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  1. #21
    Cardinals spoil Lions’ twice-to-beat

    By Joey Villar

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 8, 2013 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - It took Mapua more than three months to nail the elusive second win as the Cardinals stunned the heavily favored San Beda Lions, 81-76, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

    Although the victory hardly mattered for the Cardinals, ousted as early as last week with a woeful campaign, it did turn the battle for the top two seeds into a three-team affair among the Lions, the Letran Knights and the Perpetual Help Altas.

    Jessie Saitanan, a 19-year-old sophomore from Cavite, fired 18 points on an impressive nine of 12 shooting, including a barrage of medium-ranged jumpers in a key run in the fourth quarter that helped carry the Cardinals to what was only their second victory against 14 defeats.

    But for Mapua coach and former PBA star Atoy Co, it was more than just a win.

    “Winning against San Beda is a triple bonus,” said Co, one of the pro league’s greatest players, in Filipino. “We fought and we lost is already a bonus. Winning makes us doubly happy. Beating San Beda makes us triple happy.”

    The Lions fell to their third defeat against 13 wins, missing clinching the first twice-to-beat edge in the semis and narrowing the race for the top spots with the Knights just behind at 12-3 and the Altas at 11-5.

    San Beda tries again against Arellano U next week before taking on Letran in the final elims playdate in two weeks.

    Meantime, the Cardinals celebrated and savored what was only their first win since beating the Sebastian Stags, 104-99, last July 1.

    In the nightcap, rookie CJ Perez exploded with 23 points as San Sebastian downed Jose Rizal University, 71-62, to remain in fourth with a 9-6 mark.

    Perez produced a decent eight-of-17 shooting for the Stags, who led from start to finish to move one victory away from assuring themselves of at least a playoff for the fourth and last Final Four spot.

  2. #22
    Almazan, Knights keep true to word as they edge out Stags

    From: Karlo Sacamos

    October 12, 2013, 08:19 pm

    AS he put the exclamation point to yet another Letran victory, Raymond Almazan gestured with his hands a championship belt on his midsection, signifying the Knights ultimate goal in this NCAA season.

    The Letran big man once again stood out with his height and consistent play in leading his team to a 75-68 victory over San Sebastian in the Saturday’s game at The Arena in San Juan.

    The 6-foot-7 Almazan, the league’s frontrunner in the MVP race, tallied 20 points, 15 rebounds, and three block shots, and capped his solid performance with a left-handed slam off a Kevin Racal pass as the Knights notched their 14th win in 17 games.

    Letran also regained the solo lead in the standings with a half-game lead over San Beda and kept true to its word of never letting-up despite having already secured one of the top two spots and a twice-to-beat edge that comes with it in the Final Four.

    “Kahit no-bearing na, gusto pa rin talaga namin manalo all the way,” Almazan said.

    The match had more importance to the fourth-running Golden Stags, who slid to a 9-7 win-loss card overall.

    Instead of solidifying their precarious position, the Stags kept the door open for fifth-running Emilio Aguinaldo College (8-8 ) for a shot at a semifinal berth.

    Brad Guinto converted a three-point play to nudge the Stags to within 68-71 with 56 seconds left, but the Knights retaliated in the next possession behind Almazan’s dunk, before Mark Cruz buried two charities to ice the game.

    Cruz, the Knights’ top playmaker, finished with 16 points, four boards, and three assists as he had the better of his matchup with Stags counterpart Jamil Ortuoste, who wound up with just nine points (4-of-11 shooting), two boards, and two assists.

    “The difference today was the players were more relaxed, but we still have to find ways to improve,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia, whose Knights rode the momentum of a 74-61 win over University of Perpetual Help the last time.

    The scores:

    Letran (75) -- Almazan 20, Cruz 16, Racal 14, Ruaya 9, Belorio 6, Buenaflor 4, Tambeling 3, Nambatac 2, Gabawan 1, Castro 0, Po 0, Luib 0.

    San Sebastian (68 ) -- Dela Cruz 21, Perez 16, Guinto 10, Ortuoste 9, Tano 6, Trinidad 4, Balucanag 2, Rebollos 0, Vergara 0, De Vera 0, Gusi 0, Aquino 0.

    Quarterscores: 20-13; 31-30; 55-52; 75-68.
    Last edited by Sam Miguel; 10-14-2013 at 09:59 AM. Reason: U

  3. #23
    Ortuoste once again gets better of Baloria in battle of top NCAA rookies

    From: Karlo Sacamos

    October 20, 2013, 04:01 pm

    AS the final buzzer sounded, Jamil Ortuoste shook hands with the first opponent he found — and it turned out to be fellow rookie sensation Juneric Baloria.

    It signaled the end of another matchup between two of the top freshmen in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament that once again lived up to expectations on Saturday night.

    Again, it was San Sebastian’s Ortuoste who got the better of Rookie of the Year award frontrunner Baloria and University of Perpetual Help, not only statistically, but also as a team as the Golden Stags emerged the victor with a 71-65 decision at The Arena in San Juan.

    The 21-year-old Ortuoste almost singlehandedly rallied the Stags from a late deficit, scoring his team’s last eight points in the final two minutes, including a contested three-pointer from way beyond rainbow territory that sent the San Sebastian gallery into a frenzy.

    The Stags thus swept their elimination-round head-to-head matchup with the Altas, having also eked out a thrilling 78-77 overtime win in the first round.

    Ortuoste, who finished with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting, four rebounds, and one assist in 30 minutes, played down his own matchup with Baloria, who wound up 16 points but missed 14 of 19 shots from the field in 37 minutes of play. He did have seven rebounds and two blocks.

    “Hindi namin iniisip yung (individual) matchup namin. Ang preparation namin is for the team, kung paano kami mananalo as a team, hindi sa isa o dalawang player lang,” he said.

    The pride of Antipolo still believes the Rookie of the Year award is for the 23-year-old Baloria to lose.

    “Magaling si Juneric. Pareho lang namin ginagawa yung role namin sa team,” Ortuoste said. “Hindi ko iniisip makakuha ng individual na award. Hindi ko din alam na may chance pala ako dun.”

    Unlike in the UAAP, where only greenhorns straight from high school are eligible to win the ROY award, the NCAA hands out the top individual rookie plum to any league newcomer.

    “Ma-achieve lang namin yung Final Four, yun na ang greatest achievement ko this year,” said Ortuoste, whose team (10-7) can clinch the last semifinal berth outright with a win in their last game. “Kung ano man dumating sa akin, blessing yun from God.”

  4. #24
    Stags target Final 4 slot vs Blazers
    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    11:52 pm | Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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    San Sebastian shoots for the remaining Final Four berth when it tangles with dangerous St. Benilde in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Game time is at 4 p.m. with the Stags, running fourth with a 10-7 record, expected to go all-out to complete the semifinal cast and shut the door on Emilio Aguinaldo College’s bid to crash the Final Four for the first time.

    But the Blazers are also determined to close out a season littered with heartbreak on a positive note.

    St. Benilde, which could have easily reached the Final Four if not for a string of close losses in the first round, would love nothing more than to play spoiler to the Stags’ bid to reach the next round. The Blazers are also hoping to end a six-game slide.

    “It’s going to be tough against St. Benilde, but the players understand that this is their chance and they want to make the most out of it,” said San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson.

    A loss by the Stags and a victory by the Generals on Saturday against the Mapua Cardinals will set up a playoff for the last Final Four spot.


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  5. #25
    Stags outlast Blazers, complete Final 4 cast

    By Joey Villar

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 25, 2013 - 12:00am

    Games tomorrow

    4 p.m. – EAC vs Mapua

    6 p.m. – San Beda vs Arellano U

    MANILA, Philippines - San Sebastian College put its act together in the fourth and repulsed St. Benilde, 69-62, to clinch the fourth and last Final Four berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

    CJ Perez unloaded 17 points while Fil-Am Leo De Vera and Jon Kervin Ortuoste added 10 points apiece as the Stags finally nailed the elusive win that formalized their stint in the next round.
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    They did not only make it to the semifinals alongside San Beda (14-3), Letran (14-4) and Perpetual Help with an 11-7 but also earned a crack at the No. 3 spot after finishing tied for third with the Las Piñas-based squad.

    The Stags and the Altas will dispute the No. 3 seeding on Oct. 29 starting at 4 p.m., also at the San Juan Arena.

    The victory also eliminated Emilio Aguinaldo College, which had hoped for a San Sebastian loss to gain a shot at a playoff for the last semis seat.

    It was a tough, rollercoaster campaign for the Stags, who had to buck the loss of their top three players – Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual – to neutralize the other Final Four aspirants and stay in the semis hunt.

    “Credit should go to my players, who believed in the system – teamwork, discipline and run, run and run,” said SSC coach Topex Robinson, who left the team midway of the last season but returned this year.

    “We knew from the start that we will no longer have our Big Three in the fold,” said Robinson referring to Abueva and company. “So we made an extra effort to get into great shape because we’re really bent on running every chance we got to make up for our lack of star-power and size.”

    Meanwhile, San Beda tries to clinch the top seeding as it takes on ousted Arellano U at the close of the double round elims tomorrow. A reversal, however, will force a tie for first with Letran, necessitating another playoff for the Final Four seeding.

    Mark Romero turned in a game-high 23 points for the Blazers, who made quite an impression with a run of one-point losses in the first round but finished second to last with a 5-13 record.

    The Stags, with Perez, De Vera and Ortuoste on the firing end, pressed their bid early and seized control in the first two quarters, 17-9, and 31-22.

    In a non-bearing game, Arellano U downed Jose Rizal, 63-54, to improve to 8-9.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  6. #26
    Stags clinch third seeding

    Scuttle pesky Altas in playoff

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:50 pm | Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

    SAN SEBASTIAN found an unlikely spark in seldom-used guard Gio Vergara in the final period as the Stags overcame the Perpetual Help Altas, 81-71, last night to claim the No. 3 seed in the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    CJ Perez pumped in 20 points, but it was Vergara who hit the biggest shots in the last four minutes as the Stags forged a Final Four duel with No. 2 Letran on Nov. 7.

    The 5-foot-7 Vergara, one of 11 rookies in San Sebastian’s lineup, knocked in two triples in the fourth quarter, the last beating the shotclock to shove the Stags ahead, 70-68, with 2:34 remaining.

    Harold Arboleda responded with a trey for 71-70, but that proved to be the Altas’ last stand, as Jovit dela Cruz and Perez finished off Perpetual Help with key free throws.

    It was the fifth straight loss for the Altas, who will now face defending champion San Beda in a rematch of last year’s Final Four meeting. Both San Beda and Letran will have a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

    “It was all about getting that winning mentality,” said Vergara. “We didn’t really care who were going to play in the Final Four.”

    “As much as we want to celebrate, we need to improve more because we will be up against elite teams in the league now,” said San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson, who has been instilling an underdog mentality in his squad.

    The Stags led by as many as 13 points at 45-32 in the third quarter as the Altas, who were not able to practice together over the weekend as some of the players went home to their provinces to vote in the barangay elections, looked out of sorts offensively.

    Perpetual Help shot a total of 32 triples and made just six.

    But the Altas came alive in the fourth quarter with Joel Jolangcob and Early Thompson sparking the turnaround.

    Perpetual Help gunner Juneric Baloria missed all his 11 shots in 18 minutes on the floor. Harold Arboleda, an MVP candidate, also struggled with three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

    The scores:

    SAN SEBASTIAN 81—Perez 20, Guinto 15, Dela Cruz 14, Ortuoste 11, Vergara 10, De Vera 4, Aquino 3, Balucanag 2, Tano 2, Rebollos 0, Gusi 0, Trinidad 0.

    PERPETUAL HELP 71—Omorogbe 21, Alano 14, Thompson 13, Jolangcob 8, Oliveria 4, Ylagan 4, Arboleda 3, Elopre 2, Baloria 2, Dizon 0, Bantayan 0, Lucente 0.

    Quarters: 14-14, 36-32, 55-46, 81-71

  7. #27
    Lions, Knights forge rematch in NCAA finals

    By Marc Anthony Reyes

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:43 pm | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

    The season is getting way too long and San Beda and Letran decided to rush things up a little bit.

    The long-time rivals disposed of their respective Final Four opponents yesterday and forged a title showdown for the 89th NCAA basketball championship for the second straight year.

    The four-peat seeking Red Lions struck hardest in the fourth quarter to oust the Perpetual Help Altas, 70-51, while the Knights swept past the San Sebastian Stags, 85-58, at Mall of Asia Arena.

    The league had already scheduled a possible rubber match tomorrow but the Lions, the top semifinalist, and the Knights, the No. 2 qualifier, were bent on cutting short a season that several postponements have extended for at least four weeks.

    Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series is on Monday.

    The Lions benched Ryusei Koga, who was accused of breaking rules by playing in another league during the season, but the absence of the 5-foot-7 guard, who averaged six points per game, hardly mattered as San Beda pulled away in the fourth to seal another crack at a league-best 18th title.

    Earlier, Letran booked its second straight finals appearance by dominating San Sebastian behind yet another MVP-like performance of PBA-bound Raymond Almazan, who fell just one block short of a triple double feat.

    The 6-foot-7 Almazan, drafted third overall by Rain or Shine, posted 19 points, 23 rebounds and nine blocks.

    “I’m not thinking of winning any award. If we don’t win the title, everything will be useless,” said Almazan, 24, in Filipino.

    The scores:

    First Game

    LETRAN 85—Cruz 19, Almazan 19, Racal 16, Nambatac 13, Tambeling 7, Olotu 3, Castro 2, Po 2, Ruaya 2, Luib 2, Belorio 0, Gabawan 10, Publico 0.

    SAN SEBASTIAN 58—Perez 11, Dela Cruz 10, De Vera 10, Ortuoste 10, Huinto 8, Aquino 4, Rebollos 3, Vergara 2, Balucanag 0, Gusi 0, Padilla 0, Trinidad 0, Balid 0, Tano 0, Magno 0.

    Quarters: 17-10, 32-27, 57-44, 85-58

    Second Game

    SAN BEDA 70—Adeogun 11, Dela Cruz 11, Sara 9, Dela Rosa 9, Amer 8, D. Semerad 7, Pascual 6, Ludovice 4, Abarcar 3, A. Semerad 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0.

    PERPETUAL 51—Alano 12, Omorogbe 7, Jolangcob 7, Arboleda 6, Paulino 6, Baloria 6, Oliveria 4, Elopre 3, Thomson 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Bitoy 0.

    Quarters: 11-9, 21-25, 38-37, 70-51

  8. #28
    LSGH knocks off no.2 San Sebastian, returns to finals in NCAA juniors

    By Mark Giongco

    INQUIRER.net

    6:04 pm | Saturday, November 9th, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle-College of St. Benilde ousted San Sebastian, 76-72, in the stepladder semifinal round to barge into the finals of the NCAA Season 89 juniors basketball tournament Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Juniors MVP Prince Rivero showed the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Greenies, who arranged a championship meeting with defending champion San Beda Red Cubs.

    “No one expected us to be here,” said LSGH head coach John Flores. “But we’re here so we’re just going to make the most out of it.”

    Game 1 of the Finals starts on Monday with the Red Cubs, who are eyeing their fifth championship in a row, owning a “thrice-to-beat edge” after sweeping the double round eliminations.

    The Greenies, who made the finals for the second time in three years, worked their way back from 10 points down early behind the efforts of Rivero, Alex Barrera, Michael dela Cruz and Kobe Paras.

    Barrera also had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while dela Cruz and Paras added 18 and 17 points, respectively.

    Despite having just little time to prepare against the formidable San Beda squad, Flores thinks his team’s new found confidence will help them along the way.

    “I’m counting that the renewed confidence that we have and the high spirits we’re enjoying will carry over against San Beda.”


 
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