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    MANILA, Philippines – In addition to the five new teams participating in the eighth Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, one of the wrinkles of the tournament is the three-bracket of the men’s division to accommodate the record 21 teams.

    Group A: Colegio De San Juan De Letran, De La Salle University, San Beda College, Southwestern University (Cebu), University of the East, University of San Carlos (Cebu), University of the Visayas (Cebu).

    Group B: Emilio Aguinaldo College, Far Eastern University, Lyceum University of the Philippines, Mapua Institute of Technology, RP Youth U18, St. Clare College, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.

    Group C: Centro Escolar University, College of St. Benilde, Holy Trinity College (General Santos), Jose Rizal University, National University, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, University of the Philippines.

    The men’s tournament is a single-elimination round where teams will only play squads in their group. The top two teams of each group along with the two best third placers based on quotient will advance to the knock-off quarterfinals.

    Once in the quarterfinals, the qualifying teams will be ranked from first to eighth based on their win-loss record and the quotient system. Teams will play based on the following: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5.
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    In the semifinals, it will be the winner of 1-8 vs. the winner of 4-5; and the winner of 2-7 vs. the winner of 3-6. The winners advance to the championship game that is a single match.

    In the women’s division, the 10 participating teams are divided into two brackets.

    Group A: Adamson University, Centro Escolar University, De La Salle University, Rizal Technological University, University of Santo Tomas.

    Group B: College of St. Benilde, Far Eastern University, National University, University of the East, University of the Philippines.

    The top two teams of each group will go to the knockout crossover semifinals where A1 will play B2 while A2 will play B1. The winners advance to the single-game championship match.

    Lastly, in the juniors’ division, the 12 teams have been grouped into two.

    Group A: Far Eastern University, Jose Rizal University, La Salle Greenhills, National University, San Sebastian College Recoletos, University of Santo Tomas.

    Group B: Ateneo De Manila High School, Colegio De San Juan De Letran, De La Salle Zobel, Mapua Institute of Technology, San Beda College, University of the East.

    As in the women’s division, the top two teams of each group will go to the knockout crossover semifinals where A1 will play B2 while A2 will play B1. The winners advance to the single-game championship match.

    The 2014 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup tips off on April 23 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan and is sponsored by Flying V, Filoil, Total, Hanes, San Miguel Corporation, Starmobile, Timex, Silverworks, Gatorade, LGR and in part by Meralco, BDO, Reyes Barbecue, Douwe Egberts, Gerry’s Grill, Brothers Burger, Molten, Bayo, Oxycan, BPI, PBCom, RFM, San Marino, Red Logo and Bacchus Energy Drink.

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    DLSU, Letran, UV size up ‘Group of Death’ in Filoil cagefest
    By Rick Olivares, Unblogged Sports (Associated Press) | Updated April 11, 2014 - 1:03pm

    MANILA, Philippines – With a shorter tournament and only the top two teams of each bracket along with the two best third placers (decided by quotient) advancing to the quarterfinals, every school in Group A of the 2014 Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup will have that feel of an important game.

    Group A is a virtual “Group of Death” with defending Filoil champion University of the East bracketed along with UAAP and PCCL champion De La Salle, NCAA champion San Beda College, NCAA first-runners-up Letran, and CESAFI champion University of Visayas along with league-mates Southwestern University and the University of San Carlos.

    “It’s definitely a tough group and my first reaction was, ‘paano kami napunta diyan? Lahat ng tough teams nandyan.’ But we will take the positives from this and learn from it,” admitted La Salle head coach Juno Sauler.

    The Green Archers will be fielding an 18-man line-up that will feature rookies Abu Tratter, Julian Sargent, Prince Rivero and Renzo Subido among others.

    “We will use this to discover our strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully, we will learn from them in time for the UAAP,” added DLSU team manager Raffy Villavicencio.

    “I agree, it’s tough group,” confirmed second-year Letran coach Carlos Garcia. “More so we do not have a replacement for (6’8” center and NCAA Season 89 Most Valuable Player) Raymond Almazan who is now in the PBA. But we are looking at it for exposure and to develop team chemistry.”
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    Without Almazan, Letran shifts to its attention to the speedy and high-scoring backcourt of Mark Cruz and Rey Nambatac.

    UV Lancers head coach and former pro player Donbel Belano believes that going up against some of the best teams in Manila let alone the country will help his Green Lancers in defending their CESAFI crown.

    “You will learn a lot more from playing the top teams than teams na kayang kaya mo,” said Belano. “The exposure will be of valuable help to us.”

    Filoil’s “Group of Death” opens their play on Saturday, April 26, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan when UE takes on Letran at 2 p.m. while La Salle and San Beda clash at 4 p.m. in a replay of the PCCL Finals.

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    Letran vs. San Beda, La Salle vs. UE open 2014 FilOil preseason tourney
    April 15, 2014 11:17am

    Tags: Letran Knights , De La Salle University Green Archers , San Beda College Red Lions , University of the East Red Warriors
    The 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup will kickoff with four games, including an NCAA Finals rematch between the runners-up Letran Knights and the San Beda Red Lions, and a battle between the reigning UAAP titlists DLSU Green Archers and the defending FilOil tourney champs UE Red Warriors, Saturday, April 26, at the FilOil Flying V Arena.

    Earlier in the day, seniors division action begins with the San Sebastian Stags taking on the UP Fighting Maroons at 9:30am, followed by the FEU Tamaraws tackling the Mapua Cardinals at 11:15am. San Beda versus Letran follows at 2pm, before DLSU versus UE closes things out for the division at 4pm.

    The nightcap will be a juniors clash of champions between San Beda High and NU, at 6pm.

    The juniors and women’s divisions actually start playing on April 23, with a five-game slate.

    This year’s edition of the tourney includes a five gameday jaunt to Cebu, which will see UAAP squads DLSU and UE taking on CESAFI teams University of San Carlos, Southwestern University and University of Visayas, from May 21 to May 25.

    The last day of the elimination round will be May 31, before quarterfinals play out on June 2 and June 4. Semifinals will be on June 6, before the Finals for all three divisions unfolds on June 7. - AMD,

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    FilOil Flying V Premier Cup adjusts groupings
    April 14, 2014 10:45am
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    The FilOil Flying V Premier Cup made adjustments to its three groups in the men’s division of the preseason tournament, this past weekend.

    [Related: FilOil preseason tourney unveils new three-group format]

    Group A is no longer a powerhouse “Group of Death” with both the UAAP and NCAA champions, as the reigning NCAA titlists San Beda College Red Lions have been replaced by the University of Perpetual Help Altas, while NCAA runners-up Letran Knights were swapped with the JRU Heavy Bombers.

    In Group B, the Red Lions took the place of the Altas, while the EAC Generals were exchanged for the Knights.

    In Group C, the Heavy Bombers are out, while the Generals are in.

    The top two teams of each groups, plus the best two third placers, advance to the quarterfinals.

    The tournament opens on April 23, though the opening day schedule has yet to be released. - AMD, GMA News

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    A BUSY summer 2014 awaits the basketball teams of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). With the league continuing to grow in stature in the college basketball community, its teams have been invited to participate in prestigious pre-season tournaments as they build up for the 14th season this coming academic year. READ MORE

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    SAN JUAN CITY – Centro Escolar University and Rizal Technological University started their campaigns in the 2014 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on the wrong foot by falling to separate opponents Wednesday (April 23) at the San Juan Arena. Both teams will now try to nail their first win when they face each other on Friday (April 25) at the same venue starting at 2:00 PM. READ MORE

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    UE, La Salle, San Beda, Letran banner 9th Filoil Flying V opening
    By Rick Olivares ( | Updated April 25, 2014 - 11:29am

    MANILA, Philippines – The ninth Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup formally gets underway on Saturday, April 26, when the men’s division finally sees action in the country’s top preseason collegiate basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena of San Juan.

    Last year’s NCAA Finals protagonists San Beda College and Letran battle it out at 2 p.m. while Filoil defending champion the University of the East takes on reigning UAAP champion De La Salle University at 4 p.m.

    The Lions will miss Rome De La Rosa, who has graduated, but head coach Boyet Fernandez hopes that Javee Mocon, a star with their junior champions, will fill that void. Another former Red Cub moving up to the seniors is point guard Ranbill Tongco, who will add depth to the position already manned by Baser Amer, Ryusei Koga and Ivan Ludovice.

    The Knights will be hard-pressed to fill the void left by key players, including last year’s NCAA Most Valuable Player Raymond Almazan, power forward Jonathan Belorio and point guard Franz Dysam.

    The Warriors, meanwhile, will be without familiar faces in the graduated team captain Adrian Santos, JR Sumido, Ralf Olivares, JM Noble, Jai Flores, and Lord Casajeros as well as head coach Boysie Zamar. Shoring up UE’s depleted frontline is 6’6” Cameroonian center Moustaph Arafat, who will back up Charles Mammie.

    The Recto-based squad will likewise parade new coach Derrick Pumaren, who will be on the job for two weeks when they tip off against the Green Archers.
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    The Archers have only lost LA Revilla to the pros but will have talented newcomers like Abu Tratter, Julian Sargent, Terrence Mustre and Prince Rivero on hand to extend La Salle’s UAAP reign.

    Other seniors squads seeing action on Saturday are the San Sebastian Stags, who will play the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons at 9:30 a.m.

    The Far Eastern University Tamaraws will take on the Mapua Cardinals, who will return to the summer tournament after a one-year sabbatical at 11:15.

    Tickets to the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup are available at all SM TicketNet outlets as well as the game venue.

    The preseason collegiate basketball tournament is sponsored by Filoil, Flying V, Total, Hanes, Timex, Starmobile, San Miguel Corporation, Meralco, BDO, Silverworks, Gatorade, Gerry’s Grill, Reyes Barbecue, LGR, Brothers Burger, BPI, PBCom, Molten, CDO, Bayo, Douwe Egberts, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Oxycan, Red Logo and Bacchus.

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    SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University barged into the win column at the expense of Rizal Technological University, 86-58, in continuing Women’s Division action from the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014 at the San Juan Arena Friday (April 25). The two finalists in the last National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) season dropped their opening day assignments last Wednesday thus turning today’s meeting into a virtual knockout match in Group A. READ MORE

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    Van Opstal leads way as Archers shoot down Red Warriors, spoil debut of UE coach Pumaren

    From: Reuben Terrado
    April 26, 2014, 07:10 pm

    Van Opstal leads way as Archers shoot down Red Warriors, spoil debut of UE coach Pumaren
    La Salle big man Arnold Van Opstal comes up huge in the endgame against the Warriors. Dante Peralta

    ARNOLD Van Opstal scored 16 points while coming up with big plays in the crucial stretch to lift La Salle to a 69-62 victory over University of the East on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan to start its buildup for the UAAP season on a high note.

    Van Opstal hit a follow-up shot then blocked a Roi Sumang lay-up to spark the Green Archers in the endgame, beating a hard-fighting Red Warriors squad and spoiling the debut of recently-hired head coach Derrick Pumaren.

    Almond Vosotros’ airball was picked up by an uncontested Van Opstal with 33 seconds left in the game, giving La Salle a 65-62 edge.

    Sumang tried to answer back but Van Opstal made a defensive play to keep UE at bay. Almond Vosotros converted two free throws with 12.3 seconds to settle the score.

    La Salle coach Juno Sauler shrugged off the victory over the defending Filoil champions.

    “It’s not really the match against UE but seeing where we are in terms of our preparation and seeing what we need to fix with two months before the UAAP starts,” said Sauler, whose team missed Jason Perkins due to an injury.

    Cameroonian swingman Moustapha Arafat sparked UE in the third quarter as he led a 9-2 finish to give the Warriors a 53-49 lead.

    UE, however, sputtered and was outscored by La Salle, 20-9, in the final period.

    Thomas Torres had 12 points while Vosotros added 10 markers for the Green Archers.

    Roi Sumang topscored for UE with 15 points while Arafat added 12 markers, eight rebounds, and four blocks.

    The scores:

    DLSU (69) – Van Opstal 16, T. Torres 12, Vosotros 10, Teng 8, Salem 5, Andrada 4, Montalbo 4, Rivero 2, N. Torres 2, Tratter 2, Mustre 2,Dela Paz 2, Sargent 0.

    UE (62) – Sumang 15, Arafat 12, Gallanza 7, Olayon 7, Palma 6, Javier 5, Varilla 3, Alberto 3, Caparida 2, Charcos 2, Jumao-as 0, De Leon 0, Hernandez 0.

    Quarterscores: 20-10; 32-28; 49-53; 69-62.

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    San Beda pulls off double overtime win against gutsy Letran in preseason opener

    From: Reuben Terrado
    April 26, 2014, 05:35 pm

    San Beda pulls off double overtime win against gutsy Letran in preseason opener
    Art Dela Cruz posts a huge double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds for San Beda. Dante Peralta

    OLA Adeogun posted a double-double and hit the go-ahead basket as San Beda defeated Letran in double overtime, 99-96, on Saturday in an intense match to start off its Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup campaign at The Arena in San Juan.

    Adeogun contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds, hitting a putback with 1:08 left in the second overtime that gave the lead to the Red Lions for good.

    Baser Amer led all scorers with 28 points, while Art Dela Cruz had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Red Lions erased a 15-point third quarter lead to force overtime and win a rematch of the NCAA Season 89 finals.

    San Beda also took advantage after Letran’s Mark Cruz, Ford Ruaya, Rey Nambatac, Jamil Gabawan, and Kevin Racal fouling out one after another in the late stages of the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

    Still, the Red Lions had to work for the victory as Adeogun converted on a follow-up for a 97-95 advantage. Daryl Singontiko split his two free throws that would have tied the game for Letran, and Dela Cruz converted two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to settle the score.

    The Knights failed to protect a 59-44 lead in the third period. They also needed a rousing fightback in the first half after a slow 12-1 start by outscoring the Red Lions, 28-15, in the second quarter for a 48-39 halftime advantage.

    “Letran really fought hard today,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “They really played with heart. We are just lucky that we won. They got into foul trouble and we are happy that we came out with the win.”

    Fernandez also rued San Beda’s defense giving up nearly a hundred points in the game.

    “A win is a win. We need a lot of things to check especially on defense,” Fernandez said.

    Racal scored off a San Beda turnover with 14.2 seconds in regulation to force overtime. He also hit two free throws to once again forge a deadlock with 14.6 ticks in the first extra period. Racal, however, fouled out in the 2:06-mark of the second overtime, leaving Letran with limited offensive options.

    The two rivals fought in an intense duel as a handful of Letran fans even pelted the court in the first overtime to protest a decision by a referee.

    The scores:

    San Beda (99) – Amer 28, Dela Cruz 21, Adeogun 13, A. Semerad 8, Sara 7, Pascual 6, Abarcar 6, Ludovice 3, Cabanag 2, Mendoza 2, Mocon 2, Koga 1, D. Semerad 0, Tongco 0, Estrada 0.

    Letran (96) – Cruz 18, Ruaya 12, Nambatac 11, Gabawan 11, Racal 9, Publico 8, Quinto 7, Luib 6, Saldua 4, Singontiko 4, Dela Pena 4, Apreku 2, Castro 0, Pantin 0, Po 0.

    Quarterscores: 24-20; 39-48; 52-62; 78-78; 91-91; 99-96.

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