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    Wide-open UAAP gets going Saturday

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    9:58 pm | Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

    It has been a while since Ateneo hasn’t been picked as the No. 1 team in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

    So preseason favorite National University and the emerging University of the East hope to take advantage of it when Season 76 unfolds this Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    “We’re really humbled and grateful for getting tagged as the team to beat,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “I told the boys we have to embrace it. If there’s a year that we can do it, this is the year. With the graduation of Ateneo’s [star] players, the playing field has evened out.”

    With two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Ray Parks now backed by a more experienced cast, the Bulldogs have been the consensus favorite in the eight-team field.

    The Warriors, too, have been tipped to land in the top four following their surprise preseason title romp behind the leadership of Roi Sumang and Sierra Leone-born center Charles Mammie.

    “For us to be included as a contender, we’re flattered but we should not be contented,” UE coach Boycie Zamar said during the league’s press conference yesterday at MOA Arena.

    New Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said, though, that pressure isn’t any less even if tougher teams stand in the way of their quest for a sixth straight championship.

    “One thing I can bring to the table is make my team understand that despite the odds, they can still win,” said Perasol, who’s banking on star guard Kiefer Ravena.

    The coaches agreed that unlike the past seasons, virtually each team has a shot at going all the way.

    “I’m both excited and nervous,” said Adamson coach Leo Austria. “Excited because we have a chance to win the championship, but also nervous because any team can beat any team.”

    “It’s a more balanced season,” added new Far Eastern University mentor Nash Racela. “On our end, I’m just happy with our development and that we’re taking the right steps in the right direction.”

    La Salle will also sport a new coach, but unlike Racela, Juno Sauler didn’t have the luxury of time as he only took over Gee Abanilla three weeks ago.

    “We just made the most out of it,” said Sauler.

    “It’s harder for us because under their new coach, we haven’t seen [the Archers] play,” said Pido Jarencio as his veteran University of Santo Tomas crew, last season’s runner-up, clashes with La Salle on opening day at 4 p.m.

    The Warriors and the Tamaraws battle at 2 p.m., right after the 12:30 p.m. opening ceremony presented by host Adamson.

    “Half of my team is new,” said University of the Philippines coach Ricky Dandan. “We are the underdogs, but in UP, we have taken the attitude to play hard every game.”

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    Commish Chito: Extra cams help monitor refs

    By Olmin Leyba

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2013 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - Commissioner Chito Loyzaga yesterday vowed to implement basketball rules “properly and strictly” in the coming UAAP Season 76 cage tournament and batted for “innovations” to get technical officials better equipped to monitor and assess officiating as well as players and coaches’ behavior.

    “Nothing has been changed as far as the rules are concerned. It will be the same but what we’ll basically do is implement all the rules properly and strictly,” Loyzaga said during yesterday’s press launch.

    The UAAP follows Fiba rules. Tapped to enforce them for the cage hostilities that begin on Saturday at the MOA Arena is the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ referees pool.

    Loyzaga, the former PBA star who once served as commissioner of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), said he has recommended the installation of extra cameras every game to monitor officiating and actions of the teams.

    To be set up near the two baskets and center court, these cameras will be solely for the UAAP commissioner’s office and technical group’s use and separate from the cameras deployed by ABS-CBN for the games’ broadcast, said Loyzaga.

    “What we’re trying to do now and recommending to the board is to have additional cameras for the use of the technical group, just for us perhaps to monitor more the unsportsmanlike behavior not just of players and coaching staff but perhaps even officials when they’re on the floor,” he explained.

    “On top of this, it will also give us the opportunity to look and monitor the performance of referees, whether they’re in the right position to make a call, so we can make necessary adjustments and assessment when we review all the tapes we have,” he added.

    Loyzaga said there’s a greater need to improve officiating this year especially considering the wide open race the eight teams are expecting.

    “This year, all the teams are quite even so it will really be an ever bigger task for the commissioner and technical group. I’m sure nobody wants to lose and everybody wants to win and it will make things harder for us. So we have made slight innovations and request some technical support for ourselves,” he said, adding the PBA itself is making use of additional cameras for its technical group.

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    UAAP cage wars Season 76 too close to call

    By Olmin Leyba

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2013 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - That distinction now falls primarily on National University, whose intact crew led by two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks earned the nod of majority of the coaches when asked to name their top contenders.

    University of the East is mentioned not long after, having made a strong case in their title conquest of the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup diadem at the expense of the fancied Bulldogs.

    But coaches insist that actually, just about everyone – the Bulldogs, the Red Warriors, the Blue Eagles, La Salle, last year’s finalist Santo Tomas, host Adamson, Far Eastern U and yes, even University of the Philippines – can really contend for the coveted crown.

    Bo Perasol, taking over from multi-titled Norman Black who went to the Philippine Basketball Association, said pre-tournament rankings aside, expectations on the Blue Eagles remain high.

    “I’ll be the only person that’s happy with that (not being considered top contender) but I’m sure the Ateneo community is not happy with that so I’ll enjoy the moment. But I’m quite sure that regardless of our standing, the Ateneo people will expect otherwise so I don’t have a choice, anyway,” said Perasol during the press launch of UAAP’s Season 76 yesterday.

    The Eagles have lost starters Greg Slaughter and Nico Salva to graduation, alongside back-ups Justin Chua, Tonino Gonzaga and Oping Sumalinog. Third year guard Kiefer Ravena and veterans Juami Tiongson and Ryan Buenafe and import Chris Newsome will anchor their six-peat bid.

    “If we can be 100 percent healthy this season, I think we can defend the crown with so much strength. It still remains to be seen, though, as I think every team has a chance to contend for the championship this season,” said Perasol, tagging NU and UE as “the two strongest teams” with La Salle also there “lurking” and Adamson also a top contender.

    Parks Jr. will return to give 2012 semifinalist NU another go, alongside Emmanuel Mbe, Joeff Javillonar, and Robin Rono plus new acquisitions Alfred Aroga and JJ Alejandro.

    “We’re really humbled and grateful for getting the team-to-beat tag. Like what I told the team, I think we have to embrace it. I think if there’s a year to do it, it’s this year. With the graduation of key players of Ateneo, I think it’s a level field now and anybody can beat any team this season,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

    For UE, being branded one of the favorites is welcome but the Warriors shouldn’t rest on that. “For us to be included as a contender here is flattering. But we should not be contended because of the level field and everybody can really do it,” said UE’s Boyzie Zamar, who now surrounded ace guard Roi Sumang with good players, led by big man Charles Mammie.

    UST is bringing back Jeric Teng, Karim Abdul, Aljon Mariano, Clark Bautista and Kevin Ferrer after a bridesmaid finish in Season 75 while La Salle seeks another Final Four slot under new coach Juno Sauler and a roster led by Jeron Teng and Norbert Torres and new recruits Jason Perkins and Kib Montalbo.

    Adamson beefed up its lineup with center Ingrid Sewa while FEU, handled now by Nash Racela, elevated junior stars Jeson Delfinado and Joshua Aguilon to join stars RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo. UP will parade seven rookies led by Andre Paras, son of PBA great Benjie.

    “It’s going to be a very exciting year. All the teams are balanced. We have the two teams that played in the finals last year (Ateneo and UST) and the two teams in the Filoil finals (UE and NU) came from UAAP. It’s really hard to say who the strongest team will be,” said Sauler.

    Hostilities begin on Saturday at the MOA Arena with FEU and UE tangling in the 2 p.m. first game and DLSU and UST meeting in the 4 p.m. matchup. A “spectacular” opening ceremony to be graced by top Adamson alumni Hector Calma and Kenneth Duremdes will precede the action at 12:30, according to UAAP Season 76 president Fr. Max Rendon and secretary-treasurer Malou Isip.

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    Falcons and Tams look for return to Final Four, Eagles seek six-peat, Archers aim higher
    Job B. De Leon June 26, 2013

    The 76th season of the UAAP begins on Saturday, with teams reloading for another campaign in the collegiate wars. Part one of our two-part preview shines the spotlight on Adamson, FEU, Ateneo and La Salle.

    Adamson University Soaring Falcons

    Season 75 record: 3-11, sixth place

    Key losses: Alex Nuyles (SG/SF), Eric Camson (PF), Allen Etrone (PG/SG)

    Key additions: Ingrid Sewa (C), Maui Bernabe (PG), Axel Inigo (PG), Dawn Ochea (PF)

    Gunner Jericho Cruz (blue) is expected to lead the flight of the Falcons. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: Alex Nuyles, King Falcon and slasher extraordinaire, played just four games in his final UAAP season due to a dislocated shoulder. Though Nuyles’ presence wouldn’t have guaranteed a Final Four appearance, they went 2-9 without him, as the talents of EJ Camson, Jericho Cruz and Rodney Brondial couldn’t lift them to better than sixth in the league.

    Season 76 situation: Without Nuyles and Camson, this squad looks nearly unrecognizable from the team that peaked in Season 74, before losing its twice-to-beat advantage to third-seeded FEU. Every year, fans know that Adamson’s defense is capable of throwing opponents into a torture chamber, and that’s never going to be a question while Leo Austria remains head coach. But Nuyles and Camson were dependable scorers for this team and their loss should concern this year’s crop. Budding young gun Jericho Cruz, Brondial and Sewa, the African behemoth, will be relied on to carry the load for this team.

    Beyond that trio, however, the Falcons are largely question marks. Roider Cabrera and Jansen Rios lead a troop of athletic but largely unproven wingmen. Furthermore, it’s not clear how effective a threat Ryan Monteclaro can be as the team’s lead point guard either. Adamson has to lean on their defense, though less so than in past years, to give themselves a shot to win every game.

    Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles

    Season 75 record: 12-2, first place

    Key losses: Greg Slaughter (C), Nico Salva (PF), Justin Chua (C), Tonino Gonzaga (SG), Oping Sumalinog (SG)

    Key additions: Chris Newsome (F), Earl Murphy (SF), Anton Asistio (PG), Vince Tolentino (PF)

    Kiefer Ravena (L) put up MVP-type numbers during the summer. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: The Blue Eagles swept the UST Growling Tigers in the Finals to win their fifth straight title, after splitting their elimination round meetings against that foe. That allowed coach Norman Black to leave the team triumphantly, to pilot the TNT Tropang Texters in the PBA.

    Season 76 situation: Never mind losing their five-peat core. The Blue Eagles have publicly expressed their desire to win a sixth straight championship, though this climb may turn out to be the toughest one yet. New head coach Bo Perasol is tasked with guiding an up-tempo, small ball squad against a taller league.

    The public hasn’t seen the final incarnation of this year’s Eagles yet though, owing to injuries to JP Erram, Giboy Babilonia and Gwynne Capacio during the preseason. Season 73 Finals MVP Ryan Buenafe is also expected to see time at power forward, but the jury’s out on whether he can have the same impact he did from the wing. He will share that burden with Frank Golla, a decent center on offense and defense, as they literally face their biggest challenges this year.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the newcomers, bannered by Vince Tolentino, Anton Asistio and Earl Murphy integrate themselves into the mix. Though they may not stand out individually, it’s clear from their FilOil run that they’ve bought into Ateneo’s “team first” concept. With two-thirds of last year’s scorers gone in Slaughter and Salva, Juami Tiongson is expected to take on a larger share of points. If the summer leagues are any indication of performance, third-year sniper Von Pessumal is poised to rain triples from beyond the arc at frightening accuracy. But more than ever, the Eagles will soar only as high as the gifts of Kiefer Ravena, the undisputed King Eagle of this roost, can take them.

    De La Salle Green Archers

    Season 75 record: 9-5, fourth place

    Key losses: Jed Manguerra (SG), Joshua Webb (SF), Jovet Mendoza (PF), Yutien Andrada (PF)

    Key additions: Jason Perkins (F), Kib Montalbo (PG), Robert Bolick (PG), Matt Salem (PF)

    Jeron Teng (C) will need to avoid a sophomore slump if La Salle is hoping for a Finals berth. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: Jeron Teng let the league know he is a force to be reckoned with when he matched two-time MVP Ray Ray Parks in a 35-point performance for the record books, delivering the W for the Archers in double-overtime during the first elimination round.

    Season 76 situation: The Archers were thought to be Finals favorites before spiraling into uncertainty after the FilOil Cup. La Salle lost three of their last four games and were eliminated during the quarterfinals, prompting management to promote Juno Sauler to head coach in the place of Gee Abanilla. How the Archers will respond to higher expectations and a new voice in the locker room this year will be an adjustment worth watching.

    La Salle isn't lacking for talent. Despite losing veteran Yutien Andrada to an ACL injury during the summer, the rest of its core, featuring Jeron Teng, LA Revilla, Almond Vosotros, Norbert Torres and Thomas Torres is still around. Perkins is an intriguing all-around big man, and Gabby Reyes is their answer to Ateneo’s Pessumal. Robert Bolick and Kib Montalbo also appear to be two sides of the same coin: the former more inclined on defense while the latter on offense. They have a lot of interesting pieces, and it's up to Sauler now to make sense of them in a limited amount of time.

    Far Eastern University Tamaraws

    Season 75 record: 9-5, fifth place

    Key losses: Arvie Bringas (C), Mark Bringas (PF), Russel Escoto (PF)

    Key additions: Joshua Aguilon (SG), Jeson Delfinado (SF), Jovannie Luz (PG), Joel Lee Yu (SG), Ron Dennison (SG)

    In RR Garcia's final year, the Tams are hoping are return to the Final Four is in the books. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: During their second-round elimination game versus National University, league officials negated a game-winning lay-up by RR Garcia and then called for a do-over of the entire match. The Bulldogs went on to win the replay, effectively snagging the fourth seed and leaving the Tamaraws out of the Final Four.

    Season 76 situation: The Tams have been difficult to read during the preseason, but suffice to say, this is the weakest incarnation of the Tamaraws since their post-Arwind Santos rebuilding season. More concerning is that their new additions look less like backcourt rotation pieces (that’s set with RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo and Mike Tolomia) and more like a year-long tryout for the King Tamaraw Garcia's spot when he graduates after this season.

    The Tamaraws are practically a doughnut team now, too. It’s up to Bryan Cruz and Anthony Hargrove to hold down the paint, and neither of them are known for any defensive skill. If Christian Sentcheu can avoid foul trouble, he could also be valuable on defense during short intervals, but that’s about it. Otherwise, it’s the same perimeter-oriented attack with Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy hustling for points and doing the little things that matter. Any team with either Romeo or Garcia makes it exciting. Whether it’s enough to win games in a more competitive league like this, it’s hard to say. - AMD, GMA News

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    Bulldogs, Warriors aim for Finals berths, Tigers plot return, Maroons begin rebuild
    Job B. De Leon June 26, 2013

    National University Bulldogs

    Season 75 record: 9-5, third place

    Key losses: Ajeet Singh (SG), Jul-Ashri Ignacio (SF), Henri Betayene (C)

    Key additions: Alfred Aroga (C), JJ Alejandro (PG)

    Bobby Ray Parks shoots for a third straight MVP title, but a championship is his true goal. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: NU made the Final Four for the first time since 2011. Despite tough losses, including a tough double-overtime defeat to La Salle and a crushing at the hands of Ateneo in the first round, the Bulldogs hung tough to show the rest of the league that they have indeed arrived.

    Season 76 situation: The Bulldogs are touted as a contender after returning with a virtually-intact line-up, bolstered by quality addition in Aroga and Alejandro. Aroga is a 6’8” Cameroonian who plays fast and loose inside. He’s unpredictable, but has more offensive flair than starting center Emmanuel Mbe, and is even more of a handful to guard. Alejandro meanwhile is a three-point specialist from the RP Youth Team ranks, and should help spread the floor for Ray Ray Parks.

    But with a more seasoned team comes greater expectations for Parks and the rest of the NU Bulldogs organization. Parks’ talents are beyond question, but what remains to be seen is whether his supporting cast can step up to the plate. During their FilOil Finals loss, their role players in Mbe, Aroga, Rosario, Alolino and Villamor couldn’t press on when Parks fouled out in the fourth quarter. Possibly for the first time in his career, those living in the two-time MVP’s shadow will be thrust into the harsh spotlight.

    University of the East Red Warriors

    Season 75 record: 3-11, seventh place

    Key losses: Gene Belleza (SG)

    Key additions: Gino Jumao-as (transferee, SG), Lord Casajeros (returnee, SG), JM Noble (returnee, SG)

    Roi Sumang has helped make the UE Red Warriors a team to be reckoned with anew. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: Coach Boysie Zamar took over the team right before the second round, ending Jerry Codinera’s one and a half year tenure with the team. Zamar gave senior Gene Belleza a chance at a meaningful last few games, and the Warriors played with a different energy, enough to force several close matches. The most memorable of course was Chris Javier’s three-pointer, to nick the defending champions at the buzzer, just days after he had done a similar feat against UP.

    Season 76 situation: The UE Red Warriors hadn’t been in the UAAP Final Four since 2009, back when names like Paul Lee, Elmer Espiritu and Pari Llagas dominated the floor. The Warriors had been limping ever since, but that stretch looks like it’ll stop now. Credit is due to two things: Sierra Leonean Charles Mammie’s intimidating presence on defense, and Zamar’s ability to get his players to believe in defense, teamwork and themselves again.

    Many people (myself included) are picking UE as darkhorse candidates to make the Final Four this year. But is UE a Finals contender? Their FilOil Cup run says maybe, although we have to remember that a lot of things (Parks and Mbe fouling out, successful trapping schemes and the statement games from role players) went right for them to dethrone the NU Bulldogs as preseason champs. Consistency is the name of the game for nearly everyone who isn’t an elite point guard named Roi Sumang, from Chris Javier to JR Sumido. But anything can happen on the floor, and as long as UE remembers what it’s capable of, there’s no knowing where they’re going to stop.

    University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers

    Season 75 record: 10-4, second place

    Key losses: Jeric Fortuna (PG), Melo Afuang (PF)

    Key additions: Jeepy Faundo (C), Jun Macasaet (C), Brian So (SF), Jamil Sherrif (returnee, PG), Edcor Marata (PG), Kent Lao (SF)

    Karim Abdul (L) and the rest of the UST Growling Tigers plot their return to the Finals. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: UST looked every bit a contender last year, bagging impressive victories against DLSU, NU and Ateneo. With the sizzling trio of Jeric Teng, Aljon Mariano and Karim Abdul, the Tigers were fighting until the very end, when they just came up short in the Finals, losing in two games against the defending champs.

    Season 76 situation: Lost in the preseason fever is the fact that UST’s line-up remains largely the same. Like FEU’s coach Racela, Pido Jarencio might have treated the preseason the lightest among all the coaches, by allowing key rotation players like Kevin Ferrer and Clark Bautista to dabble in the PBA D-League, while tinkering with the rest of his bench. Add to that Karim Abdul was recovering from an injury, and it’s unsurprising that the Tigers finished fourth in the FilOil Cup after a 4-4 elimination record.

    Kevin Ferrer, Paolo Pe and Clark Bautista round out the usual suspects for the Tigers, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. Sure, Fortuna’s departure is a loss, but the Tigers are gambling that the sum of his contributions can be replaced by Jamil Sherrif, Edcor Marata and Ed Daquioag. If those trio can play with better poise over the course of the season, then the league and its fans have another team to worry about.

    University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons

    Season 75 record: 1-13, eighth place

    Key losses: Mark Lopez (SG), Alvin Padilla (SF), Jett Manuel (SG), Mike Silungan (SG), Jelo Montecastro (PG), Alinko Mbah (C)

    Key additions: Sam Marata (transferee, SG), Kyles Lao (PG), Paul Desiderio (SG), Jason Ligad (PG/SG), Andrew Harris (C), Kyle Suarez (SG), Agustin Amar (SG), Andrei Paras (PF)

    Sam Marata (L) leads a revamped and rebuilt UP squad. KC Cruz

    Season 75 moment: There was nothing that stood out positively as UP's season was defined by a lack of late-game poise. There were several times the Maroons could’ve closed out foes like FEU (twice), Adamson and NU. But they had problems a) executing plays, b) keeping their opponents off the free throw line, and/or c) making their own free throws.

    Season 76 situation: Every year, Ricky Dandan promises that the Maroons will keep on fighting until the end. If their last few summer games are any indication, that might be the case. Former Archer Sam Marata will join Mikee Reyes and their key second year holdovers in Chris Ball, Henry Asilum and Raul Soyud as the Maroons’ main men this year. But the deck is stacked against the Maroons. Dandan has to baptize six players uninitiated in the style of the UAAP while working out how to stay competitive now and how to build for the future.

    Fans are hoping that UP’s management gives Dandan a longer run and a chance to cultivate something in Diliman out of Lao, Paras and Desiderio, who are all prize recruits. Since they’re in the middle of a rehabilitation project, watching UP this year means one eye looking at the future ahead. Dandan and the Maroons get a bye for now, and stricter judgment ought to be reserved for expectations of better days in 2014. - AMD, GMA News

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    UAAP Season 76 opens, honors ‘greatness of athletes’

    By Celest R. Flores

    5:51 pm | Saturday, June 29th, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines — Let the games begin. And the UAAP Season 76 did Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena with an elaborate and colorful opening ceremony patterned after the hit book “The Hunger Games”.

    Falcons’ legends Hector Calma and Kenneth Duremdes and Ateneo’s Olsen Racela graced the opening, passing on the torch to the next generation of UAAP athletes.

    “I challenge you to continue our legacy. Never forget our history and the values that make a true UAAP student athlete,” said Calma, speaking to the athletes.

    Star guard Jericho Cruz — the new face of Adamson — was garbed in black and gold costume warrior-like outfit as he led the athletes from all sports and participating universities in the parade.

    Cruz accepted the torch from the UAAP legends.

    “Today we are here to honor the [athletes] and to celebrate once more their greatness,” said Adamson president Gregg Bañaga.

    “Greatness starts here at the UAAP. The names and faces may change, but the greatness stays,” he added in the speech.

    Dancers representing the eight universities dressed up according to their school’s identity, but taking a page from the book from which the opening was themed.

    The schools’ dancers wore hats, capes matching their university colors and giving off a tribal look, as they came out like the characters from the Districts.

    The others were dressed in over-the-top outfits, looking like the people from the Capitol — as in the movie.

    Adamson, this year’s host of the UAAP, had the most elaborate introduction in the opening as they showcased huge birds with feathers of white and blue.

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    Blue Eagles face 0-2 hole vs Tamaraws

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:53 pm | Monday, July 1st, 2013

    ATENEO’s quest for a sixth straight championship got off to a nightmarish start, while early favorite University of the East saw its preseason bubble burst at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament over the weekend.

    “It’s not just a wake-up call, it’s a warning,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar after his Warriors, the champions in a recent tough summer tournament, bowed to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-89.

    While the Warriors collapsed and blew an early double-digit lead, the Blue Eagles showed no semblance of their old intimidating forms.

    Sorely missing the firepower of injured star Kiefer Ravena, the Eagles looked flat against the National University Bulldogs, who roared to a 64-54 victory after pulling away from the reigning champions by a whopping 24 points at one point.

    “The sense of urgency came late, but I know these guys are going to get better,” said new Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

    Ravena, who sprained his ankle days before the inaugurals, sat out the entire second half and finished with two points on a 1-of-6 shooting clip in just eight minutes of action.

    But Perasol expects his star player to be in better shape when the Blue Eagles try to avoid falling to an early 0-2 hole against the Tamaraws on Wednesday.

    “We’ll have a hard time without him,” admitted Perasol.

    Zamar, too, sees his Warriors bringing back the grit they flashed all summer in their next game versus the Bulldogs on Saturday.

    “We’ll bounce back,” said Zamar.

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    Zobel Holds Off FEU FERN

    Games today:

    (Filoil Flying V Arena)

    9 am- AdU vs UP (women)
    10:30 a.m. - UST vs DLSU (women)
    12 noon - NU vs FEU (women)
    1:30 p.m. - ADMU vs UE (women)

    ALJUN MELECIO exploded for nine of his 19 points in the final two minutes as La Salle-Zobel held off defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman, 61-59, and seize the early lead in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Baby Tamaraws held a comfortable eight-point lead at the 1:49 mark of the fourth quarter before Melecio drilled three consecutive triples for the Junior Archers to grab a 59-58 lead.

    David Completo then split his charities to force the game's last deadlock at 59-59 before La Salle-Zobel’s Karl Maldinger calmly buried two free throws in the last 7.3 seconds. The Baby Tamaraws tried to turn things around but failed to launch an attempt in the dying seconds.

    Renzo Subido finished with 20 points while Melecio added 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Junior Archers, who are unbeaten in two games.

    Ateneo slipped past the University of the East (UE), 71-64, in the other game.

    Michael Nieto had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Thirdy Ravena chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Eaglets.

    Magic Marata paced the Junior Warriors with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Reymar Caduyac had 12 points.

    FEU-Diliman and UE dropped to 0-2.

    The scores:

    First Game (Jrs)

    ADMU (71) - Ravena 16, Mi. Nieto 13, Ma. Nieto 11, Escaler 11, Mendoza 8, Black 6, Magpoc 3, Calilung 3.

    UE (64) - Marata 20, Caduyac 12, Guttierez 5, Briones 4, Mohamad 3, Antonio 6, Altamirano 6, Del Rosario 5, Celarde 3.

    Quarterscores: 20-13, 37-30, 54-49, 71-64

    Second Game (Jrs)

    DLSZ (61) - Subido 20, Melecio 19, Sajulga 9, Banzon 7, Maldinger 2, Romero 2, Castro 2, Isaac 0.

    FEU (59) - Domingo JJ 13, Comboy 13, Lee 12, Escoto 7, Domingo JS 7, Completo 7, Aquino 0.

    Quarterscores: 13-9, 25-26, 42-46, 61-59

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    Sparkplug Romeo anchors Tamaraws’ sizzling start

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    9:53 pm | Monday, July 8th, 2013

    FAR EASTERN University coach Nash Racela said his Tamaraws only need to look back at last season to realize there’s no reason to celebrate their 3-0 start in this year’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

    “At this point, we need to control our emotions,” said Racela. “We always remind them that last year, they were 4-0.”

    After the sizzling start, the Tamaraws struggled late in the tournament and eventually missed out on the Final Four.

    This time, Terrence Romeo has flourished under Racela’s new system, where the star guard now shares the limelight with former Most Valuable Player RR Garcia.

    “It’s a work in progress,” admitted Racela. “There are moments when they both want the ball. But you can’t change it overnight.”

    Romeo averaged 21.3 points, 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists and two steals in the Tamaraws’ unbeaten start to bag the season’s first Accel 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week presented by Gatorade.

    “I’m still not happy with the way I play,” said Romeo. “Sometimes I still go back to my old tendencies, but I’m really trying my best to chip in and help the team.”

    As surprising as FEU’s surge to the top was the unexpected plunge of defending champion Ateneo into the bottom of the standings.

    Sorely missing their injured go-to guy Kiefer Ravena, the Blue Eagles skidded to a third straight loss following an 73-82 setback against fierce rival La Salle last Sunday.

    “It’s an alarming start as far as the standards of Ateneo is concerned,” said new coach Bo Perasol of his Eagles, who reigned in the last five seasons under Norman Black.

    “But I told them (players) that they shouldn’t be ashamed of being 0-3. It’s going to be my accountability. When you go out there, just tell them, ‘Blame my coach.’”

  10. #10
    ^^^ Awfully decent of you, Bo. But for godsakes you still need to notch a win.

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