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  1. #701
    Ano nangyari sa future ng UE??? Sino ba yun?

  2. #702
    Last edited by gensankid; 06-28-2018 at 04:25 PM.

  3. #703
    6-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite is coach Joe’s first big recruit for UE
    By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 28, 2018 03:01 PM

    University of the East took its time in finding its next head coach, but it is nothing but confident it has made the right choice.

    Two-time UAAP Juniors champion coach Joe Silva is only a month into his new post as Red Warriors mentor, but is already off and running – winning the trust of players led by Alvin Pasaol as well as goodwill from the community.

    Now, he has even more good news for UE as from now on, 6-foot-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite will be donning the red and white.

    The 21-year-old big man was a force for Diliman College prior to his transfer, powering them to impressive showings in the Universities and Colleges Basketball League.

    However, he won’t be eligible just yet in the UAAP as he still has to serve his one-year residency.

    Nonetheless, Diakhite’s transfer is a much-welcome development for a Red Warriors side that had long been searching for an inside presence ever since the departures of Charles Mammie and Moustafa Arafat.

    Along with the foreign student-athlete, Silva and team management have also secured the services of several solid high school players in Chiang Kai Shek College’s Jojo Antiporda and Sam Beltran, Mapua High School’s Carl Lacap, Nazareth School of National University’s Paul Manalang, and De La Salle Zobel’s Jan Sobrevega.

    And they are not done just yet. As Silva put it, “’Di pa tapos recruiting namin. May mga darating pa kaming surprise recruits for this year and next.”

    He then continued, “’Di pa namin madi-disclose, but we’re working on recruitment pa rin.”

    In this light, John Apacible, a former Ateneo de Manila University player with ties to Silva, and Richie Rodger, a versatile Filipino-Kiwi, are also both already enrolled in the Recto-based school.

    With these moves, Silva said that he only believes that all their recruits have bought in to the change of culture they want to do in UE. “I just sold them on the idea of being the seeds of bringing back the glory days to UE,” he said.

    He then continued, “I just told them that you guys are going to be the pioneers that will bring back UE to where it was before. On board naman sila sa process.”
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  4. #704
    UAAP: Diakhite formally joins UE
    Published June 29, 2018, 5:00 PM
    By Jerome Lagunzad

    Determined to bring back its glory days, University of the East took another big step towards that direction by securing the services of arguably the most dominant foreign student-athlete outside of the UAAP and NCAA circle.

    After fielding an all-Filipino lineup for the last couple of years, the Red Warriors are set to get bigger and taller with the entry of 6-foot-9 Senegalese big man Adama Diakhite, who could provide them the inside presence that they’ve been sorely missing since Sierra Leone native Charles Mammie last suited up in 2014.

    “He is a very big addition, literally and figuratively,” said UE’s first-year coach Joe Silva in a text message to the Manila Bulletin yesterday. “We now have that inside presence which all of the other UAAP teams have.”

    The wide-bodied Diakhite, 21, made heads turns when he played for the Diliman College in the fledging Universities and Colleges Basketball League last year, leading the Blue Dragons, handled by former pro Rensy Bajar, to a Final Four finish.

    Diakhite was earlier reported to be pursued by reigning UAAP men’s cage titlist Ateneo and fellow powerhouse La Salle. All talks, however, remained in exploratory stage and ended up futile, paving the way for his surprise arrival at UE.

    “His presence alone can give problems to the other teams being a force down low on offense and a rim protector on the defensive end,” added Silva of Diakhite, who will still have to undergo a one-year residency before he can play for a maximum of three years.

    Aside from Diakhite, Silva disclosed that they also have other key pieces waiting in the wings, led by 6-foot-4 Fil-Kiwi wingman Richie Rodger, former Ateneo big man John Apacible, ex-Blue Eaglet Brix Ramos and former Jose Rizal University wingman Abdul Sawat.

    If current star forward Alvin Pasaol will still play next year, the Red Warriors have enough tools to make a serious run for a Final Four slot and possibly for a coveted title which they last hoisted back in 1985 behind a formidable squad bannered by eventual pro league greats Allan Caidic and Jerry Codińera.

    Tags: Adama Diakhite, Charles Mammie, Diliman College, Joe Silva, Red Warriors, UAAP, UE Red Warriors, University of the East

  5. #705
    A quiet revolution with the UE Red Warriors7
    Rick Olivares ( - July 18, 2018 - 11:42am

    MANILA, Philippines – There’s a quiet revolution going on at the University of the East.

    The sick man of the UAAP, the deposed and exiled king of the hard court, is making another go at it. This time with a new coaching staff with zero Warriors blood are giving the once fabled program a transfusion of blue, green and red — well, of the San Beda variety — blood.

    That news is hardly going to stop the presses. They’ve heard this song and dance number before. A new coach — a returning King Warrior — looking to reclaim lost glory. In fact, one coach of from a NCAA league squad decried their poor culture.

    You will get no argument from any of the UE coaching staff. They know the Herculean challenges, which is an understatement.

    Last Monday the excitement is brewing. At least from within.

    Leon Lorenzana has decamped from UST and is looking to make his move to UE. There’s a Fil-American from Minneapolis trying out. A couple of former Ateneo Blue Eagles in John Apacible and Brix Ramos are there. The coaching staff is happy with the recruits they picked up but who will have to serve a year’s residency before suiting up. And just a few weeks ago, several players from a nearby UAAP rival have inquired about transferring.

    So it can’t be all that bad, right?

    During drills, inconceivably the fundamentals of many players are bad. Terrible even. So you wonder what kind of skills training they got. In fact, last year’s UAAP juniors champions, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, are more skilled. And that isn’t an exaggeration.

    The problem of a team in disarray and with players departing for other schools (after a row with their former coach who accused them of all sorts of things) is their court of last resort is to play hero ball. Sure, you get great individual performances. The question is… do they translate into wins?
    However, during the recent Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, other players stepped up. Center-forward Rey Acuńo is one. Chris Connor, Jason Varilla and rookie Jojo Antiporda gave a good account of themselves.

    UE finished 3-6 in their Filoil play. They were ranked 15th among the 19 squads that participated. On the average, they gave up more points than they scored. So they have their work cut out for themselves.

    “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” notes assistant coach Ton Brodett. “We will surely see the results not this coming season but in the next. Of course, we hope to perform better in the upcoming UAAP tournament.”

    “It’s okay,” assures new head coach Joe Silva. “We don’t mind flying under the radar.”

    The team huddles at center court of the UE Gym. Silva and his coaches discuss the preparations for an upcoming trip to Taiwan this August where the Red Warriors are participating in the BK Squad International Invitational Tournament.

    The last time the Red Warriors took a trip abroad to train was some nine years ago and Paul Lee was still in uniform. The funny thing is… half that team went while the other half stayed. Talk about dysfunction.

    Paolo Romero, who played under Silva in Ateneo (after which he went to UP for college), is quite happy to hear how the players have responded to his training program especially since he played against many of them in both high school and college.

    “I think if you show them something and they understand how it benefits them, they take to it quickly,” bares Romero.

    Like a sponge.

    For veteran point guard Philip Manalang, he admits he was quickly over the coaching change. For six months, there was no announcement about who was to be their new coach. There was speculation that he’d leave and instead play commercial along with incumbent star, Alvin Pasaol. But with the new staff, Manalang quickly embraced the new coach and the new system.

    “Madali ko nakuha,” he says. He also assures he fill exhaust his playing years with UE.

    Ric Gallardo, who had a promising career with Perpetual Help before the internal craziness forced him to leave, was worried that he jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. But now, he’s happy. He just hopes to get an opportunity to show what he can do.

    For Apacible, after Ateneo, he was supposed to go to Lyceum but UE — Silva — called. And now, he hopes to resurrect what was once a promising career.

    “New challenge,” he simply puts it.

    Second chance. Apacible nods.

    And for UE, that’s all there is. Another chance to get it right and to return to their rightful place in college basketball’s hierarchy. Hopefully, this time around.


  6. #706
    La Salle’s loss is UE’s gain for UAAP Season 81
    By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 07, 2018 01:10 PM

    New head coach Joe Silva will be getting a player who has caused him problems before to help him out in the dawn of a new era in the University of the East.

    Silva will now get to coach defensive stopper Neil Tolentino who will be joining the Red Warriors after failing to make the cut in De La Salle University.

    In the UAAP Juniors, Silva and Ateneo de Manila High School had several skirmishes with Nazareth School of National University where Tolentino once brought the attitude.

    Now, the two will be getting together in UE’s quest for a return to relevance.

    For two weeks now, the 6-foot swingman has already been taking part in the Red Warriors’ practices.

    This, not long after he was cut from the Green Archers’ roster due to undisclosed reasons.

    Tolentino isn't the strongest, fastest, or most skilled, but he will also never be beaten out in terms of heart and hustle. That never back down attitude has always been his calling card ever since he was a Bullpup and all the way to his transfer to Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Juniors squad.

    All throughout his high school career, he has gotten inside the heads of the likes of Aljun Melecio, Jolo Mendoza, Evan Nelle, and Clint Escamis.

    In his first and last year as a Squire, the defensive specialist had per game counts of 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while tirelessly playing 28.1 minutes. While those did not jump out at anybody, it was his intangibles that made him a valuable piece of that contending team.

    He will be eligible to play for UE right away in the oncoming Season 81 as he was never officially declared for La Salle’s UAAP lineup even after playing for them in the Filoil Preseason.

    Aside from Tolentino, sources said that the Red Warriors also have their sights set on Errol Pastor and Ian Herrera – two other players who had spent the preseason with the Green Archers until getting cut due to undisclosed reasons.

    Pastor and Herrera, however, have yet to commit.

  7. #707
    Do-it-all Harvey Pagsanjan offers UE reason to hope in UAAP 82
    Norman Lee Benjamin Riego

    Already armed with its foundational foreign student-athlete and Filipino-Kiwi, University of the East turned its attention to testing the local waters.

    In doing so, the Red Warriors have gotten a big fish for themselves in the form of Hope Christian High School standout Harvey Pagsanjan. “Sa UE ko na po napiling mag-college,” he said on Thursday.

    Pagsanjan has been the main man for the Manila-based high school in the last three years. Last year, he led them to the title in the Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Championship.

    A 6-foot-1 guard, he has delivered the goods wherever his team needs it – whether it be scoring at one end and then cleaning the glass on the other. More importantly, he has consistently proven the ability to make plays for himself as well as his teammates.

    In last year’s National Basketball Training Center National Finals, Pagsanjan singlehandedly shot Hope to the Sweet 16.

    Now, he will no longer have to do such thing as, with the Red Warriors, he will play alongside Senegalese Alex Diakhite and Fil-Kiwi Ritchie Rodgers as well as stalwarts Philip Manalang and Alvin Pasaol.

    Even more, the 19-year-old is just the first domino to fall in what head coach Joe Silva is plotting to be a big-time offseason for the red and white. “The first of many,” he said.

    Pagsanjan is UE’s first blue-chip recruit in recent history. The school’s last was Paul Lee.


    Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.

  8. #708
    A year after aborted move to CSB, Fil-Aussie Jasper Rentoy set to join UE
    by Randolph B. Leongson

    FIL-Australian playmaker Jasper Rentoy is bringing his act to University of the East.

    The 18-year-old announced his decision on Sunday, rebooting his dreams of playing college ball in the country.

    "I'm excited to announce that I have committed to the University of the East," he said in a Facebook post on Sunday.

    A standout for international team AusPinoy, Rentoy averaged 23.7 points on 43 percent shooting, on top of 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals.

    The 6-foot-1 court general was expected to join St. Benilde in the NCAA last year, but decided to go back to Australia to recover from a fractured ankle.

    Rentoy will undergo residency and can suit up as early as the UAAP Season 83 next year, giving coach Joe Silva a solid point guard for the future.

  9. #709
    New head coach to be named this week (again).

  10. #710
    Hopefully its not jamike. ������

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