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  1. #21
    Eagles clinch Final 4 bonus

    By Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer

    1:40 am | Sunday, September 14th, 2014

    Ateneo fought back from 19 points down in the last six minutes of regulation then stunned Far Eastern University in overtime, 68-64, to grab the No. 1 semifinal spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Kiefer Ravena caught fire to end what looked like his worst performance of the season, dropping 12 of his game-high 23 points in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter, including two free throws that forged overtime, 59-59, with 20.3 seconds left.

    “This season has been tremendous for us. It has been a revelation for so many players, especially Kiefer,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol after his Eagles, who trailed at 36-55, wrapped up their elimination run on top with an 11-3 record, while nailing the first twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

    The Tamaraws, who ended their elimination round with back-to-back losses for a 10-4 slate, still have a chance for the other twice-to-beat bonus in a playoff match this Saturday against La Salle.

    The Green Archers forged a tie for second after hacking out an emphatic 68-56 triumph over National University in the second game.

    The Bulldogs fell to fourth but their chance of clinching the last semifinal berth hinges on University of Santo Tomas beating University of the East Tuesday. A win allows UE to tie NU’s 9-5 record and force another playoff for the No. 4 slot.

    The Tamaraws, starring Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, dominated the first three quarters before collapsing in the fourth period where they only nailed one field goal and sank just two of 13 free throws in the last six minutes.

    FEU still had a chance to salvage the game in regulation, but Tolomia missed two free throws with 2.8 seconds left.

    Ateneo’s great escape recalled a similar stroke of luck when the Eagles got away with a 70-69 decision over lowly University of the Philippines when Maroons’ guard Mike Reyes blew two free throws with eighth tenths of a second left last Sept. 4.

    Chris Newsome also came out big in the clutch to finish with 13 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and four steals for the Eagles.

    Almond Vosotros hit his stride early to finish with 15 points and Arnold Van Opstal also had 14 markers to lead the Archers, who launched a 9-0 spurt that set the tone for their second-half breakaway, 46-37, after a deadlock at 37.

    Norbert Torres added 13 points.

    The scores:

    First Game

    ATENEO 68—Ravena 23, Newsome 13, Gotladera 9, Pessumal 7, Capacio 6, Babilonia 5, Elorde 3, V. Tolentino 2, Doliguez 0, Tolentino 0.

    FEU 64—Belo 16, Pogoy 15, Tolomia 10, Cruz 8, Hargrove 8, Iñigo 3, Jose 2, Dennison 2, Tamsi 0, Denila 0, Lee Yu 0.

    Quarters: 7-12, 18-25, 26-45, 59-59 (reg.), 68-64 (OT)

    Second Game

    LA SALLE 68—Vosotros 15, Van Opstal 14, Torres 13, Teng 9, Perkins 8, Montalbo 5, Sargent 4, Bolick 0, Mustre 0, Rivero 0, Tratter 0.

    NU 56—Alolino 18, Rosario 14, Aroga 8, Javelona 8, Betayene 4, Khobuntin 4, Celda 0, Diputado 0, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

    Quarters: 20-17, 31-31, 49-43, 68-56

  2. #22
    All green and go for Tams as No. 2

    By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

    Updated September 22, 2014 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - A highly motivated Mike Tolomia grabbed his opportunity to atone for his previous boo-boo and delivered in the stretch this time as Far Eastern U tripped La Salle, 65-60, to secure the No. 2 seeding and twice-to-beat advantage in their UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball Final Four showdown yesterday at the MOA Arena.

    Tolomia, who had sleepless nights after two missed free-throws in their 64-68 overtime loss to Ateneo at the end of the elims, took charge in the clutch and redeemed himself in leading a decisive 7-0 windup that lifted the Tams to the win.

    The 5-11 Tolomia shot 19 points overall, banging in the game-tying lay-up then making a split to put FEU up, 61-60 with 1:43 left. His teammate Carl Bryan Cruz padded the lead to three with a basket and then Tolomia took the ball away from Almond Vosotros and drew an unsportsmanlike four from Jeron Teng. He went one-of-two to make it 64-60, 7.7 seconds left.

    “Parang natatawa na lang ako sa sarili ko sa pagsubok, parang ambilis, isang laro lang, binigyan ako ng opportunity na bumawi. Thankful ako ke God. (I’m thankful that after one only game, I was given the chance to redeem myself),” said Tolomia who admitted to not sleeping well for two nights following that Ateneo setback.

    The huge victory put FEU into the prime position going into their actual semis encounter on Saturday as they only need to win once to advance to the championship.

    “We haven’t achieved anything yet. That’s why I had to talk to my players right after the game to remind them not to celebrate too much. Of course, we’re happy we won this game but then again malayo pa (it’s not over yet), we need another win for us to make it to the finals,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

    The Tams had control three-fourths of the way, going up by as many as 13 at one point (27-14 in the second). The Archers tried to turn things around with a 10-5 start in the payoff period, seizing a 60-58 lead on an Arnold van Opstal post move with 3:22 to go.

    “It was really hard especially coming off that loss to Ateneo. Today showed the character of the team. Sabi namin (We told them) if you want to succeed in life, you have to persevere. It wasn’t easy beating La Salle. Good thing our players persevered especially when we struggled in the second half,” said Racela, whose wards went 3-0 in their head-to-head against the Archers this season.

    “They attacked well on offense and defended well,” DLSU coach Juno Sauler said.

  3. #23
    La Salle manager Terry Capistrano on 'commotion' with Racela: 'I had no intention of provoking anything'

    From: Snow Badua

    September 22, 2014, 08:32 pm

    La Salle team manager Terry Capistrano says he only tried to question FEU coach Nash Racela about his 'hand gestures' and had no intention of provoking anything during the post-game commotion.

    DE La Salle team manager Terry Capistrano broke his silence on the incident between him and Far Eastern University coach Nash Racela, saying he had no intention of instigating a confrontation at the end of the Tamaraws' win over the Green Archers in their playoff for the No. 2 seeding in the UAAP Final Four.

    Meeting at mid-court for the customary post-game handshakes, Capistrano said he only questioned Racela about his on-game 'hand gestures' which he felt could send emotions flaring during the tense match which the Tamaraws won, 65-60, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    “Actually, I did not even approach him. Siya 'yung lumapit sa akin to shake my hand and then I asked him the question: ‘Bakit para kang naghahamon ng away?’” said Capistrano in an interview with

    “Siguro people inside the court thought nag-aaway kami. Kaya they approached us. Pinaghiwalay kami,” he added. “Pero wala akong intension makipag-away. Ito ba namang tanda ko na ito.

    “I was just curious to ask what was that (gesture) all about,” Capistrano said without a hint of anger in his voice. “It was a question. He knows that. Walang murahan. Walang sigawan. He never said anything uncivil, I never said anything uncivil.”

    Racela, who earlier said he was stunned by Capistrano's action, sounded relieved when told about the side of the longtime La Salle team manager regarding the incident, which the FEU coach said could have been a case of misinterpretation.

    “That’s good. I am happy to hear na okay na siya (Capistrano). Pero if ever they saw something wrong with my actuations, I ask for their understanding. Wala sa intension ko 'yun (humanap ng gulo),” said the brother of Barangay Ginebra assistant coach Olsen Racela.

    Capistrano claimed it is not in his nature to engage people in confrontations, pointing out that he has never been involved in any untoward incident in the past 13 years that he has been team manager of the Green Archers.

    “Alam mo 12 years, 13 years na akong manager ng team na ito. Pero never ako natawagan ng technical foul, because I know how to behave. I know how to control my temper,” he said.

    Capistrano was actually the manager of La Salle when a similar incident happened during Game One of the 2005 Finals between the Archers and the Tamaraws. His assistant team manager, Manny Salgado, approached then FEU star Arwind Santos shortly after the game for the customary handshake, but then tapped the unsuspecting lanky forward hard on the nape when he finally turned his back.

    Good thing, Santos and the rest of the Tamaraws were prevented from ganging up on Salgado, who was later meted a lifetime ban by the league.

    “Yes, I was there when it happened. Of all people, I would know that (repercussions of misbehavior),” Capistrano declared.

    Capistrano said he would have approached Racela even if the outcome of the match was in favor of La Salle.

    “Of course, I will still approach him. I would siyempre tell him about the hand gestures. Baka ma-misinterpret, magdulot pa ng ibang kaguluhan,” he said, obviously referring to Racela’s constant waving of both hands while coaching the Tamaraws on the sidelines.

    Capistrano also said he is very much satisfied after hearing the side of Racela on the incident following a interview and story on the matter.

    “In your report, he answered that he was surprised that he had no intention or anything … I take his word for it. He clarified it already, nasagot na nya `yung questions … I think that’s the end of it,” he said.

    “I had no intention of provoking anything. In your report, he said he is from La Salle, and he never wanted any animosity or bad blood. He is a fellow La Sallian, so walang problema 'yun,” added Capistrano, a president of an international shipping company.

    “I don’t want to create a scene. Wala akong ibang motibo. Ang tagal ko na rito. Kaya nga after the game na ko nagtanong. Imagine if I asked him at the height of the game.

    “Ayaw kasi natin na mamis-interpret ang lahat. Tulad nung nilapitan ko siya. Akala ng marami nag-aaway na kami,” he said before breaking into laughter.

    “This is going to be an intense game. Ayaw natin ng gulo.” Capistrano said he is ready to face any investigation being planned by UAAP commissioner Andy Jao, who is now in the process of getting statements from game officials and players who witnessed the incident.

    “Yes, I am. It’s his (Jao) call. But you know, I don’t think this is necessary. There was nothing there. No untoward incidents. There were no bad words said. We don’t even know why people got between us,” he said. “I really didn’t think that this is going to be a very big thing. Siguro hindi rin ako kilala ni Nash, kaya he thought I was charging at him. Pero hindi yun ang pakay ko,” he said.

  4. #24
    Scrappy Tamaraws dethrone Archers

    By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

    Updated October 2, 2014 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - It was a Final Four with similar endgames but contrasting finishes.

    Gaining from a big-time triple from Mac Belo off a feed by Mike Tolomia in the dying seconds, the Far Eastern U Tams scored a pulsating 67-64 victory over the La Salle Archers and took the other UAAP finals berth last night at the Big Dome.

    The Tams, making their first finals since 2005, will face the National U Bulldogs in an unlikely duel for this year’s diadem.

    With 24.4 seconds to plot a winning play, Tolomia took the leather and wasted some time before driving to the basket. With Jason Perkins providing help defense, Tolomia wisely dished it out to an open Belo, who cashed in and swished it home at the buzzer.

    “The last play was really designed for Mike. But in the end, he made the most important decision of his basketball career, hindi niya pinilit (he didn’t force it), he saw an open Belo (and passed). We’re so blessed because Mac hit two three-pointers in the last two minutes,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

    “Sabi ni coach sa corner lang ako but after nakita ko si Perkins nag-help kay Mike, sabi ko ipapasa ito sa akin, ayun tsamba (I was instructed to stay in the corner but when I saw Perkins helping out on Mike, I thought I might get the pass. And I was lucky it went in),” said Belo, who paced the Tams with 23 points.

    Belo actually had four treys in the night, the third of which restored a 64-61 cushion with 1:05 left. Tolomia added 14 markers plus six assists.

    “He (Belo) hit the biggest shot of the ball game. But I think what was commendable was the fact it was another guy who made the pass. Again, it’s a team play…it just so happened Mac was the guy taking it and luckily he made it,” said Racela.

    “For a while, we were down by four, akala ko sasabog kami (I thought we would self-destruct) but yeah, the players were really tough tonight,” he added.

    With FEU versus NU set in the finale, this will be the first time since the Final Four’s inception that neither Ateneo nor La Salle are involved in the championship series.

    “I realized that Ateneo and La Salle are always in the finals since 1993 and I think this was the best thing that ever happened in the UAAP, having FEU and NU in the finals. Just like how we watched it, today, NU could bring the crowd, FEU could bring the crowd, so hindi lang La Salle and Ateneo ang nakakapagdala ng crowd (it’s not just Ateneo or La Salle that can fill the venue),” said Racela.

    Jeron Teng (13) and Perkins (12) led DLSU, which saw an end to its reign after one year.

    The scores:

    FEU 67 – Belo 23, Tolomia 14, Pogoy 8, Hargrove 6, Inigo 5, Cruz 3, Tamsi 3, Jose 3, Ru. Escoto 2, Dennison 0, Lee Yu 0, Ugsang 0, Ri. Escoto 0.

    DLSU 64 – Teng 13, Perkins 12, Van Opstal 11, Sargent 8, Rivero 7, N. Torres 7, Vosotros 6, Bolick 0, Montalbo 0, T. Torres 0.

    Quarterscores: 24-17, 42-37, 51-47, 67-64

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