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    Three academic years apart, did you know that the Teng brothers Jeric (UST and Jeron (DLSU) were once high school teammates for Xavier School in the Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association?

    In 2009, the two prolific siblings helped guide the Xavier School Golden Stallions to the MMTLBA championship – the second of what would be a league record-setting “four-peat” title feat.

    Jeric was a HS senior and the Gold and Blue’s team skipper at the time. Jeron, on the other hand, was a in his freshman year.

    Xavier School finished with a perfect 9-0 record during the 2009 tournament. Some of the other players that suited up in the MTLBA that season were Jose Anton (Jett) Manuel, a Xavier School product who later saw action for the University of the Philippines in previous UAAP seasons; Isaac Lim, a Uno High School star who has worn the Ateneo de Manila University colors for the last two years and earned a UAAP title ring with the Blue Eagles in 2012; and Janrey Garrido, a Hope Christian HS star who was a member of UST’s 2012 UAAP team.

    In 2009, Jeric Teng led the MMTLBA in scoring for the second year in a row with a monstrous 39.3-point clip while winning league Most Valuable Player honors as well. He owned the top four single-game scoring performances in the league – an MMTLBA career-high 55 points vs. Chiang Kai Shek College (109-87), 52 vs. Hope Christian High School (120-43 in an opening-day game), 47 vs. St. Jude Catholic School (118-73) and 44 vs. Grace Christian College (91-87). All were registered in a span of 20 days in January.

    Jeric actually chalked up eight of the league’s top 10 scoring efforts, scorching the hoops for 35 and 32 and a pair of 31-pointers in a 2-0 finals sweep of St. Jude Catholic School, which was then bannered by Kim Lo, who’s now Jeric’s teammate with the UST Growling Tigers in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

    Just how explosive and dominant was Jeric Teng in his farewell MMTLBA tournament that season? The lowest output by the eldest son of Philippine Basketball Association alum Alvin (Robocop) Teng was 27 points against Uno High School.

    The first TL player to collect at least 50 points twice in the same season, Jeric also made 12 triples against Chiang Kai Shek College – an all-time MMTLBA record that remains unbroken until now.

    Meanwhile, Jeric’s younger brother Jeron averaged a pedestrian 10.6 points in nine appearances as a HS rookie. Jeron normed 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the finals. The year before, as a seventh-grader, Jeron hit at a 34.1-point clip while powering Xavier School to the TL Aspirants crown with an unblemished 8-0 record.

    In 2010, Jeron succeeded Jeric as TL scoring king, a distinction that he would hold for three consecutive years until the completion of his of HS eligibility in 2012. A three-year XS teammate from 2010-12 was Kyles Lao, who this year joined Jeric (2009) and Jeron (2012) as a Rookie of the Year awardee in the UAAP.
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    Will the result of the winner-take-all Game Three of the 2013 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament between the De La Salle Green Archers and the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers be a replica of the 1999 finals?

    Or will it be a different Cinderella-like ending for a No. 4 seed that has never before captured a title in the UAAP’s 76-year existence?

    De La Salle and UST will clash for the championship hardware on Saturday, October 13, in what is expected to produce a record-breaking attendance at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

    Since 1994, when the UAAP instituted the Final Four playoffs in men’s basketball, the two teams have battled each other in a best-of-three titular series a total of five times.

    This also marks the fourth time that their finals matchup has stretched to the maximum three games.

    In three of their four previous title encounters, the eventual winner bucked a series-opening setback by securing the second and their games.

    UST turned in the trick in 1994 and 1995 and La Salle repeated the feat in 1999, which was the last time the two teams had met before this season.

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

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

    The following campaign (1996), UST swept La Salle, 2-0, in the finals with scores of 65-60 and 57-54 (after the Green Archers won both elimination-round games) to claim the league diadem for the fourth year in a row under coach Aric del Rosario.

    Del Rosario, who’s now the head coach of the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the rival National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), still held the UST mentoring reins in 1999 when UST and La Salle faced each other a league-record six times that year.

    During the elims, UST triumphed 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 victory to secure the top spot.

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

    In the sudden-death Game Three, La Salle edged UST, 78-75, in overtime to retain its UAAP title.

    UST had grabbed a sizeable double-digit lead through the first 35 minutes but La Salle slowly came roaring back as the Growling Tigers were plagued by turnovers and inept free-throw shooting (notably Gilbert Lao, who this season served as an assistant to rookie head mentor Nash Racela at fourth-place Far Eastern University) in the final minutes of regulation time.

    With less than three seconds left, and La Salle down by three points (67-64), Archers playmaker Dino Aldeguer, backstopped by hardworking center and two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Don Allado and streak-shooting Renren Ritualo, deadlocked the score (67-67) when he connected on a triple while being fouled.

    Aldeguer, though, missed the succeeding free throw and the game went into a five-minute extension, where La Salle outscored UST, 11-8.

    UST, by the way, is the most recent team to capture the UAAP championship after trailing 0-1 in the finals. This happened in 2006 when UST, under then-rookie Tigers bench boss Pido Jarencio, upset heavy favorite Ateneo de Manila University in three games. The year also marked the last time that UST had romped away with the crown.

    Statistically speaking, history favors UST in Saturday’s Game Three showdown against La Salle. During the Final Four era, 15 of the 19 previous teams that took the finals opener went on to annex the UAAP title. Then again, the four exceptions were recorded by UST (three times) and La Salle (once).

    NOTES – It’s very important to set the tone early in Game Three. A strong start will most likely lead to success as the first two games in the series have gone to teams that established solid leads in the early goings – UST in Game One (21-4) and La Salle in Game Two (36-19). The opposing side made a run or two at some point but fell short eventually … Don’t lose your focus when referees go amuck by calling quick fouls against your bigs or key men. For the bigs, let’s get physical but just make sure you don’t displease the almighty whistletooters by shouting “I love your mom” when fouls are called ...
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    It boils down to which team wants the title more.

    Hard-hat cage observers like this Hoopster keenly await the winner-take-all Game Three of the best-of-three finals of the 2013 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament between the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers and De La Salle University Green Archers to be played on Saturday, October 12, at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    Expect the MOA Arena to be rocking in the sea of yellow and green as a mammoth, record-setting crowd will be around to witness a blockbuster finish to Season 76.

    The UAAP Cheerdance Competitions last month drew 20,830 fans at the MOA Arena for the largest attendance ever in its two-year existence.

    Should the MOA Arena management decide to sell SRO (standing room only) tickets for aisle viewing from the arena’s roof-level sections (Upper B and General Admission), this year’s UAAP cage tournament will likely to surpass the record-breaking crowd of 23,037 that trooped to the world-famous Araneta Coliseum to watch the finals’ Game Two last Saturday during which La Salle evened the series at 1-1 with a hard-earned 77-70 decision over UST.

    An unproductive triple by the Green Archers gunner Almond Vosotros and a block by Tigers big man Karim Abdul of LA Revilla’s floater in the dying seconds of the series opener preserved UST’s spine-tingling 73-72 victory over La Salle last October 2.

    Buoyed its team’s Game One triumph, UST fans came in full force for Game Two. Nearly 70 percent of the MOA audience wore yellow tees in support of UST, which was seeking a 2-0 finals sweep and its first UAAP crown since 2006.

    The Growling Tigers faithful, though, went home disappointed. The Green Archers, who trailed for the last time at 12-10 on fifth-year UST skipper Jeric Teng’s triple midway through the first quarter, knocked in 13 unanswered points bridging the first and second quarters to move ahead, 23-12.

    La Salle never trailed thereafter, enjoying its biggest lead of 17 points, 36-19, midway through the second quarter. (Note: In UST’s Game One win, its largest lead was also 17 points, 21-4, in the first quarter.)

    The Green Archers were up, 41-33, at halftime, and increased their advantage to as many as 12 points early in the third period before UST came dangerously close at 44-43. Rookie coach Juno Sauler’s troops withstood the Tigers’ rally with a 6-0 run of their own for a 50-43 lead.

    With 73 seconds remaining in the third quarter, UST came within six points, 57-51.

    But all hell broke loose for when foul-troubled Kevin Ferrer was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul for kicking the rock after play was stopped to signal a jumpball. La Salle’s baby bear Norbert Torres, who finished with 16 points and 10 boards, connected on a pair of free throws and then completed a three-point play in DLSU’s next offense as the Taft Avenue-based unit moved out of harm’s way at 62-51 following the five-point swing.

    DLSU, which employed just seven players, led by no less than seven points the rest of the way. Down by 14 (77-63), UST scored the game’s final seven points to make the final count respectable.

    DLSU sophomore Jeron Teng was full of energy and intensity in Game Two that the 6-2 swingman could have played another 40 minutes. Willing his team to victory, the 2012 Rookie of the Year awardee chalked up a team-best 19 points, seven of them in the tone-setting first period, and a nice follow-up to his 15-point, seven-rebound effort.

    Defensively, Jeron also helped make life hard for lanky Kevin Ferrer, UST’s Game 1 hero with five triples and 20 markers who was limited to six points. A sore spot was his 3-for-9 free-throw shooting.

    Four guys scored in double figures for the Green Archers – Teng, Norbert Torres, Arnold Van Opstal (13 points) and Almond Vosotros (11).

    Jeric, Jeron’s elder brother, chalked up a game-best 28 markers for UST for a 22.5 clip in the series. The Tigers’ lone Mythical Five selection Karim Abdul registered a double-double in Game One with 19 points and 12 boards but only had a pedestrian line of 13 and nine.

    Here are some significant factors that could decide the sudden-death Game Three winner:

    REBOUNDING – No rebounds, no rings. La Salle has outrebounded UST in both games – 44-43 in Game One and 57-39 in Game Two, including a 27-10 edge off the offensive glass that allowed the Green Archers to pick up 18 second-chance points (against UST’s six).

    OFFENSE – Undoubtedly Jeric Teng is UST’s meal ticket. Unfortunately, Aljon Mariano (5.5 ppg) has had a hard time shadowing newcomer Mythical Five choice Jason Perkins (9.0 ppg) so ...
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  4. 2013 Cesafi Finals: University of the Visayas Makes History

    Tallo was cesafi mvp for swu, which was 14-0 for season and 2-0 vs UV in the best of 5 finals. Then UV won 3 straight to become the1st team ever to overcome a 0-2 deficit and win the title.

    Game 5 was completed an hour ago. UV 64-SWU 62. SWU is dethroned as CESAFI champ. UV stave off elimination by taking Game 3 in double ot.

    Mark Tallo, who played for La Salle two years ago in the UAAP, won MVP honors.The defending champ Cobras had gone 14-0 for the season, including a 2-0 lead over the University of the Visayas in the best-of-5 cesafi finals. Then disaster struck. It lost 3 straight games to the Green Lancers, including a thrilling 64-62 decision in game 5 tonight at the Cebu Coliseum. UV thus became the 1st team ever to overcome a 0-2 deficit and win the cesafi title. UV staved off elimination by taking game 3 in double overtime. The Green Lancers, who represented the Philippines in the 2013 Kazan Universiade last July, also took Game 4 to set up a decisive winner-take-all fifth game. SWU and UV also clashed for the title a year ago with SWU gaining the crown via a 3-2 score.
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  5. 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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