Hoping to gauge their readiness for the bigger, more important battles ahead, NCAA champion San Beda and National University usher in the action in the seventh season of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on April 13 at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Lions-Bulldogs clash at 2 p.m. serves as the appetizer of the explosive triple-header highlighting the opening day of the pre-season tournament, where all of the finest collegiate teams in the country are seeing action.
UAAP squads La Salle and University of Santo Tomas test each other’s mettle at 4 p.m., while five-time UAAP champion Ateneo faces guest team Southwestern University at 6 p.m.
Coach Boyet Fernandez makes his debut for San Beda, which will also see the return of twins Anthony and David Semerad.
The Bulldogs will unveil what could be an important player to their drive for a UAAP title in Cameroonian center Alfred Arogo.
The rookie to watch for La Salle will be Kib Montalbo, the guard from Bacolod, who is expected to make an impact for the Archers.
Filoil Flying V: La Salle, UST clash in Filoil triple-header opener
By Celest R. Flores
6:08 pm | Thursday, April 4th, 2013
MANILA, Philippines—A classic match-up between La Salle and University of Santo Tomas will headline the explosive triple-header to kick off the 7th Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Pre-season Cup on April 13.
Fans raring for college basketball action will get a taste of the battle of the Teng brothers, Jeric and Jeron, in the first day of pre-season action as the Green Archers and Growling Tigers clash at 4 p.m.
The title-hungry La Salle is set to showcase the heralded Kib Montalbo while UST returns a year older and year hungrier after being denied by Ateneo in the last UAAP season.
But NCAA three-peat champion San Beda opens up the festivities, taking on National University at 2 p.m. at the Arena in San Juan.
The Red Lions have some familiar faces as Anthony and David Semerad returns to San Beda along with a new figure in the sidelines in coach Boyet Fernandez.
Meanwhile, it’s the battle of the champions in the 6 p.m. contest as five-time UAAP champion Ateneo goes up against guest team and CESAFI titlist Southwestern University.
The new-look Blue Eagles, who also have new mentor in Bo Perasol, faces a Cebu-side with an imposing 6’10” center Siewe Armel, who replaced Ben Mbala.
The 18 participating teams, composed of schools from the UAAP and NCAA and the guest team, were divided into two groups and will figure in a single-round robin elimination round.
The top four teams per group to emerge in the elimination round advances to the knockout quarterfinal round. The rest of the games then on will be a knockout, including the championship match.
According to the tournament format released to the media, all ties in each group when it comes to the win-loss record are to be decided by quotient system.
The Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup will have a novel, more exciting twist this year.
For the first time since the tournament started in 2006, the league’s biggest stars will find themselves teaming up in an All-Star game.
Dubbed as the Master Game Face Basketball Challenge, the showdown is slated June 8 at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan with former Ateneo star Chris Tiu and ex-San Beda Red Lion Borgie Hermida coaching the two teams.
“The All-Star game is our most exciting and ambitious sports activity yet and we are glad to have Chris and Borgie as our brand ambassadors,” said Master manager Jonathan Pua.
The composition of the two teams will be determined through online fan voting on the Master page on Facebook, explained Pua.
Tiu’s squad will be culled from players of Ateneo, La Salle, University of Santo Tomas, Adamson, Letran, San Sebastian, Southwestern University and University of the East.
Hermida will handle the team that will be made up of players from San Beda, National U, Perpetual Help, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern U, Arellano, University of the Philippines, Jose Rizal U and St. Benilde.
“It’s a brilliant idea and this is something new for the fans,” said Tiu at the launch of the event Wednesday at Bonifacio Global City.
The preseason tournament starts Saturday with the NU Bulldogs kicking off their title defense against three-time NCAA defending champion San Beda in the opener.
La Salle battles UST in the second game at 4 p.m. before five-time UAAP defending champion Ateneo takes on guest team Southwestern U at 6 p.m.
FilOil 2013: Red Warriors subdue Cobras, grab 1st win
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The UE Red Warriors showed tournament guest, Southwestern University Cobras, a run and gun clinic to post a one-sided 81-62 victory on April 17, Wednesday in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan City.
UE mentor Boyzie Zamar did not consider this convincing win nor a statement game for the Red Warriors, who finished 3-11 in the last University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
“It’s not really a statement game,” said Zamar, who took over from former teammate Jerry Codinera midway last season. “It’s a challenge for the boys. Honestly the push is there. They really wanted to work hard this season.”
Dynamic point-guard, Roi Sumang scattered 21 points on a 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from the free throw line along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals, while forward Adrian Santos added 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Red Warriors, who claimed their first win in the opening game in Group B.
Guard Lord Casajeros posted 14 points, while JM Noble had 10 and Ralf Olivarez finished with eight.
UE broke the game wide open with a blistering start, establishing a 9-0 lead and then posted its biggest advantage at 79-55.
“It’s a good game to everybody,” said Sumang, who also scored two triples.
The SWU Cobras fell to 0-2 win-loss record after losing to Ateneo in its opening game Saturday, April 13.
Aside from this tournament, the Red Warriors are also competing in the MBL Open basketball championship.
“The push is there. They want to bring back the glory to UE,” said Zamar.
UE (81) – Sumang 21, Santos 16, Casajeros 14, Noble 10, Olivarez 8, Hernandez 4, Sumido 3, Javier 2, Jumao-as 2, Alberto 1, Bonleon 0, Flores 0, De Leon 0, Olayon 0, Galanza 0.
FilOil: Roņo sinks buzzer-beating three as NU escapes CSB
By Mark Giongco
5:37 pm | Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
MANILA, Philippines — Robin Roņo knocked down a triple at the buzzer to lift defending champion National University over College of St. Benilde, 70-67, Wednesday in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. attracted a double team before finding the open man Roņo, who calmly swished the trey from the right wing — not minding the late challenge put up by Luis Sinco.
“Last play kasi dinouble nila si Bobby Ray, so ako ready lang,” said Roņo.
“First of all, to God be the glory. My teammates were looking for me so I looked for them back,” said the two-time UAAP MVP Parks, who flirted with a triple-double with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The Bulldogs led wire-to-wire but had a scare when the Blazers knotted the game at 67, on a long two by point guard Dexter Garcia, whose right foot just grazed the three-point line, with only 5.3 seconds remaining that capped a 10-0 run in just a span of over a minute.
“This goes to show that in basketball you don’t really know what’s going to happen in the game,” said NU assistant coach Joey Guanio, who called the shots with head coach Eric Altamirano out to attend to his wife in the hospital.
“We thought we’re in control at the start of the fourth quarter and down the stretch, those [mistakes] at the end shows our immaturity yung three-point shot unsportsmanlike foul. Luckily nandoon si Robin and Bobby Ray was able to recognize the double team right away.”
Jeth Rosario added 14 points and six rebounds but was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on a three-point basket by Mark Romero that sparked CSB’s comeback.
Romero topscored with 22 points to go along with six rebounds.
The Bulldogs (2-0) survived their second straight game after escaping reigning NCAA champion San Beda, 73-71, in the opener.
MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo knew it would have its hands full against a much-improved University of the East side.
True enough, the Blue Eagles needed to rally late in the third quarter and hold off the Red Warriors in the payoff period to win, 77-72, Wednesday in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
“I think that my team made a new definition of the word gritty because the way they played that’s the way I saw it,” said Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol. “They were so persistent, they were so gritty and they didn’t mind that they were undermanned.”
Kiefer Ravena scattered 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Von Pessumal added 19 points on five-of-seven shooting from deep.
“Before the game our leaders like Kiefer said UE will be tough team in the UAAP,” said Pessumal.
The Blue Eagles, who overcame an eight-point deficit, 48-56, with under four minutes left in the third period, regained the lead, 65-63, on a basket by Earl Murphy early in the final frame.
A lead Ateneo, which nailed its fifth win in six games, was able to protect thanks to Ravena and Pessumal’s steady play.
Roy Sumang led the Red Warriors with 18 points despite struggling from the field.
Sumang made two free throws that pulled UE to within three, 70-73, with 3:39 left.
Ravena though, buried a jumper from the right wing that stretched Ateneo’s lead to six, 76-70, with only 1:42 left.
The Red Warriors dropped to 1-1 after blowing out Southwestern University, 81-62, in their first game.