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  1. DLSU STRUGGLES FROM THE LINE, SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

    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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  2. U.S. Cagers' 83-point Win over Nigeria is not a Record

    During the 1948 London Olympics, the Philippines posted a 102-30 victory over Iraq in its opening assignment to become the first team ever to reach the century mark in Olympic men's basketball history.

    The rub of the schedule gave the distinction to the Filipinos as Chile (100-1, Korea (120-20) and China (125-25), then represented by the Nationalist Republic of China (now called Taiwan), subsequently also reached the 100-point plateau against winless Iraq (0-5) in the Filipinos' preliminary six-nation group.

    Additionally, Korea and China’s 100-point winning margins against Iraq are the biggest in Olympic men’s basketball history.

    In the ongoing Olympic competitions again in London, the NBA-dominated United States team zoomed to its third consecutive victory in its six-nation Group A preliminary phase, a 156-73 blasting of African power Nigeria last August 2.

    While the Americans' smashing win set various Olympic men's basketball records, it was far short of the hundreds of records that the Fabulous Four from Liverpool, England collectively known as the Beatles made and accomplished during their musical heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s.

    In the lopsided game, forward Carmelo Anthony came off the bench to collect a U.S. team Olympic record-setting 37 points in a mere 14 minutes to shatter fellow one-time New York Knick Stephon Marbury’s 31-point performance in the U.S.’s 102-94 quarterfinal success over Spain during the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    En route to his 37-point feast, the 6-8 Anthony went 13-for-16 from the field, including 10-for-12 from beyond the three-point arc that is a foot-and-a-half shorter than the NBA’s. He bettered by six points the old U.S. Olympic mark held by Marbury, a 6-2 guard who this year powered the Beijing Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) title over the seven-time champion Guangdong Southern Tigers and earned Finals MVP honors in the process.

    Team USA’s 83-point victory against Nigeria obliterated its own Olympic single-game winning mark of 72 (101-29) against Thailand in the 1956 Rome Games.

    The U.S.’s 156-point total is a new Olympic mark, breaking Brazil’s 138 points against Egypt (85) in a first-round game during the 1988 Seoul Games.

    The Yanks’ 29 three-pointers (out of 46 attempts) also are a new Olympic record.

    Nonetheless, Team USA's 83-point winning margin over Nigeria is not the biggest in Olympic men's basketball history. **Korea and China each beat Iraq by 100 points during the 1948 London Games.

    Meanwhile, Anthony and LeBron James, who as one-year NBA veterans secured a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics and a gold during the 2008 Beijing Games, are currently seeing action in their third Olympics. *

    The only other three-time U.S. men’s basketball Olympian is Navyman David (The Admiral) Robinson, who brought home a bronze in Seoul in 1988 (as an amateur) and a gold in both the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
  3. 2012 London Olympics: PH SCORES A FIRST

    Did you know that the Philippines is the first team to score at least 100 points in a single game in Olympic men’s basketball history?

    During the 1948 London Olympics, the Filipinos registered a 102-30 victory over Iraq in their opening assignment in Group B of the four-group, preliminary-round competitions.

    While Chile (100-1, Korea (120-20) and China (125-15, then represented by the Nationalist Republic of China or now called Taiwan) subsequently also reached the 100-point plateau against winless Iraq (0-5) in the same six-nation group, the rub of the schedule gave the Philippines the distinction of being the first team ever to score 100 points or more in Olympic men’s basketball annals.

    Note also that not a single entry in Group A (six teams), C (six teams, including the United States) and D (five teams) was able to hit the century mark at any time during the elimination-round phase.

    In fact, there were no other 100-point team performances during the competition.

    The U.S. bamboozled France, 65-21, to secure the gold medal. *Brazil whipped Mexico, 52-47, to settle for the bronze.

    Korea was the highest-ranking Asian squad during the London Games at eighth place.

    The Philippines, which was coached by Dionisio (Chito) Calvo and bannered by team skipper Felicisimo (Fely) Fajardo, his brother Gabriel (Gabby) Fajardo, Lauro (The Fox) Mumar, Manuel Araneta Jr. and Ramoncito Campos, ranked 12th.

    China placed 18th among a record-setting 23 participants.
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  4. 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. *
  5. Old-timers game at the sm moa arena

    Here are the player profiles of the PBA and NBA squads in the Old-timers Game to be held on July 18 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

    PHILIPPINE ALL-STARS (PBA LEGENDS)

    PLAYERS

    ISABELO LASTIMOSA … A high-leaping 6-foot guard-forward … This native of Cagayan de Oro City won the PBA Rookie of the Year award with the Purefoods Hotdog in 1988 … He played an integral role in Alaska’s Gram Slam finish in 1996 and was a three-time member of the PBA’s Mythical First Team and Mythical Second Team … The seventh all-time leading scorer in PBA history, he is one of only 16 players ever to score 10,000 or more points during a distinguished 15-year career with Purefoods, Alaska, Pop Cola and Coca-Cola … A member of the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team that captured the bronze medal during the Bangkok Asian Games … One of the 25 greatest players in PBA history, Isabelo “Jojo” Lastimosa.

    JERRY CODINERA … A boyish-looking 6-foot-5 center out of the University of the East who was known for his shot-blocking ability during his heyday … This 17-year PBA veteran played with Purefoods, Mobiline, Talk ‘N Text and FedEx from 1988 to 2005 … A member of the exclusive 10,000-point career list who was named to the All-Defensive Team a league-high nine times … He also is the third all-time leading rebounder and top offensive rebounder in PBA history … One of the 25 greatest players in PBA history, the Defense Minister, Jerry Codiñera.

    KENNETH DUREMDES … A sharp-shooting 6-foot-3 guard-forward from Koronadal, South Cotabato who is a product of Adamson University … This 13-year PBA veteran saw action with Sunkist, Pop Cola, Alaska, Sta. Lucia and Coca-Cola from 1995 to 2008 and earned league Most Valuable Player honors in 1998 with Alaska … A member of the Philippine national team to the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games … Another member of the elite list of the 25 greatest players in PBA history, “Captain Marbel” Kenneth Duremdes.

    LUIS MANUEL LOCSIN … A native of Bacolod City who starred at De La Salle University in college … This heavily-built but quick-moving 6-3 power forward saw action with seven clubs (Tondeña, Ginebra, Gordon’s Gin, Pop Cola, Tanduay, Red Bull, Talk ‘N Text, Sta. Lucia and Alaska) from 1994 to 2005 … Dubbed as “The Tank” for his unstoppable bulldozing drives to the basket, Luis Manuel “Noli” Locsin.

    RENE HAWKINS JR. … A muscle-bound 6-foot-4 power forward with sleek post-up moves and deadly perimeter shooting … This product of Perpetual Help-Rizal played 14 seasons in the PBA with Tivoli, Presto, Sta. Lucia, Alaska, Tanduay and Coca-Cola from 1991 to 2006 … A member of Alaska’s Grand Slam team in 1996 who was named to PBA Mythical First Team twice, Rene “Bong” Hawkins Jr.

    VINCE HIZON … A 6-foot-2 forward-guard who traces his Filipino roots to Davao City … This popular cager saw action with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 1993 before trying his luck in the PBA the following year … Known for his impeccable three-point shooting, this Fil-American played seven seasons in the PBA with Purefoods, Ginebra and Red Bull until 2003 … “The Prince” Vincent “Vince” Hizon.

    MARLO AQUINO … A hulking 6-foot-9 center who played college ball at Adamson University … This Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan native was selected by Ginebra San Miguel with the No. 1 choice in the entire 1996 PBA draft … He was named 1996 PBA Rookie of the Rookie Year after leading the league in rebounding and blocked shots and ranking third in scoring … A member of the Philippine national team in the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games, this defensive specialist played 15 seasons in the PBA until his retirement with Meralco in 2011 as the league’s fifth all-time leading shot-blocker … “The Skyscrapper” Marlou Aquino.

    E.J. FEIHL … A giant of a center at 7-foot-1 … This Cainta, Rizal native attended the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University, and was chosen by Ginebra San Miguel with the second pick in the 1995 PBA draft … He played 12 seasons in the PBA from 1995 to 2007 with five clubs and was a member of the Philippine national squad to the 1998 and 2002 Asian Games … Edward Joseph “E.J.” Feihl.

    BAL DAVID … A speedy guard with a steady touch from the perimeter … This 5-foot-9 guard saw action with the multi-champion University of Santo Tomas during his collegiate days … As a pro, he is among the few to have played his entire PBA career with one franchise, suiting up for Ginebra San Miguel for nine seasons from 1996 to 2005 … “The Flash” Bal David Jr..

    NELSON ASAYTONO … A hefty 6-foot-3 power forward from Oriental Mindoro whose strong leap and brute force made him almost unstoppable once he got the ball inside the paint … This University of Manila product played 17 seasons in the PBA from 1989 to 2006 … One of only 16 players to collect at least 10,000 points with Purefoods, Swift, Sunkist, San Miguel ...
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