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  1. Perseverance will pay off for former Junior Altas cager Byron “Slingshooter” Alano

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    Being in the roster of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA Juniors’ team to play for your respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make your team at the top of their
    game is also another achievement. And it is never an easy task for any high school student, just like UPHSD’s so-called ‘Slingshooter’, the 5’ 11” shooting guard Byron Alano. Let us take a peek at this interview with the cager.

    Paolo: When did you start playing basketball?
    Byron: I started playing basketball when I was seven years old.
    I joined a basketball league at that time in our place in Camela
    Homes, Las Pinas City.

    Paolo: Who taught you to play the game?
    Byron: The one who taught me to play was my brother. But I started to play in Camella Homes, there was a group of ballers named GOLTEBS, they were the prominent team in our place and they guided me to improve my skills in basketball.

    Paolo: Aside from basketball, do you have other sports?
    Byron: Nothing. I think I learned to love this game. Aside from basketball, there is no other sport I liked.

    Paolo: When did you start playing for UPHSD?
    Byron: I only played one year for UPHSD. But that one year was the best for me. It was memorable because my teammates are very kind and helpful to me, and also the people at Perpetual. I will never forget my team especially the super seven that I was with when we became champions last year. The Junior Altas team is the best for me.

    Paolo: What are your goals when it comes to basketball?
    Byron: My number one goal would be to become a professional basketball player in the PBA. But I know that before I get that goal, I have to work hard for that. I also have to prioritize my studies also. That’s why I have to finish my high school first so that I can go to college to start my dream. As my brothers told me, “Nothing is impossible if you work hard”.

    Paolo: For you, who is the greatest basketball player of all time?
    Byron: For me, the greatest basketball player of all time would be LeBron James because every season, he continues to rove to everyone that he is the greatest NBA player of all time.
  2. LeBron returns home to his kingdom, inks two-year deal with Cavs

    By: Paul Daniel Flores

    4-time MVP Forward LeBron James signs a two-year, $42.1 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a day after his statement to join to the Cavaliers on Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    LeBron chose to return home after a decision that involved the Cavs and his former team, Miami Heat despite bigger opportunities in Miami.

    James spent his first seven seasons as a pro on the Cavaliers, and took one trip to the NBA Finals in 2007 where they easily lost against the San Antonio Spurs in four games; He won back-to-back championships in Miami along with all-star team-mates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, one against 2014 MVP Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012, and against the Spurs in 2013.

    But then, they came short after losing the recent 2014 NBA Finals in five games, against the redemptive and improved San Antonio Spurs that put their contracts at bay.

    But after two weeks in the free agency, LeBron has decided to continue his epic career and return home, to Ohio. Where he got drafted and became a great superstar, ever since he left for Miami in four years; Cleveland hated LeBron for leaving his championship promises to the city.

    In an essay in Sports Illustrated, James announced that he will finish his career in Cleveland, where it all began. His decision made Dan GIlbert, the President of the Cavaliers and the staff happy, but left Heat President Pat Riley in big disappointment although Chris Bosh agreed to sign a five-year maximum deal worth $118 million as franchise player Dwyane Wade went silent up to this moment.

    The Cavaliers were clearly at the top of LeBron's list ever since the beginning of the free agency, they cleared cap spaces for LeBron, and eventually end up getting his word, and now getting his signature, marking the new era for the Cavaliers.

    Staying in Miami was a better option after all, James could've pushed another run for the championship and head for the Heat's fifth straight NBA Finals appearance and possibly win again. But James chose the unproven, young Cavaliers to the fact that he grew up there, shaped the team and the organization, and wanted to write his legend on the team.

    It will be a lot of hard work for the Cavaliers to create a championship-contender team, especially with the rookie head coach David Blatt. And to concern the team-mate chemistry that needs to be exercised the team of Kyrie Irving (guard), Dion Waiters (guard), Anthony Bennett (forward), and the most anticipated rookie, Andrew Wiggins, respectively. LeBron is also excited to play with one of his favourite team-mates, big man Anderson Varejao.

    " I'm not promising a championship." LeBron said. "I know how hard that is to deliver. We're not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I'm realistic."

    "I feel my calling here goes above basketball," he said. "I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I'm from. In North-east Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I'm ready to accept the challenge."
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  3. He’s got game! JC ‘Prince Altas’ Angeles talks about preparations for NCAA

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    From being a Mapua Red Robin last year to testing the cudgels of Junior Altas this year, JC Angeles has not just become an important part of the Junior Altas offense, but has also become a matured playmaker for his new team.
    In their Fr. Martin’s Cup tournament win against Chiang Kai Shek College last May 15, he delivered 14 points in their 84-54 victory. In their win versus Xavier High School, he again pitched in team high 14 points for the Junior Altas. And as if that was not enough, another team best performance of 16 points was made by Angeles, though they fall to a 93-69 team loss to the Adamson University high school.
    The young cager from Las Pinas Campus believes that his strong points lie in his shooting skills and driving skills and acts as a team player. He is not a ball hog and adjusts for the team.
    “I have seen that this team has the potential to go farther. I know that we can get along thru if we just continue our hard work and perseverance as a team and our being obedient to the coaching staff, especially to Coach Lester, Coach Jonas, and Coach Aric Del Rosario. I believe that with faith, we can get what we want”, quipped the cager from UPHSD Las Piñas Campus. Their NCAA season for the Junior Division starts June 28, 2014. Jose Rizal University (JRU) is the host of this year’s NCAA.
  4. Miranda fires 30, but Junior Altas falls to Pirates, 79-85

    By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

    University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas cager Ken Mark Miranda waxes hot on 8-of-11 three point shooting as the Altas falls from the pesky Lyceum of the Philippines Cavite Pirates which came back from a 13-point deficit to clinch the win, 85-79 in the Fr. Martin’s Cup tournament held at San Beda College Gymnasium in Manila, May 25.
    Ken Mark ‘Super Mark’ Miranda shot 73% from beyond the arc and amassed a game best 30 points including two 2-point field goals and two free throws. Kirk Adrian ‘The Truth’ Gelogo had 10 points draining 6-of-8 from the charity stripe and two goals inside the paint.
    Sean Andrew ‘The Captain’ Neri restored order for the Junior Altas with two free throws and a field goal before the end of the third quarter to lift the Altas up by three, 58-55. Neri finished with 12 points on four free throws, a 3-pointer, and two 2-point field goals. Khristian Danreb Tan added 6 points for the team, including 3 free throws and a rainbow shot from beyond the arc.
    Gian Yaco drained 3 points from downtown in the dying seconds of the game to cut the deficit to just four, but the Pirates still rallied and closed the final quarter via a 85-79 win.
    The Scores: 13-15, 30-43, 56-58, 85-79
  5. Yaco brothers from Davao elevates Junior Altas to new heights

    By: Paolo Manuel C.Fule

    Siblings in the hard court have evidently fascinated the collegiate basketball world today. The rise of Tengsanity with brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng in their historic matchup last year in the UAAP season 76 was such a historical one, as it broke the record for the most number of attendees in a UAAP Finals match at the Mall of Asia Arena. This season, the Ravenas Thirdy and Kiefer Ravena are going to take center stage, but this time, they are going to be team mates for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
    The maroon and white University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) Las Pinas Campus Juniors also has its share of siblings sharing basketball inside the court. Meet Phillip Given and Gian Yaco. Born February 8, 1997 and February 27, 1998 respectively, in Davao City, both players play as shooting guards for the Junior Altas. Their parents are Felipe and Grace Yaco.
    Phillip Given Yaco stands 6 feet tall, and is an incoming third year high school in UPHSD Las Pinas Campus. He started to play last year as part of the NCAA season 89.
    Asked about his best asset in the court, Phillip quipped, “I think it would be my defense and drive. On the other hand, I think I have to improve my offense and my confidence inside the court”.
    His pre-game rituals include eating a lot, praying and the determination to win in every game he is in. His career high in point is 16 in a tournament held in Davao City. He is included in the mythical five in their provincial basketball league.
    In the NBA, he likes the 16-time world champions Los Angeles Lakers, and he idolizes Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and one of NBA’s all-time greats, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.
    “It’s good because we help each other inside the court and as a team mate, there is chemistry already between us as siblings”, said Phillip of the advantage of having a brother as a team mate. He likes to be a PBA player in the near future.
    Gian Yaco is a 5’10” incoming sophomore student. He believes that one of his assets inside the court is his shooting and driving skills. Recently in their Fr. Martin’s Cup tournament, he scored 12 points for the Junior Altas against Chiang Kai Shek College. In Davao City, he scored his career best 29 points in one of their basketball leagues. He was also chosen as one of the mythical five members in their basketball league in Davao.
    In the NBA, he likes the star-studded Miami Heat and his favorite player is none other than the King himself, Lebron James. Just like his brother, he likes to be a professional basketball player in the PBA.
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