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  1. #11
    Altas send Knights tumbling to first loss

    Bombers wake up just in time, repulse Pirates

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:57 pm | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    Juneric Baloria formed a lethal combination with Nosa Omorogbe as Perpetual Help dealt Letran its first defeat of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament with a masterful 80-66 triumph last night at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Baloria, a rookie playing like a wily veteran, pumped in 28 points, while the bull-strong Omorogbe added 25 to fuel a bristling Perpetual attack that powered the Altas to their sixth win in eight games.

    Stung by a 65-72 loss to San Beda in its last outing, the Altas were on attack mode right from the get-go, taking the fight out of the sluggish Knights as early as the first period with their outside shooting and transition game.

    With the loss, the Knights dropped to 7-1, although they still shared top spot with San Beda, which Letran will face on Aug. 24 at Mall of Asia Arena in the last game of the first round.

    The Altas improved to 6-2, tightening their grip on the No. 3 spot with a game remaining in their first round schedule.

    Later, Jose Rizal U relied on its suffocating defense when its offense sputtered to hack out a 61-49 victory over Lyceum.

    The Bombers, who scored their fifth win in eight games, held the Pirates to just 22 points in the first half and survived despite making just one basket in the final period.

    Omorogbe, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, got off to a sizzling start by firing 12 of his output in the first period, before Baloria virtually finished off the Knights with 16 points in the second half, where he helped douse repeated Letran uprisings.

    So dominant were the Altas that the closest the Knights could get was at 59-71 midway in the fourth quarter when Reneford Ruaya scored on a layup. Baloria quickly answered with a trey and a lay-up for, 78-59, with 4:38 left.

    “We wanted to come out fighting early,” said coach Aric Del Rosario. “We didn’t want to play catchup, just like what happened against San Beda.”

    Explosive in the Knights’ last two victories, where he averaged 23.5 points, Mark Cruz struggled this time, finishing with just six points and two assists. Raymond Almazan had 15 points, but made just five of his 16 shots.

    The Altas proved fluid offensively, dishing out 23 assists with Omorogbe accounting for seven.

    “We treated the game like it’s the last game of the season,” said Omorogbe. “We knew Letran was comfortable with the halfcourt game, so we had to push the ball all the time.”

    The scores:

    First Game

    PERPETUAL HELP 80—Baloria 28, Omorogbe 25, Alano 12, Elopre 5, Bantayan 4, Dizon 3, Jolangcob 3, Oliveria 0, Thompson 0, Arboleda 0, Paulino 0, Bitoy 0.

    LETRAN 66—Almazan 15, Racal 10, Ruaya 9, Tambeling 7, Castro 6, Cruz 6, Nambatac 5, Gabawan 3, Luib 2, Buenaflor 2, Belorio 1.

    Quarters: 31-9, 49-28, 69-49, 80-66

    Second Game

    JRU 61—Pontejos 16, Mabulac 14, dela Paz 11, Balagtas 6, Lasquety 5, Juanco 4, Salaveria 2, Grospe 2, Sanchez 1, Paniamogan 0.

    LYCEUM 49—Mbomiko 13, Taladua 12, Lacastesantos 9, Lesmoras 6, Mendoza 4, Evangelista 3, Alanes 2, Azores 0, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0, Garcia 0, Ko 0.

    Quarters: 18-13, 31-22, 15-12, 61-49

  2. #12
    Bombers' defense turns screws on woeful Pirates

    By Karlo Sacamos

    August 15, 2013, 08:23 pm

    YOU'LL know when a team really lives and dies with its defense when the first thing the coach looks at in the stats sheet is the turnovers department.

    Vergel Meneses liked what he saw in the stats sheet as he appeared in the post-game press conference of Jose Rizal University’s 61-49 victory over a depleted Lyceum side on Thursday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    Meneses found out the Heavy Bombers had just forced the Pirates to 29 turnovers that led to the comfortable win, their fifth in eight games that strengthened their hold of fourth spot.

    “It means that we’re playing defense,” said Meneses, known for his scoring and aerial assaults during his playing days who puts a lot of emphasis on defense as a coach. “Our defense dictates everything, that’s why we got easy baskets.”

    Paolo Pontejos, Michael Mabulac, and Jordan dela Paz were usually the ones who finished those easy baskets as they scored in double-figures for the Bombers, who pushed the Pirates further down the standings in ninth place with a sixth loss against two wins.

    Pontejos fired 16 points built on three triples, while Mabulac registered 14 points and seven boards.

    Dela Paz, coming off a career-high 21 points, chipped in 11 points and missed a double-double effort by a rebound.

    However, Philip Paniamogan, who started the season strong with his torrid shooting, failed to contribute a single point and played just five minutes for the Bombers, who still led throughout the game.

    Shane Ko once again failed to live up to his status as the Pirates’ go-to guy as he went scoreless and commited six turnovers in 25 minutes of play for the his squad, which was already without backcourt partner Dexter Zamora, who was suspended along with Mark Francisco, and Joseph Ambohot.

    The scores:

    JRU (61) – Pontejos 16, Mabulac 14, Dela Paz 11, Balagtas 6, Lasquety 5, Juanico 4, Salaveria 2, Grospe 2, Sanchez 1, Paniamogan 0

    LPU (49) – Mbomiko 13, Taladua 12, Lacastesantos 9, Lesmoras 6, Mendoza 4, Evangelista 3, Alanes 2, Azores 0, Baltazar 0, Soliman 0, Garcia 0, Ko 0

    Quarterscores: 18-13, 31-22, 46-34, 61-49

  3. #13
    Letran trips SBC, rules first round

    By Marc Anthony Reyes

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    1:59 am | Sunday, August 25th, 2013

    SAN Beda played as if the title was on the line, but it was Letran which looked every inch like a champion last night.

    Letran pulled off a rousing 74-67 victory over defending champion San Beda to regain the solo lead after the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament before a huge crowd at MOA Arena.

    Raymond Almazan and Reneford Ruaya scored most of the Knights’ fourth-quarter points as Letran nailed its eighth win in nine games.

    “There was a challenge, and I think the boys wanted to prove something,” said Letran coach Caloy Garcia.

    The Lions fell to 7-2.

    Earlier, Arellano scored its third win with a hard-earned 67-64 victory over Jose Rizal University.

    The Chiefs relied on a strong finish and solid scoring from Prince Caperal, Keith Agovida and John Pinto who each came up with 12 points to push their team to a 3-6 record.

    Despite 18 markers from shifty guard John Pontejos, the Heavy Bombers absorbed their fourth loss in nine games but stayed in fourth place behind Perpetual Help (6-2).

    Meanwhile, James Forrester of AU was slapped a two-game suspension for a “glaring show of intent to fight” and a one-game ban on Sydney Onwubere of Emilio Aguinaldo College for “provocative and obscene gesture meant to ignite a fight,” during their Aug. 17 game.

    Commissioner Joe Lipa made the recommendation to the league management committee led by chair Dax Castellano.

    The scores:


    ARELLANO 67—Pinto 12, Agovida 12, Caperal 12. Serjue 10, Hernandez 9, Jalalon 6, Gumaru 3, Enriquez 1, Salcedo 0, Cadavis 0.

    JOSE RIZAL 64—Pontejos 18, Paniamogan 13, Dela Paz 9, Mabulac 7, Lsquety 4, Benavides 3, Abanto 2, Grospe 2, Salaveria 2, Juanico 0.

    Quarters: 12-14, 24-30, 46-45, 67-64.


    LETRAN 74—Almazan 22, Ruaya 15, Racal 14, Cruz 13, Nambatac 8, Luib 2, Castro 0, Tambeling 0, Buenaflor 0, Gabawan 0, Publico 0.

    SAN BEDA 67—Adeogun 27, Amer 15, Semerad A. 8,Dela Rosa 6, Koga 5, Semerad D. 2, Pascual 2, Dela Cruz 2, Abarcar 0, Mendoza 0, Ludovice 0.

    Quarters: 27-11, 40-34, 59-58, 74-67.

  4. #14
    Altas nose out Chiefs, tie Lions

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:33 pm | Monday, September 2nd, 2013

    It was Harold Arboleda’s turn to shine for Perpetual Help last night.

    Arboleda knocked in two pressure-packed free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining as the Altas nipped the Arellano Chiefs, 82-80, and tied the idle defending champion San Beda Red Lions for second place in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Arellano actually had a chance to forge overtime with 1.8 seconds left, but AJ Serjue missed the front end of his two foul shots. He intentionally missed his second free throw hoping to turn the rebound into a followup basket, but the ball went out of bounds.

    Arboleda was fouled by Ralph Salcedo while going for an offensive rebound, then nailed both attempts as the Altas rose to 8-2 like San Beda.

    Arellano lost for the sixth time in its last seven games and fell into a share of eighth spot with Lyceum with a 3-7 card.

    St. Benilde also hacked out a close 57-55 decision over Jose Rizal in the second game and improved to 4-6. The Bombers took their fifth loss in 10 games.

    Playing in the shadows of more explosive teammates like Nosa Omorogbe and Juneric Baloria, Arboleda proved his worth for the Altas by norming 12.4 rebounds an outing in the first round.

    “I’m so happy for him (Arboleda) because he’s done almost everything for us and now he’s also helped us with his offense,” said Omorogbe, who topscored for the Altas with 26 points and also grabbed 12 boards.

    The game was close throughout with no team leading by more than eight points and both teams battling to eight lead changes.

    “We need these close games because we learn a lot from them,” said Altas coach Aric Del Rosario. “We know we’re going to need the experience when we go farther in the tournament.”

    The Altas also got a lift from Scott Thompson who bucked a hurting back to tally 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

    Keith Agovida poured 15 of his season-high 17 points in the second half to lead the Chiefs, who missed forward James Forrester.

    The scores:

    First Game

    PERPETUAL HELP 82—Omorogbe 26, Baloria 14, Thompson 11, Arboleda 9, Alano 9, Jolangcob 6m Elopre 3, Dizon 2, Bitoy 2, Oliveria 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Lucente 0.

    ARELLANO 80—Agovida 17, Hernandez 16, Caperal 14, Pinto 12, Nicholls 5, Salcedo 4, Bangga 4, Serjue 4, Jalalon 3, Gumaru 1, Cadavis 0.

    Quarters: 21-19, 40-39, 59-53, 82-80

    Second Game

    ST. BENILDE 57—Romero 15, Bartolo 8, Garcia 8, Grey 8, Taha 7, Argamino 6, Sinco 2, Deles 2, Ongteco 1.

    JRU 55—Paniamogan 19, Mabulac 11, Balagtas 8, Lasquety 6, Grospe 5, Benavides 4, Sanchez 2, Pontejos 0, Juanico 0, Dela Paz 0, Diego 0.

    Quarters: 8-13, 23-27, 41-41, 57-55

  5. #15
    CSB ‘slowly maturing’ after close win over JRU, says coach

    By Mark Giongco

    9:20 pm | Monday, September 2nd, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines — Showing signs of maturity, College of St. Benilde kept its composure down the stretch to eke out a 57-55 win over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Monday night at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    The Blazers have now won four out of their last five games after a series of sorry losses to move just a game behind fourth place still held by the Heavy Bombers, who slipped to 5-5.

    “Siguro marami kaming babawian na games dito sa second round but I must say that I think that we’re learning from our mistakes,” said CSB head coach Gabby Velasco, whose squad avenged its two-point overtime loss to JRU in the first round.

    Mark Romero led St. Benilde with 15 points while Jonathan Grey made big plays in the fourth quarter that also keyed in the Blazers win.

    Grey side stepped his way for a basket before setting up Robert Bartolo seconds later to give the Blazers a 55-50 cushion with 2:11 remaining.

    Philip Paniamogan nailed a triple to cut JRU’s deficit to one, 55-56, after RJ Argamino split his charities with 16.7 seconds left.

    Romero also made one-of-two at the line to extend CSB’s edge to two before Michael Mabulac missed a well-contested baseline attempt as the buzzer sounded.

    “Like I said, I tried to instill into their minds how to handle situations like that. Clear na sa mind nila. Slowly, we’re maturing and learning,” added Velasco.

    The Blazers won despite missing the services of their reliable rookie Fons Saavedra, who sprained his ankle during practice Sunday.

    Paniamogan paced JRU with 19 points on four triples as starting point guard Paolo Pontejos failed to score a single point in 13 minutes.

  6. #16
    Lions gain piece of lead with win over Bombers

    From: Karlo Sacamos

    September 9, 2013, 06:06 pm

    IN a battle between the league’s top defensive teams, it was offense that proved crucial and sparked the breakaway.

    San Beda leaned on a strong offensive start to roll past Jose Rizal University, 68-54, and gain a piece of the lead in NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Monday at The Arena in San Juan.

    A 14-2 blast to start the game practically did the job for the three-time defending champion Red Lions, who maintained a double-digit cushion en route to their ninth victory in 11 games, tying archrival Letran at the top.

    “It was not as dominant as you see it,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose wards still committed 21 turnovers that translated to 16 turnover points for the Bombers.

    Nigerian slotman Ola Adeogun anchored the Lions on both ends, tallying a second straight double-double of 20 points and 10 boards, along with two blocks.

    “I just want to play defense and get rebounds. But the scoring keeps coming, so I’m taking it,” Adeogun said. “I just give credit to coach, who believes in me and all of us.”

    The Lions limited the Bombers to a paltry 29-percent shooting from the field and built a lead as many as 18 points late in the third quarter after two charities by Jaypee Mendoza that made it 54-36.

    The Heavy Bombers mounted a late 9-2 run, capped by a Marco Balagtas three-point play, that pulled them to within 51-60 with over one minute remaining in the game. But it proved too little too late as they dropped below .500 with a 5-6 win-loss card.

    Balagtas finished with a team-high 16 points with six boards, but former Red Lion Paolo Pontejos could only muster five points on four attempts.

    The scores:

    SBC (6 – Adeogun 20, Amer 15, Dela Rosa 11, A. Semerad 5, Dela Cruz 5, Koga 4, Mendoza 2, D. Semerad 2, Pascual 2, Ludovice 2, Abarcar 0, Sara 0.

    JRU (54) – Balagtas 16, Paniamogan 14, Mabulac 6, Pontejos 5, Dela Paz 5, Abanto 4, Lasquety 2, Juanico 2, Salaveria 0, Gozum 0, Grospe 0, Benavides 0, Sanchez 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-11; 35-21; 54-36; 68-54.

  7. #17
    Arboleda, Baloria shine anew as Altas stay within striking distance of leaders

    From: Karlo Sacamos

    September 16, 2013, 08:17 pm

    HAROLD Arboleda overshadowed Juneric Baloria with his clutch plays to lift University of Perpetual Help to a 64-61 victory over gritty Jose Rizal University on Monday at The Arena in San Juan to keep in step with the leaders of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

    Baloria, the league’s top Rookie of the Year candidate, displayed another sizzling offensive show by topscoring for 32 points, but it was Arboleda who delivered the key baskets down the stretch for the Altas, who notched a 10th victory in 13 games, just a half-game behind San Beda and Letran.

    Arboleda, the team’s skipper, scored six points in the payoff period, where the Altas regained a cushion and proved steadier against the Bombers, who reeled to a fourth straight loss and seventh overall against five wins.

    “Siya talaga ang leader ng team,” Altas coach Aric del Rosario said of Arboleda, the unassuming fourth-year forward who has emerged as a surprise MVP candidate in the first part of the season.

    Arboleda finished with a double-double of 11 boards that went with three steals, two blocks, and two assists.

    The Bombers dug out of a huge 16-point hole and took the lead, the last at 55-53 on a Philip Paniamogan triple, before Baloria completed a three-point play -- where all his points in the fourth quarter came -- and Arboleda took over.

    “Ito talaga ang pinapangarap kong team, yung hanggang sa huli, hindi bumibitiw,” Del Rosario said.

    Baloria did most of his damage in the first three quarters, where the pride of Lanao del Norte exploded for 29 points.

    His monster effort spoiled a similar showing by Michael Mabulac, who pumped in a career-high 28 points and missed a 20-20 output with a single rebound, while leading the Bombers’ huge fightback.

    The scores

    Perpetual Help (64) -- Baloria 32, Arboleda 13, Omorogbe 10, Alano 5, Dizon 2, Oliveria 0, Thompson 0, Ylagan 0, Bantayan 0, Elopre 0, Jolangcob 0.

    Jose Rizal (61) -- Mabulac 28, Paniamogan 11, Dela Paz 7, Juanico 5, Lasquety 4, Salaveria 4, Balagtas 2, Pontejos 0, Gozum 0, Sanchez 0.

    Quarterscores: 19-12; 37-28; 46-48; 64-61.

  8. #18
    Generals slip past Blazers

    Bombers clobber Cardinals

    By June Navarro

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:57 pm | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

    John Marco Tayongtong dropped a layup with 1.2 seconds remaining as Emilio Aguinaldo College nipped College of St. Benilde, 85-83, to boost its Final Four hopes in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Tayongtong eluded Travis Jonson then banked in the winner off Mark Romero as the Generals raised their record to 8-7, just off the 8-6 mark of the idle fourth-running San Sebastian.

    “They were attacking us inside the paint because our big men were in foul trouble. But again, John bailed us out,” said head coach Gerry Esplana as EAC won for the fourth time in five outings.

    The Blazers absorbed a third straight defeat, their ninth overall in 14 games.

    Defending champion San Beda (13-2) has already secured a semifinal slot with Letran (11-3) and Perpetual Help (11-5) assured of the other qualifying berths.

    Tayongtong repeated his heroics in their first-round encounter with the Blazers, where he also single-handedly carried the Generals in the closing minutes.

    The 5-foot-6 court general picked up where Cameroonian Cebric Happi Noube left off, scoring eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter capped by a decisive layup.

    Noube finished with 20 points but was saddled by fouls late in the third when the Blazers, led by Paolo Taha’s incursions, hit 13 free throws in the period.

    Taha, who had nine free throws during that span, also had 20 points before cramps hit him near the end of the fourth.

    In the second game, Jose Rizal University kept its semis bid alive after a 73-56 whipping of also-ran Mapua.

    The Bombers rose to 6-8 while dealing the Cardinals their 14th loss in 15 outings.

    The scores:

    First Game

    EAC 85—Happi 20, Tayongtong 17, King 16, Arquero 12, Paguia 7, Jamon 6, Morada 5, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.

    ST. BENILDE 83—Taha 20, Jonson 13, Romero 13, Grey 12, Bartolo 6, Ongteco 6, Garcia 6, Sinco 5, Saavedra 2, Argamino 0, Carlos 0.

    Quarters: 12-18, 37-32, 61-59, 85-83

    Second Game

    JRU 73—Mabulac 19, Paniamogan 18, Benavides 10, Dela Paz 9, Abanto 8, Sanchez 5, Lasquety 2, Salaveria 2, Grospe 0.

    MAPUA 56—Brana 13, Magsigay 11, Saitanan 9, Isit 6, Eriobu 6, Ighalo 4, Biteng 3, Gabo 2, Cantos 2, Magtoto 0.

    Quarters: 26-16, 40-32, 56-42, 73-56

  9. #19
    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.

  10. #20
    Zamora hits game winner to lift Pirates over Bombers

    From: Karlo Sacamos

    October 12, 2013, 06:26 pm

    LYCEUM bucked a late collapse before turning to Dexter Zamora to eke out a 73-72 victory over Jose Rizal University on Saturday at the Arena in San Juan and give the school something to cheer about after recently getting eliminated from playoff contention in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

    Zamora, a third-year combo guard from Bukidnon, fired all his 10 points in the fourth quarter, the last two turning out to be the go-ahead basket that rewarded the Pirates only their sixth win in 16 games this season.

    With less than six ticks left and the Pirates down by two, Zamora took the inbounds pass, ran the length of the court, and then scored the floater that beat the buzzer and sent the Lyceum gallery into delirium.

    “Sabi ko kailangan ko ’tong i-finish strong kasi wala na,” Zamora said. “Pero si God talaga and director ng shot na yun, kaya to God be the glory.”

    The Pirates, who squandered a 13-point third quarter lead, tied their victims in the standings in seventh place and eliminated them from playoff contention.

    Lyceum are also just a win away from matching its win total two years ago when it finished with a 7-11 win-loss slate, its best record since joining the league.

    “That’s our modest goal kahit hindi kami nakapasok ng Final Four,” Pirates coach Bonnie Tan said.

    The Bombers erased a 39-52 deficit midway through the third quarter and turned the game around behind Michael Mabulac, Philip Paniamogan, and Nick Abanto, who combined for all but four of their 24 points in the payoff period.

    JRU last tasted the lead at 72-71 after two free throws from Jordan Dela Paz with 5.8 seconds left in a play that set the stage for Zamora’s clutch play.

    The scores:

    LPU (73) – Ko 13, Mbomiko 12, Zamora 10, Mendoza 8, Baltazar 8, Ambohot 8, Taladua 7, Francisco 5, Lesmoras 2, Azores 0, Soliman 0, Evangelista 0.

    JRU (72) – Mabulac 17, Benavides 16, Paniamogan 14, Abanto 10, Juanico 5, Lasquety 4, Dela Paz 4, Salaveria 2, Pontejos 0, Balagtas 0, Sanchez 0.

    Quarterscores: 20-12; 39-31; 56-48; 73-72.

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