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  1. #11
    Pirates slay another giant, trip Knights

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    5:50 am | Friday, September 6th, 2013

    Showing tremendous fighting spirit down the stretch, Lyceum completed another stunning upset, this time against league leader Letran, 80-76, last night in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Aziz Mbomiko, Lyceum’s Cameroonian swingman, finished with a career-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, and came away with seven rebounds, while Dexter Zamora chipped in 18 points for the Pirates, who became the first team to beat the two finalists last year after stunning San Beda in the first round.

    Deployed more for defensive purposes, Jeremiah Taladua delivered the game’s biggest shot with a triple with 18.3 seconds that gave the Pirates a 78-76 advantage. Taladua sealed the win with a fastbreak lay-up with 3.8 seconds remaining.

    The Pirates rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third period relying on an unforgiving full-court press anchored by Taladua and Mbomiko, who combined for seven of the team’s nine steals.

    With the win, the Pirates grabbed solo eighth spot by improving to 4-7, while pinning a second loss on the Knights, who still lead the league with a 9-2 slate.

    Earlier, Jovit Dela Cruz repaid the faith coach Topex Robinson had in him, firing a season-high 25 points as San Sebastian ended a three-game slide with an emphatic 90-69 victory over Emilio Aguinaldo College.

    The Stags skipper knocked in 10 of 15 shots and took charge in a late breakaway that boosted San Sebastian to a share of fourth spot with Jose Rizal U with its fifth victory in 10 outings while ending the Generals’ three-game winning run.

    “I know I’ve been struggling but coach kept encouraging me and told me to be aggressive,” said Dela Cruz, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and swatted away two shots.

    “A lot is expected from him being one of the veterans of the team,” said Robinson of Dela Cruz, who entered the game with a 10.4 points per game average. “I’m happy he delivered.”

    The Generals, who fell into a tie for sixth spot with St. Benilde with a 4-6 card, got off to a strong 20-13 start with Igee King and Noube Happi leading the early charge before Jamil Ortuoste ignited a second-quarter run that allowed the Stags to seize control.

    Ortouste, in his second game back from an ankle injury, also stepped up for the Stags with 27 points—all coming in the last three quarters, while Leo De Vera wound up with 14 points, built on four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc.

    The scores

    First Game

    SAN SEBASTIAN 90—Ortuoste 27, Dela Cruz 25, De Vera 14, Guinto 9, Tano 6, Trinidad 3, Padilla 2, Magno 2, Perez 1, Aquino 1, Rebollos 0, Balid 0.

    EAC 69—Happi 16, Paguia 10, King 10, Arquero 10, Jamon 8, Onwubere 4, Hiole Manga 2, Mejos 2, Munsayac 2, Tayongtong 2, Morada 2, Monteclaro 1, Saludo 0.

    Quarters: 13-20, 43-40, 61-55, 90-69

    Second Game

    LYCEUM 80—Mbomiko 22, Zamora 18, Ko 10, Azores 9, Baltazar 5, Taladua 5, Lesmoras 4, Ambohot 3, Lacastesantos 2, Mendoza 2, Francisco 0.

    LETRAN 76—Almazan 21, Cruz 17, Racal 9, Gabawan 6, Ruaya 5, Publico 5, Belorio 4, Nambatac 3, Buenaflor 3, Castro 2, Po 0, Luib 0.

    Quarters: 19-18, 31-36, 56-58, 80-76
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  2. #12
    Generals keep Final Four hopes burning with upset win over Altas

    Karlo Sacamos

    September 07, 2013, 08:25 pm

    EMILIO Aguinaldo College went fishing and waited for something to fall for the bait. Its patience and perseverance were later rewarded Saturday night.

    The Generals rallied from a sizeable deficit before coming through in the endgame and stunned complacent University of Perpetual Help, 70-68, to keep its Final Four hopes burning in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    Jan Jamon registered his best offensive game of the season, but it was Cedric Happi and John Tayongtong who delivered the key baskets down the stretch for the Generals, who won for the fourth time in five games and improved to a 5-6 win-loss card to move into a tie with the day’s earlier winner, College of St. Benilde in sixth place.

    The Generals, now just a half-game behind Jose Rizal University and San Sebastian for the last Final Four spot, also dealt the Altas just their third loss in 11 games that dropped them to solo third spot instead of gaining a piece of the lead with Letran.

    “(We caught a) very big fish,” Generals coach Gerry Esplana said. “We just kept the game close and gave us a chance to win. At yun ang nangyari, napunta sa amin ang momentum.”

    “Simula na ng race kung sino gusto pumasok sa top four spots,” said Jamon, who tallied 22 points, most of them coming from mid-range.

    The Altas protected a 10-point lead late in third quarter, before the Generals mounted a fightback that saw them slowly chew off the Altas lead.

    Happi, the Cameroonian slotman who was still recovering from LBM (loose bowel movement) the past few days, tallied just 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting, but made up for it on the other end by shackling Altas’ counterpart in Nigerian Nicholas Omorogbe, who was limited to just nine points on 4-of-17 shooting.

    “We were able to contain one of their top two scorers,” Esplana said as Altas rookie Juneric Baloria still emerged two points away from reaching the 30-point barrier anew before fouling out in the crucial stage of the game.

    Happi gave the Generals the lead for good at 64-63, before Jamon scored on a jumper, Tayongtong made crucial free throws and an assist to turn the game around.

    The scores

    Emilio Aguinaldo (70) -- Jamon 22, Happi 11, Paguia 9, King 8, Tayongtong 8, Onwubere 7, Hiole Manga 2, Munsayac 2, Arquero 1, Monteclaro 0, Castro 0, Morada 0.

    Perpetual Help (6 -- Baloria 28, Arboleda 14, Alano 10, Omorogbe 9, Elopre 4, Jolangcob 3, Oliveria 0, Dizon 0, Thompson 0, Bantayan 0, Paulino 0, Bitoy 0.

    Quarterscores: 16-14; 28-36; 47-51; 70-68.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  3. #13
    Lions grab solo lead; Stags rout Cardinals

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    11:44 pm | Saturday, September 14th, 2013

    SAN Beda blitzed Emilio Aguinaldo College in the third period and came away with a 71-64 triumph last night to seize the solo lead in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    With Art Dela Cruz, Baser Amer and Ryusei Koga on the firing end, the Lions turned a two-point halftime deficit to a 12-point lead heading into the final period on their way to a 10th victory in 12 games, moving ahead of idle Letran.

    Dela Cruz finished with 16 points, while Amer chipped in 15 as the Lions pinned a seventh loss on the Generals, who fell to a tie for sixth spot with St. Benilde.

    Earlier, CJ Perez regained his lethal form to power San Sebastian to a 72-63 win over Mapua.

    The rookie tallied 19 points on top of 11 rebounds and four assists as the Stags held off a late rally by the Cardinals and improved to 7-5, solidifying their hold of the fourth and last Final Four spot.

    Perez capped his fine performance with a triple with nine seconds remaining, boosting the Stags to a third straight win and pinning a 10th straight loss on the Cardinals.

    “I thank coach Topex (Robinson) for not giving up on me even though I was struggling,” the Pampanga-born rookie said in Filipino.

    “We have to remember that he’s a rookie and he’s bound to make mistakes,” Robinson said of Perez. “He’s going to win games for us and he’s going to lose games for us but I told him that he’s always going to be on the court. That’s how much I trust him.”

    Jovit Dela Cruz contributed 14 points and Jamil Ortuoste chipped in 11 for the Stags, who survived the ejection of starting forward Leo De Vera at the start of the final period.

    The scores:

    First Game

    SAN SEBASTIAN 72—Perez 19, Dela Cruz 14, Ortuoste 11, De Vera 8, Tano 7, Magno 5, Rebollos 3, Trinidad 3, Balucanag 2, Aquino 0.

    MAPUA 63—Estrella 14, Brana 13, Ighalo 9, Eriobu 7, Biteng 6, Isit 6, Saitanan 6, Magtoto 2, Gabo 0, Gonzalez 0, Cantos 0.

    Quarters: 20-17, 43-31, 55-46, 72-63

    Second Game

    SAN BEDA 71—Dela Cruz 16, Amer 15, Koga 13, Adeogun 12, Dela Rosa 6, Mendoza 4, A. Semerad 2, D. Semerad 2, Abarcar 1, Villaruz 0, Pascual 0, Ludovice 0.

    EAC 64—Happi 17, Morada 14, Jamon 13, Paguia 9, Tayongtong 9, Arquero 2, Monteclaro 0, Hiole Manga 0, King 0, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0.

    Quarters: 22-14, 31-33, 58-46, 71-64.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  4. #14
    Generals keep semis bid alive

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:42 am | Friday, September 27th, 2013

    Brilliant in the first three periods, Emilio Aguinaldo College weathered a late uprising by Lyceum to hammer out a 71-63 triumph last night and sustain its Final Four push in the 89th NCAA basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    With Remy Morada catching fire early, the Generals built enough cushion to hold off the Pirates and move within a game and a half off the idle San Sebastian Stags, who currently hold the No. 4 spot.

    Averaging just five points going into the game, Morada finished with 21 points on top of six rebounds and five steals, while Jolas Paguia wound up with 18, including nine in the final period.

    The Generals watched their 16-point lead get whittled down to four at 64-60, before Paguia converted a three-point play with 59 seconds remaining.

    Paguia then buried four free throws in the last 25 seconds to ice the Generals’ seventh victory in 14 games.

    “We’re glad we had that cushion going into the fourth quarter,” said coach Gerry Esplana, whose squad moved within a win of its total from last season when it finished sixth.

    The Generals have won six of their last eight games and Esplana said his team is peaking at the right time.
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    The Pirates—the only team to have beaten San Beda and Letran this season—trimmed the deficit to four points after two free throws from John Azores and a three-pointer by Mark Francisco before Paguia responded, scoring the Generals’ last seven points.

    “We couldn’t count out Lyceum because they are giant killers. But I’m happy because our fate is in our hands,” said Esplana. “We just have to take it one game at a time. The important thing is that they know they have a chance at the Final Four and they believe they can compete.”

    Picking up from where they left off in the victory over Letran where they hit nine triples in the second half, the Generals got off to a blistering start with five triples in the first period with Morada knocking in four treys.

    The two teams combined for 56 turnovers with the Generals committing 29. But the Pirates shot just 33 percent from the floor and made just one three-pointer, six less than the Generals.

    The scores:

    First Game

    EAC 71—Morada 21, Paguia 18, Jamon 14, Noube 13, King 3, Hiole Manga 1, Tayongtong 1, Munsayac 0, Onwubere 0, Arquero 0.

    LYCEUM 63—Mbomiko 15, Zamora 13, Ko 12, Azores 8, Francisco 7, Lacastesantos 4, Mendoza 2, Garcia 2, Baltazar 0, Taladua 0, Lesmoras 0.

    Quarters: 21-17, 40-33, 52-39, 71-63

  5. #15
    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.
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    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

  6. #16
    Lions clinch No. 1 seed

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:11 am | Sunday, October 27th, 2013

    SAN BEDA warmed up for more important battles ahead with a 78-62 drubbing of Arellano last night that made the Lions the top seed heading into the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament.

    The Lions leaned on a balanced offensive to notch the 15th victory that boosted them to the No. 1 spot at the end of the elimination round for the eighth straight season at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun tallied 11 points apiece, while Roldan Sara continued his stellar play, picking up 10 points for the Lions, who will face the loser of the Perpetual Help-San Sebastian playoff in the Final Four on Nov. 7.

    “I’m happy for the players,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad avoided a playoff against Letran. “It has been a rollercoaster ride for us in terms of performance but I’m glad that they came out strong for this game.”

    The Chiefs saw their four-game winning run snapped and finished the season with an 8-10 record in a tie with Lyceum for sixth spot.

    Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo College shrugged off the heartbreak of missing out on the Final Four by coming from behind to repulse Mapua, 82-76, last night to cap its finest season.

    Remy Morada caught fire in the final period as the Generals rallied from a double-digit deficit to end their campaign with an impressive 10-8 record.

    The sophomore guard poured 18 of his 23 points in the final 10 minutes, where the Generals outscored the Cardinals, 27-15.

    Their hopes of reaching the Final Four dashed by San Sebastian’s win over St. Benilde last Thursday, the Generals can take satisfaction at the fact that they posted their best record since joining the league in 2009.

    The Cardinals finished with a 2-16 record in one of their worst seasons in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

    “Even though we were eliminated, this is still a big achievement for the school,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman who called the shots in the place of Gerry Esplana who is in China due to a prior commitment.

    EAC center Cedric Noube dished out another solid outing with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Jan Jamon tallied 13 points, including a triple early that sparked the comeback early in the fourth quarter.

    In juniors play, the San Beda Cubs completed an 18-game sweep and clinched the first finals seat following a 96-56 demolition of the Arellano Braves.

    With the sweep, the Lions will also have a 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five series in the finals.

    The remaining final spot will be disputed by San Sebastian, La Salle Green Hills and Mapua in a stepladder format. LSGH, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 4 Mapua in a knockout game with the winner facing San Sebastian for the second finals spot.

    The scores:

    First Game

    EAC 82—Morada 23, Happi 17, Jamon 13, Arquero 11, King 5, Munsayac 5, Tayongtong 4, Paguia 2, Hiole Manga 2, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Onwubere 0.

    MAPUA 76—Cantos 24, Magsigay 15, Brana 13, Ighalo 11, Isit 9, Gonzalez 2, Estrella 2, Gabo 0, Guzman 0, Magtoto 0.

    Quarters: 16-19, 28-39, 55-61, 82-76

    Second Game

    SAN BEDA 78—Amer 11, Adeogun 11. Sara 10, Pascual 10, Dela Rosa 10, Dela Cruz 9, A. Semerad 8, Abarcar 5, D. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

    ARELLANO 62—Caperal 23, Serjue 17, Jalalon 7, Pinto 6, Forrester 4, Hernandez 3, Bangga 2, Gumaru 0, Salcedo 0, Nicholls 0, Agovida 0.

    Quarters: 20-7, 40-21, 61-35, 78-62
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  7. #17
    Lions clinch No. 1 seed

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:11 am | Sunday, October 27th, 2013

    SAN BEDA warmed up for more important battles ahead with a 78-62 drubbing of Arellano last night that made the Lions the top seed heading into the Final Four of the 89th NCAA basketball tournament.

    The Lions leaned on a balanced offensive to notch the 15th victory that boosted them to the No. 1 spot at the end of the elimination round for the eighth straight season at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Baser Amer and Ola Adeogun tallied 11 points apiece, while Roldan Sara continued his stellar play, picking up 10 points for the Lions, who will face the loser of the Perpetual Help-San Sebastian playoff in the Final Four on Nov. 7.

    “I’m happy for the players,” said Lions coach Boyet Fernandez, whose squad avoided a playoff against Letran. “It has been a rollercoaster ride for us in terms of performance but I’m glad that they came out strong for this game.”

    The Chiefs saw their four-game winning run snapped and finished the season with an 8-10 record in a tie with Lyceum for sixth spot.

    Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo College shrugged off the heartbreak of missing out on the Final Four by coming from behind to repulse Mapua, 82-76, last night to cap its finest season.

    Remy Morada caught fire in the final period as the Generals rallied from a double-digit deficit to end their campaign with an impressive 10-8 record.

    The sophomore guard poured 18 of his 23 points in the final 10 minutes, where the Generals outscored the Cardinals, 27-15.

    Their hopes of reaching the Final Four dashed by San Sebastian’s win over St. Benilde last Thursday, the Generals can take satisfaction at the fact that they posted their best record since joining the league in 2009.

    The Cardinals finished with a 2-16 record in one of their worst seasons in the country’s oldest collegiate league.

    “Even though we were eliminated, this is still a big achievement for the school,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman who called the shots in the place of Gerry Esplana who is in China due to a prior commitment.

    EAC center Cedric Noube dished out another solid outing with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Jan Jamon tallied 13 points, including a triple early that sparked the comeback early in the fourth quarter.

    In juniors play, the San Beda Cubs completed an 18-game sweep and clinched the first finals seat following a 96-56 demolition of the Arellano Braves.

    With the sweep, the Lions will also have a 1-0 lead in a virtual best-of-five series in the finals.

    The remaining final spot will be disputed by San Sebastian, La Salle Green Hills and Mapua in a stepladder format. LSGH, the No. 3 seed, will face No. 4 Mapua in a knockout game with the winner facing San Sebastian for the second finals spot.

    The scores:

    First Game

    EAC 82—Morada 23, Happi 17, Jamon 13, Arquero 11, King 5, Munsayac 5, Tayongtong 4, Paguia 2, Hiole Manga 2, Castro 0, Mejos 0, Onwubere 0.

    MAPUA 76—Cantos 24, Magsigay 15, Brana 13, Ighalo 11, Isit 9, Gonzalez 2, Estrella 2, Gabo 0, Guzman 0, Magtoto 0.

    Quarters: 16-19, 28-39, 55-61, 82-76

    Second Game

    SAN BEDA 78—Amer 11, Adeogun 11. Sara 10, Pascual 10, Dela Rosa 10, Dela Cruz 9, A. Semerad 8, Abarcar 5, D. Semerad 2, Ludovice 2, Mendoza 0, Bonsubre 0, Villaruz 0, Abatayo 0.

    ARELLANO 62—Caperal 23, Serjue 17, Jalalon 7, Pinto 6, Forrester 4, Hernandez 3, Bangga 2, Gumaru 0, Salcedo 0, Nicholls 0, Agovida 0.

    Quarters: 20-7, 40-21, 61-35, 78-62
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  8. #18
    ‘Big achievement’ for EAC despite missing NCAA Final Four

    By Mark Giongco

    INQUIRER.net

    8:43 pm | Saturday, October 26th, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines—Remy Morada exploded in the fourth quarter to lead Emilio Aguinaldo College past Mapua, 82-76, in the penultimate game of the elimination round of the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Arena in San Juan.

    Morada, third-year guard, unleashed 18 of his team-high 23 points in the final frame where the Generals rode on his hot shooting to keep the Cardinals at bay.

    “It’s a big achievement. The players, coaching staff and management are happy of what the team was able to accomplish,” said EAC assistant coach Andy de Guzman, who filled in for head coach Gerry Esplana.

    “He is a hard worker. He is a streak shooter and sometimes you just need to build his confidence,” de Guzman said of Morada, who pumped in 13 points in the final three minutes.

    Esplana is in China to attend to a personal commitment but de Guzman said that had the Generals were still in contention for a Final Four spot.

    The Generals went just a game shy of possibly nailing a semifinals slot but falling short won’t take away the fact that they had quite a run.

    EAC posted its first winning record since joining the league in 2009 at 10-8.

    Mapua, which ended its campaign with the worst record at 2-16, actually led by as much as 13 before EAC battled back – putting Jeson Cantos’ career-high 24 points to waste.
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