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  1. #11
    Tams collar Bulldogs; Maroons end 2-year skid

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer

    4:37 am | Sunday, August 10th, 2014

    CARL Bryan Cruz emerged as a surprise spark as Far Eastern University spoiled National University’s bid to grab the solo top spot with a 71-62 victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Tamaraws’ rise, though, failed to match the aftershocks that followed University of the Philippines’ first win this season—and in 27 games spanning two years.

    Mikee Reyes and JR Gallarza carried the past equally hapless Adamson, 77-64, in the earlier game, which generated greater public reaction especially over social media (See related story on Page A1).

    Cruz unloaded 13 of his 16 points in the first half where the Tamaraws surprisingly erected a 20-point advantage, 42-22, before fending off the Bulldogs’ comeback attempt in the final quarter.

    “It was the most crucial game for us because if we lost this game, we’ll be in the middle of the pack,” said FEU coach Nash Racela after the Tamaraws climbed to a share of third at 4-2.

    “The players knew how important the game was. From the beginning, the focus was there and the effort was there.”

    The Maroons pulled away early with Gallarza firing 18 of his 24 points in the first half, before Reyes took over to finish with a career-high 28 points and doom the Falcons to their sixth straight loss.

    “We worked so hard this season, we just couldn’t get it going until today,” said Gallarza after the Maroons triumphed for the first time in two years despite the absence of head coach Rey Madrid.

    Madrid missed the Maroons’ breakthrough win as he served the last of a two-game suspension for accusing the referees of match fixing.

    “We really wanted this game,” said Reyes, who fueled a third-quarter outburst where the Maroons led by as many as 24 points, 60-36. “We felt that this is the game we can get a win.”

    Achie Iñigo also delivered for the Tamaraws with 14 points, missing only once in five attempts, aside from dishing out three assists.

    The Bulldogs, who held FEU stars Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia below their usual numbers, ended their first round with a 5-2 record to fall behind Ateneo, which has a 5-1 record.

    “That has always been the emphasis—we should be unpredictable,” said Racela. “If they (opponents) focus on one or two players, other players should be able to step forward.”

    Tolomia hit four crucial points in the endgame, before finishing with 10 on a poor 4-of-15 shooting clip. Belo had nine points, seven rebounds and a key block on Troy Rosario down the stretch.

    The scores:

    First Game

    UP 77—Reyes 28, Gallarza 24, Lao 10, Asilum 4, Juruena 4, Lim 2, Moralde 2, Gingerich 2, Amar 1, Vito 0, Harris 0.

    ADAMSON 64—Trollano 24, Rios 20, Monteclaro 5, Nalos 4, Iñigo 3,Villanueva 3, Bayran 2, Ochea 2, Polican 1, Aquino 0, Barrera 0, Garcia 0, Pedrosa 0.

    Quarters: 17-13, 40-32, 64-46, 77-64

    Second Game

    FEU 71—Cruz 16, Iñigo 14, Tolomia 10, Belo 9, Jose 6, Pogoy 6, Tamsi 5, Hargrove 5, Dennison 0, Escoto 0, Delfinado 0, Ugsang 0.

    NU 62—Alolino 13, Khobuntin 9, Javelona 8,Betayene 7, Diputado 7, Neypes 6, Rosario 6, Aroga 4, Atangan 2, Alejandro 0, Celda 0, Perez 0.

    Quarters: 21-16, 42-22, 55-42, 71-62

  2. #12
    Tams outlast Bulldogs in overtime

    By Olmin Leyba |

    Updated Monday August 18, 2014 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - Carl Cruz banged in all of his nine points in the fourth quarter and in overtime as Far Eastern U outlasted National U, 74-70, to improve to 6-2 in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

    After forcing overtime at 65 on a fade-away, Cruz sustained his form in extra period, hitting a clutch looper that gave the Tams a 72-68 cushion going to the last 19.3 seconds.

    The Bulldogs sliced it to a single basket off an Alfred Aroga undergoal stab but Mac Belo cashed in on his two charities to seal the victory, 74-70, 6.4 seconds left.

    Belo finished with a career-high 23 markers and 10 rebounds while Mike Tolomia shot 18 points with five assists as FEU won its third straight match dating back to the end of the first round, including a 71-62 over NU eight days ago.

    The Bulldogs fell to 5-3, just one game ahead of joint fifth University of the East and Santo Tomas.

    A more satisfied FEU coach Nash Racela showed up for the post-game interview, in contrast to the unhappy mentor who had rued his wards' inconsistencies following their bland 71-62 win over Adamson last Wednesday.

    "The good thing about this inconsistency is when we play tougher teams, they deliver. Again what we want is for us to play (the same) regardless who we're playing. We're just asking for consistency, malapit na siguro (it will come soon)," said Racela.

    The win put the Tams closer to the top.
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  3. #13
    Ravena lifts Eagles over scrappy Warriors

    By Olmin Leyba |

    Updated Thursday August 21, 2014 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - Atoning from his endgame meltdown last time, Kiefer Ravena rifled in nine of his 16 points in the payoff period to lift Ateneo to 78-73 victory over University of the East and back into the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament at the MOA Arena yesterday.

    Ravena, who initially let Chris Newsome and Von Pessumal run the show, took charge in the crunch and knocked down a pair of charities followed by a booming trey that gave the Eagles a 76-72 cushion going to the last 14.2 seconds.

    The win put Ateneo back on track after an 86-88 setback to rival La Salle last Sunday and installed the Eagles at the pace with 7-2. The Warriors dropped to 4-5.

    "What can I say, parang ginawa lang ng teammates ni Kiefer nag-bake sila tapos si Kiefer ang naglagay ng icing, ng frosting (It's like the rest of the team baked the cake and Kiefer was there to put the icing)," said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

    The 6-foot Ravena got the leather from Newsome, dribbled to the left, shrugged off defender Renz Palma, and launched it from top of the rainbow territory.

    "As any player would do after a loss, I just wanted to bounce back. Crucial misses for me in that loss to La Salle and I wanted to bounce back," said Ravena, who also had eight rebounds and seven assists. "I was also motivated to play even more by the chants of 'one big flop' by UE and the cheers of the Ateneans."

    Newsome fired a season-high 23 points plus six rebounds, two steals and two assists to lead Ateneo while Pessumal added 13, including two free throws in the last 8.1 seconds that sealed it.

    "I was telling Kiefer at the five, six-minute mark to up the ante because he seems to be coasting. In the end he delivered. It also helped that we had our best start in five games and didn't have play catchup anymore. Plus Von, Chris and Nico (Elorde) were there for defense, shooting and leadership," Perasol said.

    Charles Mammie had 18 rebounds and 15 points while Sumang had 10 after a scoreless first half to pace UE.

    Earlier, National U ran roughshod over a hapless Adamson side, 71-50, to break a two-game slump and improve to 6-3 while formally eliminating the Falcons (0-9) from Final Four contention.

    Although the Falcons doubled their previous tally from a record-low 25 points in a 37-point blowout the first time, the Falcons limped with two markers in the second quarter, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away. Those two points were the lowest output in a quarter since Ateneo scored that little in a 72-76 loss to NU way back August 2003.

    "Very pivotal talaga yung second quarter. Our second unit stepped up, medyo low energy yung first unit. Yung second unit sila ang nag-provide ng spark (The second quarter was the pivotal point. Our first unit lacked the energy but our second unit stepped up and provided the spark),"said Altamirano.

    Boosted by their good game in a 61-59 loss to Santo Tomas last Saturday, the Falcons fought the Bulldogs toe to toe in the early goings and even led by 14-10.

    It was then that Altamirano sent in the likes of Rev Diputado, Pao Javelona and Reden Celda, who joined forces in a 22-0 blast bridging the first and the second to seize a 32-14 tear. The Falcons broke their long silence via a jumper by Jansen Rios but that was all they could manage as the Bulldogs countered with a 10-0 salvo to widen the gap further, 42-16 at the turn.

    "We're just happy to get this win. We know how important this game was for us (in the race for the Final Four)," said Altamirano, whose wards closed in on the lead pack.

    Gelo Alolino (14 points and five assists) and Glenn Khobuntin (12 markers, six boards) topped scoring for NU, which led by as many as 31.

    Don Trollano and Rios paced the Falcons with 15 and 10, respectively.

    The scores:

    First Game

    NU 71 - Alolino 14, Khobuntin 12, Aroga 7, Betayene 6, Celda 6, Javelona 6, Rosario 6, Diputado 5, Alejandro 3, Neypes 3, Perez 2, Salim 1, Atangan 0, Cauilan 0, Tansingco 0.

    AdU 50 - Trollano 15, Rios 10, Inigo 7, Nalos 7, Garcia 6, Aquino 3, Ochea 2, Baytan 0, Butron 0, Donahue 0, Gumtang 0, Monteclaro 0, Pedrosa 0, Polican 0, Villanueva 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-14, 42-16, 59-28, 71-50

    Second Game

    AdMU 78 - Newsome 23, K. Ravena 16, Pessumal 13, Elorde 11, Gotladera 11, Babilonia 2, Capacio 2, T. Ravena 1, A. Tolentino 0, V. Tolentino 0.

    UE 73 - Mammie 15, Sumang 10, De Leon 8, Varilla 8, Alberto 7, Jumao-as 7, Olayon 7, Arafat 4, Palma 3, Galanza 2, Javier 2, Guiang 0.

    Quarterscores: 15-11, 35-32, 54-51, 78-73

  4. #14
    Ravena lifts Eagles over scrappy Warriors

    By Olmin Leyba |

    Updated Thursday August 21, 2014 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - Atoning from his endgame meltdown last time, Kiefer Ravena rifled in nine of his 16 points in the payoff period to lift Ateneo to 78-73 victory over University of the East and back into the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament at the MOA Arena yesterday.

    Ravena, who initially let Chris Newsome and Von Pessumal run the show, took charge in the crunch and knocked down a pair of charities followed by a booming trey that gave the Eagles a 76-72 cushion going to the last 14.2 seconds.

    The win put Ateneo back on track after an 86-88 setback to rival La Salle last Sunday and installed the Eagles at the pace with 7-2. The Warriors dropped to 4-5.

    "What can I say, parang ginawa lang ng teammates ni Kiefer nag-bake sila tapos si Kiefer ang naglagay ng icing, ng frosting (It's like the rest of the team baked the cake and Kiefer was there to put the icing)," said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

    The 6-foot Ravena got the leather from Newsome, dribbled to the left, shrugged off defender Renz Palma, and launched it from top of the rainbow territory.

    "As any player would do after a loss, I just wanted to bounce back. Crucial misses for me in that loss to La Salle and I wanted to bounce back," said Ravena, who also had eight rebounds and seven assists. "I was also motivated to play even more by the chants of 'one big flop' by UE and the cheers of the Ateneans."

    Newsome fired a season-high 23 points plus six rebounds, two steals and two assists to lead Ateneo while Pessumal added 13, including two free throws in the last 8.1 seconds that sealed it.

    "I was telling Kiefer at the five, six-minute mark to up the ante because he seems to be coasting. In the end he delivered. It also helped that we had our best start in five games and didn't have play catchup anymore. Plus Von, Chris and Nico (Elorde) were there for defense, shooting and leadership," Perasol said.

    Charles Mammie had 18 rebounds and 15 points while Sumang had 10 after a scoreless first half to pace UE.

    Earlier, National U ran roughshod over a hapless Adamson side, 71-50, to break a two-game slump and improve to 6-3 while formally eliminating the Falcons (0-9) from Final Four contention.

    Although the Falcons doubled their previous tally from a record-low 25 points in a 37-point blowout the first time, the Falcons limped with two markers in the second quarter, allowing the Bulldogs to pull away. Those two points were the lowest output in a quarter since Ateneo scored that little in a 72-76 loss to NU way back August 2003.

    "Very pivotal talaga yung second quarter. Our second unit stepped up, medyo low energy yung first unit. Yung second unit sila ang nag-provide ng spark (The second quarter was the pivotal point. Our first unit lacked the energy but our second unit stepped up and provided the spark),"said Altamirano.

    Boosted by their good game in a 61-59 loss to Santo Tomas last Saturday, the Falcons fought the Bulldogs toe to toe in the early goings and even led by 14-10.

    It was then that Altamirano sent in the likes of Rev Diputado, Pao Javelona and Reden Celda, who joined forces in a 22-0 blast bridging the first and the second to seize a 32-14 tear. The Falcons broke their long silence via a jumper by Jansen Rios but that was all they could manage as the Bulldogs countered with a 10-0 salvo to widen the gap further, 42-16 at the turn.

    "We're just happy to get this win. We know how important this game was for us (in the race for the Final Four)," said Altamirano, whose wards closed in on the lead pack.

    Gelo Alolino (14 points and five assists) and Glenn Khobuntin (12 markers, six boards) topped scoring for NU, which led by as many as 31.

    Don Trollano and Rios paced the Falcons with 15 and 10, respectively.

    The scores:

    First Game

    NU 71 - Alolino 14, Khobuntin 12, Aroga 7, Betayene 6, Celda 6, Javelona 6, Rosario 6, Diputado 5, Alejandro 3, Neypes 3, Perez 2, Salim 1, Atangan 0, Cauilan 0, Tansingco 0.

    AdU 50 - Trollano 15, Rios 10, Inigo 7, Nalos 7, Garcia 6, Aquino 3, Ochea 2, Baytan 0, Butron 0, Donahue 0, Gumtang 0, Monteclaro 0, Pedrosa 0, Polican 0, Villanueva 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-14, 42-16, 59-28, 71-50

    Second Game

    AdMU 78 - Newsome 23, K. Ravena 16, Pessumal 13, Elorde 11, Gotladera 11, Babilonia 2, Capacio 2, T. Ravena 1, A. Tolentino 0, V. Tolentino 0.

    UE 73 - Mammie 15, Sumang 10, De Leon 8, Varilla 8, Alberto 7, Jumao-as 7, Olayon 7, Arafat 4, Palma 3, Galanza 2, Javier 2, Guiang 0.

    Quarterscores: 15-11, 35-32, 54-51, 78-73

  5. #15
    Aroga imposes will as Bulldogs rip Eagles

    By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) |

    Updated August 24, 2014 - 7:18pm

    MANILA, Philippines -- National University imposed its size and romped away with a 76-66 victory over Ateneo in the 77th season of the UAAP men's basketball tourney at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

    Alfred Aroga led the charge with a monstrous performance, posting a double-double effort with 15 points and 11 rebounds while swatting away eight shots, including seven in the first half, that led to a 10-1 advantage in the blocks department.

    "He (Aroga) was very focused today and he did his job well. He knows what he needs to do for us to grab rebounds and play defense. He is huge for us," said NU coach Eric Altamirano.

    Aroga, for his part, echoed the sentiments of his coach.

    "I was really prepared for this game. The win against Adamson was a boost for us. Ateneo is really good so coming to this game, I just want to help my team get rebounds and blocks," said the Cameroonian big man.

    "To help my team, it’s not about scoring for me. It’s about getting rebounds and playing defense. I just tried my best today," he added.

    Troy Rosario, Aroga's partner in the shaded lane, also made a good account himself with double-double effort of 14 markers and 10 boards. Additionally, Gelo Alolino, Nico Javelona and Glenn Khoubuntin scattered 13, 12 and 11 points in that order.

    Altamirano also pointed out their strong start as one of the keys to the game.

    "That really helped us a lot. We had a good offensive game, which is not normal for us. I think that gave us the cushion we needed for this game," he said.

    The Eagles started the fourth quarter like a house on fire, with Fonso Gotladera going on a personal 8-0 run highlighted by an and-one play to cut the deficit, 55-60, at the 7:54 mark.

    Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs responded with a 9-0 blast capped by a free throw from Javelona to take a 69-55 lead with 3:27 left and ultimately the victory.

    Kiefer Ravena topscored for Ateneo with 21 points albeit on a 7-of-21 shooting while Chris Newsome and Gotladera chipped in 12 and 11 markers, respectively.

    With the win, NU tied Ateneo in the standings with a 7-3 win-loss record behind league leaders DLSU and FEU (both 7-2).
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  6. #16
    NU's biggest advantage is its athletic frontline. Aroga, Rosario and Khobuntin can run, jump, rebound and defend with the best of them. That they've also emerged as providers of points is also an advantage. If NU can get any more production out of backup big man Beteyane they are one of only three teams with four legit, productive big men.
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  7. #17
    Never-say-die Warriors crush Tams

    By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

    Updated September 8, 2014 - 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines - Back-against-the-wall University of the East dished out what coach Derrick Pumaren described as their “best performance” to date, bringing down pacesetting Far Eastern, 94-71, yesterday to keep its Final Four bid alive in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Warriors unleashed a lethal 21-0 run in the fourth anchored on Charles Mammie, returning Roi Sumang and Bong Galanza to take command en route to their seventh win in 12 outings, staying one game behind fourth-running National U (8-4) in their chase for the semis.

    Final Four qualifier Tams, who welcomed back coach Nash Racela after his stint with Gilas Pilipinas in Spain, dropped to 10-3 but maintained its position at the top in the company of Ateneo.

    “So far that’s the best we played this season,” said Pumaren, after steering his wards to their third straight victory. “We’re happy but we can’t be too happy about this because we’re still not out of the woods, we’re still right behind NU and we have to control our destiny.”

    Mammie punched in 18 points despite foul woes to backstop Galanza, who fired a career-high 26 markers. Sumang, benched the last time out for disciplinary reasons, saw limited action but pumped in nine points, all in their fourth-quarter breakaway.

    “The guys showed their guts out tonight. They refused to lose, knowing the predicament we’re in right now. I think we played a hell of a defense in the fourth. We’re able to defend their dribble-drive offense, we’re there all the time to challenge every shot,” said Pumaren, whose team also beat FEU for the first time in five years.

    UE has moved on from last week’s episode that led to the disciplinary action against Sumang.

    “He’s been showing up in practice and working very hard and it showed tonight, especially in the fourth where he was able to settle down and hit two three point shots that kept him going,” said Pumaren.

    “He really played well, especially in the fourth. But I must say it was a total team effort. We really played as a team on defense,” he added.

    Mac Belo (16) and Achie Inigo (10) topscored for FEU.

    Earlier, National U overpowered University of the Philippines, 66-51, to boost its semis bid with 8-4 card.

    The Bulldogs wasted little time asserting themselves against the Maroons (1-12), limiting their opponents to 8 and 9 in the first two quarters for a 29-17 lead.

    “I told the boys we have to assert our identity in the game and it had to start on our defense so I think, everything else evolved and followed from our defense,” said the NU coach Eric Altamirano, whose wards choked UP to 30.36 percent clip while shooting 49.12 percent.

    Alfred Aroga shrugged off back spasm to bang in 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. With the hulking Cameroonian at the forefront, the taller Bulldogs dropped 46 markers inside the paint against UP’s 14.
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  8. #18
    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
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  9. #19
    Bulldogs, Tamaraws seal title duel: One big bite at History

    By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

    Updated October 2, 2014 - 12:00am

    Games on Saturday (MOA Arena)

    11 a.m. – NU vs FEU (women’s finals)

    3:30 p.m. – FEU vs NU (men’s finals)

    MANILA, Philippines - The National University Bulldogs completed a cluster of feats in the season that a UAAP men’s crown in the end could only come as gravy to its long arduous journey.

    Consider: The Bulldogs were the first top seed in the Final Four era to be ousted last year and did the trick this time on top seed Ateneo, which they whipped four straight times in the season, the last a sweet 65-63 decision that sent NU to the finals yesterday.

    It was the first championship stint in 44 years for the Bulldogs and only the third, including a first-ever crown in 1954-55, since NU joined the experimental Big 3 league in 1938, a precursor of the NCAA, the others being University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas.

    It finally reached its goal in the fourth year of an aggressive sports program under the leadership of new owner – the Sy family.

    Gelo Alolino drilled in a clutch game-tying trey and converted two pressure-packed charities then Alfred Aroga came through with a huge block against a driving Kiefer Ravena as the Bulldogs prevailed before a jampacked crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Bulldogs previously beat the Eagles, 78-74, to set yesterday’s do-or-die.

    “Our experience last year helped build our character. If you think about it, what happened last year made us tougher this year, especially the veterans who experienced it first-hand and vowed it won’t happen again,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano, himself a member of a first-ever champion team from UP in 1986.

    “I thank God for giving us another opportunity to redeem ourselves. Who would have ever thought we would be able to redeem ourselves and get into the finals just one year later?” he added.

    NU is in its first finals appearance since 1970, when it lost to then six-time titlist University of the East. The drought for a title drags even longer for NU at 60 years running.

    For Altamirano and his staff, the breakthrough finally came on their third try at the Final Four, an accomplishment the soft-spoken mentor likened to the biblical “Jericho wall.”

    “I was reading the Bible and the story of Jericho and I think the message given to me by God today was that finally, we’re able to break the walls of our own Jericho. And now we’re close to reaching the Promised Land,” he said.

    Ateneo seized a 63-60 lead on a bucket by Ravena and a split by Gboy Babilonia going to the last 2:22. Alolino then entered the fray and fired from long range to even things up, and after an exchange of unproductive offensives, he drew a foul on Nico Elorde to get to the stripe. No problem there and Alolino converted both, giving NU a 65-63 cushion going to the last 9.3.

    A “power fluctuation” brought about by the afternoon thunderstorms led to a half-hour delay. When play finally resumed, Ateneo went to Ravena, who drove and faced a waiting Aroga who swatted it away to deny the Season MVP and the former five-peat champ AdMU.

    “During the delay, I just told don’t try to exert energy while on the bench, just stay focused and wait until it’s time to get onto the court,” Altamirano said.

    “We knew where they’re going and we’re able to stop it. I thank Alfred Aroga for bailing us out again with his defense; his blocked shot, that really stamped the game,” he added.

    Aroga had 14 points and 12 rebounds plus two blocks while Alolino added 12.

    Chris Newsome paced Ateneo with 22 in his last game while Ravena finished with 18.

    The scores:

    NU 65 – Aroga 14, Alolino 12, Khobuntin 11, Rosario 9, Javelona 8, Neypes 4, Diputado 3, Alejandro 2, Perez 2, Betayene 0, Atangan 0.

    AdMU 63 – Newsome 22, Ravena 18, Elorde 8, Pessumal 8, Babilonia 4, V. Tolentino 2, Gotladera 1, Apacible 0, Capacio 0, A. Tolentino 0.

    Quarterscores: 12-8, 32-27, 46-47, 65-63

  10. #20
    Bulldogs, Tamaraws seal title duel: One big bite at History

    By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) |

    Updated October 2, 2014 - 12:00am

    Games on Saturday (MOA Arena)

    11 a.m. – NU vs FEU (women’s finals)

    3:30 p.m. – FEU vs NU (men’s finals)

    MANILA, Philippines - The National University Bulldogs completed a cluster of feats in the season that a UAAP men’s crown in the end could only come as gravy to its long arduous journey.

    Consider: The Bulldogs were the first top seed in the Final Four era to be ousted last year and did the trick this time on top seed Ateneo, which they whipped four straight times in the season, the last a sweet 65-63 decision that sent NU to the finals yesterday.

    It was the first championship stint in 44 years for the Bulldogs and only the third, including a first-ever crown in 1954-55, since NU joined the experimental Big 3 league in 1938, a precursor of the NCAA, the others being University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas.

    It finally reached its goal in the fourth year of an aggressive sports program under the leadership of new owner – the Sy family.

    Gelo Alolino drilled in a clutch game-tying trey and converted two pressure-packed charities then Alfred Aroga came through with a huge block against a driving Kiefer Ravena as the Bulldogs prevailed before a jampacked crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Bulldogs previously beat the Eagles, 78-74, to set yesterday’s do-or-die.

    “Our experience last year helped build our character. If you think about it, what happened last year made us tougher this year, especially the veterans who experienced it first-hand and vowed it won’t happen again,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano, himself a member of a first-ever champion team from UP in 1986.

    “I thank God for giving us another opportunity to redeem ourselves. Who would have ever thought we would be able to redeem ourselves and get into the finals just one year later?” he added.

    NU is in its first finals appearance since 1970, when it lost to then six-time titlist University of the East. The drought for a title drags even longer for NU at 60 years running.

    For Altamirano and his staff, the breakthrough finally came on their third try at the Final Four, an accomplishment the soft-spoken mentor likened to the biblical “Jericho wall.”

    “I was reading the Bible and the story of Jericho and I think the message given to me by God today was that finally, we’re able to break the walls of our own Jericho. And now we’re close to reaching the Promised Land,” he said.

    Ateneo seized a 63-60 lead on a bucket by Ravena and a split by Gboy Babilonia going to the last 2:22. Alolino then entered the fray and fired from long range to even things up, and after an exchange of unproductive offensives, he drew a foul on Nico Elorde to get to the stripe. No problem there and Alolino converted both, giving NU a 65-63 cushion going to the last 9.3.

    A “power fluctuation” brought about by the afternoon thunderstorms led to a half-hour delay. When play finally resumed, Ateneo went to Ravena, who drove and faced a waiting Aroga who swatted it away to deny the Season MVP and the former five-peat champ AdMU.

    “During the delay, I just told don’t try to exert energy while on the bench, just stay focused and wait until it’s time to get onto the court,” Altamirano said.

    “We knew where they’re going and we’re able to stop it. I thank Alfred Aroga for bailing us out again with his defense; his blocked shot, that really stamped the game,” he added.

    Aroga had 14 points and 12 rebounds plus two blocks while Alolino added 12.

    Chris Newsome paced Ateneo with 22 in his last game while Ravena finished with 18.

    The scores:

    NU 65 – Aroga 14, Alolino 12, Khobuntin 11, Rosario 9, Javelona 8, Neypes 4, Diputado 3, Alejandro 2, Perez 2, Betayene 0, Atangan 0.

    AdMU 63 – Newsome 22, Ravena 18, Elorde 8, Pessumal 8, Babilonia 4, V. Tolentino 2, Gotladera 1, Apacible 0, Capacio 0, A. Tolentino 0.

    Quarterscores: 12-8, 32-27, 46-47, 65-63


 
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