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  1. #41
    UAAP: NU escapes Ateneo in opener of juniors finals
    By Mark Giongco
    1:08 pm | Monday, October 7th, 2013
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    MANILA, Philippines – National University came back late to fend off Ateneo, 101-93, in overtime in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball championship Monday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

    Hubert Cani scored 24 points, including a free throw that forged extra session, 86-all, with 32.2 seconds left and complete the Bullpups’ rally from 75-85 down with 3:00 left in regulation.

    Cani also collected six rebounds, eight assists and three steals as NU, now unbeaten in 15 games after sweeping the elimination round to secure an outright Finals berth, moved a win away from its second title in three years.

    The Bullpups, which capitalized on the Blue Eaglets’ 17 miscues with 19 turnover points, also got inspired efforts from Mark Dyke and Manuel Mosqueda. Dyke notched a double-double with 16 points and 20 rebounds while Mosqueda had 22 points.

    Aaron Black’s game-high 30 points and season MVP Thirdy Ravena’s triple-double of 14 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists paced Ateneo attack. Ravena though, also committed seven errors.

    Game 2 is on Wednesday at 1pm also at the San Juan Arena.

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  2. #42
    National U caps perfect season with UAAP juniors basketball title

    From: Reuben Terrado
    October 9, 2013, 04:39 pm

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    National U caps perfect season with UAAP juniors basketball title
    The National University Bullpups regain the title they won in 2011. Photo from the NU Bullpups facebook page

    NATIONAL University bagged its second title in three years with an 81-74 victory over Ateneo on Wednesday, completing a 16-game sweep in the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

    Hubert Cani pumped in 25 points to win the Finals Most Valuable Player plum and help the Bullpups regain the UAAP crown. The Bullpups won the title in 2011 before falling short last year against a Jerie Pingoy-led Far Eastern University-Diliman squad.

    John Cauilan added 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Carlos Lopena chipped in 10 points for NU, which held a thrice to beat advantage in the finals after going undefeated in the elimination round.

    Season MVP Thirdy Ravena had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists but couldn’t lift the Blue Eaglets to the crown before moving to the college ranks.

    The Blue Eaglets last won the UAAP juniors crown in 2010.

    NU closed the game with a 7-2 run after Ateneo came to within two points, 74-72, with two and a half minutes to play in the game. Enzo Battad drilled a triple for NU to start the run.

    Ateneo was forced to play catch up all game after NU scored seven successive points in the first period for a 22-14 edge.

    The scores:

    NU (81) – Cani 25, Cauilan 18, Lopena 10, Battad 9, Dyke 8, Mosqueda 6, Go 5, Manalang 0, Lapiz 0, Grealy 0, Claveria 0, Castillo 0.

    Ateneo (74) – Ravena 27, Mendoza 15, Black 12, Mi. Nieto 10, Ma. Nieto 6, Magpoc 2, Calilung 2, Salandanan 0, Ramos 0, Joson 0, Escaler 0.

  3. #43
    Source: Hans Sy set to chart direction for NU Bulldogs amid uncertainty over Parks

    From: Snow Badua

    October 7, 2013, 02:26 pm

    THE National University Bulldogs will have a better idea on where they are headed in the coming days when top patron Hans Sy meets with officials of the Sampaloc-based squad in the wake of its Final Four failure in the UAAP this season.

    A source told that Sy is expected to chart a direction for a team facing a future filled with uncertainties after the top-seeded Bulldogs twice lost to the University of Santo Tomas Tigers in the Final Four to tumble out of the championship race.

    High on the agenda to be tackled by Sy with NU representative to the UAAP board Nilo Ocampo and NU sports director Junel Baculi is the future of star player Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. and head coach Eric Altamirano, the source added.

    Since the Bulldogs' Game Two loss to the Tigers, Parks has been in hibernation leaving everyone including NU officials clueless on whether he will stay at least another with the school or turn pro.

    “He is still undecided. He might leave or he might stay,” said Ocampo, echoing a statement made by Baculi about the mystery sorrounding Parks at the moment.

    “We still don’t know his plans pa eh. We’re giving him time,” said Baculi in an earlier interview with

    Ocampo was asked if Mr. Sy will attempt to sway Parks to stay, but the NU official was non-commital.

    “We don’t know. We haven’t spoken to Mr. Hans regarding that,” he said.

    Ocampo also gave no direct response with regards to rumors surrounding Altamirano's future with the team after his three-year program with the school failed to deliver a championship.

    “As of now, siya pa rin ang coach namin. Sa ngayon si Eric pa rin ang hahawak ng team. As of now ha. Siya pa rin,” he said.

    Ocampo added: “Sa tingin ko, he’ll stay as a coach. Sa tingin ko ha.”

    Asked if he feels the pressure is mounting on Altamirano after the failed title campaign, the amiable team official shared the sentiments of the people on campus.

    “Maraming reactions after the game eh, di ba? How he handled it, how the campaign went. Pero yung alumni naman namin hindi ganun ka-active eh,” he said.

    “Wala akong nakikitang pressure from the outside, the alumni has not been that active,” Ocampo added. “They can recommend, they can voice out pero ultimately si Mr. Hans din magde-decide nun eh.”

    Ocampo also bared that Altamirano will still be at the helm when the Bulldogs make their debut in the PBA D-League starting on October 24 while carrying the colors of Banco de Oro.

  4. #44
    The last game of Ray Parks for National University
    by rick olivares

    There was an urgency to the game. The National University Bulldogs let slip their lead in their quarterfinals match of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. What was once a double digit lead was now Far Eastern University’s. With time quickly ticking away and the Tamaraws sporting a 13-point lead, Parks took a forward pass and dashed off to his team’s side of the court. Three Tamaraws took off in hot pursuit. Knowing that FEU behemoth Christian Sentcheu was trailing by a stride, Parks swooped in from the right side, used the ring as protection, and kissed the ball of the glass on a reverse lay-up.

    Without Jean Mbe who had been finally released from NU duty, the Bulldogs were without a post presence not to mention a shot blocker. Troy Rosario and Kyle Neypes sometimes manned the fort for the team in D-League play (as BDO-NU) when the promising and undersized Tristan Perez wasn’t saddled with fouls.

    The Bulldogs raced to an early lead with Parks as playmaker. Without him on the floor, they lose all sense of creativity. It didn’t help that Glenn Khobuntin missed two straight jumpshots and turned the ball over on one offensive thrust. FEU on the other hand, began to make their shots by repeatedly pounding the ball inside.

    With the game on the line, FEU switched from a 2-3 zone to a 1-3-1 to stop Parks’ incursions. The Tamaraws ran Anthony Hargrove or Sentcheu to help Carl Cruz in harassing NU’s Main Man. With taller and wider players coming at him like blitzing linebackers, Parks had no choice but to pass off. That is exactly what FEU wanted – for NU to beat them with players not named Parks.

    Parks’ gamely tried to battle on as he pulled down rebounds and continued to find teammates for open looks. But all game long, FEU pounded the ball inside to Anthony Hargrove who poured in 27 points on 13-15 shooting and 2-3 from the line. He also hauled down 13 boards including four off the offensive glass. The second year American center also rejected four NU missiles.

    To underscore FEU’s dominance inside the paint, the Tamaraws scored 60 points to the measly 22 of the Bulldogs.

    With a minute left to play and the outcome already decided, Parks was lifted by NU coach Eric Altamirano (they still have to play a D-League game the following day at 10am).

    The son of PBA great Bobby Parks pulled out his jersey and wore a sheepish look on his face. He finished with 21 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a 88-70 loss to a FEU squad that no longer had the services of Terrence Romeo who ousted him as two-time MVP and RR Garcia.

    When Parks was on the floor, NU looked deadly. His court vision was non-pareil.

    Number 15 will go down as one of the best to ever play in the country’s most popular collegiate basketball league. Parks is not only a dangerous scorer but a complete player. He is at once NU’s best defensive player. Next to Ateneo Kiefer Ravena and Ryan Buenafe and Adamson’s Jericho Cruz, he is an incredible passer able to thread passes through the most improbable of angles.

    Parks brought glory to National U by winning two Most Valuable Player Awards. With his presence and all-around game, the “under” was removed as a prefix from the word “dog”. And as a result, he also led the team to back-to-back Final Four berths (unfortunately missing out on the Finals) including numerous pre and post-season tournaments; an incredible unheard in these parts save for Loyola Heights.

    This season was their biggest chance to win that elusive UAAP crown. With a weakened Ateneo, the season was wide open for several teams to unseat the Blue Eagles. NU looked good but not invincible. In the Final Four against UST, they got bullied by the more physical Growling Tigers who knocked them out despite the twice-to-beat advantage of NU.

    Although there is some basketball left (D-League and the SEA Games), it is the last time that Parks will wear a “NU” jersey. He will graduate this March after which he will try his luck in NBA camps in the United States.

    Although he has two more years left in his UAAP eligibility, Parks has opted out to pursue a childhood dream. “It’s not an easy road, for sure, but I have to try. My mom wants me to try. My brother wants me to try. And I have to do it. If it’s doesn’t happen then at least I can say that I tried. But I have to follow a dream.”

    Added Parks, “If it doesn’t work out, I’ll make myself available for the next PBA Draft.”

  5. #45
    Parks done with UAAP, targets NBA

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:33 pm | Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

    THE UAAP has seen the last of sensational guard Ray Parks.

    Parks, the National University star who won the UAAP men’s basketball MVP twice, said yesterday that he has decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility in the league.

    The son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks said he plans to try out in NBA camps in the United States next year.

    But Parks added in media interviews yesterday he would still honor his commitment with the national team, which will leave tomorrow for the Southeast Asian Games, and with NU-Banco de Oro in the D-League.

    The 20-year-old Parks said he plans to join the next PBA Draft if “it doesn’t work out” in the US.

    Parks averaged 17.8 points and 8.1 rebounds this season.

  6. #46
    What now NU?
    By Pio Garcia, Unblogged Sports ( | Updated December 12, 2013 - 11:01am
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    Last week, we touched on the matter of Bobby Ray Parks deciding to leave the National University Bulldogs to run after his dream of landing it to the biggest stage in basketball: the NBA. After getting itself armed with nukes, so to speak, with recruits like Emmanuel Mbe, Gelo Alolino, Kyle Neypes and thebiggest star of them all, Bobby Ray Parks, NU is back to the Stone Age. That’s how bad the outlook is for the Bulldogs in Season 77.

    For starters, they will be losing not only Parks but their pillar in the middle, Emmanuel Mbe. Along with that, stretch-four Denice Villamor has also played out his eligibility. Then there’s Jeoffrey Javillonar, using up his playing years and making everyone else’s shoulders heave a sigh of relief.

    But on to the real problem. How do you replace Parks’ and Mbe’s production? It is still unclear if Alolino is also gone, owing to my poor math. But between Parks and Mbe, that’s around 35 points, AT LEAST. Then there’s the starting power forward Javillonar who is able to provide at least 10 and seven on a good day and five hard fouls on a bad one.

    They’ll be left with Kyle Neypes, Glen Khobuntin and Jetroy Rosario among others. Among the three, only Rosario seems to be the bright spot. Neypes, from the UST Tiger Cubs, hasn’t panned out except for some spurts. Khobuntin? Dude looks for offense in weird places and circumstances. Politically saying, bwakaw and should’ve stayed in Letran. Then there’s the uncleared Alfred Aroga issue. In a blink of an eye, NU has gone from contender to doormat. Again.

    Why do I feel like there was a misuse of resources here and there? Maybe because there was. Again and again, I would go back to how the Bulldogs used Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. it was great to work him off the ball. But on the downside, you let him receive passes on the wings where he’s going to be pinned down easily by smart defenses. Also, in the offseason, why not work him out to include post-up skills? That way, you can put him down in the post where he can easily take his smaller man to school. He can also pick off weak side cutters and dribble away safely or turn the corner when the double or triple-team comes. But no, they were content on using a superstar as a pedestrian scorer who lives on wing catches.

    What now NU?
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    You have to keep Hubert Cani at all costs. Prepare to tank the next season or a pedestrian 7-7 and pray for a Final Four playoff. There is also a ton of jobs left to do with the remaining players. Time to re-distribute roles. And also, why not include a development list?

    First off, hire Danny Ildefonso. What’s better than hiring the only man to bring National University to the Final Four on his shoulders (sorry Junior, you had an Mbe and a myriad of Villamors, Ronos, etc.) to work on your legit big man Troy Rosario in the offseason? Also, it would help if Khobuntin finally gets his head right thanks to Danny I right? Then, he and Rosario can form a tag-team of sorts to give opposing teams problems.

    Second, work on Neypes. He has shown that he can be counted upon. Now’s the time for some consistency. And maybe Cedric Labing-Isa can make a case for himself? But I would bet against that in the long run.

    Lastly, time to look for a new go-to-guy. If Troy Rosario continues his upward track, then NU might be looking at a gem here. And no, he’s not Rey Mendoza two point oh. This guy is loads better. He can star. Now if only Altamirano realizes that he still has weapon and uses it well this time around.

    Who knows NU?

  7. #47
    Opportunities for Aroga, Team B players as NU Bulldogs prepare for life after Bobby Ray Parks

    From: Reuben Terrado

    February 26, 2014, 04:03 pm

    ALFRED Aroga heads a bunch of National University training team members who are set to be elevated to the Bulldogs squad in the next UAAP season after the departure of several top players including the team's biggest star, Bobby Ray Parks.

    NU coach Eric Altamirano said the Bulldogs will be relying a lot on its deep pool to make up for the loss of key players from the Season 76 squad that ended in first place at the end of the elimination round before bowing out in the Final Four.

    “We are back to square one,” Altamirano admitted.

    Altamirano rattled off names from the NU’s Team B squad that could be possible replacements, a few of them familiar names including Aroga who was supposed to play for the Bulldogs last season after being one of the vital pieces in NU’s preseason campaign with his size and agility.

    But the Cameroonian was withdrawn from the UAAP team at the last minute after it was learned that he had yet to complete the two-year residency required of foreigners last year.

    Another Cameroonian, Henri Betayene, could make a return to Team A after seeing action for the Bulldogs in 2012.

    Former NU Bullpups Ralf Atangan and Reggie Morido, national youth team pool member Dave Yu, and former seniors member Reden Celda could also be elevated from Team B, according to Altamirano.

    Because of this, the NU coach is bracing for a busy summer to get the new players more acquainted to the college game.

    “There is a lot of teaching and kailangan talaga ng experience kaya we need to play a lot of games this summer para mabigyan ng exposure ’yung mga players,” he said.

    So far, San Beda Red Cub Rev Diputado is the only high school graduate that has officially committed to the Bulldogs.

    “Nag-eensayo na siya every Saturdays,” Altamirano said, referring to Diputado.

    Parks is the most prominent NU player absent from the Bulldogs' lineup next year as he has decided to pursue "career opportunities" in the United States after winning two league MVP crowns.

    Also gone for the Bulldogs are Emmanuel Mbe, Denice Villamor, Robin Roņo, Mark De Guzman, and Mark Porter who have all finished their eligibility with the team.

    Aside from these players’ departure, NU was also hit with injuries to two players.

    Jeff Javillonar will miss the entire Season 77 after suffering an ACL tear, while Tristan Perez is also facing the prospect of sitting out the season due to a sports hernia although NU is still seeking a second opinion on his injury.

    “We lost seven to eight players kaya baka kukuha na kami from our Team B,” said Altamirano.

  8. #48
    Akala ko tapos na si Troy, hindi pa pala. Alam ko dapat wala na siya, naka-two years kasi siya sa NCRAA with TIP, and last year was his third year in the UAAP, so that should have made five college years.

    That means NU will still be a tough team up front, with Aroga, Troy and Henri forming a tall, athletic combination up front. With or without Neypes and Khobuntin contributing, these three guys ca get it done. Aroga na lang tingin ko is a better player than the departed Jean Mbe, at hindi pa feeling star gaya ni Mbe.

    Henri and Troy (both at 6'6" to 6'7") have size and/or athleticism advantages over any other pair of 4/5 types. Henri has been much unsung but gave both Abu Tratter and Benoit Mbala fits in Fr Martin Cup action. If NU gets anything out of either or both of Neypes and Khobuntin it'll be gravy for Eric Altamirano.

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