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  1. #711
    ^Yun ang problema, isa si Jamike sa pinipili =(

  2. #712
    Jack Santiago set to take over as UE Red Warriors coach

    UNIVERSITY of the East is entering the new decade with a new era.

    Jack Santiago is set to assume the head coaching post for the Red Warriors, multiple sources told

    This is the biggest coaching break for the Navotas native, who has long been a trusted deputy of Adamson coach Franz Pumaren.

    Santiago has been with Pumaren from their days in La Salle and followed him in the PBA with Air21 and GlobalPort, before they returned to the collegiate ranks with the Soaring Falcons.

    School administrators met on Wednesday and gave the baton to Santiago, with him set to be introduced to the team on Monday.

    Santiago will take over the post left by the late coach Bong Tan and team consultant Lawrence Chongson, who handled UE last season and finished with a 4-10 record.

    The Red Warriors have missed the Final Four for the past 11 seasons.

    Lucky for Santiago, he will inherit a promising UE core flanked by Senegalese center Alex Diakhite, young guard Harvey Pagsanjan, and incoming rookie Clint Escamis.

    Tiebreaker Times was the first to report on this development.

  3. #713
    Jack Santiago to be named as UE Red Warriors head coachPublished 6 hours ago on January 19, 2020
    By Matthew Li

    University of the East’s search for a new chief tactician has finally ended.

    Jack Santiago has been tapped to lead the Red Warriors to new heights, multiple sources closely monitoring the situation have told Tiebreaker Times.

    Santiago is no stranger to the collegiate game, since he has been the top lieutenant of current Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren for the last two decades.

    The councilor from Navotas was with Pumaren during his days with De La Salle University, Air 21, Globalport, and, later on, Adamson.

    This time around, Santiago has a tough task ahead of him. UE is currently in the midst of an 11-year Final Four drought in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

    Santiago replaced the coaching duo of the late Bong Tan and active consultant Lawrence Chongson, who steered UE to a 4-10 record in Season 82. This is UE’s fourth coaching change in as many years.

    The other candidates for the post were Jamike Jarin, Allan Caidic, and Jerry Codinera.

    Last year, Santiago, a product of Mapua, was also in the running to take over the Cardinals but Randy Alcantara was ultimately selected by the school.

    A source added that Santiago will be introduced to the team on Monday, January 20.

  4. #714
    Jamike Jarin joins UE Red Warriors as assistant to Jack Santiago

    JAMIKE Jarin gets a new lease on life as he starts anew at University of the East.

    The decorated mentor has been enlisted as the lead assistant for Jack Santiago as they are tasked to plot the Red Warriors' path back to contention.

    Jarin is coming off of a three-year tenure at the helm in National University, amassing a cumulative 11-31 win-loss record, including a 2-12 campaign this past UAAP Season 82 where the Bulldogs finished dead last.

    He also failed to make it to the Final Four with NU, a stark contrast to the bright days he had at the top of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets and the San Beda Red Lions, teams which he steered to championships.

    Jarin is set to develop young players alongside Santiago, who himself was a longtime deputy of Adamson coach Franz Pumaren.

    They are inheriting a promising UE core featuring Harvey Pagsanjan, Niel Tolentino, Clint Escamis and Senegalese big man Alex Diakhite.

    The Red Warriors own the current longest Final Four drought in the UAAP, missing out on the semis for the last 11 years with their last appearance back in 2009 with a team led by Paul Lee.

  5. #715
    Jarin goes back to roots
    February 3, 2020 01:40 AM
    By Gene Beatrice A. Micaller

    Jamike Jarin came back from where he started.

    The seasoned mentor confirmed his transfer to University of the East (UE) as one of the assistant coaches of newly-hired coach Jack Santiago in the coming Season 83 University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

    Sliding down to assistant coach won’t be a big adjustment for Jarin, who spent his early years in that kind of position before making a name in the collegiate scene.

    “I have been an assistant coach for a lot of head coaches in my many years in the industry,” Jarin told Daily Tribune yesterday.

    “I know the job very well and it was like going back to where I started and I think this is really where I’m meant to be,” he added.

    For six years, Jarin was an assistant of Chot Reyes and Norman Black at Talk ‘N Text in the Philippine Basketball Association.

    He was also one of the trusted aides of Joe Lipa, Joel Banal and Black at Ateneo de Manila University for six years before handling the Blue Eaglets in the UAAP for 13 years where he won eight titles in 12 finals appearances.

    Jarin’s success in the juniors rank was his ticket to San Beda University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association where he led the Red Lions to a crown in Season 92.

    He returned to UAAP as coach of National University but in three seasons with the Bulldogs, he failed to lead the team to the Final Four round that led to his resignation.

    And in a previous interview with Daily Tribune last December, Jarin said he wanted to get a second shot in the collegiate scene and his wish was granted by Santiago, who was named the head coach of the Red Warriors just recently.

    “That’s what I have always wanted — to share my knowledge to young players and develop them to be the next stars of Philippine basketball,” Jarin said.

    “I love amateur games. It’s another start and another journey,” he added.

    The tandem of Santiago and Jarin will lead a young UE core that will be bannered by Harvey Pagsanjan, Neil Tolentino, Clint Escamis and Senegalese center Alex Diakhite.

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    UE gets Sarangani’s Orin Catacutan, one-and-done Brian Enriquez
    Published 1 min ago on July 9, 2020By Matthew Li

    University of the East just got a couple of players that would help its rebuild for the next two seasons.

    Jack Santiago was able to secure the commitments of winger Orin Catacutan and utility player Brian Enriquez.

    Catacutan, a 6-foot-2 guard who played for NAASCU champions St. Clare College of Caloocan, will have to sit out one year before being eligible to play in UAAP Season 84.

    Just 21 years young, Catacutan has already made waves in the MPBL, playing for Valenzuela, Muntinlupa, and Sarangani during the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go Lakan Season. He posted norms of 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in nine games for the Marlins.

    On the other hand, Enriquez is a 6-foot-3 player who could play three positions.

    Enriquez is a one-and-done player for Season 83 as he has already graduated from Division II school William Woods University. In his senior year, he averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

    Besides the two, UE also secured the commitments of guards Josiah Alcantara and Kyle Paranada, brother of former Adamson Soaring Falcon Nico.

    The Red Warriors ended Season 82 at 7th place with a 4-10 slate.

    The development was first reported by

  7. #717
    UE Red Warriors acquire San Beda guard, two Fil-Ams and a semi pro

    NEW University of the East coach Jack Santiago has made moves to restock the Red Warriors roster for UAAP Season 83.

    San Beda guard Josiah Alcantara is moving to UE after the 6-foot skipper averaged 4.4 points on a 30-percent shooting, 1.4 rebounds in 11 minutes of action in the Red Cubs' run to the championship in NCAA Season 95.

    "I think makaka-adapt siya sa gusto namin na system which is pressure defense. Nakita ko yung potential ng bata sa system namin," said Santiago.

    Also going to UE is Fil-Am playmaker Kyle Paranada, younger brother of former Adamson Falcon Nico Paranada.

    In his senior year for Montgomery High School, the 5-foot-10 court general posted 23.5 points on a 38-percent shooting from threes, on top of 4.4 assists, 4.3 boards, and 3.7 steals in his 31 games for the Aztecs.

    Those two are true freshmen and will play their entire five playing years for the Red Warriors, starting this next season.

    UE also added Fil-Am winger Brian Enriquez, who is eligible for only one season with the Red Warriors.

    The 6-foot-3 winger from Long Beach, California has previously suited up for St. Louis Community College before graduating in William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri.

    In his final year, Enriquez averaged 8.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 31 games for the Owls.

    "Pag nakita mo siya, hindi siya ganoon ka-athletic. Pero he can play the one to three positions and I think he will be a good leader para sa team. Malaking bagay yun," Santiago said of Enriquez.

    Former St. Clare forward Orin Catacutan has also transferred to UE.

    The 6-foot-2 swingman impressed this past 2019-2020 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup in his stints for Valenzuela, Muntinlupa and Sarangani.

    Catacutan boosted his stock and became the leading scorer for the Marlins, posting 17.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in nine games.

    He also dabbled in the 3x3 circuit, playing for the Big Boss Cement-Porac in the 2020 Chooks-to Go Pilipinas 3x3 MelMac Cup.

    Catacutan, however, will have to undergo a one-year residency with the Red Warriors hoping to have him for at least three more seasons.

    For Santiago, this talent haul excites him as he starts afresh in UE, albeit still making do with their daily virtual training sessions.

    "We're very excited with our team, with the way the players are adapting to our system," he said.

    The Red Warriors are hungry to end an 11-year Final Four drought, with their last semifinals appearance dating back in 2009 when Paul Lee led the school to a runner-up finish in UAAP Season 72.

  8. #718
    Red Warriors raring to return to gym
    By Michael Jugado -October 1, 2020

    WHO goes to the battle unprepared? Not these Red Warriors.

    Although holed up after the deadly COVID-19 pandemic broke out last March, University of the East coach Jack Santiago said his charges are in top condition and raring to return to the gym.

    “The team is doing great. We’ve been on virtual training since the start of quarantine and the players right now, I would say, are in good shape,” Santiago told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday.

    “We’re very happy with the IATF’s decision to come back to training especially because it’s been almost seven months without proper training and with the addition of newly recruited members of our team, we are definitely excited,” he added.

    The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases greenlighted the collegiate league teams’ return to training last Sept. 7, pending the proper health and safety guidelines being crafted by the Commission on Higher Education and expected to be out in two to three weeks from the time the decision was announced.
    While waiting, Santiago said the Warriors can’t be too careful with the lingering health risks and uncertainties posed by the lethal pulmonary disease.

    “So, while awaiting guidelines from the CHED, our team’s also preparing for our return to face-to-face practice. Of course, our number one priority is still the safety of the team so whatever the guidelines, we will abide, and we are taking it upon ourselves to make sure that we take precautionary measures to keep our players healthy,” he said.

    “Overall, we are looking forward to what’s going to happen and we’re very excited about this recent development.”

    The UAAP is eyeing to launch its 83rd season, set to be hosted by La Salle, early next year.
    Santiago, who took over at the helm of UE from the late Bong Tan and active consultant Lawrence Chongson last January, has his work cut out for him.

    The Recto-based five wound up with a 4-10 record in the last UAAP cage wars for seventh and is bidding to end an 11-year Final Four drought.

    The Warriors lost playmaker Rey Suerte, who was selected in the special Gilas draft last December, and guards Jed Mendoza and Philip Manalang due to graduation.

    Six-foot-9 Senegalese center Alex Diakhite, forward Neil Tolentino, and guard Harvey Pagsanjan are expected to return and lead UE’s charge.

    The Warriors will also parade blue-chip recruits in former Mapua High School standout Clint Escamis, former Centro Escolar University gunner Pierce Chan, former San Beda Red Cubs skipper Josiah Alcantara, Fil-Am playmaker Kyle Paranada, Fil-Am wingman Brian Enriquez, and former St. Clare Orin Catacutan, who will serve the league-required one-year residency.

    UE last won a title in 1985 behind the likes of pro league greats Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera.

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    St. Xavier’s CJ Payawal to play two-and-through for UE
    Published 1 min ago on October 1, 2020By Matthew Li

    University of the East may have found its replacement for Rey Suerte.

    The Red Warriors have secured the commitment of 6-foot-5 Filipino-American guard Calvin Payawal.

    Unlike Suerte, Payawal, who is 23-year-old, will have two years to play for UE as he is about to finish his degree in Business from St. Xavier University. He only played three years there as he sat out his junior year.

    “Malaking tulong yun sa amin kasi right now, we are looking for someone who will replace the production of Rey Suerte. Nakita naman natin yung binigay ni Rey sa school,” said UE head coach Jack Santiago.

    ” Actually, yun yung hinahanap ko sa team. Hopefully, CJ will be a good replacement.”

    Helping facilitate the commitment of Payawal is Fil-Am Nation.

    Though Santiago has only seen videos of Payawal, he has high hopes that he will be able to easily adjust to the UAAP-style of play once he arrives this December.

    “Honestly, masasabi kong malaking tulong sa amin si CJ but hindi ko pa siya nakikita personally,” admitted Santiago.

    “But as far as the videos that were presented to me, he’s going to be a big addition sa team. Hopefully, maka-adapt siya sa system natin.”

    During his only year in St. Xavier — an NAIA member school, Payawal averaged 5.7 points per game, including a season-high of 15 points versus Judson last January 29.

    The native of Gurnee, Illinois played for Des Moines Area Community College during his rookie year before transferring to University of Illinois-Springfield in his sophomore season.

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    It has been a busy off-season for UE as it previously secured the commitments of one-and-done Brian Enriquez of William Woods University (UAAP Season 83), Orin Catacutan of St. Clare (Season 84), and fresh-from-high-school guards Josiah Alcantara and Kyle Paranada.

  10. #720
    Fil-Am recruit Payawal beefs up UE roster
    UE taps 6-foot-5 guard Calvin Payawal as the Red Warriors rebuild under new coaches Jack Santiago and Jamike Jarin

    UE taps 6-foot-5 guard Calvin Payawal as the Red Warriors rebuild under new coaches Jack Santiago and Jamike Jarin. UAAP

    UE taps 6-foot-5 guard Calvin Payawal as the Red Warriors rebuild under new coaches Jack Santiago and Jamike Jarin

    Payawal, who played for the St Xavier University Cougars in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament, is expected to bolster the roster of new UE head coach Jack Santiago and assistant coach Jamike Jarin, who have been tasked to rebuild the struggling college basketball program.

    “Coach Jack and his coaching staff recruited me. Him and coach Jarin were great in the vision for the team,” the 23-year-old Payawal told Rappler in an exclusive interview.“I believe in coach Jack, the opportunity to compete and win are there for the school to succeed and I’m happy to help be part of something new there.”

    Before becoming a head coach, Santiago was the top deputy of coach Franz Pumaren during their championship seasons with La Salle and their Final Four-contending years with Adamson.Jarin, a former coach of the NU Bulldogs, was also a champion head coach with San Beda in the NCAA.

    “I chose UE because it's the best situation where I can grow as a player as well as help the team grow in the same goals of winning,” said Payawal, who will graduate college in December and enroll as a master’s student at University of the East.“I also really liked the coaching staff and feel it’s put in place where the players can improve and maximize potential.”

    Payawal believes he has a lot to bring to the table.“I have a versatile style of play to where I believe I can help strengthen any area that the team may need more assistance at,” he said.“Whether it's to play big, wing, defend, or score, I'm willing to put and give it all to the team and my coaches who have confidence in me.”

    Payawal’s arrival comes at a good time for UE given the departure of top scorer Rey Suerte, who has moved on to the pro level.

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