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    ganda ng tuneup ng UM for the zonals ah
    Cebu will be a stronger power in basketball very soon...
    Sulong Sri Vijaya!

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    Friday, October 24, 2008
    13th UniGames opens in Dumaguete today
    Athletes from the University of St. La Salle, West Negros University and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos left Bacolod City yesterday morning bound for Dumaguete City for the 13th University Games that opens today in Foundation University grounds.

    Among the 104 athletes from USLS are members the men’s football team who hope to extend their winning streak in the UniGames after taking its fourth straight title last year at the expense of WNU.

    The La Sallians from Bacolod will also vie for the top honors in badminton men and women, football women, taekwondo men and women, lawn tennis men and women, table tennis men and women, and volleyball men and women.

    USLS sports office chief Malot Lozada said that despite being rookie-laden, their men and women’s volleyball teams will give their rivals a good fight.

    Meanwhile, WNU committee on sports management and development chairman Anthony Carlo Agustin said they have 51 athletes competing in track and field men and women, football men, basketball men, and chess men and women.

    After finishing in the top four in men’s basketball last year, Agustin expressed hopes that the WNU Mustangs will deliver a better performance this year. After the UniGames, the squad is lined up for another high-caliber basketball action in Ormoc City for the zonal round of the Philippine Collegiate Championship League starting Nov. 9

    Also hoping to successfully defend the title they won last year in the 12th edition of the UniGames hosted by USLS are the women woodpushers from UNO-R.

    Ericson Rios, UNO-R sports office head, said the school is sending its NOPSSCEA champion teams in men’s athletics, men sepak takraw, men’s lawn tennis and women’s chess.

    Among the schools that confirmed their participation in the UniGames this year are Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, DLSU St. Benilde, Holy Angel University, Jose Maria College, Mindanao State University Marawi, Far Eastern University, University of Mindanao, University of Iloilo, University of St. La Salle, West Negros College, Xavier University, University of Perpetual Help, San Beda University, Silliman University, Negros Oriental State University, Asian College of Science and Technology, the Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alejandria and lead host Foundation University.

    Aparicio Mequi, former Philippine Sports Commission chairman and now chair of Foundation’s Institute of Youth Sports for Peace program, said the presence of top schools in the UAAP is expected to spice up the competition this year.

    While most of the games will be held in several staging venues in Dumaguete City, the City of Tanjay is hosting basketball games for men and women at their covered basketball court by the city park, while the Municipality of Valencia was the designated venue for the volleyball games.

    The Unigames is the only national collegiate sports competition which started 1996 at the USLS in Bacolod City, gathering together the finest varsity athletes from universities from all over the country in the spirit of fair play, friendship and top-caliber competition.*NAB

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    Blue Eagles flog UI five
    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 00:23:00 10/25/2008

    DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines—They may be several weeks departed from their triumphant UAAP season, but the Ateneo Blue Eagles still played like they were in a championship series.

    Competing in a more relaxed atmosphere, a stark contrast to the tight and tense atmposphere of their UAAP finals against the La Salle Green Archers, the Eagles opened their bid in the 13th Philippine National University Games on a winning note by trampling on University of Iloilo, 83-56, at the Dumaguete City National High School covered court.

    In men’s football at the Silliman University pitch, Xavier University held former champion San Beda College to a scoreless draw.

    The medal-rich athletics and swimming competitions begin today at the M. Perdices Stadium and the LG Tevez Aquatic Center.

    Other men’s basketball matches in this week-long event backed by the Philippine Sports Commission saw Holy Angel University trounce St. Louis University, 66-45; Rizal Technological U overcome Ateneo de Davao, 70-60; and Foundation University blasting University of the Immaculate Concepcion-Davao, 90-46, at Tanjay City Sports Center.

    Ateneo coach Norman Black gave more playing time to his reserves and drew a more balanced attack that saw five players scoring at least nine points.

    But the Eagles, who were missing key players Chris Tiu, Nonoy Baclao, Jai Reyes and Yuri Escueta, still needed the inside dominance of Rabeh Al-Hussaini and a burst of energy from Eric Salamat to put away the Wildcats early in the second half.

    Ateneo, the losing finalist to Far Eastern U last year, trailed 22-24 in the second quarter before Al-Hussaini scored nine points and Salamat made a couple of steals to set off fastbreaks as the Eagles went beyond recall, 58-35, late in the third period.

    “We are using this tournament to develop our young players and prepare them for next season,” said Black, whose team played for the first time since sweeping La Salle in the UAAP finals late last month.

    Oping Sumalinog, a small forward who was sparingly used during the UAAP season, led the way with 13 points, while Zags Gonzaga and Al-Hussaini contributed 11 each. Kirk Long also scored nine points.

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    October 25, 2008
    WNU Mustangs Win as 13th UniGames Open Today
    By Cyrus M. Garde

    Reigning Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) and Western Visayas Regional Philippine Collegiate Champion’s League titlist West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs post its initial win against Mindanao State University (MSU), 80-51 in Tanjay Park Basketball Court even as the official opening of the 13th University Games (UniGames) will be held at 3 p.m. today at Lamberto Macias Sports Center in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

    Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez has sent Commissioner Akiko Thomson in his behalf to grace the occasion with Gov. Emilio Macias ll as the keynote speaker instead.

    Olympian Mark Javier who competed in Archery at the Beijing Olympics and hails from this province will lead the oath of amateurism, while UniGames president Roger A. Banzuela will declare the games open.

    Foundation University will play host for the third time this sports competition, first in 2000 and two years later in 2002.

    This week-long competition was adopted this year by the PSC as the only tertiary sports competition that will be the breeding ground of future athletes that will represent the country in international sports competitions. This after Banzuela and other UniGames officials met with PSC Commissioner Ritchie Garcia for supporting the sports events. However, the management and running of the even will still be under the UniGames.

    Earlier, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) also recognized the UniGames as its only collegiate sports competition and initially funded the tournament with P2million for the logistics of the tournament.

    Banzuela also said that there are 46 schools join the sports competition in twelve different sports disciplines.

    The venues were scattered in different towns and cities outside of Dumaguete City where the bulk of the events will be held at the refurbished Dumaguete Sports Complex. The town of Valencia hosted volleyball events while Tanjay city for basketball.

    Banzuela added that the different schools joining certain events are; 12 teams for male and 7 for female in athletics; 12 teams in men and 8 in women for badminton; 22 in men and 7 teams in women for basketball; 15 teams in men and 12 in women for chess; 13 in men and 8 in women for football; 9 in men and 6 in women for lawn tennis and 7 teams in sepak takraw.

    In swimming; 6 teams in men and 5 in women; table tennis with 10 teams in men and also 10 in women; taekwondo with 14 teams in men and 15 in women; volleyball with 22 teams in men and 20 in women and beach volleyball with 9 teams in men and 8 in women.

    University of St. La Salle (USLS) played host to the first UniGames in 1996 with only seventeen schools participating. It was introduced by then USLS president, Bro. Rolando Dizon, FSC after a lull in the tertiary level of sports competition as it folded up in the Palarong Pambansa, then the scrapping of Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) that was later revived in Zamboanga City four years ago.*

    Siverino “Nonoy” Baclao (center), UAAP defensive player of the year and finals MVP shares his experience as the new star player of the Ateneo Blue Eagles during a press con yesterday. With him: Anthony Agustin, chairman of WNU CSMDO; and Oscar Bascon, president of NBA.* (James G. Toga/NDB photo)

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    Sunday, October 26, 2008
    FU's Greyhounds scores first win in men's basketball
    By Edmund B. Sestoso

    TANJAY CITY, Negros Oriental -- The Greyhounds of host Foundation University (FU) gets its first victory over the University of Immaculate Concepcion of Davao in the ongoing 16th Philippine University Games 2008 in Basketball Men's Division held in Tanjay City Sports Center.

    FU's Greyhounds trounced on the University of the Immaculate Concepcion (UIC), with 90-46, at Tanjay City Sports Center on the opening day of the Philippine National University Games in Negros Oriental.

    The match started with a promise of a close fight but the UIC faltered in its strategy, resulting in a Greyhound lead of 28 points with a score of 66-38 by the end of the 3rd quarter.

    FU Greyhounds recently won the 2008 Negros Oriental Governor's Cup, which Coach Glenn Serion said, helped prepare them for the Unigames.

    "We practice more everyday and observe the strategies of the opponent," Serion said.

    However, he added that he does not expect too much from his players because there are other good teams coming from the National Capital Region (NCR), whom he described as the "giants of Manila."

    He stressed that there is also a need to prove to them that regardless of the call of NCR teams, "Negros Oriental knows basketball so well that we can compete with them."

    "I dont want to complicate this game because basketball is very easy. The only important thing to remember is that the players must know the basics and the fundamentals," Serion said.

    He added that mind setting and focus of the players are very important before and during the game.

    While FU got a taste of its first victory, it was also an unfortunate day for Silliman University (SU) as it was defeated by Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC).

    Fresh from their second place win at the Regional Universities and Colleges Athletics Association (Rucaa), EAC Generals defeated the SU Stallions 80-51 in the same day played here.

    The first quarter of the game was a close fight with a SU Stallions leading 16 14. But they were unable to keep their hold as the taller EAC Generals overtook them from the second quarter.

    "We dominated the boards throughout the game and my players did well. However, I was expecting more from SU," Nomar Isla, EAC coach, said.

    "Given that EAC Generals are tall compared to SU Stallions, I hope that Silliman learned a lot form this game," he said.

    Isla revealed that their comeback in the Unigames is to defend their title last 2006 as the defending champion.

    "We were not able to play the 2007 Unigames due to grade deficiencies of my players, and now we are coming back to defend it," he said.

    "We will be playing the champion's league soon. And playing in the Unigames is the best training for the team," he added.

    On the other hand, the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) trounced the Holy Name University Tagbilaran, 99-57 on the same day and played in the sports center here.

    The first quarter ended with a tie but the succeeding quarters were played in favor of HCDC, leaving HNU by 42 points.

    "We were able to manage in this way not because we changed our routines but only through the usual practice with dedication," said Coach Abel Benitez.

    Benitez added that winning this game meant using good defense, rebounds and focusing on their outside shots.

    And the University of Mindanao cagers proved too powerful for the University of the Assumption-Pampanga Pelicans, 72-68, when they clashed on the first day of the Philippine University Games held here.

    The Pelicans led the game 18-12 in the first quarter but the UM ruled the boards from the second quarter throughout the game leaving the Pelicans with only four points. It was a close fight during the last quarter.

    However, Pelicans mislaid their line of attack giving the way to UM.

    UM's Coach Roderick Cunda of UM revealed that their preparation for the Unigames consisted of daily rigid trainings.

    "They incurred injuries during training, yet they learned from it," he added.

    "Our team is dominated by freshmen studes- almost 90 percent of them are 17 years old and I can see that UM has a big chance competing towards the end of Unigames. The fact that they are fresh and new, that gives us the advantage," Cunda said.

    While back in Dumaguete City, the Rizal Technological University beat Ateneo de Davao 70-60 in men's basketball during day one of the Philippine National University Games at the Dumaguete City Gymnasium.

    Mark Anthony Aque, RTU forward, said they prepared well for the games, to include ensuring that they have enough rest, eat a balanced diet and countless practice sessions.

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    Sunday, October 26, 2008
    Rizalians best Louisians in basketball women's division

    SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY, Dumaguete City -- The most applauded sports activity in the ongoing Philippine University Games is the women's division of Basketball.

    Playing inside this university's gym, Rizal Technological University (RTU) has defeated St. Louis University (SLU) in women's basketball 71-43 during last Friday night's opening play.

    Aside from displaying their shooting skills, the Rizalians edge over the Louisians team showed in the rebounds and three-point shots.

    The RTU team started strong with Jamago, Ilustre, Valdez, Quilang and Rodriguez, pulling away early at 22-5 in the first quarter.

    They took the half at 30-18 and enjoyed a lead as big as 30 before closing the rout.

    SLU came out strong on the second half but failed to surmount RTU's 12-point lead.

    Jamago and Rodriguez hit five triples to lead the RTU in scoring.

    Quarter scores: 22-5; 30-18; 52-34; 71-43

    A home court sometimes does not give advantage to sports players, as in last Friday, it showed that an outsider Adamson Falcons whipped the Silliman University Mares, 85-33, during the first day of action in women's basketball.

    The Falcons, the defending champion, came out strong, displaying tremendous intensity and energy almost throughout for the big rout.

    A triple by Buendia ignited a commanding 21-6 advantage by Adamson after the first 10 minutes of play.

    With all 8 players fielded breaking into the scoring column, Adamson went on to lead by as much as 46 points in the third quarter and by as much as 52 in the fourth.

    Almazan led Adamson with her total 23 points, shooting within and beyond the three-point line.

    Quarter scores: 21-6; 41-15; 72-26; 85-33.

    In another event, the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) has defeated Silliman University in football played in this university's ball field.

    A whooping 11-0 in favor of UST caught the Sillimanian audience by surprise. UST's star player Mary Cres Ignacio scored the first goal with a cross from Aiza Mondero.

    By the end of the first half, UST scored 5 goals, which they added with 6 more goals in the second half.

    UST Coach Rozano Estrabon said they worked hard to win and to defend their championship crown.

    Silliman University coach, Gilberto Encontro, said they played only for the love of the game. He admitted that they were unprepared for the games, saying "they were always on duty." (EBS)

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    Monday, October 27, 2008
    Davao dribblers, spikers win

    TANJAY CITY, Negros Oriental -- The Holy Cross of Davao College Crusaders and University of Mindanao Wildcats opened their bid in the 13th Philippine University Games on a bright note after drubbing respective foes in Day 1 of the men's basketball competition at the Osmeña Park covered court here.

    The Crusaders clobbered Holy Name University of Bohol, 99-57 in Bracket C encounter, while the Wildcats routed University of the Assumption, 72-62, in Bracket B match.

    It was an easy debut win for the Crusaders, who sailed to an 18 points lead, 48-30, at halftime and never looked back to barge their way to the winning column.

    Holy Cross coach Adel Gino Nobleza used all his seven players and six of them scored in double figures, unexpectedly led by second stringer rookie Jed Benitez, who poured in 19 points, including four triples.

    Al Etcuban and Arthur Japson chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Kirk James Blanco, Bryan Rosete and Ogie Rosales had 12 points apiece.

    Playing superbly in both ends of the floor, the Wildcats notched their first victory to join with Day 1 Bracket B victors UAAP champs Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles and Saint Louis University of Baguio City.

    Michael Angalan led the charge for UM with 18 points. Arnold Adormeo added 16 markers for the Wildcats, who will face the Blue Eagles on Monday at 5 p.m.

    Over at the Foundation University Gym, Holy Cross of Davao College men's volleyball team demolished St. Paul University of Dumaguete City, 25-8, 25-13, 25-7.

    The University of Mindanao women's volleyball team also started its title quest on a high note, beating University of the Philippines-Diliman, 25-17, 25-18, 25-23.

    Sharing the spotlight was first timer Jose Maria College women's volleyball team, which trounced University of the Assumption, 25-18, 25-6, 25-13.

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    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
    WNU cagers, booters sweep Unigames foes
    West Negros University sent its teams to the quarterfinals of men's basketball and men's football yesterday, while University of St. La Salle also made the last eight in volleyball and football in the 13th Philippine University Games in Dumaguete City.

    Playing their second game in five hours, the Mustangs banked on the backcourt tandem of Alfie Villariza and Jeff Jacinto to stun Cebu powerhouse University of San Jose-Recoletos, 75-68, yesterday and complete a sweep of group C in men's basketball at the Lamberto Macias Cultural and Sports Center.

    The Mustangs defeated Holy Cross of Davao College, 72-61, yesterday morning to clinch a quarterfinals spot. But while the win boosted the morale of the reigning NOPSSCEA men basketball titlist, it cost them the services of Ryan Flores who dislocated his elbow while defending a layup in the first half.

    Sidelined by his injury, Flores did not suit up for WNU in their game against USJ-R in the afternoon.

    The 5-foot-7 Villariza led the Mustangs' big start by scoring 10 points in the first period, before Jacinto sparked a burst that saw the Mustangs stretch their lead, 29-15, midway in the second period.

    A Villariza runner, his 20th point of the game, with 1:40 left virtually sealed the win, 73-63, sending the Mustangs to a knockout match with the loser of the Angeles University Foundation-Rizal Technological University match, which was being played as of press deadline.

    Also registering impressive performance in the game against USJ-R were Briton Javelona and Winrich Posoc who scored 10 points each. Posoc also made five blocks in the game, a feat that made observers mark him in the defense department after registering six blocks in the match earlier against HCDC.

    The Mustangs will face Xavier University in the quarterfinals.

    Meanwhile, West Negros also moved into the quarterfinals of men's football unscathed as the team of coach Norman Fegidero overcame a tight start to blank Foundation University, 3-0, yesterday at the Silliman ballfield.

    Substitute Vince Braga struck twice in the second half, after Ruffy Llorente opened the scoring in the 65th minute.

    Despite a straight-sets loss to Far Eastern U, USLS, mentored by Roger Banzuela, still made the women's volleyball quarterfinals, after finishing the elimination-round with a 3-1 record. The men's team also topped their bracket to clinch a place in the knockout stage.

    The Lady Stingers will meet University of Mindanao for a place in the semifinals today.

    La Salle's four-time defending champion men's football team also made it to the quarterfinals with a game to spare, after winning over Dipolog Medical College Foundation, 4-2, and University of the Philippines, 2-1.

    The La Salle booters will play San Beda College today.*

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    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
    Cebu teams peeling off the title race

    THE Cebuano teams slowly fall out of the title hunt in the University Games in Dumaguete City and hopes for a title now hinge on the volleyball teams of the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) as they are the only ones left to carry Cebu’s banner in the week-long sporting meet.

    As of press time, the men’s and women’s team are still fighting to keep the Cebuanos’ bid in basketball alive as they were playing in their respective quarterfinals matches.

    Eight may be a lucky number for some, but it totally went against all superstition when the USJ-R basketball squad of Edito Salacot lost their last two games by eight points.

    Late Monday afternoon, USJ-R lost to West Negros College by eight points, 66-74. Banking on on a strong performance in the competition and with three wins on its belt, USJ-R still managed to advance to the quarterfinal round yesterday morning.


    However, things did not change for the better as they still floundered over little known Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) of Luzon also by eight points, 73-81 to formally drop out of contention.

    “We were leading by eight points early in the game. But we are not in our best condition just like our game against UV (University of the Visayas) and they caught up and turned the game around as they were able to build up an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter,” said guard Jabe Delfino.

    Delfino added that just like their game against UV in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball finals, they struck first but their energy dissipated going to the end of the match, allowing EAC to wrest the lead only the fourth quarter and went on to remove USJ-R from the title hunt.

    USJ-R is gunning for an evasive slot to the Champions League. It will compete in the zonals qualifying next week in Ormoc City.

    Women’s division

    In the women’s volleyball quarterfinals, Southwestern University lost to University of Sto. Tomas in the quarterfinals, 6-25, 16-25, 22-25.

    SWU head coach Janeth Ponte expressed her disappointment over her wards, who have been figuring dominantly in the elimination round topping their bracket with an unblemished slate.

    “My players are still very young and they get jittery during crucial matches and could no longer carry out instructions. They need to have more exposure,” said Ponte. (MCB)

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    Ateneo scrambles to cage finals vs EAC
    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 03:41:00 10/30/2008

    DUMAGUETE CITY—Ateneo de Manila University passed its toughest test so far in the 13th Philippine National University Games as the Blue Eagles turned back the West Negros University Mustangs, 72-61, Wednesday night to reach the basketball finals at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center.

    The Eagles needed a brilliant fourth quarter to forge a title duel with Emilio Aguinaldo College, which hammered out a 94-92 overtime victory over Angeles University Foundation behind Argel Mendoza’s 24 points.

    Eric Salamat had 18 points and Rabeh Al-Hussaini added 14 for the Eagles, who survived stellar performances from the Mustangs’ 5-foot-6 playmaker Alfie Villariza and 6-foot-2 center Winrich Posoc.

    The fleet-footed Villariza matched his output against Far Eastern University in the semis last year by pouring 30 points, including 21 in the second half to help the Mustangs cut a 17-point deficit to 45-47 heading into the fourth period.

    But Eman Monfort and Kirk Long opened the final quarter with back-to-back triples, before Al-Hussaini and Oping Sumalinog combined for 14 of Ateneo’s next 17 points to finish off the former squad of Eagle Nonoy Baclao, who did not play because of tendonitis.

    Posoc had seven blocks, two each on Al-Hussaini and Salamat, before fouling out early in the final quarter.
    It was a disappointing day for the University of Santo Tomas who saw its bid for four titles reduced to one after bowing out in men’s and women’s football and women’s volleyball in the semifinals of this week-long event supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.

    De La Salle University got back at UST, 1-0, with Jo Del Rosario pouncing on a goal-mouth scramble in the 13th minute to boot in the marginal goal at the Perdices Stadium.

    University of St. La Salle stunned UST, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-14, in women’s volleyball.

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