BACOLOD , Philippines – National University took the men’s cage crown as University of the East made a no-show while Far Eastern U took the men’s football and women’s basketball crowns at the close of the 17th Sandugo University Games at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod Gym here yesterday.
The Bulldogs, who escaped with a 67-66 decision over the Adamson Falcons in the semis, took the easy way out to pocket the gold medal after the Warriors decided to leave the night before to honor a previous commitment in Chinese Taipei.
It was NU’s second Unigames title in three years.
Dethroned champion Ateneo, which fell to UE, 65-68, in the semis, edged Adamson, 58-56, to clinch runner-up honors as organizers stripped the Warriors of any medal in the cage competition.
The Falcons, who protested their semis defeat to the Bulldogs, also threatened not to show up in the game but changed their minds upon pleas from local organizer Dodong Bascon. Adamson took third place.
Without UE, NU, which also won in Dumaguete in 2010, played this year’s UAAP runner-up UST in an exhibition game for just two quarters and barely won it, 54-52.
In football, FEU bucked a late, spirited charge by University of St. La Salle in injury time to escape with a pulsating 5-4 victory and cop the men’s gold at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in this event bankrolled by Sandugo and backed by Smart.
Jesus Melliza, a mainstay of the Green Archers United Globe team in the First Division of the Manila-based United Football League, finished with a hat-trick, including two when the Morayta-based booters seized a 3-1 lead at halftime.
But Aldrin Dolino and Marson dela Torre countered with goals on the 61st and in the second minute in extra time, respectively, to tie the count at 3.
Eric Ben Gicanto then unloaded a rocket a minute later before Melliza struck in the second extra time to gain a two-goal cushion.
Jimmy Malaloan scored on a penalty kick as USLS closed in again but the Stingers ran out of time to turn it around or force a penalty shootout.
“We’re happy because we won this event though most of our players are just 14 years old,” said Jade Bejeminio in Filipino.
In women’s basketball, UAAP title-holder FEU made it a double celebration as it downed NU, 57-54, to bag the gold, its first since going all the way in the 2008 edition, also in Dumaguete.
The Lady Tams, who swept this UAAP season in 16 games, including a two-game finals sweep of La Salle, clinched the crown despite the absence of reigning UAAP Finals MVP Soc Borja and season MVP Allana Lim, who both graduated.
FEU actually dropped its first assignment to St. Benilde but swept past UP, Holy Cross of Davao City, NU and USLS in the group stage before nipping Lyceum, 52-50, in the semis.
“It’s all about heart,” said FEU coach Allan Albano. “Add to that the fact that this team is already like family.”
I read in the facebook page of sandugo unigames that UE tried to rebook their flight to taiwan but I guess they were too late , not a good message to the league they were playing in but they had to choose , I even read in other forums that they will be banned till next year in sandugo , UE Management should schedule better next time haha
The warriors were hardly impressive against a supposedly over matched Chiefs. Charles Mammie has no back-to-the-basket game and got by with size, strength and athleticism. He's like a bigger Mbe with less motor and lower bball IQ. The PG import is far less impressive. If not for Palma and Casajeros, the Warriors would be playing for runner up honors. Casajeros is particularly impressive with his athletic drives to the basket, always finding the seams in the Chiefs' 2-3 zone. Jumao-as was ok tho he got his ass handed to him a couple of times by the lesser heralded AU backcourt.
Mammie and the returning Casejeros, for me, are going to be contributors nexr season. Palma and Jumao-as can fill up the 16-man roster
The University of the East Warriors forced the San Sebastian College-A Stags into four big turnovers to pull off a 77-72 overtime win Monday afternoon, and clinch the senior division crown of the 10th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup.
Six-foot-five American cager Charlies Mammie showed the way with 22 points for the Warriors when action ended at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
Earlier, Hope Christian School drew 20 points from Arjan de la Cruz as they prevailed over Chiang Kai Shek, 68-60, for the junior division title.
Ralph Olivarez, who had 17 points, settled the issue in the last 16.7 seconds for the Warriors, who barged into the finals following a 78-70 beating of the Arellano University Chiefs last Friday.
The 21-year old business management sophomore first scored on a putback off RR de Leon’s miss in the last 16.7 seconds to put the Warriors up by three, 75-72, in the last 16.7 seconds.
Olivarez then cashed in on a traveling error by Gio Vergara with and two charities off Pusiquit’s foul in the last 7.6 seconds to help the Warriors earn the crown with their five-point advantage as time expired.
“Credit goes to the players. They wanted to win the championship,” said team B coach Bai Cristobal, who jointly calls the shots for the squad with Bong Ramos.
Jaymar Perez led the Stags with 24 points, and he put the game into an extra five minutes when he scored off his own miss in the last 17 seconds, 65-all.
The Stags, who made it to the finals with their 73-68 win over the Josen Rizal University, were enjoying a 70-69 edge in the last 3:05.
They lost the momentum when Perez and Vergara gave up the ball twice in succession, Jason Pusiquit missed a shot and Bradwin Guinto fumbled with the ball in the remaining three minutes.
The series of miscues allowed the Warriors to grab the momentum, and move ahead, 73-70, off Cameroonian Mustapha Arafat’s two charities and drive with 51.7 seconds to go.
Guinto tried to keep the Stags in the thick of the fight with his layup in the last 34 seconds, 72-73, but the Warriors found a way to keep their distance 18 seconds later.
The boxscores of the 10th Fr. Martin Division 2 Cup finals:
First Game (juniors)
Hope 68 – de la Cruz 20, Galoso 14, Doliguez 11, Apacible 10, Go 7, Villanueva 4, Guion 4, Rubiano 2.
Chiang Kai Shek 60- Gallego 19, Salim 12, Young 10, Tan 7, Jimenez 5, Larin 4, Bayquin 3.
Quarterscores: 16-11, 37-19, 55-41, 68-60.
Second Game (seniors)
UE 77-- Mammie 22, Olivarez 17, Jumao-As 16, de Leon 9, Arafat 8, Dy 2, Jeremy Blake 2.
San Sebastian 72-- Perez 24, de Vera 18, Guinto 7, Vergara 7, Pusiquit 7, Muyang 6, Grilli 1.
^^^ Charles Mamie makes UE a legit Final 4 lock as long as Roi Sumang keeps him happy.
Ulitin ko lang ha: Charles Mamie makes UE a legit Final 4 lock as long as Roi Sumang keeps him happy.
This guy has come a long way from his days in Arellano. Whatever UE paid Arellano to get his release is well worth it. Mamie is bigger, stronger, better built and faster now than he was at Arellano. He better understands that he doesn't need to try to be Hakeem Olajuwon when being Dwight Howard is easier. He seals off, catches with two hands most of the time, turns quickly, and goes up strong for layups.
He is much stronger than NU's Emmanuel Mbe, and will definitely challenge UST's Karim Abdul for best center honors in Season 76.
Oh, and did I mention he attends all his classes and is hellbent on earning his college diploma? Apparently that UE degree is worth mroe than gold when he returns to Africa. Amazing how not having a PBA career to distract you makes you VALUE EDUCATION MORE THAN BASKETBALL.
^^^ Somebody however needs to rein in Ralph Olivarez. Although he did seal the win with his insurance freethrows, it was also his fault the game even went into overtime with at least three idiotic launches from three-point range and one no-look, to-whom-it-may-concern undergoal stab in the last two and a half minutes of the game. No one disputes that Olivarez is a talented, UAAP-calibre player, but neither would anyone argue that he is a complete shithead who loves to showboat and hotdog more than he wants to win.