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    Exclamation Bravo Baste in Season 89

    Alley-oop basket rescues Lions

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:22 am | Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

    SAN BEDA coach Boyet Fernandez ran the length of the court after the final buzzer like he was celebrating a championship.

    Judging at the way the defending champion Lions won on opening day, the celebration was fitting and justified.

    Art dela Cruz banked in a backdoor alley-oop play with 3.4 seconds remaining as San Beda survived St. Benilde, 71-70, last night to kickstart its quest for a fourth straight title before a roaring crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Blazers gave the Lions all that they could handle in a wild finish with Pons Saavedra knocking in what many thought was the deciding three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left before Fernandez drew up the simple inbound play that set the stage for Dela Cruz’s heroics.

    Later, Letran—tipped as one of the biggest threats to San Beda’s throne—leaned on the stellar play of Raymond Almazan on both ends as the Knights trounced the San Sebastian Stags, 74-69.

    Almazan tallied 15 points, grabbed 20 boards and swatted away five shots for the Knights, who also unveiled a gem of a rookie in Rey Nambatac, whose 13-point output included three free throws down the stretch.

    It wasn’t a vintage dominant performance by the Lions whose past seasons had been marked by opening-day routs.

    “It was a lucky game for us because we were up by 15, we missed our free throws, we committed turnovers and we missed coverage, and we looked like we didn’t care in the fourth quarter,” said Fernandez.

    The scores:

    First Game

    SAN BEDA 71—Dela Cruz 16, Adeogun 11, Dela Rosa 10, Amer 9, Koga 8, D. Semerad 4, Mendoza 4, Abarcar 3, Pascual 2, A. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2.

    ST. BENILDE 70—Romero 19, Taha 15, Ongteco 10, Saavedra 10, Bartolo 9, Argamino 3, Sinco 2, Carlos 0, Grey 0, Garcia 0, Jonson 0.

    Quarters: 22-12, 38-28, 57-48, 71-70

    Second Game

    LETRAN 74—Almazan 15, Nambatac 13, Cruz 12, Ruaya 11, Racal 7, Luib 6, Gabawan 6, Castro 2, Publico 2, Dysam 0.

    SAN SEBASTIAN 69—Guinto 17, Ortuoste 16, Dela Cruz 9, Perez 9, Rebollos 7, De Vera 6, Gusi 3, Tano 2, Magno 0.

    Quarters: 17-17, 36-35, 58-50, 74-69

  2. #2
    Stags, Chiefs face off; Altas play Generals

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 27, 2013 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - San Sebastian tries to bounce back from its opening game setback while three other teams make their debut as action in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes today at The Arena in San Juan City.

    Now without former aces Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang, the Stags struggled against the Letran Knights and dropped a 69-74 decision in last Saturday’s opener of the league’s 89th season.

    But they are expected to encounter tough outing against the Arellano U Chiefs in their 4 p.m. match with the latter hoping to ride on their sterling pre-season performance.

    The Chiefs finished ahead of the San Beda Lions after the group stages of the recent Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

    “We’re happy that our hard work, patience and discipline is starting to bear fruits,” said Arellano U coach Koy Banal.

    “But we can’t let these recent triumphs get into our heads, that’s the last thing we want to do,” he added.

    The Chiefs, who will be missing Fil-Canadian Adam Jacob Serjue due to a torn MCL (medial collateral ligament) until early or middle of next month, are expected to lean again on the do-it-all pair of John Pinto and another Fil-Canadian James Forrester.

    Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College, two of the teams with intact rosters, clash in the other game at 6 p.m. with the winner joining Letran and Lyceum in the early lead.

    The Pirates pulled off an early shocker by beating the fancied three-peat champions San Beda Lions, 70-66, last Monday.

    “As I’ve said before, any team can beat any team this season so it will really depend on how we adjust and respond to every challenge we face during the game,” said Banal.

    The Altas lost only Jett Vidal and George Allen to graduation but hope to get the most from 6-3 Kervin Lucente and 6-4 Nestor Bantayan Jr. from Adamson and Juneric Baloria from Angeles City, Pampanga and Nigerians Femi Babayemi and Nosa Omorogba and Earl Scotty Thompson, a talented guard from Davao.

    “They’re not all 100-percent but at least everybody is all accounted for,” said Perpetual’s mentor Aric del Rosario, who steered the Altas to their first Final Four appearance last year, in Filipino.

    Like Perpetual, EAC is another team tipped to make an impact this year with a solid roster headed by Fil-Nigerian Sydney Onwubere and Cameroonians Jean Jacques Hiola Manga and Noube Happi.

    “We’re happy with our chances this season but we know it’s going to be tougher this year because all the team have improved really,” said EAC coach Gerry Esplana.

  3. #3
    Ortuoste lifts Stags past Chiefs

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    1:07 am | Friday, June 28th, 2013

    Sidelined the past three years, Jamil Ortuoste is making up for lost time.

    The 5-foot-9 guard tallied a season-best 28 points as San Sebastian slipped past Arellano, 78-76, last night for its first victory in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Scoring heavily on triples and floaters, Ortuoste helped carry the rookie-laden Stags in the last two periods after the Chiefs took control just before halftime.

    “It’s been frustrating the past three years, that’s why I’m happy I’m getting my chance now,” said the crafty guard who hit 10 of 15 shots in 34 minutes on the floor.

    After a solid high school career at San Sebastian, where he won two NCAA juniors titles, Ortuoste transferred to Far Eastern U although he was unable to crack the first team. He returned to the Stags’ fold on the prodding of assistant coach Raymund Valenzona.

    “We outworked them (Chiefs),” said coach Topex Robinson, whose squad bounced back from a 69-74 loss to Letran last Saturday.

    Perpetual Help underscored its status as a contender with a 69-49 rout of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the second game.

    Earl Thompson and Nosa Omorogbe wound up with 14 points each as the Altas, who reached the Final Four last season, played with ferocity on both ends.

    Stags forward Leo de Vera, a recruit from California, posted 15 points, six boards, two blocks and a steal, while Bradwyn Guinto posted another double-double with 10 points and 14 boards.

    The Chiefs battled back from a slow start, relying on a strong second period to take a 61-60 lead after a Keith Agovida undergoal stab. But Ortuoste buried a triple and scored six of the next eight points of the Stags who zoomed ahead, 71-65, with 4:50 left.

    Earlier, San Beda scored its second straight victory in the juniors division following an 83-59 triumph over La Salle Green Hills, while Perpetual Help debuted with an 83-64 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College.

    The senior scores:

    First Game

    SAN SEBASTIAN 78—Ortuoste 28, De Vera 15, Dela Cruz 10, Guinto 10, Perez 10, Gusi 3, Rebollos 1, Tano 1, Magno 0.

    ARELLANO 76—Caperal 11, Hernandez 11, Agovida 10, Pinto 10, Jalalon 6, Salcedo 6, Enriquez 5, Margallo 4, Cadavis 4, Nicholls, Gumaru, Bangga 0.

    Quarters: 20-14, 39-35, 60-54, 78-76

    Second Game

    PERPETUAL HELP 69—Thompson 14, Omorogbe 14, Baloria 12, Arboleda 10, Dizon 7, Alano 6, Bantayan 4, Elopre 2, Jolangcob 0, Lucente 0, Oliveria 0.

    EAC 49—Paguia 12, Happi 8, King 7, Mejos 4, Arquero 4, Jamon 4, Munsayac 3, Monteclaro 2, Castro 2, Morada 1, Hiole 0.

    Quarters: 11-8, 31-16, 46-32, 69-49

  4. #4
    ^^^ Jamil Ortuoste, before rejoining his alma mater, spent a couple of years on the FEU B Team. He should have known better. He was there at about the same time as RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo, Mike Tolomia and (before at least) Jerie Pingoy.

    His high school classmate Almond Vosotros is now in his fourth college year, third with Lasalle. Ortuoste is only now getting college ball action.

  5. #5
    Former LA working student de Vera keen to make most of his only season with Stags

    By Karlo Sacamos

    July 01, 2013, 06:34 pm

    YEARS ago, Leodaniel de Vera was a two-sport athlete in a Los Angeles high school with loads of potential who was lured away from his career path by having to work early in life.

    Now he's back to doing what he likes best in his mother's homeland.

    Born and raised in Los Angeles by a single Filipina mom from Pangasinan, the 6-foot-4 de Vera excelled at Granada Hills Charter High School. Shortly after winning a basketball MVP in his junior year, he shifted to volleyball where he helped his school win back-to-back championships.

    An only child who has yet to meet his Spanish father, de Vera learned to be independent at an early age and became a working student at 17. He worked at a sports retail store in a mall where was a salesman, cleaner, registrar and, in a year’s span, was promoted to assistant manager.

    Juggling his responsibilities, however, soon took its toll on him, and the chance to earn more money forced him to drop out of school and give up playing sports altogether after only a semester in college.

    He would hold four different jobs thereafter, working in a grocery store, a movie theater, a construction site, and dabbled in the network marketing business.

    But just when he thought he would be stuck in a career away from basketball in the States, De Vera met San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson in April 2012 when the Stags went on a two-week US training camp.

    It turned out Robinson knew one of De Vera’s coaches in LA.

    De Vera eventually was given an opportunity to be part of the Stags. And after only a month, he was enrolled in a business management course at the Recto-based school.

    “It was always a dream I had to play overseas, to play in college, but I was still young and ignorant,” de Vera shared to Spin.ph. “Finally I matured. I talked to my family a lot. They said if you want to do it, pursue it. ”

    “It’s the direction I’ve been praying for,” added de Vera, who underwent residency at San Sebastian for a year before becoming eligible this season. “I guess a dream that He put me back in the same direction because after high school, I was put in the wrong direction.”

    Now a rookie at 23, de Vera has found himself immediately thrust into a leadership role along with fellow outstanding freshman Jaymar 'CJ' Perez and veterans Jovit dela Cruz and Jon Rebollos in a team that has just lost three stars in Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual, and Ian Sangalang.

    A long-range assassin who can play either forward spots, de Vera is now being counted upon to fill the gap left by the sharp-shooting Pascual.

    “That’s big shoes to fill. I’m just going to do what I can as a role player to help this team get where we need to go,” said de Vera, who averaged 12.6 points - on a high 40-percent clip from beyond the arc - on top of 5.4 boards, 1.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in the last Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

    “With my experience, I just want to have the leadership for my team.”

    Only eligible to play for one season, de Vera is out to make the most of his NCAA stint that he hopes would be a springboard to bigger things in the future, possibly a stint in the PBA D-League and beyond.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

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    Lions trip Generals; SSC prevails

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:05 pm | Monday, July 8th, 2013

    San Beda, playing with more urgency in the second half, repulsed Emilio Aguinaldo College, 80-65, yesterday to notch back-to-back victories for the first time in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    The three-time defending champion Red Lions regained their lethal form just in time to wear down the Generals in the last two quarters to improve to 3-1 and gain solo third.

    Unable to come out with the aggressiveness they showed in their 64-57 win over Arellano last week, the Lions played catch-up for the majority of the first half before taking control behind Art dela Cruz and Baser Amer and pinning a third loss on the Generals.

    “It’s good that the bench is getting more and more comfortable because we are going to need everyone to step up this season,” said starting center Kyle Pascual, who finished with eight points.

    Later, Jamil Ortuoste poured 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and in overtime as the Stags outlasted erstwhile unbeaten Perpetual Help, 78-77, to even their card at 2-2.

    Perpetual fell to 2-1 and tied idle Lyceum for third place.

    But the Altas put the Stags’ victory under protest, citing an incident in the second period when Jessie Rebollos fouled Juneric Baloria, who, they claimed should have been given free throws. Altas team captain Harold Arboleda signed the scoresheet after the game to signify the protest.

    Dela Cruz, the hero in San Beda’s first win of the season against St. Benilde, finished with 18 points and grabbed nine boards. Amer tallied 14 points and dished nine assists.

    Earlier, San Beda and San Sebastian extended their unbeaten start to four games. The Cubs dumped the EAC Brigadiers, 108-59, while the Staglets cruised to a 110-79 win over the Junior Altas.

    The scores:

    Seniors First Game

    SAN BEDA 80—Dela Cruz 18, Amer 14, Dela Rosa 9, K. Pascual 8, Adeogun 6, Sara 6, Abarcar 5, Koga 4, Ludovice 4, A Semerad 4, D. Semerad 2, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

    EAC 65—King 18, Tayongtong 12, Jamon 10, Habbi 8, Arquero 7, Paguia 3, Monteclaro 3, Castro 2, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Saludo 0, Morada 0.

    Quarters: 16-18, 34-39, 58-52, 80-65

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    Altas trip Chiefs, tie Lions at 2nd

    Resurgent SSC Stags extend Blazers’ misery

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:48 pm | Thursday, July 18th, 2013

    UNIVERSITY of Perpetual Help built a big cushion early and held its ground in the end to subdue Arellano University, 73-66, last night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena.

    Rookie Juneric Baloria again took charge with 21 points but it was Chrisper Elopre’s long-range firepower that helped propel the Altas to their second straight win following a disputed overtime loss last week to the San Sebastian Stags.

    Elopre’s back-to-back threes in the closing minutes of the third period pushed the Altas ahead by 15 before the victors deflected a ferocious assault by the Chiefs to forge a tie for second spot at 4-1 with idle defending champion San Beda.

    Idle Letran shows the way with four wins in as many outings. The Knights will try to make it five in a row when they battle Lyceum tomorrow.

    Perpetual Help coach Aric Del Rosario was all praise for power forward Harold Arboleda, who threw his weight in the paint by grabbing 20 rebounds apart from scoring nine points.

    “He’s my silent killer,” said Del Rosario in Filipino, referring to the 6-foot-3 Hotel and Restaurant Management major.

    “Harold knows how to score and, at the same time, play tough defense. He’s also my stopper against the shooters of the opposing team.”

    Steadier in the end

    Later, San Sebastian proved steadier down the stretch and slipped past St. Benilde, 80-78, to gain a share of fourth spot with Jose Rizal University.

    Leo de Vera nailed two free throws with 31 seconds remaining after teammate Jovit dela Cruz scored on a layup and a steal as the Stags completed a stirring comeback inside the final minute for its third win in five outings.

    It was another heartbreaking loss for the Blazers who have now dropped their fifth game of the tournament by a combined margin of seven points.

    The Blazers have never lost by more than two points.

    Holding a three-point edge at halftime, the Altas outscored the Chiefs, 21-9, to surge to a 62-47 lead.

    Levi Hernandez and Allen Enriquez then conspired with Nard John Pinto to pull the Chiefs within nine, time down to less than three minutes.

    But the Altas countered behind Nicholas Omorogbe and Baloria, who scored successive baskets that pegged the final count.

    Pinto had eight of his team-high 17 points in the fourth for the Chiefs, who absorbed their third setback in five games.

    Staglets down Greenies

    Earlier, Ryan Paule Costelo scored 12 points and Rhanzelle Yong added 10 as the San Sebastian Staglets downed the La Salle Green Hills Greenies, 62-52, for their fifth straight win and a tie with the unbeaten San Beda Red Cubs at the top of the junior standings.

    The Greenies lost their first game in four outings.

    The University of Perpetual Help Altalettes leaned on Sir Shaquille Imperial’s 30 points to edge the Arellano Braves, 75-73, for their third victory in five outings. The Braves dropped to 1-4.

    The scores:

    Seniors First Game

    PERPETUAL 73—Baloria 21, Alano 15, Elopre 12, Arboleda 9, Omorogbe 7, Thompson 7, Oliveria 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0.

    ARELLANO 66—Pinto 17, Hernandez 11, Agovida 9, Enriquez 8, Caperal 6, Forrester 6, Nicholls 3, Jalalon 2, Salcedo 2, Gumaru 2, Bangga 0, Margallo 0, Cadavis 0.

    Quarters: 22-14, 41-38, 62-47, 73-66

    Seniors Second Game

    SAN SEBASTIAN 80—Ortuoste 23, Perez 17, Dela Cruz 12, De Vera 8, Tano 7, Guinto 6, Gusi 3, Rebollos 2, Vergara 2, Balucanag 0, Magno 0.

    ST. BENILDE 78—Taha 21, Grey 17, Bartolo 12, Romero 10, Ongteco 7, Sinco 6, Garcia 3, Deles 2, Jonson 0, Saavedra 0, Argamino 0.

    Quarters: 16-14, 36-35, 56-58, 80-78

  8. #8
    Perpetual nips Mapua; SSC up

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    2:46 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

    NOSA Omorogbe exploded for 25 points, including a flurry of triples down the stretch, as Perpetual Help nipped Mapua, 73-68, yesterday to forge a tie with San Beda for second place in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    The Nigerian forward knocked in three of the Altas’ five three-pointers in the final period as Perpetual Help held off repeated Mapua rallies to notch a third straight victory and improve to 5-1.

    Earlier, San Sebastian rediscovered its lethal form in the fourth quarter as the Stags came from behind to trounce the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 81-74, for their third straight victory.

    CJ Perez, Jamil Ortuoste and Leo De Vera joined forces in a bristling finish that sent the Stags to their fourth win in six outings and solo fourth spot.

    The Cardinals absorbed their third straight loss, joining the Generals in a tie at eighth spot with a 1-5 slate.

    Perez, tipped as heir apparent to Calvin Abueva, lived up to the hype, finishing with 20 points, including five in the final period, while Ortuoste delivered six of his 16 points in the final 10 minutes.

    De Vera, playing in his first and final year for the Stags, pumped in nine points, including a key triple that broke a four-minute dry spell boosted San Sebastian on top 72-70 with 2:04 remaining.

    Ortuoste’s free throws pushed the lead to 74-71, before Perez, responding to Jam Jamon’s triple on the other end, buried the go-ahead three-pointer with 44.3 seconds remaining.

    The Stags actually fashioned out their second straight win without coach Topex Robinson, who is still out of the country.

    “Every player did his part especially on defense,” said assistant coach Raymond Valenzona.

    Valenzona also steered the Staglets to their sixth straight win after a 77-67 triumph over the Brigadiers earlier.

    Meanwhile, Letran guard Franz Dysam underwent surgery yesterday to remove four bullets in his body, two days after two motorcycle-riding men shot him and his girlfriend, Joan Sordan.

    Sordan died on arrival at San Juan Medical Center.

    The scores:

    SAN SEBASTIAN 81—Perez 20, Ortuoste 16, Guinto 15, Dela Cruz 11, De Vera 9, Gusi 5, Balucanag 3, Rebollos 2, Vergara 0, Tano 0, Magno 0.

    EAC 74—Jamon 25, Morada 13, Happi 11, Arquero 9, Paguia 6, Onwubere 3, King 2, Monteclaro 2, Hiole Manga 2, Tayongtong 1, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Munsayac 0.

    Quarters: 17-12, 42-36, 57-64, 81-74

  9. #9
    Jaymar Perez and Jamil Ortuoste are proving to be as good as advertised. If Perez had remained in Lasalle the Archers surely would be guaranteed a Final 4 slot.

  10. #10
    Red Lions subdue Altas

    San Beda keeps 2nd; JRU slips past San Sebastian

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:29 am | Sunday, July 28th, 2013

    DYNAMIC guard Baser Amer fired a game-high 23 points to power San Beda past University of Perpetual Help, 72-65, last night and keep second place alone in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    The sophomore point guard from Zamboanga City unloaded his last 10 points in the fourth quarter, eight of them coming in a row, as the Lions stayed behind idle leader Letran at 6-1 while sending the Altas to third at 5-2.

    “Baser knows that he has to deliver for the team to beat Perpetual and he gladly responded to the challenge,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.

    Cameroonian Nosa Omorogbe finished with 21 points and rookie Juneric Baloria added 16 for the Altas, who rallied from a 16-point deficit late in the third period.

    But Rome Dela Rosa, Arthur Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun combined well with Baser, whose last triple atop the arc provided a five-point cushion for the defending champion Lions with three minutes remaining.

    Jordan Dela Paz scored 21 points on top of nine rebounds and a pair of steals as Jose Rizal University survived San Sebastian College, 67-63, in the other game.

    The Heavy Bombers foiled San Sebastian’s bid to stretch its win-streak to four games and tied the Stags at 4-2.

    Up by seven early in the payoff period, the Heavy Bombers saw their lead vanish as forward Jaymar Perez, Jovit Dela Cruz and Raffy Gusi fired at will.

    Perez found holes in JRU’s internal defense, Dela Cruz nailed his jumpers and Gusi drilled back-to-back threes inside three minutes that set up the cardiac finish.

    Gusi’s three-pointer with 1:56 left gave them the upperhand, 63-62, before Philip Paniamogan, Cris Jordan Dela Paz and Juan Salaveria bailed out the Heavy Bombers from the stripe.

    Down by just a basket, the Stags could have forced extra time but Perez misfired his runner from the corner. Salaveria was fouled during the rebound and finished off the Stags with a pair of freebies, 3.1 seconds remaining.

    Omorogbe escaped with a drive and later converted one of two free throws to trim the gap, 62-68, inside two minutes.

    But the Altas failed to collar the rebound after an Adeogun miss that led to an easy put-back by Dela Cruz that pushed the Lions comfortably ahead. A triple by Omorogbe with 12.3 seconds left and two free throws by Lion Yvan Ludovice closed out the scoring.

    The scores:

    First Game

    SAN BEDA 72—Amer 23, Koga 14, Adeogun 9, Dela Cruz 8, Pascual 6, Ludovice 6, Dela Rosa 6, Abarcar 0, A. Semerad 0, Mendoza 0, Sara 0, D. Semerad 0.

    PERPETUAL 65—Omorogbe 21, Baloria 16, Jolangcob 10, Arboleda 7, Alano 6, Bitoy 3, Thompson 2, Dizon 0, Ylagan 0, Elopre 0, Paulino 0.

    Quarters: 20-10, 38-22, 52-39, 72-65

    Second Game

    JOSE RIZAL 67—Dela Paz 21, Pontejos 12, Mabulac 8, Salaveria 8, Abanto 4, Paniamogan 4, Balagtas 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Diego 2, Grospe 0, Benavides 0.

    SAN SEBASTIAN 63—Perez 17, Gusi 11, Tano 10, Dela Cruz 8, Guinto 7, Ortuoste 4, De Vera 3, Rebollos 2, Balucanag 1, Vergara 0.

    Quarters: 16-13, 30-34, 50-47, 67-63
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI


 
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