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    Season 77, Defending the Crown

    LaSalle didn't exactly start its title defense the way they wanted to, losing to FEU after blowing an eafly lead and missing free throws in the homestretch.

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    FEU stuns La Salle ; UE whips UP

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer 6:21 am |

    Sunday, July 13th, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University put a big question mark on La Salle’s title-retention bid with a resounding 82-77 upset that kicked off the 77th season of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Mike Tolomia, who used to be overshadowed by ace guards RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, pumped in a game-high 23 points, including a crucial eight-point cluster that pushed the Tamaraws ahead, 75-71, going into the final two minutes.

    “Going up against a very, very strong team like La Salle, there were doubts,” FEU coach Nash Racela admitted later. “We never expected that we’re going to win this.”

    The much improved Mac Belo also helped the gritty Tamaraws come back from an early 13-point deficit, 10-23, to finish with 20 points.
    “We were overpowered, overmanned, but I was just happy that our team defense worked,” said Racela.

    University of the East also picked up an opening-day triumph with an 87-59 pummeling of the University of the Philippines.

    Dan Alberto sparked an early scoring explosion to finish with 15 points for the Red Warriors, who shot a notable 50 percent from the field in the 28-point whipping that served as welcome treat for new coach Derrick Pumaren.

    Carl Cruz also came through in the clutch for the Tamaraws inside the last 45 seconds, where he won a jump over La Salle center Arnold Van Opstal before knocking in the team’s last three points.

    Returning FEU big man Russel Escoto, who sat out last year due to injury, chipped in 13 markers, while Cruz finished with 11 points.

    Almond Vosotros paced the Green Archers with 18 markers. Chris Javier added 12 points and nine rebounds, while Gino Jumao-as and Ronnie de Leon had 10 markers each for the Warriors, who led by as many as 39 points, 75-36, in the second half.

    “We really came out strong,” said Pumaren. “We really played good defense. The energy was there, especially in the second half.

    We rotated well, challenged them (Maroons), made them work for every point.” The Warriors never let up with Pumaren’s trademark defensive press as the Maroons also struggled with a 28 percent shooting clip.

    Alberto, who plays back up for UE’s star guard Roi Sumang, poured in all of his points from beyond the arc, starting with a buzzer-beating heave near midcourt at the end of the first quarter.

    Fresh from a pocket tournament in Taiwan, the Maroons had hoped to come out more competitive, but ended up prolonging their woes with a 22-game losing skid since 2012.

    The scores:

    First Game

    UE 87—Alberto 15, Javier 12, De Leon 10, Jumao-as 10, Mammie 8, Sumang 7, Arafat 7, Olayon 4, Guiang 4, Varilla 3, Galanza 3, Hernandez 2, Palma 1, Derige 1, Cudal 0, Charcos 0.

    UP 59—Lao 18, Moralde 11, Asilum 8, Gingerich 6, Gallarza 5, Dario 4, Harris 3, Reyes 2, Vito 2, Bederi 0, Juruena 0. Quarters: 19-16, 45-26, 66-36, 87-59

    Second Game

    FEU 82—Tolomia 23, Belo 20, Ru. Escoto 13, Cruz 11, Pogoy 6, Iñigo 4, Jose 3, Hargrove 2, Dennison 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Tamsi 0, Denila 0.

    LA SALLE 77—Vosotros 18, Teng 14, Perkins 11, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 7, N. Torres 6, Montalbo 6, Sargent 2, Tratter 2, Rivero 2, Bolick 0, Andrada 0.

    Quarters: 10-23, 33-37, 57-59, 82-77

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    Ateneo finds edge in Ravena, Pessumal to beat La Salle

    By Mark Giongco | 3:33 pm |

    Sunday, July 20th, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol uttered a bold statement last Sunday when he was asked how the Blue Eagles would fair against defending champion La Salle ahead of the two rivals’ first meeting in the UAAP Season 77.

    “Walang ka-edge edge ang Ateneo against La Salle (Ateneo has no edge at all against La Salle),” he had previously said.

    That wasn’t the case Sunday. The Blue Eagles may not have the edge as Perasol pointed out but they sure found reasons to beat the Green Archers 97-86 before 17,344 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Kiefer Ravena finished what Von Pessumal started with 14 of his game-high 29 points coming in the final eight minutes while Arvin Tolentino and Fonso Gotladera outplayed the La Salle’s big men Arnold Van Opstal and Norbert Torres combining for 31 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks.

    “We talked about it in the dugout, even in the practices we had, the only chance we had in beating La Salle is to play it possession by possession,” said Perasol after steering the Eagles to a 2-0 start good for a tie in first place with National University and host University of the East after dropping their first three games last season.

    “I just have to remind them that they cannot hang their heads if they miss their shots. At the end of the day, they were able to respond by making their shots. Kiefer made his shots, Pessumal and of course our golden boy Fonso Gotladera,” added Perasol.

    Ravena put on a shooting clinic in the fourth quarter – hitting four 3-pointers including three straight – that stretched the Blue Eagles to 14, 85-71, with 2:05 left after taking just a precarious one-point lead.

    The 6-foot Ravena provided the finishing kick but it was Pessumal who kept Ateneo in the game.

    The fourth-year swingman Pessumal fired 21 points, 19 coming the first three quarters, that helped the Eagles buck a slow start.

    “I was trying to make sure that we anticipated that their defense is going to clamp up on Kiefer. And of course the challenge was on the other guys most especially Von, a natural scorer,” said Perasol.

    “The response of Von Pessumal, if not for those scoring I don’t think we were able to catch up,” added Perasol.

    Gotladera, who was used sparingly in his one year with La Salle, also gave Ateneo a big lift with 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks while he and rookie Tolentino neutralized Van Opstal and Torres.

    “First of all, Fonso is really motivated. Coming off La Salle, in a way, perhaps he has that personal agenda in a way of saying ‘I am better than what you are thinking about me,’” said the former PBA coach Perasol.

    The 6-foot-4 center though said his breakthrough performance had nothing to do with making a point but rather for the team.

    “Coming into this game, I just wanted to contain Arnold and Norbert. I really don’t have a [personal] agenda, we just want to win as a team and we’re grateful that we’re able to get this win.”

    Jason Perkins carried much of the offensive load when the going got tough for La Salle, which reeled to a 0-2 hole for the first time since Season 74, with 25 points that went with 10 rebounds and four assists. Almond Vosotros added 18 while Jeron Teng had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

    Van Opstal and Torres teamed up for only 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Archers will try to avoid a 0-3 start vs the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

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    Beleaguered Archers lose starting guard Thomas Torres

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:30 am |

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines — La Salle absorbed another blow to its title-defense as starting guard Thomas Torres sustained an injury that will likely sideline him for the rest of the UAAP men’s basketball season.

    Torres fractured his right ankle during the Ateneo-La Salle match last Sunday where the Green Archers absorbed an 86-97 loss that kept them winless in two games.

    The absence of Torres will likely leave the playmaking chores to Almond Vosotros, Kib Montalbo, Robert Bolick or rookie Terence Mustre.

    Even minus Torres, La Salle coach Juno Sauler said the Archers must learn how to deal with speedy opponents following losses to rival Ateneo and Far Eastern University, 77-82.

    “FEU is a very quick team, Ateneo is a very quick team, and we’re not,” said Sauler. “We have to find ways to counter the quickness of our opponents. We have to find solutions.”

    The Archers will try to avoid falling into a 0-3 hole tomorrow versus National University, which shares top spot at 2-0 with Ateneo and University of the East.

    La Salle, though, had a better start to its title defense in women’s basketball as the Lady Archers stayed unbeaten in two games like the Lady Eagles and the Lady Bulldogs.

    Camille Clare and Ana Castillo teamed up for 16 points to power the Lady Archers past Adamson, 50-42, while Trixie Antiquiera topscored with 15 in the Lady Bulldogs’ 62-60 nipping of University of Santo Tomas.

    Danica Jose posted 22 points and 13 rebounds as Ateneo downed FEU, 58-55.

    The Blue Eagles picked up back-to-back wins over the Tamaraws and the Archers with Kiefer Ravena winning the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/316 Player of the Week plum by averaging 25.5 points.

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    Eagles alone on top at 3-0

    Archers avoid 0-3 hole, nip NU

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:46 am |

    Thursday, July 24th, 2014

    Arvin Tolentino proved yet again that he’s this season’s prize catch as Ateneo turned back University of the Philippines, 86-75, to grab the solo lead with its third straight victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    Tolentino, an early frontrunner for the top rookie plum, poured in 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Blue Eagles quell the Maroons’ persistent rallies.

    “There was no doubt in my mind that he can make an impact right away as far as scoring is concerned,” Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said of Tolentino, a former San Beda high school star. “The best is yet to come for him. He’s used to highly competitive games when he was in high school, that’s why we really pursued him.”

    La Salle later survived an even tougher challenge as Jason Perkins buried a shot clock-beating basket to bail out the Green Archers against National University, 57-55.

    Perkins knocked in the Archers’ last six points, including a crucial basket underneath off an inbound pass from Jeron Teng with just 1.9 seconds left on the shot clock.

    That big basket gave the Archers a four-point cushion, 57-53, in the last 6.7 seconds and helped the Archers seal their first victory in three games.

    “It took a while for the play to develop,” La Salle coach Juno Sauler said of Perkins’ winning play. “We were lucky there.”

    Perkins topscored with 14 and grabbed seven rebounds, while big man Norbert Torres, who also came through with key baskets inside the last five minutes, finished with 13 points.

    Ravena posted 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Eagles, while Chris Newsome fueled the team’s big start with 18 points and 12 boards.

    The winless Maroons moved within a bucket, 51-49, in the third quarter before the Blue Eagles roared back with a 12-0 spurt, half coming from Tolentino, that stretched the lead back to double figures, 63-49.

    The Archers, who spoiled the Bulldogs’ bid to join the Eagles on top, trailed 48-49 before Torres and Perkins teamed up to wrest the lead, 53-49.

    After a Troy Rosario shot pushed the Bulldogs within a bucket, 53-51, Perkins responded with a putback off a Teng miss to give the Archers a 55-51 edge with 36.6 seconds left.

    The scores:

    First Game

    ATENEO 86—Tolentino 20, K. Ravena 19, Newsome 18, Capacio 9, Elorde 7, Pessumal 5, Babilonia 2, Gotladera 2, Javellosa 2, Lim 2, Apacible 0, T. Ravena 0.

    UP 75—Lao 16, Gallarza 10, Asilum 9, Gingerich 9, Juruena 9, Dario 6, Vito 6, Reyes 5, Moralde 5, Bederi 0.
    Quarters: 23-21, 46-38, 66-54, 86-75

    Second Game

    LA SALLE 57—Perkins 14, N. Torres 13, Teng 9, Van Opstal 7, Vosotros 7, Andrada 3, Montalbo 2, Rivero 2, Bolick 0.

    NU 55—Aroga 12, Rosario 10, Alolino 9, Khobuntin 9, Javelona 5, Diputado 4, Alejandro 3, Neypes 2, Perez 1, Betayene 0, Atangan 0, Celda 0, Salim 0.

    Quarters: 12-16, 35-29, 45-43, 57-55

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    Finally, Coach Juno Sauler went to some high-low plays to exploit their size advantage inside. They still proved vulnerable versus the transition game, especially on those Glenn Khobuntin coast-to-coast plays. Glenn Khobuntin coast to coast for chrissakes...

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    Have they found Alolino?

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    ^ Tokayo, I think Javelona told him this game would be at Big Dome...

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    UAAP: Teng, Rivero lead La Salle rally past UE

    By Mark Giongco |INQUIRER.net7:49 pm | Sunday, July 27th, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion De La Salle rallied to slip past University of the East, 60-58, Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Jeron Teng scored seven of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, where the Green Archers battled back from 10 points down to level their win-loss record at 2-2 and deal the Red Warriors their first loss in three games.

    “We’re lucky to pull this through with 36 turnovers,” said DLSU head coach Juno Sauler.

    Rookie Prince Rivero also came up big in the final frame firing all of his eight points, including a basket near the rim off the setup job by Teng that made it, 60-56, with 44.1 seconds remaining.

    “We needed Prince because Arnold (Van Opstal) and Jason (Perkins) fouled out,” Sauler said.

    Rivero, a high school MVP with La Salle in the NCAA, also grabbed five rebounds and had a block in just 14 minutes of action to fill in for Jason Perkins and Arnold Van Opstal, who both fouled out in the final five minutes and 53 seconds.

    “Just probably intuition. Prince has been playing the three spot for us but we decided to try him out at the four,” Sauler explained why he fielded Rivero in.

    Roi Sumang spearheaded the Red Warriors’ surge with 16 points but his potential game-tying attempt from the right baseline fell short as time ran out.

    A step quicker, UE disrupted La Salle’s offense with its pressure defense that resulted to the Archers, minus starting point guard Thomas Torres for the second straight time due to a fractured right foot, committing 36 errors.

    Van Opstal knotted the count for the first time since La Salle trailed, 36-46, to start the fourth quarter at 51-all with a layup past Charles Mammie with 4:08 remaining.

    But Mammie got right back and drew Van Opstal’s last foul before hitting two free throws to give the lead back to the Red Warriors, 53-51, before Rivero completed a three-point play that put the Archers ahead for good, 56-54, with 2:13 left.

    “They (my players) defended well in the fourth. That was big. Being able to give up just 12 points in the fourth quarter,” Sauler pointed out.

    Mammie had eight points and eight rebounds but turned the ball over seven times before also fouling out late in the game.

    Moustapha Arafat, UE’s other import, also had to sit the remainder of the game after committing his fifth and final foul with still 6:09 to go.

    Norbert Torres notched a double-double for La Salle with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

    La Salle’s guards had trouble with the ball amid UE’s suffocating defense. Almond Vosotros had 12 points on a bulk of attempts but had nine turnovers.

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    Ang talagang nakakatakot sa Lasalle: nagka-36 turnovers na, 0-9 na si Almond Vosotros, panalo pa din. Sheer size, much like Ateneo used to have, is making a world of a difference. Hindi lang ito tangkad, may bulk din kasi.

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