Sweet Revenge for the NCAA All-Stars

13 10 2007

The NCAA All Star selection have been known for their winning attitude. And they showed it against college league counterpart UAAP all-star last October 13, 2007

NCAA finalists Rogemar Menor of San Beda and RJ Jazul of Letran teamed up impressively to power the NCAA selection to a come-from-behind 83-78 win over the UAAP selection in the Samsung-Bantay Bata 163 at the Arena in San Juan City.

Down by 16, 23-39, at halftime, the NCAA All-Stars woke up in the third quarter as Menor and Jazul pitched in for 22 points each, including 10 points apiece in the 3rd quarter, to register a 65-60 lead at the start of fourth period.

Samuel Ekwe, racked up 19 points and hauled down 13 rebounds, assured the NCAA All-Stars’ victory after making two free throws to peg the final count with only 4.1 seconds to go.

Edwin Asoro of National University tied the score at 77-all after hitting a trey.  But Ekwe’s two straight jumpers had given the NCAA All-Star squad an 81-77 advantage with 42 seconds left

The UAAP-All-Stars narrowed the gap as Mark Borboran of UE scored on split free throw, 78-81, with 32 seconds remaining.  But the three-point attempts from Dylan Ababou of UST and La Salle guards JV Casio and TY Tang failed as time expired.

Asoro and Casio had 13 points each for the UAAP selection and failed to repeat against the NCAA All-Star squad.

In the side events, the team of University of the Philippines’s (UP) Martin Reyes and Vic Epres were adjudged champions in the two-ball competition.

Reyes and Epres bagged the title after they scored 45 points in the finals, besting the tandem of University of the East’s Paul Lee and Jorel Canizares, who scored 41 points.The two teams went to the Finals after they were tied for first and second places, respectively during the 16-team elimination round with a score of 61 points.

A trophy, P5,000 cash and MP3 players from Samsung were given out to the winners of the event. The three-point shootout was a La Salle and San Beda finale with King Archer Jayvee Casio winning the competition by scoring 23 points in the Finals. Casio bested San Beda’s JR Tescon who finished with just six points. Fr. Mateo de Jesus of San Beda and Jerry Lacson of Samsung Philippines handed out a trophy, a check of P5,000 and an MP3 player to Casio who was named as co-MVP in last week’s UAAP Finals.

Tecson scored 20 points to enter the shoot-out finals first with Casio and Letran’s RJ Azul being tied for the second spot with 19 points apiece. Tecson and Casio entered the Finals as rules state that only players coming from the UAAP and NCAA can go to the Finals of the three-point shoot-out.

The scores in the first round: James Martinez of University of the East with 8 points, Jayson Nocom of Jose Rizal University (10 ), Khasim Mirza of University of Santo Tomas (5), JR Tecson of San Beda (20), Migs de Asis of University of the Philippines (11), Kelvin de la Peña of Mapua (12), JVee Casio of De La Salle (19), RJ Azul (19).

In the slam-dunk competition, Letran’s Rey Guevarra was named champion after scoring a perfect 50 points in the Finals to beat San Beda’s Sam Ekwe and UE’s Hans Thiele

A trophy, P5,000 cash and MP3 players from Samsung were given out to the winners of the event.

The judges for the event were Jasmine Payo of Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI), Teodore Jurado of Taliba, Fernando Lozano of Mapua, Mr. Rolando Perez of UE and Peter Musngi of ABS-CBN.

Francis Soriano of UST, Jerome Cruz of JRU, Aaron Galapon of NU, Jason Bellesteros of SSC, Reil Cervantes of FEU and Elmer Espiritu of UE also joined the slam dunk competition.


“One Ring to rule them all”

8 10 2007

UAAP Weekly – The Finals Season 70

5 10 2007

Charlie Cuna, Kim Lesaca and Mike Abasolo talk about Game 1 of the UAAP Season 70 Finals between the University of the East Red Warriors vs. the De La Salle University Green Archers. DLSU now 1-0 in this best of 3 series.

UAAP Season 70 Finals: La Salle’s defense did it

4 10 2007

Defying bigger obstacles, La Salle’s defense worked effectively to claim Game 1.

De La Salle University took advantage of University of the East’s erratic performance in the final period to score a pulsating 64-63 come-from-behind win last October 4, 2007. Moving closer in winning the 70th UAAP men’s basketball title at the Araneta Coliseum.

Using their championship experience and stifling defense to the fullest, the De La Salle Green Archers forced the UE Red Warriors to commit 31 turnovers – including four in the final quarter –and earn a one-game advantage in their best-of-three finals series.

“We relied on our experience to keep everything possible and we made it,” said La Salle long-time mentor Franz Pumaren, who is eyeing to give La Salle its seventh title – fifth under his term – in Game two will be on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the Big Dome.

“Our defense proved to be a huge factor in today’s game,” he said. “I’m expecting UE will comeback big on Sunday, and we will do everything to get it (title). We have to remain consistent all-throughout the series.”

After a 60-all deadlock in the final 3:03 minutes, the Green Archers banked heavily on a Joseph Casio field goal and 1/2 charities of Cholo Villanueva to post a slim 63-60 advantage with still 51 seconds left.

The Red Warriors’ 6-foot-3 forward Mark Borboran, then, scored a game-tying triple with 34 seconds remaining to forge the game’s 13th deadlock. But fouled Rico Maierhofer in the ensuing play with 14 seconds left to play.

With both teams in penalty, Maierhofer converted 1 of 2 free throws to peg the final count. Borboran’s missed a second shot attempt from beyond the arc with five seconds left. Marcy Arellano’s second chance follow-up rimmed out to the delight of the entire green crowd.

Playmaker Tyrone Tang unloaded 9 of his 17 points in the last period. While Casio finished with 12 points and Villanueva contributed 11 to get the job done.

“Our hustle kept us alive in this game,” said Tang, who shot 4-of-10 in the three-point zone. “They play very fast so we have to be faster.”

University of the East uncorked a blistering 11-2 run late in the first quarter, capped by a basket from Marcy Arellano and Mark Fampulme, to start the second quarter ahead, 20-14.

With Villanueva and Casio responding to their Coach Franz Pumaren’s challenge, La Salle was able to trim the gap, 37-39, by halftime after it outscored UE in the 2nd quarter, 23-19. Villanueva and Casio combined for 12 points in the 2nd quarter.

The Green Archers seized the edge in the 3rd quarter for the first time, 42-41, after Tang drained a long jumper early in the third period. Casio then extended La Salle’s lead, 46-43.

By the end of the 3rd quarter, the Red Warriors were still ahead after scoring a 7-1 run courtesy of Thiele and Arellano.

The last time UE tasted the lead was when Arellano – who got 10 points – scored on a lay-up, 60-58, with 3:50 minutes.

Despite La Salle’s poor rebounding in the first half (13), the Green Archers hauled down 18 rebounds – including six offensive boards – in the 2nd half for a total of 31 rebounds.

UE dominated the rebounding department, 60-31.

But La Salle’s nine steals and four blocks against UE’s 5 and 2, respectively, had spelled the difference in the game. Borboran and James Martinez scored 13 and 11 points respectively for UE.

La Salle got 25 points from UE’s turnovers and converted 9 of its 12 fast break attempts.

Individual scores:

La Salle 64: Tang 17, Casio 12, Villanueva 11, Maierhofer 7, Ferdinand 5, Walsham 3, Barua 3, Atkins 2, Mangahas 2, Cua 2, Malabes 0, Co 0.

UE 63: Borboran 13, Martinez 11, Arellano 10, Thiele 7, Fampulme 6, Lee 3, Lingganay 3, Bandaying 2, Llagas 2, Canizares 2, Espiritu 2, Gregorio 2.

Quarter Scoring: 14-20, 37-39, 47-50, 64-63

Fearless Forecast: 80-20

4 10 2007

MY fearless forecast for this year’s UAAP finals is 80-20 percent in favor of UE.

70 percent for the University of the East because it has a 14-0 record – the first ever sweep accomplished by a team since the new final four format was introduced in 1994.

If you look back on the old UE team in 2002, with superstars James Yap, Niño KG Canaleta, Ronald Tubid, Paul Artadi and Olan Omiping still around, you cannot imagine the team will miss the title.

Ironically, that team, under Boyzie Zamar, had lost the title after bowing to Ateneo in the Final Four.

For this season, the Red Warriors have no “superstars” but effective role players. They have executed their game to near perfection.

20 percent for La Salle because lady luck is still in the air no matter what happens. It is still anybody’s ball game when you put this into the equation.

The Red Warriors, under head coach and ex-pro Dindo Pumaren, have been fully rested for weeks since defeating the Green Archers of Franz in overtime, 94-82, last September 13.

The Green Archers, perhaps emotionally drained in their last two games against tough Ateneo, are expecting to pass through the proverbial eye of the needle to snatch a win against a well-rested UE in their best-of-three finals series.

Even if La Salle will luckily win in Game 1, it still can’t be told. But if that happens, La Salle will hold a huge advantage.

Aside from its long lay-off, UE, which won its last crown in 1985-1986, has so many advantages to win its 19th Senior Men’s title.

The Red Warriors, on the offensive end, have topped the scoring department (1,193) ahead of De La Salle (1,133) in the end of the elimination round.

They also led in field-goal percentage (43.6 percent), three-point field goals (34.6), and assists (18.8). They are also second in two-point field goals (46.8), free throws (65.5 percent) and rebounds (694).

In defense, UE allowed its opponent to a league leading 69.1 points.

While La Salle gave up the ball only 215 times, topping the league. They are also second in steals with 84.

Both the Red Warriors and the Green Archers are tied in fast break points at 212, while UE scored more turnover points (308) than La Salle (272).

Mark Borboran tops the team in scoring with 10.7 points and has a decent three-point shot (35.6 percent).

Kelvin Gregorio is the team’s second-leading scorer with 10.1 points with a 4.3 rebounding average. Parri Llagas averages 7.3 points, mostly from inside the shaded area.

UE has a deeper bench too—with Paul Lee, Hans Thiele, Rudy Lingganay and Mark Fampulme contributing.

Guard James Martinez will definitely be sniping from the three-point area (41 percent), while Marcy Arellano will also provide the extra numbers (9.1 points, 3rd on the team and a team-high 3.9 assists).

But if the De La Salle Green Archers can double their effort offensively and defensively, chances to score an upset and capture its 7th UAAP crown remain a possibility.

JV Casio leads De La Salle in scoring with 15.0 points, and Tang is expected to use his ability to look for the open man as he leads the team in assists with 4.0.

Rico Maierhofer is the Green Archers’ second-leading scorer with 11.9 points and leads the team in rebounding with 8.6. Cholo Villanueva, the Green Archers’ emotional leader, has averaged 9.9 points, including 13 points in their last game against Ateneo.

Flying High

3 10 2007

Photo by Juane Escudero

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UAAP Weekly October 2, 2007

2 10 2007

Charlie Cuna, Kim Lesaca and Mike Abasolo talks about the Final 3 series – UST vs. Ateneo, the Ateneo vs. La Salle dual face off for the 2nd Finals Slot and the UAAP Finals featuring the UE Red Warriors and the De La Salle University Green Archers.