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    First game of the season pits the CSB Blazers versus the defending champions, SBC Red Lions! Thank goodness the ceremonies will happen in MOA Arena!

    Best of luck to our team!


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    Kudos to St. Benilde.

    This is how games are played. Inside the basketball court. Your future looks bright indeed.

    Understand? / ¿Entiendes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny View Post
    Kudos to St. Benilde.

    This is how games are played. Inside the basketball court. Your future looks bright indeed.

    Thank you sir! I expected domination eversince that incident in the FMC and in the Fil-Oil. Coach Gabby must be doing something right.

    Permit me to interject further on your statement sir! It was always about winning it inside the basketball court! Condoning a mutating and controversial rulebook just makes everything complicated as it has been proven time and again to raise eyebrows. Our ranking through the years proves our purpose when rules are used and violations are as obvious as the precedents that borne such rules.

    I say push to scrap that old rulebook or make a better one so we don't have to complain about outdated rules as it gives the impression of unfair use. As the last remaining founder of this league, I support for such changes coming from your side. Even that ruling against foreign players must be changed. Politics in sports is a sad saga that must be changed from within.

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    The Team did quite well and the well drawn play by the Red Lions won the game for San Beda. The Blazers have nothing to be ashamed about, they played their guts out, Coach Gabby MUST be doing something right.

    On to the next game and the Blazers first W!!! Animo Benilde!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AltarBoy^_^ View Post
    First game of the season pits the CSB Blazers versus the defending champions, SBC Red Lions! Thank goodness the ceremonies will happen in MOA Arena!

    Best of luck to our team!


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    Their next game should be as tough as it can get. EAC Generals may come from a 0-2 loss and will be determined to vent their ire on the Blazers by July 4, Thursday! Best of luck to them!


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    Bombers extend Blazers’ woes with overtime win

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:05 pm | Thursday, July 11th, 2013

    JOSE Rizal University survived a late onslaught by College of St. Benilde to pull off a 73-71 overtime win last night in the NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Cris Jordan Dela Paz scored five of his team’s last six points capped by a free throw in the dying seconds of the extension as the Heavy Bombers picked up their second victory in four games.

    The Blazers, who battled back from 14 points down in regulation to force the extension period at 61-all, still had a chance to win but Mark Romero threw an errant outlet pass in the final play.

    It was another heart-breaker for coach Gabby Velasco and the Blazers, who lost their two previous games by a point to both the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals and the San Beda Red Lions.

    Michael Mabulac missed a short jumper with the clock winding down but luckily tapped the leather to Dela Paz, who was fouled in a rebound scuffle.

    With the game tied at 71, Dela Paz made his second free throw, giving the Bombers a one-point edge, 5.9 seconds left.

    “It was a lucky break for us although we could have won it earlier,’’ said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

    Anthony Benavides gave the Bombers a 61-47 lead earlier but they went scoreless in the final seven minutes.

    Juan Paolo Taha, Roberto Bartolo and Saavedra combined for the Blazers, who finally knotted the count on Bartolo’s three-point play, 61-all, with 39 seconds left in regulation time.

    Arellano outlasted Mapua, 65-59, in the second game to tie Lyceum and idle San Sebastian in fourth spot at 2-2. Mapua fell to 1-3.

    In juniors play, Alexis Barrera scored 20 points as La Salle Green Hills subdued Jose Rizal University, 74-63, for its second win in three games. The JRU Light Bombers absorbed their first defeat in four outings.

    In the other juniors game, Mapua leaned on Justin Oliver Serrano and Ronnel Villaseñnor to pummel Arellano, 73-54, and move up the standings with a 2-2 record. The AU Braves fell to 1-3.

    The seniors scores:

    First Game

    JRU 73—Pontejos 17, Paniamogan 17, Juanico 8, Mabulac 8, Dela Paz 7, Lasquety 6, Abanto 4, Benavidez 4, Salaveria 2, Balagtas 0, Grospe 0.

    ST. BENILDE 71—Romero 17, Saavedra 15, Sinco 11, Bartolo 10, Taha 7, Grey 4, Argamino 2, Garcia 2, Deles 2, Ongteco 1, Jonson 0, Carlos 0.

    Quarters: 17-17, 35-33, 55-47, 61-61(reg), 73-71 (OT)

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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

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    Bad luck seems to be hounding the Blazers. Jaymar Perez nailed a go-ahead three-pointer for the Stags from at least 30 feet away, in the same way Jamil Ortuoste nailed a 40-foot banking three-pointer to end the first half. Those were shots nobody has any business making, and yet they went in for San Sebastian.

    And what is it with using George Saavedra? In this game the Stags took the ball away from him either off a lame pass from him or his own failure to meet a pass from a teammate. Two crucial steals that saw a four-point St Benilde lead erased came because he failed to meet a good pass first from Luis Sinco, then from Jonathan Grey. And yet he remained in the game.

    In contrast to the Saavedra situation, Coach Ganny Velasco completely forgot about Mark Romero after pulling him out with about four minutes to go. While Saavedra was not getting it done, Romero was just stewing on the Blazers bench.

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    Blazers' heartbreak much like being rejected by 10 women, rues Taha

    By Karlo Sacamos

    July 19, 2013, 02:08 pm

    “During the last part ng game, dun kami sinisingil ng mga hindi namin na-e-execute na simple things. Pinagbabayaran namin sa dulo,” says College of St. Benilde mainstay Paolo Taha. Jerome Ascano “During the last part ng game, dun kami sinisingil ng mga hindi namin na-e-execute na simple things. Pinagbabayaran namin sa dulo,” says College of St. Benilde mainstay Paolo Taha.

    ONE could only imagine the agony College of St. Benilde is going through after suffering another heartbreaker in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Thursday at The San Juan Arena.

    The 78-80 loss to San Sebastian on Thursday was the fifth straight for the Blazers in games that could've gone either way down the stretch as they remained the only winless team in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

    The pain is greater for Paolo Taha, who committed a crucial turnover down the stretch and bungled two makeable close-range baskets against the Stags that could’ve forced overtime.

    His pain, Taha said, is like being rejected by a woman – and not just once.

    “Sobra pa, parang binasted ka ng sampung babae, parang wala talagang pumapansin na eh,” he said, unable to hide his disappointment while speaking to a handful of scribes after emerging from the Blazers’ dugout.

    “Wala akong maikukumpara sa sakit na (nararamdaman ko). Ito na yata ang pinaka-down part ng career ko sa team,” Taha added.

    The 22-year-old Filipino-Arabian swingman actually scored the breakaway layup that gave the Blazers a 78-74 lead with less than two minutes left to play.

    Unfortunately, he also committed the error that led to the Stags’ Leo de Vera being sent to the foul line and scoring the game-winning charities.

    Taha then missed two shots in their next offensive possession that could’ve sent the game into overtime.

    “Usually nasu-shoot ko `yung mga scoop shots na ganun. Siguro hindi ko lang time kanina,” said Taha, who also rued his team’s missed free throws - 14 in all.

    “Na-shoot lang sana namin tatlo dun, may possibility na manalo kami,” he said. “During the last part ng game, dun kami sinisingil ng mga hindi namin na-e-execute na simple things. Pinagbabayaran namin sa dulo.”

    Now, the Blazers are mired in their worst start since 2004 when they lost their first 11 games.

    “Syempre nado-down kami, pero hindi naman ibig sabihin na wala kaming gagawin. Siyempre kailangan naming mag-stick together kasi walang ibang paraan para umakyat kami. We need to work as a team. Walang ibang magtutulungan kundi kami.”

    Taha has actually been in a similar situation before during last year's PBA D-League Foundation Cup, where he played for PC Gilmore team that lost its first five games before winning its next four and almost reaching the quarterfinals.

    “Siguro `yung experience ko dun, `yung mga natutunan ko dun, kailangan ko i-reach out at i-share sa teammates ko … para makatulong sa team at mag-grow kami,” he said.

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    From Inquirer online - - -

    NCAA: ‘Like winning the lotto,’ says St. Benilde coach of first win

    9:48 pm | Thursday, July 25th, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines—It was like winning the jackpot in the lotto.

    That was how coach Gabby Velasco described St. Benilde’s first victory, 75-69, after a string of heartbreaks, at the expense of Lyceum Thursday in the NCAA season 89 men’s basketball tournament.

    “Finally, after so many heart-breaking losses,” Velasco also said after his squad halted a five-game losing skid, all of which by no more than two points.

    The Blazers, who were ahead the entire game, were well in control, 70-49, with 5:15 to play and seemed headed their first victory.

    But they were dealt another scare as the undeterred Pirates went storming back from 21-points down and just within five in the last two minutes.

    “It was not easy for us. There was a scary moment there. Fortunately, we held our ground,” said Garcia.

    But despite squandering its big lead anew, St. Benilde did not allow Lyceum closer than five points in the frantic final stretch.

    Paolo Taha had a near perfect game, going 4-of-4 from the field, and 5-of-6 from the stripe, along with six boards and two blocks.

    Jose Saavedra topscored for the Blazers with 14 points, Mark Romero added 12 and Jonathay Grey 10.

    The Pirates, meanwhile, absorbed their fourth setback with two victories.

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