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    De La Salle University downed University of Santo Tomas to romp away with the men’s seniors crown in the 2013 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball competitions.

    With a little bit of luck, the Taft Avenue-based school also grabbed the women’s collegiate championship after Far Eastern University, which appeared headed to a third consecutive title (including a 16-0 sweep in 2012), was forced to give up five victories during the double-round elimination phase due to player ineligibility violations and failed to advance to the Final Four playoffs. Vangie Soriano was rule ineligible for playing in a commercial league during the UAAP season..

    With the configuration of the women’s team standings, National University and De La Salle University finished the elims with identical 12-2 records, and the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University each wound up with an 8-6 ledger. FEU was relegated to fifth place at 7-7. NU beat La Salle for the top seed in a tie-breaker (the two teams split their head-to-head matchups with NU winning by nine points in the first round and La Salle taking the second with an eight-point margin) and UST edged Adamson for the third seed also via a tie-breaker.

    In the Final Four, the DLSU Lady Archers made short work of the UST Lady Tigreses with a come-from-behind overtime win while the NU Lady Bulldogs were extended to a rubber match by Adamson before ousting the feisty Lady Falcons to reach the finals for the first time in school history against last year’s losing finalist, La Salle.

    In the finals, La Salle took the series opener, 72-48, but NU bounced back to capture the second game, 67-52. In the deciding Game Three, the Lady Archers grabbed their first UAAP title since their “four-peat” feat from 1999 to 2002 with a 69-61 triumph. La Salle’s three-point artist Trisha Piatos was named the Finals MVP.

    In men’s basketball, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers beat the DLSU Green Archers to become the fifth team in the Final Four era (beginning 1994) to snare the men’s diadem in three games after overcoming an 0-1 deficit in the beat-of-three finals.

    Significantly four of the previous 0-1 comebacks were registered either by UST – in 1994 and 1995 – or La Salle – in 1999 – all against each other.

    Before this season, it was UST that last turned in the trick. In 2006, the Growling Tigers defeated Ateneo de Manila University, 2-1, in the finals while their top bench tactician Pido Jarencio joined an elite group of head coaches that won the title in their UAAP debut.

    Poker-faced Juno Sauler, DLSU’s rookie mentor, followed Jarencio on the list this year.

    It was an uphill climb to the top by the Green Archers in Season 76.

    At the end of the first round of the eight-school competitions, the team was mired at the bottom of the win-loss standings with a fifth-to-seventh-places deadlock along with Adamson University and Ateneo at 3-4. The Green, however, completed the second round with an unblemished 7-0 mark, knocked off league Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo and Far Eastern University to secure the No. 2 seed behind top seed National University, and then knocked off the Tamaraws for a second time in their Final Four duel to stretch its winning streak to nine games and reach the UAAP finals for the first time since 2008.

    During the three-game finals between La Salle and UST, an overall 67, 258 spectators trooped to the Araneta Coliseum for Games One (20,525) and Two (23,037) and to the Mall of Asia Arena in the decisive third game where a two-year arena attendance record of 23,696 was established.

    Much-heralded Jeron Teng, the Green Archers’ 6-2 sophomore swingman, stepped up during the titular series, averaging 19.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.67 steals and 0.67 blocked shots an outing to earn Finals MVP honors.

    Teng previously held the all-time high school scoring record in Philippine basketball history when he chalked up 104 points in Xavier School’s 164-74 shellacking of Grace Christian College in a Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association game on January 5, 2011. A 16-year-old junior at the time, Teng became the first HS player ever to reach the 100-point plateau.

    Last week, AMA University’s high school standout Clark Quijano torched Lord’s Grace Christian School for an eye-popping 120 points in a 166-85 victory in the 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup tournament at the Hope Christian Academy gym in Fairview, Quezon City.

    The 6-foot Quijano already had 100 points for the Junior Titans by HALFTIME – 59 in the first quarter and 41 in the second. He added another 20 markers in the third quarter.

    It was the highest-scoring game by a high school player in local basketball ...

    Updated 10-22-2013 at 09:41 PM by gameface_one

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  2. AMA University High School Baller Scores 120 points

    AMA University high school star Clark Quijano scored 120 points, including 100(59-41) in the 1st half, in leading his team to a 166-85 win over Lord's Grace Christian School in 7th Mariano Bondoc Cup tournament to set a new high scoring record in Philippine cage history. That broke Jeron Teng's old mark of 104 points with Xavier School against Grace Christian College on January 5, 2011 in a MMTLBA game.
  3. Season 76 UAAP Basketball Recap: NU Ain't Got It All, Bullpups Avert Shutout

    Before the 2013 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball competitions becomes a distant past, here some highlights from Season 76.

    National University earned Final Four berths in each of the three different divisions – Juniors, Men’s and Women’s – and sought to join the University of Santo Tomas (1994) as the only schools in league history to capture the title in all three roundball levels during the same season.

    In the end, National University fell way short off its target. The SM Group-owned school annexed only the Juniors championship.

    Another three-level Final Four participant, De La Salle University, grabbed both the men’s and women’s crowns, duplicating its previous feat from 1999 to 2001.

    The NU Bullpups were crowned the high school titlists for the second time in three seasons as they finished with a perfect 16-0 record, including a 2-0 finals sweep of regular-season Juniors Most Valuable Player Ferdinand (Thirdy) Ravena III and the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eaglets.

    A stepladder format for the Juniors playoffs ensued after NU automatically qualified for the best-of-three finals with a 14-game sweep of the double-round elimination phase.

    Fourth seed Far Eastern University-Diliman, the 2012 UAAP titlist, eliminated third seed De La Salle Zobel (led by the league’s No. 1 scorer Henri Subido) to earn the right to face second-ranked Ateneo.

    Though armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, the Blue Eaglets made short work of the Baby Tamaraws, posting a 69-64 decision to advance to the finals against NU.

    NU owned a thrice-to-beat edge over Ateneo in the finals, enjoying an automatic 1-0 lead in what essentially is a best-of-five duel.

    In the series opener, the Bullpups outlasted the Eaglets, 101-93, in overtime after putting together an 11-0 uprising in the final three minutes of regulation to force a five-minute extension.

    Hubert Cani, a former national youth player, topscored for NU with 24 markers.

    Ateneo, which last won the Juniors diadem in 2010 behind a young Kiefer Ravena, got a game-high 30-point effort from Talk ‘N Text bench maestro Norman Black’s son Aaron and a triple-double (14 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists) from the graduating Ravena.

    In the series clincher, Cani chalked up a team-best 25 points as the Bullpups bucked a 27-point, 13-rebound, six-assist performance by the 17-year-old Ravena to whip the Eaglets, 81-74, for their second Juniors crown in three seasons. Cani was voted the Finals MVP.

    A year ago, FEU-Diliman (then powered by senior guard and two-time league MVP Jeri Pingoy, who recently completed the first of his two-year college residency at the Ateneo), defeated NU, 2-1, in the finals.
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    University of Santo Tomas lost a golden opportunity to snatch the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball crown last Saturday and it has only itself to blame.

    The Growling Tigers embraced coach Pido Jarencio’s battlecry of “puso” all right. But at crunch time, they experienced a mental meltdown and failed to utilize their “utak.”

    Here was graduating Jeric Teng, UST’s meal ticket who was in the final game of his distinguished five-year UAAP tenure and having the hot hands throughout the three-game finals.

    Unbelievably, and unfortunately, Teng’s teammates did not trust Teng enough to give him the rock in their potential game-winning – and title-clinching offensive play – neither at regulation time nor in overtime.

    How could have they done that to their team skipper? Here was Jeric, who was laboring throughout his farewell campaign due to a pair of major injuries (God bless National University’s Joeffrey Javillonar!), missing seven games till midway through the double-round elimination phase but courageously willed his team back into playoff contention with 17 points and nine rebounds against Ateneo in the elims’ final game to gain the final Final 4 ticket and oust the five-time defending league titlist Blue Eagles and put together a 19-point, five-rebounds, 4-assist performance in the second and deciding semifinals triumph over top seed National University that rewarded UST with the first finals appearance by a fourth-seeded school in UAAP Final Four history.

    Injured veteran Aljon Mariano played so badly for UST in the three-game titular series, going just 2-9-3 in point production for a frigid 4.7-point average. Sure, he was also shadowing DLSU’s double-double (points/rebounds) threat Jason Perkins but he also significantly struggled with his shooting with an inept .179 (5-for-2 overall field-goal clip (1-for-8, 4-for-12 and 0-for-.

    Jarencio took a gamble by replacing Mariano with burly Paulo Pe in the starting lineup in the series-deciding Game Three but it went for naught. Pe fouled out early and Mariano remained mired in a slump.

    Mariano, who according to a UST source, rode to the UST campus with a brand-new Hondo CRV five days before Game Three, could not even throw the rock into the ocean as he shot oh-so-pitiful 0-for-8 from the field.

    That included the top-of-the-key jumper that he misfired horribly during the final offensive play of regulation (6.1 seconds) after demanding that his teammates clear out for his botched attempt at heroism.

    All the while, Teng was free at the left corner as his DLSU defender and younger brother Jeron only had one hand up (while halfway looking to double-team an inside foe).

    Coach Jarencio simply starched his head following the mental mistake by Mariano, whose turnover in Game One nearly cost UST the game (La Salle missed a pair of shots in the final 30 seconds, including one by LA Revilla that was blocked by Karim Abdul at the buzzer, to preserve the Tigers’ 73-72 win).

    In overtime, UST was still ahead by one point, 69-68, with 30 ticks left, when Mariano threw a wild pass to Kevin Ferrer following Jeron Teng’s free-throw miss, giving ball possession back to La Salle. The Green Archers capitalized on their good fortune as Almond Vosotros hesitated for a three with a fake and the moved closer for a two-pointer that returned the upperhand for his team, 70-69, with 19.7 seconds left.

    Vosotros’s twinner turned out to the game winner as Abdul subsequently missed three straight fielders, including one with 2.3 seconds remaining.

    According to UST assistant coach Estong Ballesteros, Jarencio designed the final play that was not intended for Jeric (a judgment error to this Hoopster). Instead it was Jeric who inbounded the ball beneath La Salle’s basket (remember La Salle was the defender). Teng passed the ball to Abdul with the expectation that Abdul would give it back for a screen that would open up a triple by Jeric in the right corner.

    If Jarencio had, indeed, diagrammed a strategy that would have Jeric running into the other (left) corner (so little time to run to the other side after an inbound from the right with 2.3 ticks left), another shooter (perhaps Clark Bautista) should have already positioned in the right corner for a potential jumper off an Abdul screen.

    Instead, insanity struck Abdul as he himself hoisted a three-pointer that was way off the mark. Abdul had some luck making perimeter jumpers off DLSU’s Arnold Van Opstal during the game but for a 6-8 fella who was attempting just his ninth triple during the season but none in the first two games of the finals (he had two in Game Three), that was glaringly a poor shot selection. It certainly was not – and will ...

    Updated 10-14-2013 at 04:17 PM by Henry Liao

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    For the newly-minted University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball titlist De La Salle University Green Archers, there’s the déj* vu feeling – a great resemblance to their 1999 finals’ conquest of their victims, the hard-luck University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.

    Stunningly identical to its UAAP campaign one score and four years ago, La Salle also overcame a 0-1 series deficit in the best-of-three finals against UST this season before snatching its first league championship since 2007 with pulsating victories in the second and third games.

    It was scripted oh-so-perfectly, down to the last scene as a matter of fact. In the 1999 Game Three showdown, UST held a double-digit lead in the third quarterly before La Salle roared back to deadlock the count at 67-all and send the hotly-contested thriller into overtime. In the five-minute extension pulled off an epic 78-75 victory.

    Fast forward to the winner-take-all Game Three of the Season 76 finals classic, which was witnessed by an all-time UAAP record crowd of 23,305 fans at the two-year Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday.

    The Growling Tigers stormed to a 40-25 advantage with 6 minutes and 38 seconds remaining in the third quarter, limiting the Green Archers to just nine points in 13.5 minutes bridging the second and third quarters) with its suffocating defense and the Green Archers’ inept passing and shooting. (UST was up, 18-16, after the first quarter and 32-24 at halftime as Karim Abdul got 14 points and Jeric Teng scored 13 and had three triples.)

    Perhaps sensing the game was getting out of hand, and its title hopes slowly slipping away, La Salle, led by Jeron Teng, tightened up defensively and, in a jiffy, put together a 12-0 run, and even grabbed a 47-46 edge on a Thomas Torres trifecta before Tigers playmaker Jamil Sheriff had a last-second putback to conclude the third quarter with UST ahead, 48-47.

    The swift turnaround by DLSU changed the complexion of the game as tremendous pressure mounted on UST mentor Pido Jarencio’s troops the rest of the way. The “puso” in the Tigers was still there but its beat was now barely ticking.

    The fourth quarter still was a nip-and-tuck affair and UST was able to re-established some control with a 61-56 advantage with four minutes and 40 seconds left following a 54-54 tie. Again, La Salle quickly erased the five-point deficit and even took a 65-63 lead in the final seconds on a strong Jeron Teng drive. Aljon Mariano’s pair of free throws levelled the score at 65-all. Mariano misfired on a top-of-the-key jumper at the end of regulation time that would have given UST its first UAAP crown since 2006.

    In spite of tongue-wagging Kevin Ferrer’s ineptness from trifecta country, Mariano’s inability to create shots for himself throughout the series and Abdul’s sudden fondness for 15-foot jumpers after making several off DLSU man-mountain Arnold Van Opstal, the league’s Most Improved Player, UST still held the upperhand, 69-67, on fifth-year senior Jeric Teng’s jumper with 34 ticks remaining in overtime.

    But sophomore Jeron Teng, Jeric’s younger brother, split his free throws four seconds later. And after a miscue by UST’s Aljon Mariano, the Green Archers went to gunner Almond Vosotros, who knocked in the game-winning jumper for a 70-69 DLSU lead at the 26.7-second mark. A unsuccessful offense in the Growling Tigers’ next possession earned Luis Alfonso (LA) Revilla a trip to the foul line, where the graduating guard went 1-for-2 to increase the Green’s lead to two, 71-69, time down to 9.1 seconds.

    Two subsequent unproductive offensives by UST, including a unbelievable three-point attempt by Abdul at the end, and the Green Archers were left celebrating their first UAAP diadem in six seasons.

    For DLSU’s stoic bench maestro Juno Sauler, mimicking Jarencio’s successful rookie campaign with UST in 2006 was just more than a coincidence. A winner in 11 of the Green’s final 12 assignments (including a nine-game winning streak starting the second round of the elimination phase), Sauler is the first freshman coach to collect a UAAP title since 2006 when Jarencio steered the Growling Tigers past heavily-favored Ateneo de Manila University, 2-1, in the finals.

    Incidentally, it was the most recent time that an eventual champion had trailed 0-1 in the final series before Sauler and La Salle turned in the trick this season.

    Jeron Teng, whose aggressiveness and intense will to win the championship are immeasurable (especially in Game Two when La Salle had its back against the wall), collected a season record-tying 25 points (19 of them after the first half), eight rebounds and six assists in the decisive Game Three and went 7-for-9 from the free-throw line in the decisive ...
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