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  1. #21
    NU endangers Ateneo’s title retention bid
    September 11, 2013
    Martin San Diego | FCF

    Martin San Diego | FCF

    sidebar-uaap76National University banked on pivotal outside shots from shooter Dennice Villamor and excellent wing perimeter defense from Gelo Alolino and Maurice Porter to repulse defending champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 70-65, in UAAP men’s basketball action on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The win, their last for the elimination round, assures the Bulldogs for at least a twice-to-beat advantage currently being shared with Far Eastern University, who routed the still winless University of the Philippines, 87-69, in the first game.

    “We’re very humbled with this victory,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano after the game. “Bihira ang ganitong opportunity na magkaroon ng shot sa twice-to-beat.”

    The Bulldogs had never experienced a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four era, with the Sampaloc-based squad last tasting the title in 1954.

    Being on top of the game by as much as nine points in the first three quarters with a breakout offensive game from Bobby Ray Parks, the Blue Eagles gradually crept back off a 6-0 run starting with a JP Erram jumper in the 7:19 mark of the fourth quarter, and capped off by another Erram jumper at the 5:57 mark to lead, 53-52.

    Villamor then converted two 18-foot jumpers midway in the quarter while Jean Mbe swished four free throws to regain the lead at 62-57 for the NU.

    Ateneo forward Chris Newsome then scored on an and-one drive and sank five free throws to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to two, 63-65, in the last 37 seconds.

    In the ensuing play, Parks posed for an isolation attack against Newsome and caught Ateneo’s wing defense napping, as he passed the ball for a wide open Villamor, who sank a three-pointer from the left side for a 68-63 lead.

    “It was an isolation (play), it was strange. Dennice was open and I trusted him to get the shot in because he’s one of our best shooters,” Parks commented on said play.

    “It’s about trusting your teammates, put all egos aside and make them feel that I trust them,” he remarked.

    Ateneo could have tied the game at the buzzer with a jumpball error from Alolino, but he bounced back from his error by playing tight defense on Juami Tiongson, who missed a three-pointer from the top of the arc.

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    The Bulldogs (10-4) were led by Parks with 24 points and seven rebounds while Villamor had nine points, seven of which came in the last five minutes. Jean Mbe had a huge second half as he finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

    The Blue Eagles (7-6), who were stripped of a twice-to-beat advantage, were led by Newsome with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Erstwhile leading scorer Kiefer Ravena, was limited Alolino and Porter to only three points.

    To save themselves from elimination, they have to win against the UST in their final elimination game.
    Martin San Diego | FCF

    Martin San Diego | FCF

    In the first game, Terrence Romeo scored his second 30-point game in a row with a season-high 33 as the Tamaraws (10-4) dealt the Fighting Maroons its 13th defeat for the season.

    FEU is currently tied with the Bulldogs for number one while the Maroons, led by Raul Soyud with 14 points and 18 rebounds, are on the brink of another winless season.

  2. #22
    NU Cheer Squadron's third-choice showgirl Cristobal proves one of a kind

    From: Snow Badua

    September 16, 2013, 04:45 pm

    AS the National University Cheerdance Squadron rose to prominence after winning a maiden UAAP title, one lithe woman has gotten most of the attention.

    NU's trending star is none other than Claire Cristobal, an accountancy student who earned the 'elastic woman' tag when she wowed the crowd at the SM Mall of Asia, as well as millions of televiewers, on Sunday with her acrobatic and bone-twisting stunts.

    So impressive was Cristobal’s performance in the stunts competition that even popular comedian Vice Ganda posted the picture of the NU star flyer on his Instagram account with a caption that says: “This girl from NU made my day. I love her! I want her on GGV.”

    True enough, Cristobal is now getting ready to guest in the comedian's top-rating weekly comedy show, Gandang Gabi Vice, which will be taped Wednesday and aired on Sunday night.

    But despite the instant celebrity, Cristobal insisted that she is but one part of a team.

    “Part lang naman po ako ng team, nagkataon lang po na ako ang gumawa nung stunt,” said Cristobal, whose team was supported by MacroLPG.

    The 5-7 lass from Malolos, Bulacan even admitted that she was the third choice for the role and only got the part when one member was stricken off the team owing to a technicality, and another got injured.

    “Opo, third choice lang po ako dun. Galing lang po ako sa Team B,” said Cristobal, who was discovered by NU during the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Lingayen, Pangasinan where she represented Central Luzon.

    “Naalis po kasi yung isa dahil sa technicality tapos na-injure pa yung isang member ng Team A, yung nag-perform kanina sa cheerdance,” she bared. “Kaya ako ang pinalit!’

    “Naghintay lang po talaga ako ng pagkakataon, at ibinigay naman po ng Diyos,” she added.

    Meanwhile, NU assistant coach Gabby Bajacan shared that Cristobal’s success truly represents the Bulldogs' rise to prominence from the league’s perennial underdogs to the new top dogs.

    “Ipinakita ni Claire na kahit gaano pa kabigat ang kumpetisyon, basta’t andoon ang pangarap mong magtagumpay, magagawa mo kahit imposible,” said Bajacan.

    Asked if Cristobal is the best gymnast in the team, Bajacan issued a statement that could well serve as warning to other UAAP squads.

    “She is just one of our best gymnasts, pero madami pa rin kami sa team," Bajacan said. "Madami pa kaming Claire sa pool.”

  3. #23
    National U on course for 3-hoop c’ship feat

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    12:26 am | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

    National University stayed on track for a rare feat after emerging as the surprise No. 1 team in all three UAAP basketball divisions.

    After languishing in the cellar for decades, NU climbed to the top with a 10-4 record in the men’s division, 12-2 in women’s play and 14-0 in the juniors to put itself in a position to become the first school in 20 seasons to sweep the sport.

    “It’s a blessing that we’re not in the bottom anymore,” said King Bulldog Ray Parks. “It’s all about the hard work and dedication the entire team put in. Everybody played a key role.”

    The Bulldogs claimed the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four for the first time in school history after wrapping up their elimination run with a league-best 10-4 record.

    But the Bulldogs will only know their opponent tomorrow when Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas, the two finalists last season, battle for the last Final Four berth at 4 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Far Eastern University and La Salle are pitted in the other semifinal duel, but both will still dispute the last twice-to-beat bonus at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    “We’re satisfied with how we have transformed and evolved from the first round to the second round,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “But then again, the Final Four is different. It’s important that we stay focused and tough.”

    In juniors action, the Bullpups earned an outright championship berth after an incredible 14-0 sweep of the elimination round.

    The Bullpups, bannered by John Cauilan, Hubert Cani and Mark Dyke, secured a thrice-to-beat bonus in the finals as the next three teams slug it out in the stepladder semifinals.

    The Lady Bulldogs also need to win just once in the Final Four after ruling the women’s eliminations with a 12-2 card.

    NU aims to be the first school to sweep the basketball event since 1994, when University of Santo Tomas pulled off the three-title feat.

    Meanwhile, Parks bagged the Accel 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week award after leading the Bulldogs to a 70-65 tripping of defending champion Ateneo at the end of their elimination run last Wednesday.

  4. #24
    Sy family on PBA doorstep with move to field NU Bulldogs team in D-League

    From: Snow Badua
    September 17, 2013, 08:29 pm

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    Sy family on PBA doorstep with move to field NU Bulldogs team in D-League
    Hans Sy has turned the NU Bulldogs from perennial doormats to title contenders in the UAAP and are set to stage the first NBA preseason game in the country at the Mall of Asia Arena, which now hosts some of the biggest events in the sports calendar. Jerome Ascano

    THE SM Group of Companies has just moved a step closer to the PBA.

    The giant corporation owned by the Sy family has formalized its entry into the commercial basketball scene with the inclusion of the Banco De Oro team in the PBA D-League.

    Team manager Fullton Sy confirmed BDO's entry in the developmental league, saying it is the SM group's way of giving their players from National University the needed exposure in high-level competition during the UAAP offseason.

    “Bayad na kami. We’re participating in the coming D-League tourney,” said Sy. BDO's entry as the newest team in the D-League has yet to be announced by PBA officials.

    “We just want to give our boys a team in the D-League, sharpen them more in higher level competitions,” added Sy, a family friend of the Sys.

    “Our players have been requesting for the formation of a D-League team from us. So instead na kanya-kanyang team sila, we decided to form one for them.”

    Under the plan, the NU Bulldogs team to be led by two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks will carry the colors of Banco De Oro in the coming PBA D-League Aspirants Cup which is set to open on October 24.

    Both BDO and NU are owned by the family of Henry Sy, who is listed by Forbes magazine as the country's richest man.

    Sy, however, was non-committal when asked if the D-League participation will bring the Sy family a step closer to fielding a team in the pro league, in direct competition with other giant companies like PLDT and San Miguel Corp.

    “I think that’s too early to talk about pa,” said Sy, who let out a laugh when told that basketball fans have long been waiting for the company to join the PBA ranks.

    “Wow, it’s flattering to know. Pero you know, hindi pa napapag-usapan yan,” he said.

    The BDO team manager, however, said the sons of company patriarch Henry Sy are very much into sports.

    The Sys have turned the Bulldogs from perennial doormats to title contenders in the UAAP and are set to stage the first NBA preseason game in the country at the Mall of Asia Arena, which now hosts some of the biggest events in the sports calendar.

    [For full story, see Original plan was to bring NBA regular-season game to country, says Sy]

    “Yes, mahilig sa sports 'yung mga 'yun. They played basketball pa nga when they were young,” he said, who bared that NU big boss Hans Sy, one of the taipan's sons, is an active sportsman who plays basketball, baseball, volleyball and golf.

    Asked if the young Sy’s passion for sports can push the SM Group of Companies towards a deeper commitment in basketball, the soft-spoken BDO official nodded but refused to speculate.

    “Sa ngayon pakiramdaman muna tayo. Sa ngayon talaga, play it by ear muna kami as to what will happen in our campaign,” said Sy. “This is our first venture into commercial sports.

    “D-League is a big league naman. It’s popular, I don’t see anything wrong participating here … Everything will be advantageous I guess both for BDO and our NU players,” he added.

    “We have to see first how we fare in the D-League. Let’s not look further ahead.”

    Follow the writer on Twitter: @snowbadua

  5. #25
    National U eyes first finals appearance in over four decades as it takes on UST

    From: Reuben Terrado
    September 21, 2013, 04:18 pm

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    National U eyes first finals appearance in over four decades as it takes on UST
    Coach Eric Altamirano and the twice-to-beat Bulldogs try to score a quick win in their semifinal encounter with coach Pido Jarencio and the Tigers. Jerome Ascano

    NATIONAL University looks to book its first UAAP finals appearance in more than four decades when it faces University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The top-ranked Bulldogs begin their Final Four series with the fourth-seed Tigers in their 4 p.m. match. NU holds a twice-to-beat incentive against UST.

    A win by the Bulldogs will move the former cellar-dwellers into the finals for the first time since losing to University of the East in the 1970 championship.

    NU has also not won a UAAP crown since a team led by Lauro Mumar won the 1954 title.

    Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano remained cautious despite being the No. 1 team at the end of the eliminations, noting that this will be the first time that the Bulldogs will be in this kind of situation.

    The Bulldogs never had a twice-to-beat advantage and came nowhere near the top-seed since the Final Four began in 1994.

    “Iba na ’yung Final Four,” said Altamirano. “This is the first time we are here. Everybody will be feeling their way. Ang importante dito is to stay focused and stay together dahil ibang level ang Final Four.”

    The Bulldogs had a blistering run to the top spot, winning seven of their final eight games to finish with a 10-4 win-loss slate.

    “We are satisfied with how we played, how we transformed, and how we have evolved from the first round to the second round,” Altamirano said.

    Meanwhile, the Tigers are coming off an emotional 82-74 victory over Ateneo to drop the Blue Eagles’ bid for a sixth consecutive UAAP crown.

    Despite holding the fourth spot — no team at No. 4 has managed to rise and win a crown in the history of the Final Four — UST coach Pido Jarencio still believes that the odds are even.

    “Iba na kapag Final Four. Pare-parehas lang ’yan. It’s all about heart and desire kung sino ang gustong manalo,” said Jarencio.

    The Tigers definitely showed their desire to enter the Final Four, winning four of their last five outings to end the regular season with an 8-6 win-loss slate.

    Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports

  6. #26
    one more chance to grab a chance to win your 2nd UAAP championship on friday.
    Everything's Eventual

  7. #27
    Tigers foil Bulldogs’ first bid for title slot

    By Jasmine W. Payo

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    10:14 pm | Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

    University of Santo Tomas spoiled the first attempt of National University to reach the UAAP men’s basketball finals for the first time in 43 years yesterday.

    After zooming to an early double-digit lead, the Growling Tigers weathered the Bulldogs’ late rally with a 71-62 decision to forge a winner-take-all match for a title slot this Saturday.

    “We came in with nothing to lose; the pressure was on them,” UST coach Pido Jarencio said after his fourth-ranked Tigers shocked the Bulldogs, the top team after the eliminations, at the start of the Final Four at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “As I said, the Final Four is a different story. No one has the advantage.”

    Aside from vying for a return trip to the Finals, the Tigers will aim to become the first No. 4 team to advance to the championship round since 1994, when the league implemented the Final Four format.

    The UST-NU knockout contest is set at Mall of Asia Arena with the Tigers hoping to overcome the Bulldogs’ twice-to-beat advantage.

    La Salle, the No. 2 seed also holding a twice-to-beat bonus, will shoot for the first championship slot against Far Eastern University in their own semifinal duel this Wednesday at 4 p.m., also at MOA.

    The Bulldogs, hoping to reach the Finals for the first time since 1970, came out looking rusty after a two-week break from their last game in the eliminations where they finished at 10-4, in a tie with the Archers and the Tamaraws. NU gained the No. 1 ranking, though, due to a higher quotient.

    Adding to the Bulldogs’ woes were the early foul troubles of NU star Ray Parks in the first quarter, where the Tigers pulled away in double figures, 19-8.

    “We started aggressive,” said Jarencio of the Tigers, who stretched their lead to 39-23 at halftime behind Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano.

    Ferrer knocked in 12 of his 14 points from three-point range, while Mariano and Clark Bautista chipped in 12 each for the Tigers.

    “We were helping each other in the team, we just trusted each other,” said Ferrer.

    The Tigers built an 18-point lead, 63-45, in the final period before the Bulldogs rallied behind Parks, Gelo Alolino and Emmanuel Mbe.

    The Bulldogs twice moved within five in the last four minutes, but Jeric Teng and Mariano came up with key baskets to secure the victory.

    The Bulldogs dropped a 13-0 bomb that cut down a 63-45 advantage to a slim 63-58, before Teng halted the huge comeback with a triple for 66-58.

    Mariano also nailed four crucial free throws inside the last 90 seconds after the Bulldogs had threatened anew at 67-62.

    The Bulldogs blew several late chances that could have pushed them within a basket, including Mbe’s missed dunk.

    NU absorbed a double blow as No. 4 Adamson also stunned the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs, 76-71, in the women’s Final Four earlier.

    La Salle claimed the first Finals berth after downing UST, 81-74, in overtime in the other semifinal duel.

    The scores:

    UST 71—Ferrer 14, Mariano 12, Bautista 12, Teng 8, Abdul 7, Sheriff 6, Pe 6, Lo 2, Lao 2, Daquioag 2.

    NU 62—Alolino 17, Parks 14, Roño 8, Mbe 8, Villamor 5, Khobuntin 5, Porter 3, Alejandro 2, Rosario 0, Javillonar 0, Javelona 0.
    Quarters: 19-8, 39-23, 54-44, 71-62

  8. #28
    NU's Parks likens Ferrer to Detroit Bad Boys
    By Camille B. Naredo,
    Posted at 09/23/2013 9:31 AM | Updated as of 09/23/2013 9:36 AM
    NU's Ray Parks (15) goes for a lay-up against UST defenders in their Final Four game Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Mark Cristino for

    MANILA, Philippines -- National University forward Ray Parks chose a legendary NBA team when discussing his match-up against Kevin Ferrer, the lanky swingman of the University of Santo Tomas.

    "Michael Jordan had Detroit," Parks said, referring to the Pistons teams of the 1980s that were known as the "Bad Boys." "This is my Detroit. That's just the easiest way to say it. This is my Detroit right here."

    Jordan and the Chicago Bulls repeatedly came up short against the Pistons in the 1980s, with the "Bad Boys" often frustrating Jordan with their highly physical brand of defense. It wasn't until 1991 when Jordan and the Bulls finally had their breakthrough against the Detroit Bad Boys.

    Parks and his Bulldogs, however, have yet to experience a similar breakthrough against Ferrer and the Growling Tigers. Just this Sunday, the fourth-seeded UST stunned the top-seeded NU, 71-62, in their Final Four match-up at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Parks scored 12 points, but was clearly bothered by Ferrer throughout the game.In the fourth quarter, with NU trying to make a run, Parks hurt his left wrist - his shooting wrist - while trying to cushion a fall. He went to the bench for a while, but eventually returned. That's when Ferrer did something that obviously rankled the two-time UAAP MVP.

    "I landed on it when I got hit in the air, and I think I sprained my pinky at the same time. I was just in pain," said Parks, whose left wrist and ring and little fingers were heavily taped. "What's actually worse is, coming back into the game, Kevin Ferrer grabbed my wrists and my fingers, so I really don't know what to say about that."

    It is not the first time that Ferrer has bothered Parks; in their Final Four showdown last season, the UST swingman also out-played the MVP on both ends of the floor as the Tigers eliminated the Bulldogs.

    When asked who among the "Bad Boys" he could compare Ferrer to, Parks answered: "He's everybody and more."

    "Playing in RP (Philippine youth team) with him, I never really just thought that he would come out like this, you know," Parks said. "I thought he was better than that. Sorry, but to come in the game and just grab my wrist and my finger, come on, that's just a little too low, you know? But I guess they were just thirsting for a win."

    Parks added that Ferrer "had that little smirk on his face, throwing elbows."

    "He was really just trying to cage me," he added.

    Parks is determined to overcome the challenge presented by Ferrer and the Growling Tigers, however.

    "My dad (seven-time PBA Best Import Bobby Parks) has been through a lot of players like that. However way it has to get done, however Jordan did it, however my Dad did it, I'm gonna have to look into that. I have to really pray about it and see what God has in store for me and what I need to do," said Parks.

    "All of the greatest went through it, I have to go through it, too," he said.

    The key for NU is to come out with a sense of urgency and aggressiveness in their do-or-die game on Saturday, said Parks.

    "I guess we gotta come out with the same intention. Not to intentionally hurt anybody, because that's not how we play, but... we just gotta bounce back the next game, and just be aggressive. Play clean, and be aggressive," Parks said.

    As for Ferrer and the physical UST defense, Parks says he will simply have to adjust.

    "I have to study how UST really plays me. They'll play me dirty, but you have to play through it. It's Philippine basketball, it comes with it," Parks said.

    Ferrer, for his part, relishes the chance to match-up against one of the best players in the UAAP.

    "Si Parks, ako naman, hindi ako magpapatalo," said Ferrer, who stresses that he has nothing personal against Parks. "Kasi kapag sinasabing magaling ka, gusto kitang depensahan. Ayun 'yung naging challenge sa akin."

  9. #29
    Ray has a lot to say about Kevin Ferrer yet had nothing to say about Jeff Javillonar.

    Yet was it not Javillonar who sent Jeric Teng to the hospital and put him out of commission for like two weeks?

    Tit for tat Ray.

  10. #30
    Ei cry bobby, in the 2nd round game didn't you slap Kevin's arm while he was taking a shot with meaningless seconds left and all the players are milling around shaking hands? And didn't you run away with a smirk in your face? Disn't you go behind the coaches when Kevin went after you? That was the commotion that was reported in the paper the day after but the report said it was mon jose and ust's coach Alvin and not you ciz tou hust literally ran away.

    Parks thinks everything is handed to him. Well cry bobby parks you were made for the pba and not for college sports. In college school pride trumps talent. Watiwawa summed it best, PUSO > pera
    Last edited by bchoter; 09-24-2013 at 11:54 AM.

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