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    SOARING FALCONS 2013-2014

    Final four target. achievable if you work hard.

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    Falcons blast Maroons; Bulldogs signal fall of Eagles

    By Olmin Leyba

    (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 1, 2013 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - Pouncing on the shift of power in UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament, National U flashed fine form early and came away with an emphatic 64-54 rout of defending five-peat champion Ateneo at the MOA Arena yesterday.

    Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (22 points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Emmanuel Mbe (14 markers, 15 boards), leaders of a Bulldogs pack coming back intact from a Final Four stint last year, played true to their roles as NU stamped its class on a shorthanded Ateneo side, snapping the 10-game losing streak to the once mighty Blue Eagles.

    The triumph placed NU on a share of the lead with Adamson, which routed University of the Philippines, 79-67, in the first game, and opening-day winners University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University.

    “This is a significant win for us, matagal-tagal na rin namin di natatalo ang Ateneo (It’s been quite a while since we last beat Ateneo), although coming into this game, we weren’t thinking of that. We just wanted to start on a high note and it just happened we played Ateneo first,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

    Capitalizing on the lack of a seven-footer in the Eagles’ lineup this year, Mbe and his fellow frontliners dominated the boards, 52-39.

    “I think that (rebounding) is the key to this game,” said Altamirano, who managed to get this done while Cameroonian center Alfred Aroga, his other import, sat out over eligibility issues. He said NU management decided not to use Aroga until they have completed the birth certificate and other documents required by the league.

    With five of Ateneo’s five-peat winning team not around anymore and remaining star Kiefer Ravena playing sparingly (eight minutes, two points) due to ankle injury, the Bulldogs had little problem asserting themselves and taking control.

    By the 5:31 mark of the fourth they were ahead by a mile, 59-35. Since then, however, Ateneo unleashed one last charge against a relaxing NU and got to within 10 points.

    “Obviously we didn’t end on a high note. We were controlling the first three quarters then somehow, our defense relaxed and we allowed them (Ateneo) to get their bearing with their outside shots,” said Altamirano.

    Juami Tiongson paced Ateneo with 13 points, spiked by three triples.

    Falcons’ hulking Cameroonian newbie Ingrid Sewa immediately made his presence felt and debuted with 15 points and nine rebounds to backstop top scorer Jericho Cruz’s 19 points and six boards in Adamson’s easy win.

    “During the summer leagues, I really made the effort to study UP’s system so they won’t shame us here in the opening. Especially since we’re the host and everybody’s expecting us to do well,” said AdU coach Leo Austria, whose wards also picked up their first win in the opening weekend since 2010.

    Joseph Marata, a transferee from La Salle, led the way for rookie-laden Maroons with 20 points.

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    Falcons back-up guards step up to lift spirits of grief-stricken teammate

    By Reuben Terrado

    July 01, 2013, 06:57 pm

    WITH their regular point guard in mourning after the death of a loved one, the Adamson Falcons found a compelling reason to win their season debut in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

    The Falcons went all out in beating the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 79-67, in part to offer the win to starting point guard Ryan Monteclaro’s late mother.

    Star Jericho Cruz said everyone in the team pushed to lift the spirits of their grief-stricken teammate.

    “Dine-dedicate kasi namin ‘yung game sa mother ni Ryan,” said Cruz after the game.

    With their starting playmaker obviously devastated, back-ups Ar-raouf Julkipli and Axel Inigo made sure they got the job done when they took over the playmaking chores from Monteclaro.

    It was Julkipli who started at the point and finished with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 20 minutes of play, while Inigo, recruited from San Beda, came off the bench and came away with six assists and two steals to go with three points.

    And no one was happier for the two than coach Leo Austria.

    “I’m happy to see na nag-deliver sila,” Austria said of his back-up point guards. “I don’t need them to score. I told them na you have the skills of a point guard. But I want my point guard to set up plays.”

    Just like brother Nikki who plays for Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA, Monteclaro showed up for the Falcons’ game against the Maroons even when the family was still mourning the death of mom Sylvia last week. (See Grieving Monteclaro determined to honor memory of late mom - http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball/archives/2)

    But Austria understandably, played him for just a minute as he hasn’t practiced with the team the past few days to be with his family.

    “Our sympathy to Monteclaro because deep inside his heart, he wanted to play to help the team. But I’m sure na he’s out of focus at may mga iniisip pa siya. To lose a mother, it’s really hard for him to play,” said Austria.

    The soft-spoken mentor, however, respected Monteclaro’s decision to suit up upon the instruction of his father, who told his two playing sons to play since their late mother always reminded them not to miss games.

    “To lose a mother, it’s really hard for him even if he says he is ready. I have to give respect to him. Ryan is close to the team. Siya ang glue ng team,” said Austria.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

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    Tigers share lead; UE wins

    By Cedelf P. Tupas

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:49 am | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

    PLAYING with more fire in the second half, University of Santo Tomas brought down another contender in Adamson, 67-62, yesterday to gain a piece of the lead with Far Eastern U in the UAAP Season 76 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Tigers came out strong after a lethargic first two periods, erasing a double-digit lead in the third quarter with Jeric Teng and Kevin Ferrer leading the charge.

    Teng poured 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including a 15-foot fade away with 16 seconds remaining to give UST breathing room at 66-62.

    Later, Roi Sumang completed a four-point play with 3.7 seconds remaining to lift University of the East to a pulsating 71-67 victory over National U.

    The Warriors finally played like the powerhouse team it was billed to be at the start of the season with Sumang, who finished with a team-high 19 points, capping his game-long brilliance with a triple from 26 feet out while drawing a foul from NU star Ray Parks.

    The Warriors tied their victims at 1-1, the same record as Adamson.

    “We were humbled after the loss to FEU,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “We had some excess baggage, some bad habits after the preseason that showed against FEU. But Roi Sumang brought the most important baggage of all in this game, which is his big heart.”

    With former UE star Paul Lee watching from courtside and the score tied at 67, Sumang took Parks one-on-one and put the exclamation point in a game-defining play.

    Atoning for his poor effort against FEU, the Warriors’ 6-foot-8 center Charles Mammie dished out a monster performance with 15 points and 20 rebounds, 13 offensively.

    Parks, the reigning Most Valuable Player, struggled with 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting for the Bulldogs, who scratched Cameroonian Alfred Aroga from their roster because he failed to comply with the league’s residency requirements of two years just before the game.

    The loss turned out to be a double-whammy for the Falcons, who lost valuables, including mobile phones and cash, to burglars who sneaked into their locker room.

    The scores:

    First Game

    UST 67—Ferrer 17, Teng 15, Bautista 9, Mariano 8, Daquiaog 7, Abdul 6, Lo 5, So 0, Sherrif 0, Pe 0, Hainga 0.

    ADAMSON 62—Cruz 15, Sewa 13, Cabrera 11, Brondial 9, Trollano 6, Julkipli 4, Petlos 3, Inigo 1, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Agustin 0.

    Quarters: 18-22, 26-34, 45-41, 67-62

    Second Game

    UE 71—Sumang 19, Mammie 15, Jumao-as 11, Olivares 9, Santos 6, Javier 4, Noble 3, Sumido 2, Casajeros 2, Guion 0, Galanza 0, Flores 0.

    NU 67—Mbe 18, Parks 11, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 8, Alejandro 8, Alolino 7, Rosario 4, Villamor 3, Rono 0, Neypes 0, De Guzman 0.

    Quarters: 12-18, 32-31, 55-52, 71-67
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  5. #5
    Bulldogs down Tigers; Falcons up

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:44 pm | Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

    NATIONAL University spoiled University of Santo Tomas’ bid to stay perfect as Ray Parks pumped in 20 points to lift the Bulldogs to a 71-67 triumph over the Tigers yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Parks fueled a third-quarter breakaway that lifted NU to a 54-42 lead before the Bulldogs withstood the Tigers’ late rally even without chief gunner Jeric Teng, who sat out the entire second half due to an injured right shoulder.

    “We knew coming into this game that we’re going to have a hard time against UST because they never give up until the end,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “I kept telling my boys that we need to keep our composure.”

    NU and UST wound up tied at 2-1 along with Adamson, which also fought off University of the East’s furious fourth-quarter comeback to forge a 78-71 triumph in the first game.

    Roider Cabrera knocked in all of his 19 markers in the first half, 15 from beyond the arc, to fuel the Falcons’ sizzling start where they led by 25 points, 50-25, at the break.

    Ingrid Sewa added 15 points, 11 rebounds and a couple of blocks for the Falcons, who pulled ahead by as many as 30 points, 55-25, before the Warriors whittled it down to a single digit behind Roi Sumang.

    Parks sat out for nearly half of the fourth period due to foul trouble but Emmanuel Mbe and Gelo Alolino kept the Bulldogs on top with key baskets in the last three minutes.

    Teng sat out the rest of the game after saying he couldn’t move his shoulder after he fell when Jeoff Javillonar slammed into him just 75 seconds left in the first half.

    Parks, who dropped nine points in a 15-5 spurt that gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead, also had six boards, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Mbe posted a double-double of 17 markers and 11 boards, while Jeth Rosario and Alolino scored a combined 20 for the Bulldogs.

    “It was big for us when they lost Teng,” said Altamirano.

    Sumang erupted for a game-high 26 points, 18 in the second half where the Warriors also gave the Falcons a tough time with their defensive press.

    The Falcons held on despite going scoreless from the 4:48 mark and Sewa also fouling out in the last two minutes.

    The scores:

    First Game

    ADAMSON 78–Cabrera 19, Sewa 15, Cruz 10, Julkipli 6, Brondial 6, Iņigo 5, Rios 4, Petilos 4, Agustin 4, Abrigo 4, Monteclaro 1, Trollano 0.

    UE 71–Sumang 26, Casajeros 14, Mammie 9, Sumido 6, Santos 4, Javier 2, Olivares 2, Noble 2, Jumao-as 2, Alberto 2, Pujante 0, Hernandez 0, Galanza 0, Flores 0.

    Quarters: 27-14, 50-25, 68-45, 78-71

    Second Game

    NU 71–Parks 20, Mbe 17, Rosario 12, Alolino 8, Villamor 5, Javillonar 3, Roņo 2, Porter 2, Khobuntin 2, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

    UST 67–Ferrer 20, Daquioag 13, Bautista 9, Teng 7, Mariano 7, Abdul 6, Lo 3, Pe 2, So 0, Hainga 0.

    Quarters: 22-15, 37-31, 54-44, 71-67

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    Ateneo ends winless spell

    Eagles pick Falcons as first prey; Bulldogs up

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:57 pm | Sunday, July 14th, 2013

    Ateneo finally saw an end to its nightmarish start.

    JP Erram came out big in the second half as the Blue Eagles snapped out of their three-game winless spell with a commanding 71-59 victory over the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    “More than anything else, this is a relief because if you keep on losing, it’s going to challenge your confidence,” Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said after the Blue Eagles, champions of the last five seasons, picked up their first win after an unexpected 0-3 start.

    There’s no third-quarter collapse for the Eagles this time. Instead, they turned it into a decisive period where they erected their first double-digit lead, 57-47.

    Jumai Tiongson topscored for the Eagles with 15 and Erram dropped 10 of his 12 points in the third quarter aside from grabbing 12 rebounds.

    Ryan Buenafe also finished an assist-shy of a triple-double. He also had 12 boards and 11 points.

    Earlier, National University regained its bearing in the final period and rolled to a 74-60 triumph over University of the Philippines for a share of second with idle University of Santo Tomas at 3-1.

    Ray Parks fired 18 points on top of nine rebounds and six assists while Emmanuel Mbe, Gelo Alolino and Troy Rosario also came through in the closing minutes as NU built a 19-point advantage, 71-52, after the Maroons had threatened within three, 49-46.

    Adamson fell to fourth at 2-2, while UP skidded to its fourth straight loss.

    The Blue Eagles shaved their heads as a sign of unity days after taking consecutive losses from NU, Far Eastern University and La Salle pushed them to their worst start in 16 years.

    “The criticisms that I received the past weeks were more than what I received in my entire career as a PBA coach,” said Perasol. “So imagine how relieved I am today. But we’ll keep on going. As long as I can rely on the 100 percent effort of my players, I can take that any time.”

    Crack Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena suited up again after sitting out the last two games due to a sprained ankle but was far from his explosive form. He finished with just four points on a 1-of-5 shooting clip in 11 minutes of action.

    But it hardly mattered as the Eagles kept the Falcons from coming no closer than eight points in the final quarter, 59-51. They even outrebounded the much taller Adamson squad, 49-37.

    “The problem in the last three games was we were waiting for a savior every time we’re behind,” said Perasol. “But Kiefer wasn’t there, so thankfully, we were able to overcome that in our fourth game.”

    “I thought we did a good job in our defense in the fourth, and at the same time, our offense clicked,” said NU coach Eric Altmirano.

    Mbe had a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while third-year point guard Alolino added 12 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs.

    Rosario, who finished with 10 points, also drilled six straight in an 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter that sparked the Bulldogs’ breakaway.

    The scores:

    First Game

    NU 74—Parks 18, Mbe 15, Alolino 12, Rosario 10, Javillonar 9, Roņo 3, Alejandro 3, Villamor 2. Khobuntin 2, Porter 0, De Guzamn 0.

    UP 60—Marata 14, Lao 11, Soyud 10, Ball 8, Gallarza 5, Pascual 3, Gingerich 3, Asilum 3, Wong 2, Ligad 1, Suarez 0, Paras 0, Desiderio
    0, Amar 0.

    Quarters: 21-13, 39-29, 53-47, 74-60

    Second Game

    ATENEO 71—Tiongson 15, Erram 12, Buenafe 11, Newsome 10, Golla 6, Ravena 4, Pessumal 3, Tolentino 2, Lim 2, Elorde 2, Enriquez 0.

    ADAMSON 59—Cruz 21, Cabrera 14, Brondial 8, Sewa 4, Iņigo 3, Agustin 3, Rios 2, Monteclaro 2, Abrigo 2, Trollano 0, Petilos 0, Julkipli 0.

    Quarters: 13-16, 32-28, 57-47, 71-59

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    Sewa shoulder injury not serious enough to force him to sit out games

    By Reuben Terrado

    July 15, 2013, 05:05 pm

    BIG man Ingrid Sewa is not expected to miss games despite re-injuring his right shoulder during Adamson’s UAAP men’s basketball game against Ateneo on Sunday.

    Adamson coach Leo Austria said Sewa strained his shoulder in the Falcons’ 59-71 loss to the Blue Eagles, but he doesn't expect the injury to force his starting center to miss games.

    “Mayroon na siyang problema sa shoulder pero strain lang naman,” said Austria.

    Sewa confirmed he initially injured the shoulder as early as the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup preseason tournament.

    “I feel like I’m weak,” Sewa said after the game. “My arm is super heavy but the doctors said that it’s okay. I think I can now recover. He just told me to work out.”

    Sewa was expected to dominate the paint against Ateneo's thin frontline on Sunday but failed to impose his will. He was also outplayed by Ateneo center JP Erram who came away with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

    The injury affected Sewa not much physically as mentally, Austria said.

    “Every time tatalon siya, hinahatak ‘yung kamay niya pababa kaya medyo natatakot siya,” said Austria.

    Although he grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots, Sewa was a non-factor for the Falcons on offense, missing all seven of his free throws.

    More than the injury, Sewa expressed disappointment over the bungled free throws.

    “I really feel bad right now because in practice, I shoot a minimum of 300 free throws but I can’t understand why I can’t make one,” said Sewa.

    However, the hulking Cameroonian center expressed confidence he will improve on his free throw shooting in time for the Falcons’ next game against National University on Saturday.

    “I will keep on practicing. Next game I will be okay,” said Sewa.

  8. #8
    Warriors, Falcons hack out close wins

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:39 am | Sunday, July 21st, 2013

    RALF Olivares emerged as the end-game hero for University of the East and Jericho Cruz also came out big for Adamson as the Warriors and the Falcons pulled off separate pulsating triumphs in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    Cruz dropped all but two of his 18 points in the second half as the Falcons stunned the National University Bulldogs, 68-66, to climb to solo third at 3-2.

    The Warriors slipped past the La Salle Green Archers, 85-83, with Olivares knocking in six of UE’s last eight points inside the last 46 seconds.

    “We were very fortunate against NU, we were lucky,” said coach Leo Austria, whose Falcons escaped as NU’s Robin Roņo missed a wide-open triple attempt at the buzzer.

    Cruz buried the last four points in an 8-0 run that pushed the Falcons ahead, 68-63, going into the final minute after trailing at 60-63.

    “He showed us he also has a big heart like (Roi) Sumang and (Charles) Mammie,” coach Boycie Zamar said of Olivares as the Warriors tied the Bulldogs at the fourth spot at 3-3.

    Olivares buried a huge triple that gave the Warriors an 82-81 lead, then later nailed a buffer free throw with 12.6 seconds left after the Green Archers had threatened within a point, 84-83.

    Coming off the bench like Olivares, guard Dan Alberto also delivered in the clutch by firing a floater that pushed the Warriors within a point, 77-78, and canning two cushion free throws, 84-81, with 28.5 seconds left.

    The scores:

    First Game

    UE 85—Sumang 21, Mammie 19, Javier 16, Alberto 9, Olivares 8, Noble 8, Santos 4, Jumao-as 0, Hernandez 0, Flores 0, Casajeros 0.

    LA SALLE 83—Vosotros 26, Teng 13, N. Torres 9, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 8, Dela Paz 8, Salem 6, Perkins 4, Tampus 0, Revilla 0, Montalbo 0.

    Quarters: 18-18, 39-43, 58-64, 85-83

    Second Game

    ADAMSON 68—Cruz 18, Cabrera 12, Trollano 7, Sewa 6, Petilos 5, Rios 4, Monteclaro 4, Brondial 4, Agustin 4, Julkipli 2, Iņigo 2, Ochea 0, Abrigo 0.

    NU 66—Mbe 17, Parks 15, Javillonar 10, Roņo 6, Perez 5, Villamor 4, Alolino 4, Javelona 3, Porter 2, Rosario 0, Khobuntin 0, Alejandro 0.

    Quarters: 17-15, 32-28, 48-48, 68-66
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  9. #9
    With luck on its side, Adamson slips past National U

    By Celest R. Flores

    INQUIRER.net

    8:16 pm | Saturday, July 20th, 2013

    MANILA, Philippines — Even its head coach admitted, Adamson had luck on its side in its 68-66 victory over National University Saturday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    With the Falcons holding on to a precarious two-point edge with 14.4 seconds left, shooter Roider Cabrera muffed two pressure-packed freethrows that kept the door ajar for the Bulldogs.

    NU found a wide-open Robin Roņo in the right corner for the final shot, ready to unleash a game-winning triple — but ultimately missed which paved way for Adamson’s their third victory.

    “We’re fortunate that we were able to pull off a win. We had luck. Thank God Roņo missed that shot, or else our efforts would be for nothing,” said a relieved Leo Austria.

    But they didn’t depend on luck to get the lead back in the last 3:36 of the game, as the Falcons went on an 8-0 run to give them a 68-63 lead.

    Guard Jericho Cruz had back-to-back buckets in that stretch to cap his second half explosion. He finished with a game-best 18 points.

    Rodney Brondial also soared high on defense, swatting away attempts, with impeccable timing, from Ray Parks, Jelo Alolino and Jeff Javillonar in the last two minutes.

    The Bulldogs, though, still managed to pull within a basket away of victory after Ray Parks’ and-one play with 15.5 seconds left – before missing on the the most important shot.

    NU dropped to under .500 in the standings, tying with University of the East with a 3-3 record. Adamson, meanwhile, improved to 3-2.

    Cameroonian center Ingrid Sewa continued to struggle for Adamson, bother by his shoulder, and just had six points but with 13 boards.

    Brondial, despite struggling offensively on 2-of-8 shooting, still had tremendous impact on the other side with six blocks.

    “I’m happy. We were organized today unlike. I don’t know what happened to us against Ateneo but today everybody was focused to win,” also said Austria.

    Cruz came out firing after the half as he poured most of his points in the third quarter, where the Falcons managed to halt NU’s press before it causes them more trouble.

    But the Bulldogs still led 61-57 in the fourth on basket from Emmanuel Mbe, but went without a field goal for the next six minutes before Parks’ basket.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  10. #10
    http://www.spin.ph/sports/basketball...mments_content

    coach leo, pagpalagay nga nating baka judgment error yun and ire-review ng staff mo ang laro kung meron ngang basehan ang protesta. sa tingin ko iprotesta na ninyo yan. puntahan nyo na bukas na bukas si commish loyzaga at dala nyo na ang sulat na pine-place nyo ang game na'to under protest. kelangan na talagang itigil ang ganitong kabalbalan ng mga taga-sipol.
    When a religious scheme is shattered (as Christianity was shattered at the Reformation), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also. - G.K.Chesterton, Orthodoxy
    Dominus vobiscum


 
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