Flying V F4 Preview

8 06 2007

Their seasons is just around the corner so there’s no holding back. If they want championship atmosphere, here is their chance. So let’s get it on.

DLSU Green Archers vs. National University Bulldogs

After last season’s UAAP controversy, the Green Archers are back. They are shouting to the whole world that they are serious in reclaiming what was once theirs. Aside from being in the Finals in the Nike Summer League against the Tamaraws, they are here in the other side of a pre-season league also as the favorites to win it all. And although the Green Archers had minor setbacks along the way, shaking all those rust and loosing one game, their fans still watched them handle their opponents as if they never had a vacation.

The NU Bulldogs, without Edwin Asoro and Jonathan Fernandez, still managed to squeeze a win over the Letran Knights last June 4. Projected to be in the final 4 this coming UAAP season, the Bulldogs are absolutely no pushovers this time.

For the backcourt, the Green Archers’ TY Tang, JV Casio and Pocholo Villanueva will match up against the Bulldogs combination of an out-breaker in Jay Jahnke with Cyrus Malagueno and Fernandez. The Bulldogs can also insert Edwin Asoro as their 6th man to compensate for NU’s smaller but quick backcourt.

In the frontcourt, the lanky but explosive Rico Maierhoffer and rookie Marko Batricevic will anchor the frontline for the Green Archers. NU can counter with burly duo of Joseph Lingao-Lingao, and Raymond Aguilar.

Coming off the bench for the Green Archers are, PJ Walsham, Simon Atkins and Mangahas. The Bulldogs can send in Jewel Ponfereda and Chris Catamora.

There is no such thing as a bad shot for the Bulldogs. They can light up the scoreboard and can definitely run the open floor. NU’s defense is also suspect but they can compensate with their quickness and heft in the frontline. But the Green Archers have the experience to derail the Bulldogs attack. DLSU boasts as one of the best defensive teams in the UAAP because of their commitment to embrace the press as their main defensive weapon plus a balance running and half-court attack to go with it.

San Beda Red Lions vs. UE Red Warriors

The only NCAA team to join the elite final four, the Red Lions coming from a fresh trip from the U.S., will meet once again the other Red and White team from the other side, the UE Red Warriors. These two are no strangers in pre-season tournaments. Both these teams have met in so many tune-up games in the past. The only difference is the Red Lions have changed coaches 3 times since then but the players remain familiar with each other.

The NCAA champs have an intact line-up coming into this tournament. And they are definitely deep indeed. San Beda will send Pong Escobal, an athletic talent in Ogie Menor to man the backcourt and backing Escobal at the point will be Borgy Hermida.
UE can send in Marcy Arellano and James Martinez in the backcourt with the wing span of Jorel Canizarez to man the 3-spot.

The frontcourt will be the toughest match-up. The Red Lions can start with Yousif Aljamal and Sam Ekwe and if he plays, Bam Gamalinda can play the wing. For UE, it will be the underrated Kelvin Gregorio and Mark Borboran, to man the frontline for the Red Warriors. Val Acuna, Fhadzmir Bandaying, and a firestarter in Paul Lee can provide the needed extra punch for UE off the bench. San Beda can counter with smooth shooting JR Tecson, Raymond Maggay, plus new comers in, Dave Marcelo and Gabby Lanete, who are playing with confidence so far in this pre-season tournament.

The Red Lions will anchor its defense in swatter, Sam Ekwe, who is also showing signs that he can also score with single coverage. But in so many tune-up battles Coach Pumaren knows that there is only one way to counter Ekwe’s shot-blocking ability – is to go at him all the time, anytime.

San Beda will have no problems scoring, not with this line-up of offensive minded players. But UE can make things tough for the Red Lions on the floor. Their trapping defense can make the court smaller and harder for teams to execute. The Red Warriors make their living by grabbing as much possessions as they can, but the issue is, can they convert on those chances? There is only way to find out.

Who will be in the finals? Your thoughts please.

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6 responses

8 06 2007
hex

sigurado ka na ue kalaban ng beda? bakit sabi sa basketball tv san beda vs nu and ue vs dlsu. o

8 06 2007
GenoM

Tama yan, I have faith in Mighty Mike! Hehehe Mike great site and columns, keep it up!

10 06 2007
kobe

maganda ang laban kapag san beda lasalle sa finals… sa tingin ko,magiging madugo ang sbc vs ue… at naniniwala ako na malaki ang chance mag champion ang san beda sa fil oil…

11 06 2007
kca

san beda and la salle sa finals. u.e. is tough but i dont think they can handle san beda.

11 06 2007
kobe

san beda vs lasalle na sa finals.. magiging maganda ang laban.. pero naniniwala pa rin ako na sbc ang magchachamp sa fil oil..

20 11 2007
NO FEAR

hey hey folks you forgot to mention our.How abt U.V lancer of cebu?ha!
may bigger man cla ngayun 2 twin tower na matangkad , malaki at magaling pa.parang NCAA america ang line up nila.am sori to annouce you that.6.9 and 6.11 hight nila.ha ah ha ha ha ha.tambak lahat ang kalaban !go U.V go go!

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