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  1. #21
    Tamaraws slip past Bulldogs

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:49 am |

    Sunday, October 5th, 2014

    BASKETBALL glory is within reach again for Far Eastern University.

    Riding on a huge second-half assault, the Tamaraws slipped past the National University Bulldogs, 75-70, yesterday to move within a win of the UAAP men’s basketball championship at the packed Mall of Asia Arena.

    Mac Belo again buried the big shot at crunch time, but the Tamaraws also drew big games from Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and Achie Iñigo, who shone in the final two quarters.

    “Perfect play, perfect timing,” FEU coach Nash Racela said of Belo’s clutch basket with 44.6 seconds left. “Again, Mac is not afraid to take the big shots.”

    Belo–who knocked in the buzzer-beating triple in FEU’s semifinal escape over La Salle–drove past NU’s Alfred Aroga to nail the decisive layup that padded the Tamaraws’ lead to 73-68 after the Bulldogs had threatened, 71-68, following Jay Alejandro’s corner triple.

    Tolomia pumped in 15 points to lead the Tamaraws, who boast the most number of titles in the league with 19, but the last one came almost a decade ago in 2005.

    The Tamaraws aim to wrap it up in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “I just reminded them to do the right things again–to be disciplined, play the right defense,” said Racela after his Tamaraws came back from as many as 12 points down, 18-30.

    The Bulldogs’ undoing started in the third quarter where they only had three field goals and sank only six of 13 free throw attempts as the Tamaraws zoomed to leads as high as 13 points, 60-47, behind the hot-shooting Pogoy.

    NU, though, made history in women’s action as the Lady Bulldogs downed the Lady Tamaraws, 59-48, to complete a perfect season and bag their first championship.

    The scores:

    First Game (Women)

    NU 59—Miranda 14, Antiquiera 12, Tongco 12, Bernardino 6, Abriam 4, Gupilan 4, Paig 3, Escoto 2, Sison 2, Nabalan 0.

    FEU 48—Valenzona 14, Siat 10, Tanaman 10, Arellado 8, Ventura 4, Castro 2, Baldonado 0, Gabriel 0, Chan 0, Lozano 0.

    Quarters: 13-19, 29-30, 40-36, 59-48

    Second Game (Men)

    FEU 75—Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Iñigo 12, Jose 8, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Escoto 0.

    NU 70—Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Alejandro 3, Betayene 3, Javelona 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

    Quarters: 14-15, 35-38, 60-50, 75-70

  2. #22
    Tamaraws slip past Bulldogs

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:49 am |

    Sunday, October 5th, 2014

    BASKETBALL glory is within reach again for Far Eastern University.

    Riding on a huge second-half assault, the Tamaraws slipped past the National University Bulldogs, 75-70, yesterday to move within a win of the UAAP men’s basketball championship at the packed Mall of Asia Arena.

    Mac Belo again buried the big shot at crunch time, but the Tamaraws also drew big games from Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and Achie Iñigo, who shone in the final two quarters.

    “Perfect play, perfect timing,” FEU coach Nash Racela said of Belo’s clutch basket with 44.6 seconds left. “Again, Mac is not afraid to take the big shots.”

    Belo–who knocked in the buzzer-beating triple in FEU’s semifinal escape over La Salle–drove past NU’s Alfred Aroga to nail the decisive layup that padded the Tamaraws’ lead to 73-68 after the Bulldogs had threatened, 71-68, following Jay Alejandro’s corner triple.

    Tolomia pumped in 15 points to lead the Tamaraws, who boast the most number of titles in the league with 19, but the last one came almost a decade ago in 2005.

    The Tamaraws aim to wrap it up in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “I just reminded them to do the right things again–to be disciplined, play the right defense,” said Racela after his Tamaraws came back from as many as 12 points down, 18-30.

    The Bulldogs’ undoing started in the third quarter where they only had three field goals and sank only six of 13 free throw attempts as the Tamaraws zoomed to leads as high as 13 points, 60-47, behind the hot-shooting Pogoy.

    NU, though, made history in women’s action as the Lady Bulldogs downed the Lady Tamaraws, 59-48, to complete a perfect season and bag their first championship.

    The scores:

    First Game (Women)

    NU 59—Miranda 14, Antiquiera 12, Tongco 12, Bernardino 6, Abriam 4, Gupilan 4, Paig 3, Escoto 2, Sison 2, Nabalan 0.

    FEU 48—Valenzona 14, Siat 10, Tanaman 10, Arellado 8, Ventura 4, Castro 2, Baldonado 0, Gabriel 0, Chan 0, Lozano 0.

    Quarters: 13-19, 29-30, 40-36, 59-48

    Second Game (Men)

    FEU 75—Tolomia 15, Pogoy 14, Iñigo 12, Jose 8, Belo 8, Hargrove 8, Dennison 5, Tamsi 3, Cruz 2, Escoto 0.

    NU 70—Aroga 17, Alolino 14, Rosario 12, Khobuntin 9, Celda 7, Alejandro 3, Betayene 3, Javelona 3, Diputado 2, Neypes 0, Perez 0.

    Quarters: 14-15, 35-38, 60-50, 75-70

  3. #23
    Why did NU lose Game 1 to FEU? Coach explains

    By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

    Posted at 10/05/2014 2:04 PM | Updated as of 10/05/2014 2:04 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – Emotions and the excitement of playing in the Finals got in the way of the usually steady National University Bulldogs (NU) in Game 1 of their best-of-three series against Far Eastern University, admitted head coach Eric Altamirano.

    After showing great composure in their two games against Ateneo in the Final Four, NU allowed FEU's Mac Belo to score on a crucial possession then flubbed a potential game-tying attempt.

    The Tamaraws took the game, 75-70, and the Bulldogs are once again in a do-or-die situation heading into Wednesday's Game 2 at the Araneta Coliseum.

    "Masyado silang emotional kanina," Altamirano said of his players. "'Yung emotions nila got in the way."

    Altamirano said the excitement of making the Finals may have also cut into the Bulldogs' focus, something that manifested in their free-throw shooting. NU made only 15 of their 31 free throw attempts, and even the usually steady Gelo Alolino made only three of seven.

    "To sum it all up, that did us in, 'yung free throws namin," Altamirano said. "We missed 16 free throws, so 'yun talaga eh. I think we have to address that."

    "Normally, when I see them shoot their free throws, very focused sila, very relaxed, and they're not expending a lot of energy. I felt that they were doing that, even si Gelo na normally very steady," he added.

    "Siguro, excited sa Finals," he also said.

    Two of their free throw misses came in the final minute, courtesy of Alolino and Alfred Aroga. Altamirano believes that mental fatigue became a factor for his players, especially after a hard-fought Final Four series against the Blue Eagles.

    "I will attribute that talaga sa mental fatigue, and then mostly focus lang 'yan," said Altamirano, who guaranteed that there will be extra free throw shooting practice for NU.

    "These guys shoot every day, so 'yung focus lang. They have to make sure that they put their minds into it, do their regular routines. Importante na maka-pahinga sila ngayon," he added.

    Altamirano also pointed to a fairly catastrophic third quarter for his team, when they allowed FEU to score 25 points and shoot nearly 48% from the field. The Tams led by as much as 13 points in that frame, a cushion big enough to help them hold off NU's late charge.

    "They were able to get their momentum, especially sa transition, and they were able to score in transition and made their shots," said Altamirano. "They made their shots from the outside, and then most of their transition baskets came from our turnovers."

    Despite their missed free throws, NU still had a chance to tie the game down, 70-73, when they got control of the ball with around eight seconds left. But veteran guard Glenn Khobuntin's three-pointer hit only the backboard, and FEU controlled the rebound, forcing NU to foul.

    "At that time talaga, we were just looking for the right shot. Unfortunately, Gelo did not see Rev (Diputado) and Pao (Javelona)," said Altamirano, referring to two guards who are more reliable three-point shooters than Khobuntin.

    "We rushed things," said Altamirano. "That comes from being in a hurry and then not keeping your poise at the end of games."

    At the same time, the coach acknowledged that the Tamaraws "wanted it more than us."

    The Bulldogs now have their backs against the wall once more, a situation they are all too familiar with as they have already played three do-or-die games this season.

    "Wala kaming choice. We're put in this situation, and the most important thing is we give it our best on Wednesday," said Altamirano.

  4. #24
    Why did NU lose Game 1 to FEU? Coach explains

    By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

    Posted at 10/05/2014 2:04 PM | Updated as of 10/05/2014 2:04 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – Emotions and the excitement of playing in the Finals got in the way of the usually steady National University Bulldogs (NU) in Game 1 of their best-of-three series against Far Eastern University, admitted head coach Eric Altamirano.

    After showing great composure in their two games against Ateneo in the Final Four, NU allowed FEU's Mac Belo to score on a crucial possession then flubbed a potential game-tying attempt.

    The Tamaraws took the game, 75-70, and the Bulldogs are once again in a do-or-die situation heading into Wednesday's Game 2 at the Araneta Coliseum.

    "Masyado silang emotional kanina," Altamirano said of his players. "'Yung emotions nila got in the way."

    Altamirano said the excitement of making the Finals may have also cut into the Bulldogs' focus, something that manifested in their free-throw shooting. NU made only 15 of their 31 free throw attempts, and even the usually steady Gelo Alolino made only three of seven.

    "To sum it all up, that did us in, 'yung free throws namin," Altamirano said. "We missed 16 free throws, so 'yun talaga eh. I think we have to address that."

    "Normally, when I see them shoot their free throws, very focused sila, very relaxed, and they're not expending a lot of energy. I felt that they were doing that, even si Gelo na normally very steady," he added.

    "Siguro, excited sa Finals," he also said.

    Two of their free throw misses came in the final minute, courtesy of Alolino and Alfred Aroga. Altamirano believes that mental fatigue became a factor for his players, especially after a hard-fought Final Four series against the Blue Eagles.

    "I will attribute that talaga sa mental fatigue, and then mostly focus lang 'yan," said Altamirano, who guaranteed that there will be extra free throw shooting practice for NU.

    "These guys shoot every day, so 'yung focus lang. They have to make sure that they put their minds into it, do their regular routines. Importante na maka-pahinga sila ngayon," he added.

    Altamirano also pointed to a fairly catastrophic third quarter for his team, when they allowed FEU to score 25 points and shoot nearly 48% from the field. The Tams led by as much as 13 points in that frame, a cushion big enough to help them hold off NU's late charge.

    "They were able to get their momentum, especially sa transition, and they were able to score in transition and made their shots," said Altamirano. "They made their shots from the outside, and then most of their transition baskets came from our turnovers."

    Despite their missed free throws, NU still had a chance to tie the game down, 70-73, when they got control of the ball with around eight seconds left. But veteran guard Glenn Khobuntin's three-pointer hit only the backboard, and FEU controlled the rebound, forcing NU to foul.

    "At that time talaga, we were just looking for the right shot. Unfortunately, Gelo did not see Rev (Diputado) and Pao (Javelona)," said Altamirano, referring to two guards who are more reliable three-point shooters than Khobuntin.

    "We rushed things," said Altamirano. "That comes from being in a hurry and then not keeping your poise at the end of games."

    At the same time, the coach acknowledged that the Tamaraws "wanted it more than us."

    The Bulldogs now have their backs against the wall once more, a situation they are all too familiar with as they have already played three do-or-die games this season.

    "Wala kaming choice. We're put in this situation, and the most important thing is we give it our best on Wednesday," said Altamirano.

  5. #25
    NU's Aroga hails Tamaraws Belo, Tolomia; says Bulldogs should go hard on defense for finals Game 2

    By MARISSE PANALIGAN,GMA NewsOctober 5, 201

    After National University dropped Game 1 of the UAAP finals to Far Eastern University in a 75-70 thriller on Saturday, big man Alfred Aroga said the Bulldogs need to go hard on defense in order to force a decider.

    "We just have to do what we do best," Aroga said of NU, which is considered the best defensive team in the league this season.

    "When the opponent is leading with high score, you need to focus back on defense, make stops and try to execute in offense," Aroga added.

    With the loss, the Bulldogs are facing a sudden death situation for the fourth time this year. They had to overcome a strong challenge from the University of the East for the last final four spot, before erasing a twice-to-beat advantage against the no. 1 team Ateneo de Manila University to enter the finals.

    "We've been through all these do-or-die games for like three times, so we need to step up big time," Aroga said of NU for the next game, which they have to win to extend the finals series.

    The Bulldogs have yet to win against FEU this season, as the Tamaraws swept them in the elimination round.

    "FEU is a tough team. They have players like Mac Belo, who plays like a veteran 'cause he's really, really smart. We need to find ways to stop him," the NU center said.

    Aroga also lauded the Tamaraws' team play led by Mike Tolomia's playmaking abilities.

    "They're really collective. You can see how they play like a team on offense. They're really sharing the ball," Aroga said.

    "Tolomia, that guy, he really thinks a lot. That's the guy I really appreciate a lot on the court," he said. "He creates for his players." - RAF, GMA News

  6. #26
    Member of 1954 NU Bulldogs champion team hoping for repeat against FEU
    By ROUCHELLE DINGLASAN,GMA NewsOctober 14, 2014 10:15pm

    Meet Nestor "Nesting" Sapida.

    When he was 18 years old, he was part of the National University Bulldogs squad that gave the school its first and only men's basketball championship in the UAAP.

    Some 60 years later, Nesting will join the NU faithful hoping that the Bulldogs' can end the team's basketball championship drought.

    NU is hoping to do it on Wednesday in a winner-take-all match against Far Eastern University — perhaps fittingly, the same school the Bulldogs defeated back in 1954.

    Since that title win, quite a few things have changed. The Bulldogs have had to battle through decades of heartbreak before a recent renaissance took them to the verge of title glory once more.

    "Iba ang laro noong 1954, bata-bata pa ako nun!" said Nesting, noting that there were only six teams in the UAAP then, with NU and FEU being joined by University of Santo Tomas, University of the East, University of the Philippines, and University of Manila in the collegiate league.

    At just 5-foot-11, the Dasmariñas, Cavite native had to play center for the squad.

    "Isa na ako sa pinakamataas noon," said Nesting, who was a freshman on that title squad.

    "Ang training din noon iba pa. Noon, ang drill lang namin, libutin at takbuhin 'yung bleachers ng Rizal Memorial Stadium at practice games lang. Ngayon, iba na."

    Though he did not play much during that championship season, it remains an experience he cherished. He would go on to play until 1958, serving as team captain in his final season with the Bulldogs.

    All this time, the memories of that last championship have remained with Nesting.

    "Marami na rin nanonood noon. Puno na rin naman 'yung Rizal Memorial, matindi na rin ang labanan noon," said the retiree, who remains an active member of Dasmariñas Lion's Club and the Citizens' Brigade Band of Dasmariñas.

    "Noong nag-champion kami, binigyan pa kami ng party sa Manila Hotel at ang daming inimbita, pati ang pagkain ang dami."

    Life after basketball

    After college, he worked for a logging company in Butuan City, where he would meet and marry his wife Vaciones.

    But even while working, he continued to play basketball, even helping his company win championships in inter-commercial leagues in Mindanao.

    Later, he would go back to Cavite, working in a sugarcane plantation before eventually managing the funeral parlor that he inherited from his father. He was the third generation member of the Sapida family to manage the business.

    Through the years, he has lost touch with his old college teammates.

    Asked if he can still play hoops, he answered, "Hindi na, mahina na tayo. Pero ang hilig, andiyan pa rin."

    Then, he deadpanned: "Itong edad ko lampas na sa bingo card."

    Advice for the Bulldogs

    FEU took Game One of the Season 77 finals, before NU struck back in Game Two. That set up an ultimate match for the UAAP Season 77 championship.

    With NU on the verge of a title, the school has been looking for oldtimers like Nesting to come and witness the championship game.

    The enthusiasm for the game remains, and he sees a way for the Bulldogs to once again bring home the crown.

    "Tibayan pa nila ang kanilang depensa at 100 percent sure kayang-kaya ng NU 'yan. Babalik na sila sa limelight," he said.

    But more than the X's and O's, Nesting said faith is the most important thing for the Bulldogs as they go into the ultimate battle in UAAP Season 77.

    "Noong aming panahon, binigyan kami ng misa. Hindi kami nakalimot sa Diyos. Kaya ang maipapayo ko sa kanila, dapat Diyos ang isipin nila dahil hindi naman pwedeng mag-isa," he said. — JST, GMA News





    Everything's Eventual

  7. #27
    Congratulations to the National University Bulldogs, UAAP Season 77 champions!
    ..and fear neither FIRE nor BLOOD!!!

  8. #28
    NU wins 2nd UAAP title after 60 years

    INQUIRER.net 4:33 am |

    Thursday, October 16th, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines–National University (NU) finally shook off the whipping team-tag that hung around its Bulldogs in decades past. And this time, they can proudly call themselves champions.

    Completing their long and arduous climb from league doormat, the transformed Bulldogs dominated the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 75-59, in the Finals decider Wednesday to capture the UAAP men’s basketball championship and snap the league’s longest title drought of 60 years.

    The No. 4 Bulldogs, who barely made it to the semifinals, also became the lowest-seeded team to bag the crown following huge games from Finals MVP Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino in the winner-take-all Game 3 that drew a boisterous record crowd of over 25,000 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    “It was really a long journey for us,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said. “But all those adversities we had to go through, they made us stronger.”

    Even more incredible, the Bulldogs pulled off the title romp against the fancied Tamaraws, the team that boasts the most number of crowns in the league with 19.

    “They just wanted to win, that’s all,” said Hans Sy, the SM Prime Holdings chair, whose financial support helped transform the Bulldogs.

    Unexpected

    While the Bulldogs picked up only their second title in the league’s 77-year history, this one was truly unexpected.

    Five times this season, the Bulldogs stood at the brink of elimination. And five times they survived with different game heroes stepping up.

    And in Game 3, it was Aroga who took charge with a huge double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs’ relentless assault in the second half.

    Alolino also dropped eight of his 12 points in the second half, where the Bulldogs zoomed to double-digit leads as high as 16 points, 70-54, in the thrilling match that shattered attendance records anew with a crowd of 25,138.

    “There’s a collective spirit among them that they won’t give up,” Altamirano said. “They refused to lose.”

    The Bulldogs showcased it again as FEU’s ace guard Mike Tolomia got off to a hot start to tow the Tamaraws to an early 11-5 lead.

    But NU’s big men, led by Aroga, started asserting themselves inside to push the Bulldogs ahead, 20-18, by the end of the first quarter.

    From there, the Bulldogs just kept pounding with Glenn Khobuntin also chipping in and young gunners Jay Alejandro and Rev Diputado starring in key stretches.

    “With this team, you never really know who’s going to step up,” Altamirano said.

    Stripped of stars this season, including two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Ray Parks, the Bulldogs surprisingly became the first fourth-ranked squad to win the title since the league adopted the Final Four format in 1994.

    The Bulldogs, though, almost didn’t even make it to the Final Four as they had to go through a playoff match against the University of the East for the last semifinal berth.

    In the Final Four, the Bulldogs again fought off elimination twice as they shockingly eliminated the No. 1 Ateneo Blue Eagles by overcoming their twice-to-beat semifinal advantage.

    When the Tamaraws took Game 1 with a 75-70 decision, the Bulldogs rose to the occasion anew with a clinical 62-47 Game 2 triumph last week.

    “Every knockout game that we played made us stronger and helped us gain more confidence,” Altamirano said after the Bulldogs remarkably survived their fifth do-or-die match this season with their Game 3 win.

    “All of those games really prepared us for Game 3. The players felt that they’ve been here. It’s not new to them,” he added.

    Painfully short

    The Tamaraws painfully fell short of making their own history with a 20th overall crown even if their top duo of Tolomia (23 points) and Mac Belo (17 points and 13 rebounds) came out sizzling.

    “It was really tough,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “Any angle you look at it, we were overpowered by Aroga. We did not have a person to match up against him.”

    But it wasn’t just Aroga who did the damage as Khobuntin also unloaded 10 markers and Alejandro, who sparked the Bulldogs’ strong second quarter, also finished with 10.

    Diputado, the Bulldogs’ rookie guard, also knocked in five straight points that helped defuse the Tamaraws’ comeback attempts in the third quarter.

    Among those celebrating the Bulldogs’ historic title romp were former President and NU alumnus Fidel V. Ramos and Nestor Sapida, the last known member of the Bulldogs’ 1954 champion team.

    Very, very happy

    “I’m very, very happy,” said the 78-year-old Sapida, who at only 5-foot-11, played center then. “Before the game, at the dugout, I already told them that we have this already.”

    True enough, it seemed like destiny for the Bulldogs.

    “Who would have thought,” said Altamirano. With INQUIRER.net

    THE SCORES:

    NU 75—Aroga 24, Alolino 12, Alejandro 10, Khobuntin 10, Neypes 8, Rosario 6, Diputado 5, Betayene 0, Javelona 0, Perez 0, Salim 0.

    FEU 59—Tolomia 23, Belo 17, Dennison 6, Cruz 4, Jose 4, Iñigo 3, Hargrove 2, Tamsi 0, Ru. Escoto 0, Pogoy 0, Ugsang 0, Ri. Escoto 0.
    Quarters: 20-18, 30-26, 55-44, 75-59
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI

  9. #29
    Alolino, Rosario rise for Bulldogs

    By Jasmine W. Payo |

    Philippine Daily Inquirer 4:48 am |

    Thursday, October 16th, 2014

    Two revelations this season turned out as champions.

    Overshadowed by a do-it-all star in past seasons, Gelo Alolino and Troy Rosario finally grabbed the limelight in helping power the National University Bulldogs to a historic UAAP men’s basketball championship yesterday.

    “It’s a breakout season for Troy,” NU coach Eric Altamirano said of the 6-foot-7 Rosario, who averaged 11.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists to bag this year’s Most Improved Player award.

    “And Gelo, I saw how he grew as a player. But all I can say is he’s a very brave player. You can count on him when the stakes are high,” Altamirano said.

    Alolino and Rosario, though, downplayed their starring roles after the departure of their old leader and hero Ray Parks. The crown, they stressed, belonged to them as much as anyone on the NU lineup.

    “We did everything to win,” said Alolino, the fourth-year guard who averaged 12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in the title series.

    Rosario, the hero in the Bulldogs’ 62-47 Game 2 win that leveled the series, also gave credit to the support of the entire squad.

    “My teammates trusted me, so I just returned their trust,” said Rosario.

    Parks, who this time just cheered his teammates from the gallery, had nothing but praises for Alolino and Rosario.

    “Gelo led them and Troy, his maturity really showed this year,” said Parks, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player.
    FRIENDS LANG KAMI


 
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