UAAP Season 73 team lineups
by Christian Soler
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THIS LIST contains the names of the competing players in the men’s basketball tournament of UAAP Season 73. Each squad can submit a maximum of 16 players. Information will be updated as soon as it arrives. To all those who wish to re-post this list, please cite our Web site.
UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST RED WARRIORS
ACIBAR, Ken – F/C AYALA, Garrick – F CASAJEROS, Lordy – G DURAN, Erwin – F ENGUIO, Biboy – F HERNANDEZ, Ivan – F/C LEE, Paul – G/F MARTINEZ, James – G NOBLE, JM – F RAZON, Sam – F REYES, Raffy – G ROSOPA, Kit – C SANTOS, Adi – F SUMIDO, JR – G TAGARDA, Lucas – G ZAMAR, Paul – G
UAAP preview: Warriors out to end 25-year title drought
07/02/2010 | 12:01 AM
The last time University of the East won the championship, the late Ferdinand Marcos was still the nation’s most powerful figure, SM North Edsa was newly established and was the biggest mall at that time and the Philippine Basketball Association had only six teams left brought about by the disbandment of the legendary Crispa Redmanzers and their rival Toyota Corollas a year before that.
And the Warriors had two prominent names on their lot – Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera – who will soon finally make their mark as two of the fabled members of the PBA’s 25 Greatest Players.
That was 25 years ago, the last time the Recto-based cagers won a UAAP title that capped their back-to-back crowns.
Since then, UE always ended up dry despite having numerous chances in a stretch of more than two decades under coaches who have come and go.
Last year, the Warriors surprisingly marched their way back to the Promised Land, but they didn’t have enough arsenal to match up against the high-flying Eagles of Ateneo, who won back-to-back titles.
They had a good run to the crown last season, but signs are not encouraging this time around.
Their best frontliners, Pari Llagas and Elmer Espiritu won’t be around for the Warriors as the duo decided to turn pros.
Two other members of last year’s starting unit, Val Acuña and Rudy Lingganay, will not be returning as well for the team of coach Lawrence Chiongson.
But there’s one positive note for the Warriors.
Paul Lee, the cerebral quarterback of UE, will be back to keep a hold of this young team and will most likely play alongside veteran James Martinez in the backcourt.
Martinez, who suffered an ACL injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season, will play a crucial role for the Warriors. His condition remains doubtful, though, whether he can step up as quicker as the younger guys in the league or he will eat his opponents’ dust.
Also returning are power-leaping 5-foot-9 guard Raffy Reyes and smart and snappy 5-foot-10 guard Paul Zamar, who will provide speed and hustle.
They will be joined by 6-foot swingman Ric Enguio, an athletic guard from Lyceum.
Ken Acibar, 6-foot-6, is expected to get the minutes he need this time, as well as 6-foot-5 center/forward Sam Razon. Newcomer Jun Rosopa, a 6-foot-5 banger, will be utilized more this season. - Rey Joble, GMANews.,TV
UAAP Season 73 preview – Ateneo, FEU, UE
by Christian Soler
Saturday, 3 July 2010 291 Views | 4 Comments
THE 73rd season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines kicks off on Saturday, July 10 at the Araneta Coliseum. As always, inboundpass.com breaks down the eight competing squads and sizes up their chances for the upcoming campaign.
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles
2009 record: 13-1 (3-1 in playoffs, beat University of the East in the finals)
Head coach: Norman Black
Additions: Carlo Balmaceda, Arthur dela Cruz, JP Erram, Jason Escueta, Jeric Estrada
Holdovers: Bacon Austria, Ryan Buenafe, Justin Chua, Chris de Chavez, Frank Golla, Tonino Gonzaga, Kirk Long, Emman Monfort, Eric Salamat, Nico Salva, Juami Tiongson
Background: The Katipunan five showed how much their shock value was worth in Season 72. Despite suffering upsets at the hands of UP in the eliminations and UE in Game 2 of the Finals, Ateneo displayed the resiliency that defines a champion.
Key changes: Vital cogs Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao and Jai Reyes depart Loyola Heights with back-to-back titles, leaving the floor to proven second-stringers who have played their part to perfection in both championship runs.
Rookies JP Erram and Jason Escueta will see a lot of minutes manning the slot in 2010. Escueta takes up a lot of space given his physique, and will surely be a force on the glass. Erram reminds fans of a younger Baclao. His potential is sky-high. Ex-San Beda Red Cub Arthur dela Cruz continues the tradition of youngsters making the trip from Mendiola to Katipunan, and may see some action at the four-spot. Jeric Estrada, at 6’7, is a project but has a much better upside than guys like Vince Burke.
Outlook: Given the departures, Eric Salamat emerges as the squad’s heart and soul, while Nico Salva becomes both the center of the offense and screams of the female fans. As always, coach Norman Black will employ a 10- to 11-man rotation, which despite the personnel losses remains the most experienced in the league.
The Blue Eagles have always had enviable depth since 1998, the last season they failed to reach the Final Four. While the bench is a bit suspect given the fact that many of the them will be playing up to more elevated roles (Emman Monfort and Juami Tiongson filling in for Jai Reyes, Salva for Baclao and two rookies alternating for Al-Hussaini), it is still more battle-hardened than the rest of the league. As always, defense remains the unit’s calling card. If there’s any program that subscribes to the axiom, “good defense leads to easy baskets,” it’s Ateneo.
Prognosis: 2010 is the proverbial crossroad in the Blue Eagles’ hoops program. While Season 72 bade farewell to stalwarts who’ve brought glory and championship rings, Season 74 promises a long production line of talent, with Gwynne Capacio, Greg Slaughter and most likely Kiefer Ravena joining the fray. Season 73 seems to be stuck in a time warp. Nonetheless, if you’re Black and Blue, 2010 will be more than just a stop along the train tracks. In fact, it could very well be the past and the future meshed into yet another vicious title run.
Far Eastern University Tamaraws
2009 record: 11-3 (0-2 in playoffs, lost to UE in Final Four)
Head coach: Glenn Capacio
Additions: Anton Bringas, Carl Bryan Cruz, Clarence Foronda, Anjoe Latonio, Gryann Mendoza, Terrence Romeo
Subtractions: Mark Barroca, Casey Caluag, Jaymo Eguilos, Marty Pereabras, Edgar Tanuan, McJan Vinluan
Holdovers: JR Cawaling, Reil Cervantes, Chris Exciminiano, RR Garcia, Jolas Guerrero, Jens Knuttel, Christian Manalo, Pipo Noundou, Aldrech Ramos, Paul Sanga
Background: After an above-average elimination round campaign, FEU was rocked by its seemingly annual dose of controversy as leading scorer Mark Barroca was dismissed from the team before the start of the Final Four. In disarray, the Tamaraws humbly lost two straight games to an inspired Red Warrior lineup in a semifinal meltdown.
Key changes: Along with Adamson, FEU retains the most intact core from the previous season, of course notwithstanding Barroca. While many a fan may have forgotten the Zamboanga native, his value as an offensive triple threat will sorely be missed.
Rookie phenom Terrence Romeo, infamous for an 83-point performance in a juniors game for the Baby Tams last year, will figure in Glenn Capacio’s rotation. His flashy and sometimes undisciplined play needs some tempering, though. Anton Bringas, elder brother of Arvie, adds brute force to the frontline, while Bryan Cruz is a more than serviceable second-string big man.
Outlook: Just when will “next year” come? For that matter, why isn’t “last year” ever exorcised? Since 2007, FEU has looked like a dynasty waiting to happen. Three years on and the Tamaraws remain winless in postseason play, going a dismal 0-5 in classification/Final Four games.
Clearly, the material is there. This is arguably the finest generation of Morayta ballers since the Johnny Abarrientos and Victor Pablo days of the early 90s (and to some extent, just as good as Arwind Santos and co. in the 2000s). Aldrech Ramos and JR Cawaling are the best at their positions, while RR Garcia is a pro in a college sophomore’s body. Reil Cervantes has improved by leaps and bounds, and the bench is the best in the league. Perhaps, Capacio’s newly installed triangle offense, described by Jens Knuttel as “Laker ball,” could get FEU over the hump.
Prognosis: Despite having an under-fire Capacio and a restless battalion of cagers failing to live up to its potential at the helm, FEU remains the preseason pick of pundits and supporters alike. If the Tamaraws can actually get through a year without an inch of controversy, they’ll win Season 73. That’s a big “if,” however.
University of the East Red Warriors
2009 record: 10-4 (3-2 in playoffs; lost to Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals) Head coach: Lawrence Chongson
Additions: Lordy Casajeros, Biboy Enguio, Ivan Hernandez, James Martinez, Sam Razon, Kit Rosopa, Adi Santos
Subtractions: Val Acuña, John Alabanza, Toto Bandaying, Elmer Espiritu, Jairold Flores, Rudy Lingganay, Pari Llagas
Holdovers: Ken Acibar, Garrick Ayala, Erwin Duran, Paul Lee, JM Noble, Raffy Reyes, JR Sumido, Lucas Tagarda, Paul Zamar
Background: The Red Warriors captured the imagination of every UE alum, student and neutral by going on an eight-game win run, which took with it the scalp of a twice-to-beat Tamaraw in the semis. In the end, UE fell a game and decent Pari Llagas performance short of a first title in 24 years.
Key changes: UE lost its entire frontline after Llagas, Val Acuña and Elmer Espiritu played out their eligibility last season, equivalent to 37 points and 20 boards a contest. Also gone is the steady Rudy Lingganay, one of a few point guards to have an assist-to-turnover ratio above 2.
James Martinez, whose jersey number was on every Red Warrior’s uniform in Season 72 after missing the entire season to an ACL tear, returns to infuse consistent shooting and leadership into the lineup. 6’6 Kit Rosopa, at 24, becomes the oldest rookie in UE – and perhaps league – history. He’ll provide decent minutes alongside 6’4 Sam Razon, a one-time National College of Business and Arts Wildcat. Adi Santos, an ex-UE Page, adds a physical dimension to Chongson’s frontline.
Outlook: It’s no surprise that the world of the Warriors will revolve around Paul Lee. Poised for an MVP season, Lee will most likely lead the league in scoring (or at least come in second to UP’s Mike Silungan). To lead his team to victory is another story, although he has proven to be a capable passer, pacing the league in assists at 4.9 last year. Martinez, Raffy Reyes and Paul Zamar will all benefit from the pressure opposing defenses are expected to exert on Lee.
While UE remains potent in the backcourt, it’s the frontline that’s hounded by question marks. Razon, Rosopa and Santos are unproven at this level. 6’6 Ken Acibar could be the Recto unit’s anesthetic to its decimated frontline as it attempts to rebuild from Season 72. Whoever it is, someone has to take charge of rebounding and at least providing the consistent presence underneath the basket for the Red and White.
Prognosis: If UST, with Dylan Ababou, Khasim Mirza, Jeric Teng and 13 no-namers make the Final Four do it, why can’t UE? Lee’s supporting cast is much better than Ababou’s last year. Should his frontline be able to hold its own and do at least the basics, expect Chongson and the Red Warriors to make a run down the stretch.
Projected team standings
1. Far Eastern University
2. Ateneo de Manila University
3. University of the East
4. Adamson University
T5. De La Salle University
T5. University of the Philippines
T7. National University
T7. University of Sto. Tomas
FEU over Adamson
Ateneo over UE
For a more in-depth analysis, grab a copy of Rebound: The Spirit of College Basketball, which hits newsstands on July 1, 2010.
Historically, sport was determined to be the more positive way of settling disputes
between warring nation states. Why? Because rules were instigated to effect a measure
of control on the athletes and the conduct of the activity. Next, the officials saw to it that
the rules were applied to all and last, the fans could cheer for their “heroes” who brought
them honor and glory. This illustrates the connection between these three participants
involved in a sport event which has thus remained to the present.
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escalating problem of violence during UAAP games, in particular, those involving
players and fans. With the overall objective of creating a safe, comfortable and enjoyable
experience for all supporters/participants of UAAP games/events, the UAAP Board of
Directors prepared this Fan Code of Conduct as a guide to expected behaviors. These are
1. Athletes, coaches and sport officials will respect and appreciate each and every fan.
2. Fans will be treated in a consistent, professional and courteous manner by all UAAP/
sport facility personnel.
3. Fans will sit only in their ticketed seats and show their tickets when requested.
4. Fans will enjoy the UAAP sport event free from disruptive behavior, including foul or
abusive language or obscene gestures (i.e. fighting, taunting, or engaging in any action
that may harm, endanger, threaten, or bring discomfort to anyone in the stadium). Any
fan engaging in such will be warned by the UAAP/sport facility personnel. A repetition
of said behavior will subject the fan to ejection from the facility.
5. Fans carrying signs or wearing clothing with obscene, deregatory or indecent messages
will be requested to discard said sign/wear the shirt inside out.
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and safe manner by the UAAP/sport facility security/personnel.
7. Fans will not engage in fighting or throwing objects. Those who engage in any of these
actions will immediately be ejected from the game/venue.
8. Fans will smoke in designated smoking areas only.
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operations and emergency response procedures.
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The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers growled and whipped the heavily favored University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 80-67 and joins La Salle in the "W" column in the UAAP Season 73 at the Araneta on July 10.
(to be updated)
What seemed to be a tight game with no teams letting
The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors are momentarily on top of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 31-29 at the half as the second game of the UAAP Season 73 opening day at the Araneta Coliseum continues.
Sans the veteran Elmer Espiritu, the Red Warriors went on a seesaw battle with the Tigers in the first half. Kenneth Acibar proved to be a revelation for the Warriors as he delivered the heft of points for the Recto-based squad with 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Not to be outdone, the Growling Tigers continued to live up to its dark horse image as it surprised last year's bridesmaids with Santo Tomas on top at the first 12-17.