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    Bulldogs rip Eagles

    Parks stars as NU stamps class; Falcons soar

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:10 pm | Sunday, June 30th, 2013

    National University pounced on an Ateneo side that sorely missed the explosive plays of Kiefer Ravena as the Bulldogs drubbed the Blue Eagles, 64-54, in a UAAP men’s basketball tournament shocker yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    Ray Parks pumped in 22 points for the Bulldogs, who pulled away by as many as 24 points, 59-35, before the jittery Eagles, champions in the last five seasons, managed to whittle the lead with a rally with five minutes left.

    “We knew coming into the game that he (Ravena) was a doubtful starter, but the way we prepared, we prepared as if he was there,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

    Ateneo coach Bo Perasol announced the other day that Ravena wouldn’t suit up against the Bulldogs due to a sprained ankle. But hours before the match, Perasol said the star guard declared he was feeling better and the coach decided to use him “if fielding him would benefit the team.”

    Clearly far from healthy, Ravena didn’t see action for the entire second half after playing for eight minutes in the first two quarters. He finished with two points on a 1-of-6 shooting clip.

    Adamson also picked up its first victory following a 79-67 rout of University of the Philippines in the first game.

    The Bulldogs and the Falcons joined opening-day winners Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas in the early lead.

    Emmanuel Mbe posted a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who won for the first time in six years over the Eagles, who finished with a woeful 20-of-72 clip from the field.

    Dennice Villamor knocked in nine of his 13 points from three-point range to help lift the Bulldogs, who last won over the Eagles, 96-88, in overtime on Sept. 15, 2007.
    Jericho Cruz helped fuel the Falcons’ strong start to finish with 19 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Ingrid Sewa debuted with a double-double of 15 markers and 10 boards.

    “I’m just happy we were able to control the game from start to finish,” said coach Leo Austria, whose Falcons built an early 30-19 lead that stretched to as many as 18 points, 53-35, in the second half.

    The Maroons, the cellar-dwellers in the last four seasons, came within six points, 49-55, before Cruz buried four of the Falcons’ next five points to put the lead back up again, 60-49.

    The scores:

    First Game

    ADAMSON 79—Cruz 19, Sewa 15, Cabrera 11, Brondial 9, Petilos 8, Julkipli 8, Rios 4, Iņigo 3, Agustin 2, Trollano 0, Ochea 0, Monteclaro 0, Bernabe 0, Abrigo 0.

    UP 67—Marata 20, Soyud 10, Asilum 10, Lao 6, Wong 4, Reyes 4, Pascual 4, Ball 4, Gallarza 3, Harris 2, Paras 0, Ligad 0, Gingerich 0.

    Quarters: 18-13, 36-28, 60-49, 79-67

    Second Game

    NU 64—Parks 22, Mbe 14, Villamor 13, Javillonar 5, Alolino 4, Rosario 2, Khobuntin 2, Alejandro 2, Roņo 0, De Guzman 0.

    ATENEO 54—Tiongson 13, Elorde 10, Buenafe 10, Newsome 9, Erram 4, Ravena 2, Pessumal 2, Golla 2, Capacio 2, Tolentino 0, Babilonia 0.

    Quarters: 15-10, 33-21, 50-32, 64-54

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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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    Ang gusto kong malaman is if this is really a requirement by the league or as usual nangga-gago na naman ang Board para lang pahirapan ang mga player na antagal ng nasa bansa at ready to play na sana...

    No timetable for Aroga's debut with NU Bulldogs amid eligibility cloud, says coach

    By Reuben Terrado

    July 01, 2013, 03:27 pm

    “Management has decided not to play him (Alfred Aroga) until we clear up his papers. So it’s a day-to-day thing. I can’t comment on that further,” said NU Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano.

    THE status of National University center Alfred Aroga remains uncertain as the school gathers additional documents to back up his eligibility for Season 76 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

    Coach Eric Altamirano said the team has no timetable for Aroga’s season debut after the Bulldogs decided not to field the Cameroonian big man in their opening game against defending champion Ateneo.

    The development means the 6-foot-6 Aroga is in danger of missing more games for the Bulldogs.

    “We don’t know yet,” Altamirano said. “Management has decided not to play him until we clear up his papers. So it’s a day-to-day thing. I can’t comment on that further.”

    Aroga has actually been allowed by the league to suit up for NU during an emergency board meeting held hours before the new season kicked off last Saturday. However, the Bulldogs risk forfeiting all their won games where Aroga played should he fail to be cleared by the end of the first round.

    Ingrid Sewa of Adamson is also in the same predicament although head coach Leo Austria decided to field the big man during the Falcons’ game against University of the Philippines on Sunday.

    Both the Falcons and Bulldogs won their respective games.

    Altamirano admitted the UAAP has been asking for more supporting documents to prove the eligibility of Aroga.

    “Yung eligibility papers niya, `yung birth certificate. The board asked for further requirements aside from the requirements that we gave to the board,” said the NU coach.

    With Aroga on the bench in street clothes, fellow African Emmanuel Mbe picked up the slack by coming through with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 64-54 demolition of the Blue Eagles.

    “I think he really helped us a lot today,” said Altamirano, referring to Mbe. “Aside from scoring, he controlled the rebounds. He was very helpful for our team today.”

    The Bulldogs will try to keep their unbeaten record as they next battle opening-day loser University of the East on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

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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

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    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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    Apologetic NU bruiser Javillonar insists hit that led to Teng injury not intentional

    By Reuben Terrado

    July 11, 2013, 10:56 am

    JEOFFREY Javillonar of National University has insisted he had no intention to hurt Jeric Teng during the play that left the University of Santo Tomas star with an injured shoulder and led him to miss half of the Tigers’ UAAP men’s basketball game against the Bulldogs on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Teng injured his right shoulder after being hit from behind by Javillonar while trying to go for an offensive rebound in the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ 71-67 win over the erstwhile unbeaten Tigers.

    Asked about the incident, Javillonar admitted he was only going for the rebound when he collided with Teng.

    “Going for an offensive rebound lang talaga ako,” Javillonar related to “Hindi ko sadya ‘yun.”

    Teng obviously wasn’t buying Javillonar’s contention as he had choice words for the NU role player after the game.

    “Kayo na lang mag-judge kung sinadya ‘yun,” Teng said. “Pero ang message ko sa kanya, may araw rin siya. ‘Yun ang message ko sa kanya. Sa kanya rin babalik ‘yun.” (For full story click 'May araw rin sya:' Teng hits out at NU's Javillonar after suffering shoulder injury)

    The UST gallery showed its dismay when the incident was replayed in the huge video monitor at the Big Dome, but Javillonar insisted the video failed to capture the whole story.

    “’Yung pinakita kasi sa video, maliit lang. Pero kung nakita ‘yung full video, wala naman,” Javillonar reasoned out.

    Javillonar, who was also jeered by the Ateneo crowd two weeks ago after he bloodied the nose of Nico Elorde following an intense battle for the loose ball, said he approached Teng after the game to apologize but the UST shooting guard didn’t respond.

    “Pinuntahan ko siya pero hindi niya ako pinansin,” he added.

    Javillonar finished the game with just three points as he played for only 11 minutes. He admitted his game was affected shortly after the incident.

    “’Yung mind ko wala na sa game dahil sa crowd,” said Javillonar.

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    Loyzaga warns NU’s Javillonar, sacks Mammie

    By Olmin Leyba

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

    MANILA, Philippines - UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga slapped an unsportsmanlike foul on National U’s Joeff Javillonar for his hard push that led to a shoulder injury to Santo Tomas’ Jeric Teng during the Bulldogs’ 71-67 win last Wednesday and warned the NU veteran of suspension for future offense. Not as lucky in dodging the commissioner’s axe was University of the East’s Charles Mammie, who was suspended for one game for his action during UE’s losing 71-78 game to Adamson also last Wednesday.

    Javillonar blindsided an unsuspecting Teng at the 1:20 mark of the second period, causing the UST captain to fall and grimace in pain holding his right shoulder. Teng, who averaged 19 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes prior to that game, was sidelined the rest of the match and was to undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury.

    Aside from Javillonar, two other players received a memo from Loyzaga after a review of Wednesday’s games, namely, Mammie and Adamson’s Roider Cabrera.

    Loyzaga found merit to suspend University of the East’s Charles Mammie for “confronting, pushing and kicking Cabrera from behind with the intention to hurt” in the endgame of AdU’s 78-71 win over UE. The Commissioner explained it was the second such infraction for Mammie, who was earlier issued a warning for “kicking and elbowing” NU’s Emmanuel Mbe during their July 7 faceoff. Mammie will thus sit out UE’s next game, against UST on Saturday.

    Cabrera, meanwhile, got a warning for hitting UE’s Lord Casajeros.

    “Please be assured that all game tapes shall be carefully reviewed in order to assure the conduct of fairplay and sportsmanship is observed at all times,” Loyzaga warned.

    Javillonar is under heavy fire for his push on Teng during one NU offensive.

    “The court is big. I was near the 3pt line and nowhere near the play. What happened didn’t come from screen, rebound or seal. Can’t believe it,” Teng said on his Twitter account. “And to clarify, I was hurt with the push. Not with the fall. I was pushed from behind that hit the back of my right shoulder.”

    UST team physician Raul Palma said after the game that Teng “did not dislocate his right shoulder.” According to Teng, result of X-ray on his shoulder was “okay” but they would need further confirmation after last night’s MRI rest.

    “I was just advised to put ice on it and rest. I’m doubtful for Saturday,” he said.

    Javillonar insisted it was not his intention to hurt Teng.

    “Going for an offensive rebound lang talaga ako. Hindi ko sadya ‘yun (I had no intention to hurt him; I was just going to the offensive rebound at that time,” Javillonar stressed.

    Teng’s younger brother, La Salle ace Jeron Teng, joined in the Javillonar bashing and maintained there was deliberate intention to hurt on the part of the Bulldog, a former teammate with the national youth team.

    “I know it’s no accident. I’ve known him since Phl youth days,” Jeron posted on Twitter.

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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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    Tams, Warriors triumph

    FEU holds off NU to keep slate clean; UE trips Ateneo

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:40 pm | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

    FAR EASTERN University stayed unbeaten in five games even as University of the East joined the list of Ateneo conquerors in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Tamaraws erupted for 45 points from three-point range, took a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter before arresting a late meltdown to edge National University, 87-83.

    Terrence Romeo accounted for six of the Tamaraws’ 15 triples to finish with 24 points. He also starred in the endgame with four crucial points inside the last 26 seconds after the Bulldogs threatened with a 21-6 rally in the last four minutes.

    Earlier, Charles Mammie returned big from a one-game suspension as the Warriors hacked out a 72-68 decision over the defending champion Eagles, who took their fourth loss in five games.

    Mammie dropped a game-high 20 points, the last two on free throws with 17.2 seconds left. He also grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who survived an Ateneo rally from 15 points down, 31-46, in the second half and improved to 2-3.

    “We started really, really nice but didn’t finish very well,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “Good thing Terrence [made the key baskets] to secure the victory.”

    Romeo nailed a tough layup that gave the Tamaraws an 84-78 cushion and also canned two clutch free throws with just 5.5 seconds left after a Robin Roņo trey pushed the Bulldogs within a basket, 85-83.

    The loss dropped the Bulldogs to third at 3-2.

    “It’s all about mental toughness and that’s what we lacked,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “The Ateneo team had pride, our team had egos. When Ateneo caught up, it deflated their egos. They woke up at the right time.”

    A JM Noble drive gave the lead back to the Warriors, 68-67, before a Roi Sumang basket padded the lead to three, 70-67, with just 47.1 ticks left.

    The loss came just three days after the five-time champions ended an alarming 0-3 start with a 71-59 rout of Adamson.

    FEU’s output of 15 triples was the most number of treys made in a single game since the 16 recorded by Adamson in 2006 and University of Santo Tomas in 2010.

    “Their defense focused on the three guys (Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia), so it opened up lots of opportunities for the other guys,” said Racela.

    The scores:

    First Game

    UE 72–Mammie 20, Sumang 14, Alberto 14, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Olivares 5, Santos 2, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Jumao-as 0, Guion 0.

    ATENEO 68–Tiongson 17, Pessumal 12, Ravena 11, Newsome 10, Elorde 5, Golla 4, Buenafe 4, Erram 3, Asuncion 2, Tolentino 0, Lim 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.

    Quarters: 18-12, 37-31, 54-54, 72-68

    Second Game

    FEU 87–Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Iņigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2.

    NU 83–Mbe 27, Parks 26, Roņo 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

    Quarters: 28-16, 45-36, 68-48, 87-83

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    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

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