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  2. #652
    Mammie, Arafat follow Sumang’s exit from UE

    By Norman Riego on March 19, 2015, 3:56 p.m.

    Roi Sumang, Charles Mammie, Moustapha Arafat, Gino Jumao-as, and Bong Galanza will not be part of the UE Red Warriors in Season 78.

    The University of the East Red Warriors will look entirely different when the UAAP 78 Basketball Tournament begins in September.

    Only six players remain from the rotation coach Derrick Pumaren used last year. In Season 77, 11 Red Warriors averaged at least 11 minutes per contest.

    Pumaren confirmed in a previous interview that star guard Roi Sumang has decided to forgo his final playing year with the intention to enter the PBA Draft.

    Just days after, Pumaren again confirmed to ABS-CBN that Charles Mammie, Moustapha Arafat, and Gino Jumao-as have also left the team.

    The UE mentor said that Mammie is no longer eligible as he has already gone beyond the UAAP rule stating that players are only allowed to play within seven years after their high school graduation. ABS-CBN Sports is still confirming with Pumaren on the exact year Mammie finished secondary school.

    Pumaren then explained that Arafat was cut by team management after participating in a commercial league in Marikina. The UAAP disallows its athletes from taking part in commercial leagues unless it is for their school. The sanction would have been sitting out for a year, but Pumaren said they decided to let Arafat go to avoid any complications.

    Finally, the Red Warriors coach said that Jumao-as was asked to leave the team because he has an “attitude problem.” Pumaren declined any further comment on Jumao-as.

    That makes Sumang, Mammie, Arafat, Jumao-as, and last season’s graduating team captain Bong Galanza no longer with the team. Sumang, Galanza, and Mammie were the team’s top scorers a year ago.

    The good news is that Pumaren has already secured commitments from top high school stars Fran Yu and Shannon Gagante to replenish his roster. The prospects from Chiang Kai Shek will be expected to step up right away.

    Veterans Chris Javier and Dan Alberto and promising sophomore Paul Varilla will now be relied upon to lead UE.

  3. #653
    Philip Manalang gets release from NU, looks to make immediate impact with UE Red Warriors
    From: Reuben Terrado
    April 21, 2015, 08:15 pm

    PHILIP Manalang has moved from National University to University of the East, and will immediately be available for the Red Warriors in his freshman year.

    Manalang, who had an impressive performance with the NU Bullpups in the UAAP Season 77, said he has committed to the Red Warriors and has in fact been joining the team’s practices.

    It is still unsure, however, if the 18-year-old would be lined up by head coach Derrick Pumaren for the upcoming Filoil Cup preseason tournament.

    The 5-foot-10 point guard has also been released by NU, which means he could play for UE in the coming Season 78 set to open on September 5.

    The former Bullpup averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in the regular season, before his numbers rose in the finals against Ateneo, posting 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, two assists, and 1.7 steals during the series.

    Manalang believes he will thrive in Pumaren’s system, which is known for its pressure defense.

    “Nasanay na po ako sa disciplined team kay (Bullpups) coach Jeff (Napa). Hindi ganun kahirap mag-adjust dahil nasanay na ako nung juniors kay coach Jeff. Makikita mo talaga na walang pasaway dahil disiplinado lahat dahil kila coach Derrick and Dindo (Pumaren).

    “Dahil din po sa system ni coach Derrick,” he added. “Fit ’yung laro ko sa system.”

    Manalang also says he had no trouble trying to fit in.

    “Sobrang bait ng mga teammates ko sa UE. Welcome na welcome talaga ako,” said Manalang, who joins two other rookies Fran Yu and Shannon Gagate from Chiang Kai Shek College at UE.

    UE is still reeling from the loss of Roi Sumang, who is now concentrating on the PBA D-League and is considering joining the PBA draft this year.

    Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports


  4. #654
    Fil-oil lineup

    UE: Nick Wilson Abanto, Dan Alberto, Bertrand Awana, Edson Batiller, Edgar Charcos, Jeremy Cruz, Steven Cudal, RR de Leon, Shannon Gagate, Joshua Christan Gonzales, Daryll Guiang, Chris Javier, Omar Larupay, Philip Manalang, Renz Palma, Ralph Frederick Penuela, Dominador Pillas, Serville Ian Poblete, Paul Varilla, Jason Varilla

    Did we lose olayon and hernandez too? or are they injured, no kendal quimson in the lineup too

    Daming true freshmen

    Cruz (Staglet)
    Gagante (CKSC)
    Gonzales (Squire)
    Larupay (fil-for- Iloilo)
    Manalang (Bullpup)
    Penuela (Bacolod)
    Poblete (Fil-can)

    Surprisingly no Fran Yu (maybe a last minute lineup change)

    I dunno the potential of these kids, hoping everyone will pan out haha, I have seen clips of yu and manalang but a youtube clip of poblete had me intrigued - that kid might be very good down the line


    Team B callups/Transferees

    Abanto (from jru)
    Batiller (from holy spirit gensan)
    Jason Varilla

    Obviously the one who should help us a lot here would be Awana. Hoping J.Varilla can be as good or even better that his brother. Batiller and Abanto can be good 2nd stringers. Pillas has been in team B for a few yrs now - a few peeps are hyping this dude hope he lives up to it.



    Expecting big things from RR de leon , Paul Varilla and Dan Alberto this year (and olayon too if he's still with the team). Guiang gave us some quality minutes last yr - hope he builds on that. Don't know what they see in Cudal.

  5. #655
    via spin

    UE Red Warriors prove there's life after Sumang, clip UST Tigers in Filoil Cup debut

    UNIVERSITY of the East closed with a 9-3 run led by its newcomcers to frustrate University of Santo Tomas, 60-59, on Saturday at the start of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

    Rookie Philip Manalang from National University tied the game at 57-all while Bertand Awana, coming off residency, and Josh Gonzales from Letran combined for three free throws to keep the Warriors' heads above water, 60-57.

    Jam Sheriff made a jumper with 1:17 left, 59-60, but UST failed to score in its final possession, allowing the Warriors to escape with a win in their first preseason game without longtime star Roi Sumang.

    “We are still far. Some of those guys have been with us for a week dahil graduates ‘yung iba. We are still trying to learn the system,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren.

    Incoming sophomore Paul Varilla had 10 points and 10 rebounds while Gonzales added nine points for the Warriors, who were left without Sumang when the crack guard decided to skip his final year of eligibility.

    Mario Bonleon led all scorers with 17 points for the Tigers, who played without starters Karim Abdul, Kevin Ferrer, and Louie Vigil.

    The scores:

    UE (60) — Varilla 10, Gonzales 9, Javier 8, Awana 7, Manalang 5, Abanto 4, Alberto 4, Penuela 4, Batiller 4, De Leon 2, Palma 13, Charcos 2, Larupay 0, Cruz 0.

    UST (59) — Bonleon 17, Daquioag 12, Sheriff 8, Lao 7, Lee 4, Huang 3, Decapia 3, Caunan 3, Magno 2, Kakonda 0, Furaque 0.

    Quarterscores: 17-14, 29-32, 48-47, 60-59.

  6. #656
    This is now the type of team the Pumarens want: hardworking, role-playing guys doing everything exactly as the coach says. UE no longer has that face-of-the-team player, no more Roi Sumang, no more Charles Mammie, not even a Bong Galanza. They will try to get it done with guys like Renz Palma, Ed Charcos, Dan Alberto, Paul Varilla, RR De Leon, Chris Javier, and Bertrand Awana. They will try to get something from newcomers like Philip Manalang and Shannon Gagate. They will pass a lot, not really drive all that much, and try to get guys open on the Pumaren motion.

    I think they will surprise some people, but I don't expect much in terms of actual wins from UE. This team is almost half-made up of newcomers, who will make newcomer mistakes. And the lack of a real go-to superstar will tell heavily in crucial game moments when somebody needs to take over. But if they can hold down the Pumaren press, and move that ball quickly enough, they should be able to fight in every game.

  7. #657

    SAN JUAN City – This time, guard Edson Batiller made sure he would go home the winner as he keyed the University of the East’s 65-62 overtime clipping of Centro Escolar University in a clash of undefeated squads Wednesday (May 13) from the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena. The Red Warriors became the first team to go 4-0 while the Scorpions absorbed their first setback for a 3-1 record in Group B. READ MORE

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    Edson Battiler has his first moment as a UE Red Warrior
    by rick olivares

    Edson Battiler drove to the basket. One step inside the lane, the ball was swiped away from him leading to a fastbreak bucket by a CEU Scorpion.

    One play later, he was given the ball on the baseline and he short-armed a jumper with the rebound by another Scorpion igniting the fastbreak.

    Battiler shook his head and apologized to the bench. Dindo Pumaren standing in for older brother Derrick who was late pending another appointment that took too long to finish shook his head in dismay.

    Sometimes, errors and bad play can be contagious. In the UE Red Warriors’ case, center RR De Leon was soon infected. He turned the ball over and airballed a jumper.

    Pumaren called for time and subbed out the two players. Battiler went to the bench with his head hung and feeling downcast.

    In three previous games for UE in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, Edson averaged 1.3 points per game. Worse, he had more turnovers than points – five to four. And on defense, more often than not, he was burned.

    Homesickness wasn’t the problem. After all, it has been more than a year since he moved to Manila. “Sa Holy Trinity, run and gun lang kami,” said Battiler. It was his way of saying that defense was an anathema to his team.

    Unfortunately, Derrick Pumaren is a defensive-oriented coach. That fullcourt press has been a staple of his squads for more than two decades.

    Battiler admitted it is taking time to get used to what his coach wants. But he is quick to say that his Red Warriors mentor is the best coach he’s ever had. “Sobrang galing ni Manong (as Pumaren is fondly called by his players because of his fatherly approach off the court). Ang dami ko natutunan. At marami pa akong matututunan.”

    The Red Warriors have been offensively challenged since the departure of some of its former stars. This season, they have struggled to put points in the basket. Their 3-0 record is the result of defense. Winning ugly by putting the ball into the hoop or through free throws.

    Against the offensive juggernaut that is the CEU Scorpions with its bevy of talented players who have gained a lot of experience in the D-League, it was a yin yang challenge – offense versus defense. Youth and inexperience versus championship caliber and loads of experience.

    For three fourths of the match it looked like the latter would prevail as UE fell behind by 12 points in the middle of the third as the Red Warriors struggled to hit the side of the building.

    With Edgar Charcos, the hero of the win against Mapua, misfiring (he finished with a measly two points; with Pau Varilla unable to get going (until the final minute of overtime); with Renz Palma, the adjudged Player of the Game also against the Cardinals on the bench, UE was in need of a hero.

    Into the breach first stepped Chris Javier and rookie guard Philip Manalang.

    Javier had hoped for a bright college career. He was a stud on a San Beda Red Cubs team alongside Alfonso Gotladera. When he got to UE, the team was an underachieving one that had gone through multiple coaching changes. Yet somehow, he looked to be doing well particularly after hitting consecutive game winning shots first against UP and then Ateneo. His confidence and morale greatly eroded with the arrival of Charles Mammie and then Moustapha Arafat. Against Mapua, Derrick Pumaren consigned him to the bench after Cardinals center Allwell Oraeme blocked his ill-advised shot and forced him into two turnovers. “Kung ayaw mo maglaro ng maayos umupo ka na lang,” sternly thundered Pumaren. Even if UE eventually won the game, Javier wore a long face.

    Manalang was not picked up by the National University seniors team. “Too loaded, they said. So he went on to tryout for Adamson and UST before deciding to go to UE. It hurt the young point guard that he was left to find a team. But Manalang was all to glad to be going to UE.

    During that third quarter crash and burn, both Javier and Manalang presided over the rally. The former by putting points on the board; the latter with his defense.

    In the waning moments of the fourth period, however, the torch was passed to Battiler. He scored first on a fastbreak lay-up off a long pass by Bertrand Awana. Then with time running out, he hit a triple from the top of the arc to bring UE within four, 58-54.

    Come overtime, he hit another triple, badly missed an open one, before using a Javier pick to hit a fadeaway shot with 33 seconds left “that was in the flow of the game” as Pumaren would later describe. “It was all net,” beamed Pumaren. “All net.” It was the game winner as both sides would not score again. UE had won, 65-62, and were now 4-0 in the Filoil Cup.

    As the buzzer sounded, Battiler’s teammates mobbed him at center court. The Pumaren brothers shook his hand with Dindo giving him a playful rub on the head. Inside the press room, “Manong” was effuse in his praise for his first ever recruit for UE. “Today he showed what I saw in him two years ago. Hopefully this will give him the confidence to be consistent.”

    The kid from General Santos City who scored 15 points in what is hoped will be his breakout game, had his UE moment. “Sana hindi to ang last,’ he quipped. He then packed his bags and left the empty dugout.

    He was the last one on board the UE bus where his teammates once more clapped and yelled.

  9. #659
    Dun sa laro versus Lasalle mukhang shaping up to be a take-charge guy itong Batiller. Matapang, marunong, may pukol, madiskarteng maglaro. His main problem is he needs to decide if he's a guard or a forward, kasi sa ngayon parang larong forward pa siya (like Scottie Thompson of Perpetual), pero maliit lang siya (mukhang shorter than the 5'10" Thompson pa nga). Nung nakatabi ko siya sa tunnel ng Arena mukhang konting-konti lang ang lamang niya sa akin sa tangkad eh. That almost assures he will be a fulltime guard. If he keeps working on his shot he might become like Thompson's heralded ex-teammate Juneric Baloria. Kakailanganin siya ng UE na magpakita kasi nung kumakalas na Lasalle nung early third walang go-to guy ang UE, that guy na talagang take-charge.

  10. #660
    Warriors enter semis in Fr. Martin Cup

    ( | Updated June 4, 2015 - 10:47am

    MANILA, Philippines – The University of the East Red Warriors subdued University of Santo Tomas-A, 68-46, recently to book a semifinals ticket in the 21st Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament at the St. Placid gymnasium inside the San Beda College-Manila campus in Mendiola.

    Jordan Sta. Ana and Cameroonian Bertrand Awana provided the key baskets that carried the Red Warriors to a seven-game sweep of their Group B assignment in the senior division of this cagefest, which is supported by Impakt Power Drink.

    In the junior division, the San Beda-A Red Cubs drew big points from Pedro Alfaro and Ivan Melle as they fended off the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas, 82-67.

    Sta. Ana, a high school standout from National University, banged in 11 points while Awana had 10 for the Red Warriors.

    The Warriors joined the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers and the Arellano University Chiefs, who snared semis slots in Group A.

    Alfaro shot 14 points and Melle had 13 for the Red Cubs, who picked up their fifth straight triumph, and grab a quarterfinal slot in Group B.

    Sta. Ana scored four points, and joined hands with two other teammates in coming up with a big scoring run in the second quarter.

    With their running game, the Warriors were able to limit the Tigers to just five points in the last 10 minutes of the first half, and this gave them a 30-18 advantage.

    The Red Cubs joined the early qualifier Junior Altas, who lost their first match in six games.

    In the other juniors game, Lyceum turned back San Beda-B, 87-79, to finish with a 5-2 slate in Group A, and join early qualifiers National University and Adamson.

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