score when he connected on a triple while being fouled. Aldeguer failed to make the succeeding free throw and the game went into a five-minute extension.

    Who was the most recent team to overcome a 0-1 deficit in the UAAP finals then went on to win the championship?

    The Growling Tigers, that’s who.

    UST lost by a solitary point, 73-72, to heavy favorite Ateneo de Manila University in the opener of the 2006 finals as Doug Kramer scored on a short twinner in the final second of play.

    However, UST, bannered by burly frontliner Jervy Cruz and Finals Most Valuable Player Jojo Duncil in coach Alfredo (Pido) Jarencio’s first year at the helm, won Game Two, 87-71, and then romped away with the deciding Game Three, a heart-stopping 76-74 overtime verdict, for its most recent UAAP title finish.
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    Only once in the 76-year University Athletic of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball history has one school has swept all three championships in the juniors, men’s and women’s divisions in the same season.

    That came in 1994 (Season 57) when UST scored a grand slam with title victories in the three different divisions.

    In the men’s (collegiate) division, the Growling Tigers retained their title by defeating the De La Salle University Green Archers, 2-1, in the best-of-three finals after dropping the series opener. In the deciding Game Three, UST won by a solitary point, 77-76.

    In the women’s (collegiate) division, the Tigresses trounced the Adamson University Lady Falcons in the finals.

    In the juniors (high school) division, the Tiger Cubs whipped the Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the finals, halting the six-year championship reign of the Adamson Baby Falcons in the process.

    The year 1994 was the first of the Final Four era in which the four teams (out of eight) with the best win-loss records after the double-round elimination phase qualify for the two-tier playoffs.

    In effect, the Final Four is equivalent to the semifinal playoffs where the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds own a twice-to-beat advantage over the No. 4 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.

    The finals featuring the semifinal winners are a best-of-three affair.

    However, if one team sweeps the 14-game elimination round, it goes directly into the finals with a 1-0 lead in what essentially is a best-of-five duel (the undefeated No. 1 seed only has to win twice against its opponent to claim the crown while the latter needs three).

    The UAAP Policy Board instituted the “bonus rule” in 2008 – one year after the University of the East went 14-0 in the elims and then qualified automatically for the best-of-three finals against its opponent with no other advantage whatsoever.
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  5. Uaap season 75: *brothers jeric and jeron teng to face off on august 4

    When talking about the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball competitions, avid fans of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and De La Salle University Green Archers are likely to mark their season calendars with a must-see check on the day that the two long-time nemesis face each other on the hardwood.

    The first of two Green vs. Blue encounters in UAAP Season 75 will take place on July 28 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. *The second playdate of their annual two-game duel will only be determined once the first round of the double-round elimination phase is over.

    Undoubtedly, any Ateneo vs. De La Salle showdown will be a major attraction in local basketball.

    For this Hoopster, though, the “swoosh” on his 2012 UAAP calendar is marked on August 4, the day the DLSU Green Archers clash with the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers in first-round action.

    The game’s significance: *The Teng brothers – fourth-year veteran Jeric for UST and rookie Jeron for DLSU – will cross paths for the first time ever in UAAP action.

    As best as can be determined, the August 4 game will mark the first time in UAAP or NCAA history that two siblings with be playing on opposite sides during the same game. *(Jeric and Jeron did suit up for their respective schools in an elimination-round game in the preseason Fil Oil/Flying V tournament but the two were not matched up against each other at any point during the Green Archers’ victory.)

    Through the years, local college ball has witnessed sets of brothers or twins playing for the same team during a season.

    In the ongoing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hostilities, brothers Kevin and Kristoffer (Junjun) Alas are on the roster of Colegio de San Juan de Letran under Knights bench boss Louie Alas, the duo’s dad.

    In the UAAP, there’s Arvie (a De La Salle defector) and Mark Anthony Bringas of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

    For the Teng brothers, who as high schoolers played together for Xavier School during the Golden Stallions’ 2009 Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) title squad, it’s an entirely different story.

    Jeric, who earned 2009 Tiong Lian Most Valuable Player honors as a high school senior, is in his fourth season with UST. He also was the UAAP’s Rookie of the Year in 2009.

    Jeron, who set a Tiong Lian record with three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards from 2010-12 and once exploded for 104 points in the Gold and Blue’s 164-74 shellacking of Grace Christian College in a January 5, 2011 Tiong Lian game for the highest individual score by a high school player in Philippine basketball history, is donning the DLSU colors for the first time as college ball’s most-coveted newcomer.

    Both Jeric and Jeron stand 6-2 and play the same swingman (shooting guard/small forward) position.

    It won’t be a surprise if the two are matched up against each other at some point during their August 4 face-off.

    And if De La Salle somehow manages to gain a ticket to the Final Four party, it is likely that Jeron will follow in the footsteps of elder brod Jeric by also romping away with the UAAP Rookie of the Year diadem. *
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