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For UAAP buildup; Blue Eagles get dose of European play

The Ateneo Blue Eagles step up their buildup for their UAAP title defense by flying to Greece today to get themselves exposed to Euro-style basketball and pick up valuable lessons there......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 14th, 2018

UAAP 81: Ateneo beating fueled La Salle s prep for AdU

After taking a sound beating at the hands of rival Ateneo, De La Salle University spent the whole week contemplating on what they did wrong. The Green Archers spent a whole week trying to pinpoint what went south against the Blue Eagles and they wanted to make sure those lapses were corrected for their game against the Adamson Falcons. Because while the opportunity to learn is always present, there are Final Four spots to win and already in the middle of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, there's little room to just only learn. One has to win and the Green Archers did just that Saturday at the MOA Arena to end round one of the elimination round. La Salle forced overtime and took down no. 1 Adamson in extra session, improving to 4-3 and grabbing solo fourth in the standings halfway through the season. "Buong linggo after that loss to Ateneo, what we did was talagang back to basics kami," head coach Louie Gonzalez said. "Learning from the Ateneo game, dapat ma-correct kaagad namin. This is end of the first round, we should be competing already, the learning is there pero nasa gitna na kami, dapat lumalaban na kami talaga," he added. Despite beating Adamson, 79-78, Gonzalez admits that the Green Archers still had their low moments in the game. But he just credited those mistakes to the Falcons' style of play where they will still force errors regardless of your preparation. "Good thing dito sa game na ito nandun hanggang sa huli. Alam ko may glitches pero ayun yung ano pag Adamson kalaban mo eh," Gonzalez said. "They [Falcons] will push you to the limit, they will get to your head. Blink of an eye, kung mawala yung mental toughness mo, babalik at babalik sila sa game. Buti na lang nanalo," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

UAAP 81 By the Numbers: Soaring to new heights

The UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament is starting to take shape. After a week's worth of action, the birds continue to fly high with Adamson and Ateneo leading all teams. The rest of the field is as wide open as ever, which should make for an interesting couple of weeks as the first round winds down. Before another set of action though, a quick By the Numbers look for the games last week.   1 Number of wins for the UE Red Warriors when star scorer Alvin Pasaol comes of the bench, UE demolished FEU this past weekend to score its first win this season and Pasaol was a reserve for the first time since 2016. Pasaol previously came off the bench eight times already. The Red Warriors were 0-8 in those games.   +39 Alvin Pasaol's final plus/minus in the UE win over FEU, the best mark so far this season. Pasaol also recorded five steals, showing his defensive prowess. The five takeaways is also the highest so far this season, a record he shares with Ateneo's Raffy Verano.   12 Total assists for UE's Philip Manalang in the win over the Tamaraws. Manalang's 12 dimes is the most in the UAAP in five years, since Terrence Romeo also dished out 12 assists in an FEU win over UE.   32 Final margin of victory for Ateneo against UST. It's the most lopsided game so far this season. It's also the most lopsided loss in coach Aldin Ayo's UAAP career. The previous high was 12 points, also against the Blue Eagles.   5 Number of wins by Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin against Aldin Ayo. Baldwin is the only UAAP coach not to have a losing record against Ayo. Their head-to-head showdown is currently tied at five wins each.   1 Number of game-winners for Adamson's Sean Manganti against UP this season. Manganti continues to haunt the Fighting Maroons. Last week, the Adamson forward hit a floater off a broken play as the Falcon beat UP to extend their undefeated streak to four games in UAAP Season 81.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Adamson hero Sean Manganti spreads his wings as Player of the Week

The Adamson Soaring Falcons continue to fly high in UAAP Season 81 with an immaculate 5-0 record. That wouldn't have been possible if not for Sean Manganti who emerged as the hero in the Soaring Falcons’ thrilling 69-68 win over the UP Fighting Maroons last Wednesday. Adamson was on the verge of suffering its first loss, but the third-year forward crushed the hearts of the Diliman faithful by knocking down a tough floater off a broken play with 0.7 seconds left. “It was just a scramble at that point. I was taught to never quit until you hear the buzzer, so I just kept going until we heard the buzzer,” he said about the game-winner, which was the cherry on top of his team-high 18 points. Just three days later, Manganti showed up again for Adamson in their 63-58 triumph over the NU Bulldogs, spearheading the charge with 14 points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals. For being instrumental in the Soaring Falcons’ twin victories this week that preserved their unblemished slate, the Filipino-American high-flyer has earned the CHOOKS-TO-GO/UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honors. Prior to these back-to-back impressive performances, Manganti had a fluctuating start to the season. He struggled with just four points against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, delivered a career-high 27 points against the UE Red Warriors, then went scoreless against the UST Growling Tigers. The Adamson skipper admitted that he needs to be more consistent going forward. "It's up and down, up and down. It's been very hard. It's disappointing,” he said. "I just want to be consistent, help carry the team, and do everything to carry the team." Manganti bested UE’s Alvin Pasaol, UP's Bright Akhuetie, and Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame for the weekly award......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

UAAP: Angelo Kouame shines in another blowout win

Ateneo de Manila University earned their third straight blowout win in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament over University of Santo Tomas and it was first year player Angelo Kouame who led the 32-point demolition job. Going eight from nine from the field, Kouame poured 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds and four blocks. But in true Kouame fashion, he credited no one but his band of brothers. "My teammates are the best. I really like my teammates, the way we move in the court, the way we share the ball, it makes me open so I say thank you to them," said the Ivorian athlete whose average after five UAAP games is at 9.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks. According to assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, Kouame's revelation game was just a result of the system the Ateneo preaches. "I wish we could tell you that we had a game plan wherein he’s gonna score 20 points, but that’s not how we play. We played based on the system. It can be Raffy Verano, he had a lot of points last game. It’s Angelo today. I don’t know next game who it will be. It’s just the way we play," said Arepacochaga. Fourteen out of the 15 Ateneans who played in the game scored exhibiting that in their team, it's every Blue Eagles' game.  "It was a very good team effort on our part because if you noticed, because it’s not one-on-one moves with Angelo. Of course he had a couple of good moves and we’re happy that he’s improving, but it’s the passes from guards, from Thirdy and from four men that were important for us in getting the scoring opportunities," explained Arespacochaga. Standing at 4-1, Ateneo has seen multiple players shine aside from their usual suspects. With a UAAP rivalry match coming up against La Salle on Saturday, another stage for probably a different Blue Eagle is set......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

UAAP: Ateneo marches forward to solo second after mowing down NU

Even after a loss to open the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila University still stands in the top two of the standings. Drawing contributions from up and down the roster, the Blue Eagles dominated National University from start to finish for a 72-46 rout on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto didn’t even have to do much in terms of scoring as the defending champions got much welcome contributions from the likes of Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong in their second straight win following a season-opening loss. Ravena still top-scored with 13 points, but only had to play 13 minutes while Matt Nieto just had two points in 16 minutes. That didn’t prove to be a problem as Mike Nieto and Wong each scored seven points while Anton Asistio also added nine markers. The balance extended to the other end as well as Ateneo allowed no more than 16 points in each and every quarter. “I thought our defense was the way we wanted it to be. There’s no excuse to not play that way after this,” head coach Tab Baldwin said. In fact, the defense was so suffocating that Bulldogs’ super rookie Dave Ildefonso, averaging 17.5 points in the first two games, only had four points in this one. All in all, they only allowed their opponents to make good on 18 of their 65 attempts. With that end-to-end dominance, the Blue Eagles separated themselves from the pack and seized solo second in the standings. “When we get that defensive effort, we can be a prospectively hard team to bet,” coach Tab said. Trending in the opposite direction are the Bulldogs who were dealt back-to-back defeats following a season-opening win. Enzo Joson was the lone player in double-digits for them with 11 points. BOX SCORES ATENEO 72 – Ravena 13, Asistio 9, Wong 7, Nieto Mi. 7, Go 6, Verano 6, Black 6, Kouame 5, Belangel 5, Andrade 3, Nieto Ma. 2, Daves 2, Mamuyac 1, Navarro 0, Mendoza 0, Tio 0. NU 46 – Joson 11, Tibayan 8, Clemente 7, Gallego 6, Ildefonso D. 4, Ildefonso S. 4, Rike 2, Galinato 2, Malonzo 2, Gaye 0, Diputado 0, Sinclair 0, Aquino 0, Yu 0, Morido 0, Salim 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-9, 33-18, 49-30, 72-46 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

UAAP: Coach Tab wants Dave Ildefonso to rethink going to NU

Is it wrong to grant a second chance? Or should one's decision be final? After a 72-46 thrashing by defending champs Ateneo Blue Eagles against the NU Bulldogs, head coach Tab Baldwin is asking NU rookie Dave Ildefonso to reconsider his move to Sampaloc and back to the confines of Katipunan. Ildefonso, a key member of the Blue Eaglets squad that triumphed over the NU Bullpups in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament earlier this year, made the move to the school where his dad, Danny, rose from an unknown probinsyano to being the greatest product the school has ever produced. Baldwin made it known at the post-game presser that the highly-sought recruit was courted heavily by his former alma mater, but to no avail. "I think that we wanted Dave to rethink that decision or perhaps in hindsight, wonder why he made that decision,": the American-Kiwi coach shared. The mentor then added that the win was a statement not only for Ildefonso, but to all recruits the school are scouting. "And we want that next recruit that it's in that position to remember today. And we'll continue to put performances on the court that hope for all of our recruits to take note. And think that this is the right place to be. Because they don't want to be on the other side." For the rookie Ildefonso's part, who joined his older brother, Sean in his move from Katipunan to Sampaloc, an opportunity to immediately shine was the ultimate reason why he left Ateneo. "I really want to play. So yung nakita ko sa Ateneo, it's a stacked lineup. Naisip ko na I won't be able to play, have a lot of minutes after two years, so pinag-isipan ko na I really need the exposure and siguro I didn't want to get that exposure from playing Team B, ganoon," the forward said in a previous interview at the ABS-CBN Sports office. "I really didn't want that. Sa tingin ko, I didn't really want to become a bench player."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

UAAP: Coach Tab could only smile at coach Franz after Ateneo fell to Adamson

Last Sunday, Adamson University got the better of Ateneo de Manila University to open the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. That means that likewise, on that day, Soaring Falcons’ mentor Franz Pumaren got the better of Blue Eagles’ head coach Tab Baldwin. Having been preparing for three months, Adamson took it to Ateneo and came away with an upset win. Post-game, coach Tab had this to say about his counterpart: “No, I don’t like coach Franz at all.” Of course, the reigning and defending champion coach was just joking. In truth, the Blue Eagles mentor had nothing but good words for the tactician of the team that had just beat them. “You ask me how I feel about coach Franz? He’s a good guy and he’s a good coach,” he told reporters. Coach Tab then went on to applaud how prepared the Soaring Falcons were. “Coach, he’s got so much experience. He’s a successful coach so it’s foolish for everybody to think that he isn’t gonna do a good job preparing his team and they’re not gonna come out and play well,” he said. Between them, Pumaren and Baldwin have six UAAP championships. And as the former came away with the win, the latter could only be gracious in defeat. “That’s why you saw me smile at him right after the game. It always hurts to lose, but that’s my comrade in arms right there (as a coach) so I gave him a wink and a smile and I told him, ‘You were better today,’” he shared. For Ateneo and their coach, the loss will only serve as fuel to their fire in their title defense. As coach Tab put it, “We just move on. We just figure out how to be better than they are being better. It’s not complex.” He then continued, “I don’t dislike (coach) Franz ‘cause he beat us today. I compliment him. I acknowledge what he did.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Ahanmisi is hands down Player of the Week after shooting down Ateneo

An opening ceremony as grand as the one the 81st Season of the UAAP had needed an athletic endeavor to match the grandeur - and luckily, there was one hooper who delivered. After Filipino hearthrob James Reid, K-Pop star Minzy, and NBA champion and MVP Steph Curry opened the weekend, Adamson's Jerrick Ahanmisi gladly closed it. From highlight plays to clutch buckets, Ahanmisi had it all as he led the Soaring Falcons to a 74-70 shocker over defending champion Ateneo to be hailed as the season's first Chooks-to-Go/UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. The Filipino-Nigerian edged out UP’s Juan Gomez de Liaño, National U's Dave Ildefonso, and FEU’s Arvin Tolentino for the weekly plum handed by scribes from print and online covering the beat. Without a doubt, Adamson wouldn’t have pulled off the upset if not for the efforts of Ahanmisi who put up 23 points, on 8-of-17 shooting, while grabbing four rebounds. The third-year swingman's offensive production was the highest for the opening weekend and included a mesmerizing buzzer-beating halfcourt shot that gave Adamson a 40-39 lead heading into the halftime break. His highlights, however, weren’t just for the early parts of the game as he had his hand in Adamson’s crunch time sets. With the game tied, Ahanmisi was given the isolation play off of head coach Franz Pumaren’s timeout and delivered with a clutch layup that gave his team a 70-68 lead with 1:09 left to play. Not long after, they finished the job in their first conquest of the Blue Eagles since 2016......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

UAAP: Thirdy on Ateneo s upset loss: It s just the first game

Adamson University pulled off a shocker on defending champion Ateneo de Manila University to start the season. With everybody from Jerrrick Ahanmisi to Jerom Lastimosa doing their part, the Soaring Falcons saw to it that the Blue Eagles’ title defense got off on the wrong foot. While Adamson celebrated and everybody else was amazed at the development, Ateneo was still on an even keel. “It’s just the first game. Let them talk. We’re just here to improve every single game,” Thirdy Ravena told reporters post-game. Head coach Tab Baldwin, calm and collected as ever, could only agree. “I can only congratulate coach Franz [Pumaren] and the team. I say we’ll see them in the second round,” he said. He then continued, “Of course, (people) think there’s asteroids falling outside and the world is ending. We don’t.” In the end, the Blue Eagles’ mentor said that, like he always says after losses, this is just a learning experience for them. “We have to keep our heads up and realize that we play basketball to play well. We didn’t play enough and those moments we didn’t play well enough, we have to learn from it,” he shared. He then continued, “We have to try to improve that so that a different result will be there.” First and foremost, Ateneo now knows better how to have a target on its back. As their head coach put it, “I told our guys that we said that we are everybody’s championship game. Now, we know what that actually means, what that actually feels like.” He then continued, “Now, we have to live up to our word that every one of these games is the only one that matters. If we can do that, I think we’ll be fine.” Indeed, the Blue Eagles only see the upset loss as a wakeup call. “We may or may not admit it, but this game really put us back on the ground. ‘Di ko sinasabing mayabang kami, pero with the way Adamson played, binigyan nila kami ng isa pang challenge na kailangan naming trabahuin,” he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

UAAP: Don t worry, Eagles youngsters will only be better

Ateneo de Manila University is mostly intact for its title defense. That didn’t stop them from adding a few more weapons, however, in UAAP Juniors champion SJ Belangel, 6-10 Ivorian Angelo Kouame, and former San Beda University forward William Navarro. Come the first game of the Blue Eagles in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, however, the youngsters all showed rookie jitters and ultimately saw their squad fall to Adamson University, 70-74. Kouame only had a solitary point and 11 rebounds to go along with four turnovers in 19 minutes of play. Navarro, for his part, had five points in 2-of-8 shooting on top of six boards and three errors in 21 minutes of action. The most trying time on the floor, however, had to be that of Belangel who was scoreless in one and a half minutes while also turning the ball over twice. It was when Belangel was on the floor right before halftime that Jerom Lastimosa turned up the pressure and forced three turnovers that led to an 11-0 run that erased a 10-point deficit and erected a 40-39 confidence-boosting lead in favor of the Soaring Falcons. With that, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin could do nothing but acknowledge that those three indeed showed their youth. “I thought that some of our younger players played like deer (caught) in the headlights. They needed to settle into the job quicker and I don’t think Adamson allowed them to,” he shared. He then continued, “I think there was a little bit of blood in the water and they were the sharks. They really went after them and they were effective doing that.” Still, coach Tab only believes that his youngsters will bounce back. As he put it, “We know our young players are good players. We know that they will learn from that experience.” He then continued, “They feel bad. They feel that maybe, some of this is on their shoulders. I told them, ‘No, it’s not.’” In the end, the always amiable mentor said that all of the Blue Eagles have some bouncing back to do. “When we give up 14 offensive rebounds and 17 second chance points, it has got nothing to do with rookies. It has something to do with defense and boxing out – all of which we failed to do. That ain’t a rookie issue,” he remarked. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

UAAP: Defending champ Ateneo doesn t care about all your expectations

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 13-1 after eliminations, 1-1 in Final Four, 2-1 in Finals, champion YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Anton Asistio, Isaac Go, Gian Mamuyac, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Thirdy Ravena WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: SJ Belangel, Matthew Daves, Angelo Kouame, William Navarro, Adrian Wong (returning) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Chibueze Ikeh, Vince Tolentino WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM ATENEO? As it should be, defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is the favorite to repeat. “We recognize the quality of the opposition. Anytime you have a successful season, you not only have to fight your own complacency, but you also have to fight the elevated determination that kind of season creates on your opponents.” – head coach Tab Baldwin While the Blue Eagles’ championship team lost big man Chibueze Ikeh and glue guy Vince Tolentino, they are installing in their places 6-foot-10 Ivorian tower Angelo Kouame, Filipino-Canadian high-flyer Matthew Daves, and former San Beda University sweet-shooter William Navarro And oh, they now also have SJ Belangel of UAAP Juniors champion Ateneo high as well as returning swingman Adrian Wong. Safe to say, the defending champions only got better – and that much was evident in their strong showing in the 2018 William Jones Cup. “We try to make sure that we see each animal distinctly. The summer leagues, each of them was different, but there’s no doubt as to what we really exist for and that’s the UAAP. All of these things are in preparation for the UAAP.” – head coach Tab Baldwin Still, Ateneo is tuning out all the noise from all over and instead, as always, have decided to focus on themselves. “Expectations are irrelevant to us. We have our own expectations and we believe in ourselves. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove, but that doesn’t mean I would accept losing.” – head coach Tab Baldwin WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM ATENEO? Thirdy Ravena has been runner-up to MVP Ben Mbala for two seasons running. Now that Mbala is in Korea, it’s not that farfetched to see Ravena finally hoisting the trophy for top individual player. Matt Nieto and Isaac Go are also still here and even better than ever – especially after gaining valuable experience as Gilas cadets. All eyes are on Kouame who wowed in the Jones Cup as well as the Filoil Preseason. He is as raw as they come right now, but likewise has the potential to be the best foreign student-athlete the school has ever had. “Angelo has very little background in basketball and there are some complexities to our system, but he’s an intelligent kid. He’s very hungry and incredibly willing to do what’s asked of him. We believe in him and his future – both short-term and long-term. I think he has a big upside.” – head coach Tab Baldwin When it all comes down to it, however, Ateneo is still Ateneo and they don’t really have players to watch – just a team to watch. That means that what we can only expect is that there will be different top scorers, different top rebounders, and different top assist-men in each and every game. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR ATENEO? Ateneo is the defending champion and the heavy favorite, but remains grounded on team play, selflessness, and brotherhood. That same balanced offense and disciplined defense is still here – and perhaps, even better than ever. “We just try to continue to grow. There’s so much to learn for these young players in the game of basketball and there’s so much development for them to achieve. We don’t get bored because tomorrow is another day to grow and improve.” – head coach Tab Baldwin And so the Blue Eagles are the team-to-beat for opponents, but also remain the team-to-love for fans. WHERE WOULD ATENEO BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo will be in the Finals once more – living up to its billing as favorite to repeat. A season sweep also isn’t out of the question, but even the Blue Eagles know that doing such thing is more difficult than winning the title or going back-to-back. WHEN IS ATENEO’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo’s first test in the tournament will be courtesy of another championship contender in Adamson University on September 9. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

UAAP: Intact FEU fueled by last year s close loss to Ateneo

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 7-7, lost to Ateneo in Final Four YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, Axel Inigo, Prince Orizu, Jasper Parker, Arvin Tolentino, Ken Tuffin WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: L-Jay Gonzales, Clifford Jopia GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Ron Dennison WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM FEU? Far Eastern University is mostly intact – with steady guards Hubert Cani, Wendell Comboy, Axel Inigo, and Jasper Parker all back; tireless forwards Russell Escoto, Arvin Tolentino, and Ken Tuffin all returning; and Cameroonian center Prince Orizu all ready and raring for his last go-round. Don’t forget that core was one turnover away from taking down eventual champion Ateneo de Manila University a season ago. Yes, that core was good enough to discard the Blue Eagles’ twice-to-beat advantage and then grant their team an eight-point cushion in the last six of the do-or-die Game 2 of the semifinals – and if not for Isaac Go’s heroics, we would have had a different champion. “Yung learning from that experience last year, it’s going to be a motivation for us.” – head coach Olsen Racela The hope now is that core builds on that and barges into the new season with the same strong showing. A big leadership hole needs to be filled for the Tamaraws, however, as Ron Dennison is no longer there to serve as the pacesetter in terms of effort and energy. “Malaki rin yung nawala sa aming veterans so right now, we’re trying to develop guys who will take their roles.” – head coach Olsen Racela WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM FEU? As has been FEU tradition, expect nothing less than continued development from up and down the Tamaraws roster. In particular, shifty playmaker Parker is primed to take total control of the steering wheel under the guidance of head coach, and legendary point guard, Olsen Racela. “Since ako, I’m a point guard myself, binibigay ko talaga yung responsibility sa point guards when it comes to leading the team.” – head coach Olsen Racela And for sure, stretch big Tolentino is only hungry to bounce back after his disastrous end to last season. As for the rookies, L-Jay Gonzales and Clifford Jopia are as young as they come, but after all, this will just be a season for their adjustment. Sooner than later, know that Gonzales, described as Russell Westbrook-like, will be the next in line of those great guards from FEU. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR FEU? Again, FEU was one turnover away from taking down eventual champion Ateneo. If only that final play in regulation in the do-or-die Game 2 of the semifinals was executed better, the Tamaraws would have charged into the Finals and who knows – they could have also toppled Ben Mbala and De La Salle University. That same squad is still what we’ll see this season and, who knows, things might just go their way this time around. “Yung FEU community naman, they expect us to give our all and give our 100 percent in everything we do. I think the results will follow as long as we put in the effort and five our 100 percent.” – head coach Olsen Racela WHERE WOULD FEU BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? FEU will not be assured of a playoff berth – but they will go all-out to make sure they will be back there. Among the Final Four teams from a year ago, the Tamaraws and the Green Archers’ seats have to be the hottest – because the University of the Philippines and National University are coming for them. That doesn’t mean, however, that FEU will just give away its seat that easily. If they play at the level they played against Ateneo in the semifinals last season, then a Finals berth this year also isn’t out of the question. WHEN IS FEU’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? There is no time to waste for FEU as they have a shot at a statement win right out of the gates when they are pitted against runner-up La Salle on September 8. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Matty Ice gives Ateneo its own Atin to moment

The young Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles spread their wings in the recently concluded 2018 William Jones Cup. With a 5-3 record and a fourth-place finish, the Blue Eagles – the only collegiate team in the tournament – did nothing but prove they belonged in the regional tournament. Among many, many unforgettable moments, however, one stands out for the reigning UAAP champions. Let’s just hear Gian Mamuyac’s take on it. Asked about their most memorable moment in the Jones Cup, he answered while laughing, “Tinatanong pa ba yan? Siyempre, Matt Nieto game-winner.” Last Saturday, the kids from Katipunan were trailing by two with 3.1 ticks to go in their matchup against the home team before head coach Tab Baldwin had the perfect play with Thirdy Ravena inbounding and finding Nieto for a good look from beyond. “Matty Ice” then rose and launched a triple and the defense was unable to do anything as the ball found the bottom of the net, winning the game for Ateneo. Videos showed that Nieto was mouthing words after he hit that shot – and make no mistake about it, he wasn’t taunting Chinese Taipei. Was he saying “Atin ‘to?” “Oo, atin ‘to kasi talagang gusto naming manalo sa laro na yun. Nung tinira ko yun, tinignan ko teammates ko tapos sinabi ko ‘Atin ‘to,’” he shared. He then continued, “Parang nagpaka-Paul Desiderio ako.” Yes, the Blue Eagles’ court general took inspiration from neighboring University of the Philippines’ main man. Last season, Desiderio coined a rallying cry for the Fighting Maroons when he said “Atin ‘to! Papasok ‘to!” He said that during a timeout in the dying moments after which, he proceeded to take and make the game-winning three that downed University of Sto. Tomas. "Atin to, papasok to!" -- Paul Desiderio during the timeout. Moments later...#UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/7yafSpldJM — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Setyembre 10, 2017 Now, Nieto has given Ateneo its own “Atin ‘to!” moment – and he’s sur Gilas cadet teammate Desiderio wouldn’t mind. “Magkakampi rin naman kami e tsaka idol ko rin naman siya. Nothing wrong in doing the same,” he said. He then continued, “Para sa bayan din naman yun.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Blue Eagle SJ Belangel ok after surgery on right cheek

There will be no stopping SJ Belangel from flying to the UAAP Seniors. Not even a surgery that put titanium in his face. Belangel had surgery to repair an OZM (Orbital-Zygomatic-Maxillary) fracture he sustained in the Blue Eagles’ Finals matchup against Adamson University in the 2018 Breakdown Basketball Invitationals (BBI) two weeks ago. In the third quarter of that game, Ateneo’s prized rookie, as he is wont to do, fearlessly drove into the lane to make a play for his team. Unfortunately, the right side of his face collided with the left knee of Soaring Falcons big man Papi Sarr. “Pag-drive ko po, nag-fake ako na mag-shoot tapos nag-drop pass. E si Papi Sarr tumalon tapos yung tuhod niya, sapul sa cheeks ko,” he shared. He then continued, “Kaya ayun, OZM fracture.” After that game, Belangel had to wait more than two weeks for the doctor who would perform the surgery. The Blue Eagles and their faithful need not worry anymore, though, as the surgery done last Monday was a success. Thank you all for the unending support that you all have given me.. especially for the prayers during my surgery... I cannot put into words how much thankful I am for everyone.. The operation was a success!! Thank you once again and God bless! 😊 pic.twitter.com/EW1wrTszJ9 — Sj Belangel (@sjbelangel) Hulyo 23, 2018 Meaning, the first-year floor leader will be good to go by UAAP Season 81 in September. Asked if he will be back in time to make his rookie debut in the season opener, he said, full of confidence, “Yes po. Yes po.” Also making the healing a lot easier for Belangel is the fact that Ateneo dedicated to him its strong showing in the recently concluded 2018 William Jones Cup. As Matt Nieto put it, “Alam namin na gusto niyang sumama rito kaso kinailangan siyang i-surgery. Kaya naglaro kami para sa kanya kasi part ng family si SJ.” He then continued, “Ilalaro namin para sa kanya talaga yun.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @rieogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

JONES CUP: Matty Ice wins it for Ateneo against Chinese Taipei

Because of a questionable call, Ateneo de Manila University found itself trailing by two to Chinese Taipei with 3.1 ticks to go in their matchup in the 2018 William Jones Cup. And so, for their final play, the Blue Eagles left no doubt as Matt Nieto coolly converted the game-winning triple that took down the host country, 77-76, on Saturday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan. Nieto ended with 13 points, none bigger than the triple with a defender draped all over him in the dying moments. This, coming from the other end where Thirdy Ravena appeared to have tipped the ball loose from Ying Chung-Chen, but was instead called for a foul. Chen made good on his two free throws, putting Chinese Taipei Blue up, 76-74, with 3.1 seconds remaining. Head coach Tab Baldwin had the perfect play, however, as the ball was inbounded to Ravena who then found Nieto for the big-time trey that silenced the home crowd and bolstered the young UAAP champions’ bid for a podium finish in the regional tournament. William Navarro impressed for the second straight game with 11 points and six rebounds while Angelo Kouame and Tyler Tio also chipped in eight markers each. Ravena turned in his worst scoring output in the tournament with just seven points, but made his presence felt elsewhere with five rebounds and four assists. Still, the hero is Nieto who let the Philippines stayed alive for a podium finish. Ateneo, 5-2, tries to claim its place there up against Iran B on Sunday. BOX SCORES ATENEO PILIPINAS 77 - Nieto Ma. 13, Navarro 11, Tio 8, Kouame 8, Ravena 7, Mamuyac 7, Wong 6, Verano 6,  Nieto Mi. 4, Go 4, Maagdenberg 3, Mendoza 0. CHINESE TAIPEI BLUE 76 - Liu 24, Chen Y 17, Chou Y 12, Hu 9, Chou P 6, Chen G 6, Douglas 2, Peng 0, Chang 0, Lin 0, Zhen 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 36-35, 57-56, 77-76. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

JONES CUP: Ateneo gets back on track at expense of Japan

Ateneo de Manila University started strong and finished even stronger to barge back onto the win column in the 2018 William Jones Cup. Thirdy Ravena had all the answers in the endgame as the young Blue Eagles lost a 14-point lead, but dug deep to hold off the Team B of the Japanese national team, 80-74, on Wednesday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan. The UAAP champions established a 48-34 lead in the third quarter before the Japanese came roaring back with a 29-14 rampage to grab a 63-62 edge in the final frame. In the ensuing possession, UAAP Season 80 Mythical selection Ravena took the ball right to the rim where he made good on the basket plus the bonus. That uncorked an 8-1 burst that took back the advantage in favor of Ateneo, 70-63. Japan yet again threatened at 70-72 inside the last two minutes only to see Gian Mamuyac nail a tough midrange jumper and Ravena register a resounding rejection that closed the door on them once and for all. Incoming fourth-year forward Ravena wound up with 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and one block. Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame had his own 15-point, 14-rebound double-double on top of two blocks. Behind the end-to-end play of Ravena, the Blue Eagles swooped back on the right track, evening their standing at 2-2. The Philippine team will now turn its attention to Indonesian club team CLS Knights on Thursday. Takuma Sato paced Japan with 12 points. BOX SCORES ATENEO PILIPINAS 80 - Kouame 15, Ravena 14, Wong 11, Nieto Ma 10, Mamuyac 9, Mendoza 8, Nieto Mi 5, Verano 4, Black 2, Go 2, Maagdenberg 0, White 0. JAPAN 74 - Sato 12, Takahashi 11, Imamura 10, Hashimoto 9, Tamaki 8, Namizato 6, Hiraiwa 5, Toews 5, Schafer 5, Nakanishi 3, Sugiura 0, Inoue 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-13, 37-31, 60-55, 80-74. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Ateneo to use Jones Cup as barometer for UAAP title defense

Two months away from defending its title in UAAP Season 81, Ateneo de Manila University will be defending the pride and honor of the Philippines in the 40th William Jones Cup. The Blue Eagles will be representing the country in the regional meet commencing on July 14 – the first collegiate team to do so in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas era. They will be leaving for Taiwan on Friday and will be playing their first game in the tournament on Sunday. For Thirdy Ravena, this is nothing but a golden opportunity for the UAAP defending champions. “Coming into the Jones Cup, ang target namin is to represent the university and the country well. To do that, we will play to the best of our abilities,” he said during the team’s send-off on Wednesday. Alongside wearing the flag, Ateneo also plans to gauge just how ready it is for its title defense up against national and club teams from other countries. “Hindi pa kami ganun kahanda, pero yung goal namin is to improve as individuals. For me, bagong challenge itong Jones Cup kasi dito namin makikita kung gaano kami ka-ready,” court general Matt Nieto said. Team manager Epok Quimpo could only agree. “Yes, we are preparing for the UAAP, but it’s also a blessing for us to represent the country. Rest assure that these guys are working hard with the goal of representing the country well,” he said. Helping out the Blue Eagles in their campaign will be chief backer Chooks-to-Go. “Represent the country well and do your best because all of us will be supporting you. Laban Pilipinas! One Big Fight,” company president Ronald Mascarinas said. The Philippines has won the Jones Cup five times. The last time the country topped the tournament was back in 2016 with the import-laden Mighty Sports-Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Ateneo tops San Beda to take Filoil Preseason crown

For the third year in a row, there has been a clean sweep of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. And just like in 2017, the 2018 edition of the tournament has seen one sweeping squad get replaced by another. Claiming control from the get-go on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Ateneo de Manila University didn’t give any chances to now dethroned champion San Beda University for a convincing 76-62 victory. The Blue Eagles scored the first basket and seized the lead right from tip-off. “We gotta give credit to the players. We didn’t really have practices so it was all verbal,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said post-game. Still, the Red Lions were only behind by four after the opening salvo until Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame imposed his will down low and fueled Ateneo’s 26-11 rush that mounted a 45-26 lead. San Beda would not be able to threaten from that point. With that, the UAAP champions proved that they were the top team in the tournament. Kouame finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks en route to being hailed as the Tournament MVP. “We’re very happy for him individually. We’d like to see him continue to improve,” Arespacochaga said. Fellow Mythical team member Thirdy Ravena contributed seven points, two rebounds, and two assists while Jolo Mendoza and Raffy Verano also added nine markers each. Ateneo’s sweep of the 2018 Filoil Preseason follows San Beda’s sweep of the 2017 Filoil Preseason which itself followed De La Salle University’s sweep of the 2016 Filoil Preseason. Last year, the Red Lions dethroned the Green Archers en route to a clean sweep. San Beda got a taste of its own medicine this time around, falling victim to a Blue Eagle side that did not lose in 11 games. Javee Mocon showed the way for them with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Donald Tankoua also had 13 markers and five boards. Robert Bolick was scoreless in 10 minutes of play, but did not play much of the second half after suffering an apparent ankle injury in the second quarter. In the battle for third, Far Eastern University made quick work of College of St. Benilde, 78-58. No Tamaraw was in double-digits, but they counted seven players who contributed somewhere between six to nine points in the scoring column. For the Blazers, Kendrix Belgica and Robbie Nayve topped the scoring column with 12 points apiece. However, they elected not to play top guns Justin Gutang and Clement Leutcheu to rest them for the looming NCAA season. BOX SCORES FINALS ATENEO 76 – Kouame 15, Mendoza 9, Verano 9, Ravena 7, Belangel 7, Nieto Mi 6, Asistio 6, Go 6, Mamuyac 5, Navarro 3, Maagdenberg 3, Nieto Ma 0, Tio 0, Wong 0, Black 0, Andrade 0 SAN BEDA 62 – Mocon 14, Tankoua 13, Abuda 9, Canlas 7, Doliguez 6, Nelle 5, Cabanag 4, Oftana 2, Carino 2, Tongco 0, Bolick 0, Eugene 0, Cuntapay 0, Burri 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 45-26, 56-42, 76-62 BATTLE FOR THIRD FEU 78 – Tuffin 9, Nunag 9, Tolentino 8, Inigo 7, Comboy 6, Jopia 6, Ramirez 6, Orizu 5, Ebona 4, Gonzales 4, Parker 4, Escoto 4, Casino 4, Bienes 2, Stockton 0, Cani 0 CSB 58 – Belgica 12, Nayve 12, Pagulayan 11, Barnes 10, Carlos 6, Naboa 3, Young 2, Dixon 2, Velasco 0, Pasturan 0, Haruna 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-17, 32-24, 56-40, 78-58 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Bolick excited to play against UAAP champs for Filoil crown

San Beda star Robert Bolick is confident that the Red Lions will successfully defend the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup crown against reigning UAAP champion Ateneo on Saturday. Bolick said he has no doubt of his team’s capabilities and he is looking forward to facing the Blue Eagles. “They’re the champions in the UAAP, we’re… link: Bolick excited to play against UAAP champs for Filoil crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

CJ Perez -- Baby Beast, or The Blur 2.0?

With a monicker such as "Baby Beast", this versatile swingman from Lyceum of the Philippines University conjures images of a young Calvin Abueva, the triple-double machine that was the heart and soul of the daunted Baste-triumvirate several years back. Abueva was an unstoppable force on both ends of the floor, chasing after loose balls and rebounds and dominating the game despite his generously listed 6’3” frame. CJ Perez, who is just a shade under 6’3”, affects the game very similarly as Abueva on both ends of the floor, but at his age, is a more polished scorer, and plays at a more controlled pace, whether it is because of the system run by Coach Topex Robinson, or because of his experience playing internationally at a younger age. His journey to Lyceum was not without its twists and turns. After suiting up for San Sebastian for two seasons in the NCAA, Perez transferred to Ateneo where he was supposed to play for the Blue Eagles in Season 79 of the UAAP. However, academic issues forced him to rekindle his playing career back in the NCAA, where, after another year of residency, he was finally able to debut for the Pirates in Season 93 of the NCAA tourney. There he made up immensely for lost time, bagging the NCAA’s season MVP award, with averages of 19.3 points on 45 percent shooting from the field, 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals a contest while leading the Pirates to a stellar 18-0 sweep of the elimination round. Their 0-2 defeat in the Finals at the hands of defending champion San Beda did little to tarnish the achievements of Perez, who many now consider as the best collegiate player in the country today, and a sure top three pick in the next PBA draft. Let’s break down his attributes as a basketball player and see just how good Baby Beast (or some may even conjecture The Blur 2.0), really is. STRENGTH AND ATHLETICISM Pound for pound, CJ Perez is as good as it gets in college basketball, athletically and talent-wise. A natural scorer and slasher, he’s a tremendous leaper, and his ability to get rebounds (great positioning and leaping ability) is what allowed Lyceum to play him at the four spot in their pressing line-up. He has wiry strength and an explosive first step. This allows him to get past defenders without the need for any fancy dribbling. His solid upper body also allows him to muscle his way in traffic, create enough separation for a jumper, or more often than not, finish strong with either hand. "UMUPO SA ERE!" CJ Perez edition #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/Haf8oXmAqs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) October 19, 2017   SLASHING AND SHOOTING While slashing is his primary scoring option, he’s also developed a respectable outside shot. Though he’s not a volume 3-pt shooter, he has throughout the season taken and made open threes, even of the step-back variety. And while his mechanics are not like those of a pure shooter (feet and shoulders are not perfectly square, has a habit of fading back on jumpers), his confidence and determination to make them have allowed him to shoot at a 45% clip from the field. Tough jumper for CJ Perez! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/9quJAhsazz — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) July 14, 2017 NO GO-TO MOVE? In terms of offensive moves, he has yet to show that he can regularly attack with his back to the basket, as he prefers starting from outside. We’ve not seen him regularly post up smaller defenders or use his athleticism to score on turnaround fadeaway jumpers. Another move he may have to master would be a mid-range floater, as he has not really had to play against much bigger opponents in the college ranks. This, together with a dangerous euro-step would definitely serve him well against bigger, more athletic competition. COURT VISION AND PASSING ABILITY Another positive is his willingness to make the extra pass. Because defenses are always keyed in on him, Perez has shown good court vision and an innate passing ability, many times hitting an open teammate, whether with a forward pass that leads to a fast break or an interior pass leading to an easy score under the basket. And while he is still prone to taking difficult and at times ill-advised shots because of his athleticism, his passing ability is something he can definitely capitalize on. ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT ON DEFENSE On the defensive end, CJ Perez knows how to make full use of his God-given talents. He is terrific at playing the passing lanes, in fact most of his steals are from reading the passing lanes and picking off cross court passes from their full court trap. Those are almost automatic transition baskets. His on-ball defense needs a little more improvement however, as one gets the sense that he relies more on his athleticism rather than solid defensive fundamentals, as seen when guys less athletic are still able to beat him off the dribble from time to time. Something that he’ll have to eliminate if he wants to excel in the next level. CJ Perez getting it done on both ends of the floor! #NCAASeason93 #NCAAStrong pic.twitter.com/RQVGAPnNtL — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 16, 2017 VERSATILITY In terms of intangibles, there is not much more to ask for. Perez has the motor of a Calvin Abueva, and his impact is felt on both ends of the floor. He can play all positions except center, bring the ball up like a point guard, slash like a wing, and rebound like a power forward. While his ballhandling still needs to be improved on (he’s shown to be vulnerable crossing over against smaller guards), there is little doubt that with his work ethic and attitude it’s only a matter of time before he tightens up those handles. Most importantly, he doesn’t showboat, but just goes about his business on the court -- a proven winner who still plays with a chip on his shoulder. #NCAASeason93 MVP CJ Perez's all-around brilliance was all the difference for the stunning Lyceum Pirates! pic.twitter.com/BH9uBYDwVl — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) December 19, 2017 An official from one PBA team thinks that if developed properly, CJ Perez could actually be the next Jayson Castro instead of a Calvin Abueva. That’s a scary thought; but what’s even scarier is that it’s actually not that farfetched to consider......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018