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La Salle blanks FEU for UAAP womens football 3-peat - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesDe La Salle toppled Far Eastern University, 2-0, in the final to claim its third straight crown in the UAAP Season 81 womens football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium......»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 16th, 2019

Ateneo rallies to beat La Salle, reclaim UAAP men s football throne - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesJarvey Gayoso came through in extra time as Ateneo turned back rival La Salle, 2-1, in a thriller to capture the UAAP Season 81 mens football crown Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadiu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

UAAP football- Zubiri s late strike propels La Salle into Final Four - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilipinesRookie Xavi Zubiris late goal carried De La Salle to a thrilling 1-0 win over Far Eastern University that clinched the last Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 81 mens football tourna.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Ateneo s Kat Tolentino overcomes 3 ACL tears on way to 1st UAAP title - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesKat Tolentino has had a journey unlike any other in Ateneos champion team in the UAAP Season 81 womens volleyball tournament. The Lady Eagles talisman almost didnt make the lineup a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

UAAP Football: Ateneo rallies past DLSU to reclaim men’s title

The Ateneo Blue Eagles fought back from a goal down, defeating De La Salle University, 2-1 in extra time to reclaim the men’s crown in the UAAP season 81 football tournament, Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. The collegiate rivals put on a finale for the ages, as both sides got off multiple chances with a lot of close conversions.  The tightly-contested match was a scoreless stalemate at the midgame break.  It wasn't until the 78th minute that someone finally recorded a conversion, as rookie Mohammad Almohjili raced down the pitch and passed the ball off to fellow rookie John Rey Lagura before getting it back inside the box for the goal to give DLSU the lead in the 78th minute.  Mohammad Almohjili pounces and connects off the run! DLSU leads, 1-0. #UAAPSeason81Football pic.twitter.com/5cWAlHHE0O — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 16, 2019 With time running out, the Blue Eagles pushed their offense in search of a last-minute equalizer but just could not push past the Green Archers defense.  In the first minute of injury time however, star striker Jarvey Gayoso stepped up in the clutch as he recieved an assist from Luca Alleje and finished inside the box for the equalizer to force extra time.  Jarvey Gayoso DELIVERS!!! ???? Ateneo equalizes in extra time! #UAAPSeason81Football pic.twitter.com/UiuhRcbWkY — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 16, 2019 In the 30-minute extension, it was Ateneo who took the drivers' seat, courtesy of graduating Julian Roxas, who out-jumped defenders and finished off a well-placed header for the 2-1 advantage in the 100th minute.  Julian Roxas jumps over EVERYONE for the header! Ateneo takes the lead, 2-1! #UAAPSeason81Football pic.twitter.com/rXTW4pVnTQ — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 16, 2019 This time around, it was Ateneo who needed to hold on to their lead, and they managed to do so, preventing De La Salle from finding an equalizer of their own.  "It's good to be back, that's for sure. It's good to reap the hard work that we put into this season, put into ourselves," said Gayoso following the championship win. "It took a lot of dedication, it took a lot of hard work before this day, and I'm glad that God gave us that win."  Apart from the championship, Gayoso also took home Most Valuable Player honors for the second time in his career, as well as Best Striker honors for the fourth straight year. Ateneo keeper AJ Arcilla meanwhile took home his second Best Goalkeeper award.  DLSU's Shanden Vergara was named Rooke of the Year, while teammates Jed Diamante and Yoshi Koizumi were named Best Midfielder and Best Defender, respectively......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

UAAP 81 Football Finals: DLSU captures third straight women s title

De La Salle University completed a women's football championship three-peat with a 2-0 win over Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 Women's Football Finals, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  It was a battle of the two winningest women's football programs, as both universities boasted ten women's football championships each. In the opening frame, neither side gave way, as both DLSU and FEU had their chances to score but ultimately could not convert as the match went into halftime with a 0-0 scoreline. DLSU enjoyed more chances, but FEU keeper Kimberly Pariña had her hand on a number of excellent saves.  The defending champions took over in the second half however, as Rocelle Mendaño gave the Lady Archers the lead in the 54th minute, scoring off a header from a free kick.  The Lady Tamaraws would find the back of the net just moments later, unfortunately for the Diliman-based side, the shot was ruled offside.  Later on, FEU again had an opportunity to equalize, but this time it was keeper Natsha Lacson who stepped up in a big way as she was able to come up with a deflection and then a save on the followup attempt.  With just ten minutes to go, rookie striker Alisha Del Campo provided the finishing blow as she raced past the FEU defenses and volleyed the ball over Pariña, who mis-timed her challenge and left the goal wide open.  FEU attempted to pull one back, but ultimately could not find the back of the net as DLSU went on to capture their third straight UAAP women's football title and their eleventh over-all, making them the most successful UAAP women's football program.  "[Being the winningest program] is an added feature," said DLSU head coach Hans-Peter Smit. "I believe in myself, I believe in my staff, I know what I can do, I know what my girls can do, it's just that. They just had to prove it."  De La Salle also hauled in a number of individual awards, as Del Campo took home Rookie of the Year and Best Striker honors, finishing the season with ten goals.  DLSU keeper Lacson came away with the Best Goalkeeper Award, while the returning Sara Castañeda earned Best Midfielder and Most Valuable Player honors.  FEU's Hannah Pachejo was named Best Defender.  DLSU also took home the Fair Play Award. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

LOOK- The best volleyball players of UAAP Season 81 feted - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesUniversity of Santo Tomas star duo of Cherry Rondina and Eya Laure officially accepted their individual awards in the UAAP Season 81 womens volleyball tournament Wednesday at Mall o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2019

UAAP 81 Football Final Four: Gayoso shoots Ateneo into Finals

Top-seeded Ateneo de Manila University is headed back to the Finals after taking down Far Eastern University, 1-0, in their UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Tournament Final Four matchup, Thursday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  A tightly-contested matchup for the first 45-minutes, neither side could find the back of the net, leading to a 0-0 scoreline at halftime.  With an extra 30-minute extension looking more and more likely, Blue Eagles star striker Jarvey Gayoso made sure that he would not be silenced in the semifinals this time around as he spun past his defender and scored from inside the box in the 70th minute to give the Katipunan-based side a 1-0 advantage.  Jarvey Gayoso turns and finds the top of the net with a brilliant strike! Ateneo takes the lead, 1-0! #UAAPSeason81Football pic.twitter.com/ux7dOkcsJb — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 9, 2019 Hoping to force extra-time and keep their season alive, the Tamaraws pressed the offense but could not convert, thanks in large part to the efforts of Ateneo keeper AJ Arcilla.  In what would be the final sequence of the match, FEU rookie Gio Pabualan attempted a last-ditch effort to pull his side even, firing off a free kick that wound up in the hands of Arcilla before the final whistle went off.  Ateneo is on its way to the #UAAPSeason81Football Final! pic.twitter.com/Q6TPJMmQab — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) May 9, 2019 "I'm so happy with the second half, we played really, really good talaga in the second half, we adjusted, the players adjusted, it was convincing in the second half, we dominated the possessions," said Ateneo head coach Jaypee Merida.  Merida had nothing but praise for his fourth-year striker Gayoso, who once again came up in the clutch for Ateneo.  "We expected that, even the crowd, the fans, the team, we expected Jarvey to [be the one], but then again, of course, dun sa effort talaga niya, kahit walang angle, talagang tinrabaho niya para makuha namin 'tong semis na 'to," Merida expressed.  Ateneo marches on to their third Finals appearance in the last four years and looks to win their second UAAP Men's Football Championship in three years.  The Blue Eagles will be facing collegiate rivals De La Salle University in the finals for the first time in 13 years. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

UAAP 81 Football Finals: Ateneo, DLSU coaches expecting exciting Finals matchup

For the first time in 13 years, collegiate rivals Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University will be facing off in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Finals.  Top-seeded Ateneo took care of business against fourth-seeded Far Eastern University in the semifinals, while third-seeded DLSU upset second-seeded defending champions University of the Philippines in their Final Four pairing.  Now, the two sides meet to determine who brings home the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Championship.  For Ateneo, it's a chance to capture their second title in three years. For La Salle, it's an opportunity to bring a men's football title back to Taft for the first time since the 1997-1998 season.  Interestingly enough, one of the members of that last title-winning DLSU squad is none other than current DLSU coach Alvin Ocampo, who has basically taken over the head coaching duties for long-time mentor Hans-Peter Smit, who still oversees the DLSU Football Program.  Ocampo sees the rivalry matchup as a good thing Philippine football.  "[This will be] good for Philippine football, because definitely, Rizal will be packed, at least this will up the ante of the crowd," Ocampo told ABS-CBN Sports. Apart from that, Ocampo also expects the Ateneo-La Salle battle as a reunion of sorts, being that both communities will surely want to be in attendance for the season finale.  "Plus, reunion game yan ng mga previous na La Salle-Ateneo games eh, siyempre pride yan eh, walang mag-papatalo," he said.  Ateneo head coach Jaypee Merida echoed Ocampo's sentiments about the crowd. After all, no matter the setting, an Ateneo-La Salle battle will always draw large contingents from both sides.  "Of course we’re excited because it’s a rivalry game, it’s Ateneo-La Salle, talagang we’re expecting more crowds," Merida stated. Merida feels that the Taft-based side will have a bit of a home-field advantage given that they will be playing at the historic Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, which serves a DLSU's training ground.  "We need to be ready, kailangan hindi kami mag-create ng small details para hindi kami mag-concede ng goals."  "Towards this championship, kailangan namin na mag-ready mentally talaga. It’s Ateneo-La Salle, it’s a battle of hearts, so we need to be ready talaga, we need to work, dapat hindi kami mag-create ng small mistakes," Merida added.  Ateneo and De La Salle battle for the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Championship on Thursday, May 16th at 4:30 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

Far Eastern forges decider against Ateneo - Inquirer Sports

Displaying one big heart against a team that prides itself with always having one big fight, Far Eastern University on Saturday night extended its Final Four series in the UAAP womens volleyball tourn.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

Lady Eagles take crack at confident Lady Tamaraws - Inquirer Sports

Far Eastern University only has one shot at making the UAAP Womens volleyball Finals, but it doesnt faze coach George Pascua. The post Lady Eagles take crack at confident Lady Tamaraws appeared first.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

Graduating Kath Arado eyes UE assistant coach role - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesKath Arado could stay at University of the East even after playing her final game in the UAAP Season 81 womens volleyball tournament, albeit in a different capacity. The Lady Warrio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

Tigresses begin hunt for three-peat in UAAP Judo

University of Sto. Tomas begins its three-peat bid in the women’s division while Ateneo will try to defend its men's crown Saturday when the 79th UAAP judo championship opens at the Sports Pavilion inside the De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alab.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2016

Bukidnon FA bags Luzon Cup overall crown

The Bukidnon Football Association toppled One La Salle, 2-0, to seize the overall championship of the first Luzon Cup Under 12 Football Tournament spearheaded by the Negros Occidental Football Association with the Central Luzon Football Association, and the Philippine Sports Commission, Department of Education Tarlac, and the provincial and city governments of Tarlac......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

UAAP 82 By the Numbers: Closing in on history

The Ateneo juggernaut is still going strong. Thanks to another masterful performance, the Blue Eagles are closing in on a UAAP Season 82 sweep and a three-peat. The Growling Tigers ran out of magic in Game 1 and before the UAAP Finals go to Game 2, a By the Numbers breakdown on how the Big Bad Blue imposed its will on UST.   32 Total points for Thirdy Ravena in Game 1 of the Finals. Thirdy picked up right where he left off from last year’s Finals, torching the Growling Tigers for most points by a Blue Eagle this season. Ravena has a combined 70 points in his last two Finals games.   26 Total points for Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy. The young speedster went off in his first UAAP Finals game, keeping UST in the game after the Blue Eagles started the series with a haymaker. However, Nonoy’s effort was not enough as Thirdy took over in the second half, leading Ateneo’s final breakaway for a Game 1 win.   76 Total points for the Blue Eagles after three quarters in Game 1, they finished with 91 in a 14-point win. Ateneo averaged 76.9 points per game in the elimination round.   58 Total points in the paint for the Blue Eagles. Ateneo doubled UST’s production from the shaded area, outscoring the Growling Tigers, 58-29. That’s game right there.   7 UAAP Finals games losses for UST in this decade, three to Ateneo. The Growling Tigers have made the UAAP Finals four times since 2012. Unless they can turn things around and somehow take down the Blue Eagles, UST is losing a fourth Finals in this decade.   11 Total championships for the Blue Eagles if they can complete this season sweep. 11 titles adds to Ateneo’s lead over La Salle in the all-time race. The Blue Eagles need a lot more titles to move up the all-time ranks though FEU leads the league with 20 titles while UST and UE are tied for second with 18 each. The Green Archers are fourth with nine championships.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

Laborte leads opening day winners at National Badminton Open

Number two seed Lyrden Laborte opened his campaign in the 2019 SMART National Badminton Open with a quick win to lead the opening day winners, Sunday afternoon at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. The 15-year old, second-generation shuttler made short work of Miles Aguilar in two sets, 21-8, 21-6, in the 20-minute contest. The win sends Laborte into the third round of the men's singles open against Christian Selga, who won over Vinz Zafra in three sets at 16-21, 21-16, 21-15. Former national team and De La Salle University standout Gerald Sibayan came out swinging with two wins to move into the third round as well. Sibayan first took down Aaron Prieto, 21-7, 21-13, in the tournament's first match. He then survived Guillian Rodriguez later that afternoon, 20-22, 21-14, 21-10. The other seeded entries who advance to Monday's matches are joint-ninth John Yabut and sixth-seed Michael Cudiamat. Yabut stopped Roswell Licong in two games at 21-13 21-19, while Cudiamat won on walkover over Joshua Morada. The men's singles event goes full blast in the third round on Monday, with top-seed Ros Pedrosa and the rest of the seeded players joining the fray. The former UAAP MVP Pedrosa will take on Vicarlo Buenaventira, Jr. to open his campaign. Women's singles and men's doubles will also begin on Monday. Leading the ladies are seeded players Jeya Pinlac and Princess Barrientos, while sixth-seeds Gregg Paz and Orlan Ticala will also see action. The tournament serves as a test event for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games badminton competitions......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

4-peat champ: USC Warriors clinches Cesafi collegiate football title, again

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors clinched their fourth straight Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) collegiate football title via a 3-0 blanking of the University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters on Sunday afternoon, November 17, 2019, at the Cebu City Sports Center.  USC was already up by 1-0 during the first […] The post 4-peat champ: USC Warriors clinches Cesafi collegiate football title, again appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2019

Unforgettable UAAP Final Four Moments

A Final Four in any of the UAAP seasons in the last 26 years has always been memorable and epic. Since Season 56, the format has intensified the competitiveness in the league, as it has since given four teams the chance at a championship, instead of just two teams in the 55 seasons prior. Here we witnessed dramatic, climactic face-offs between the first and fourth placers, and the second and third placers, with the top two teams enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage. This is to determine who will slug it out in the Finals. Yet there are rare instances when a school tops the eliminations unscathed, just like this year’s mighty Ateneo Blue Eagles, who advanced to the Finals outright after sweeping the round. In this case, a stepladder Final Four is implemented wherein the third and fourth battle each other in a do-or-die match before facing the second placer, which has a twice-to-beat advantage. And yes, these teams have made their playoff wars exciting and spectacular with a level of play that is truly exceptional. Here are some of the most powerful, controversial, heroic, and reverberating moments in the UAAP Final Four that have been forever etched in our minds:   1) UP enters Finals for first time in 32 years in Season 81 In their first Final Four appearance in 21 years, the UP Fighting Maroons had the utmost desire to make history once more with the battlecry “Atin ‘To,” captain Paul Desiderio’s famous call to arms.  And, in Season 81, barreling into the semifinals was already a gigantic feat, having been in the cellar for quite a while in the UAAP.  But they wanted more, and facing a championship-ready Adamson Soaring Falcons was an immense challenge with its lean and mean arsenal, given how the San Marcelino cagers had waylaid the competition in the eliminations, including the defending champions Ateneo. But they were unfazed with Adamson’s twice-to-beat advantage, and in Game 1, they would beat the odds, as the Fighting Maroons and the Soaring Falcons ended up tied at 71-all with three seconds to go. As Juan Gomez de Liano was inbounding, he found an open Bright Akhuetie near the basket to convert the game-winner for UP to arrange a winner-take-all.  And in the decider, it was again a tedious trek for both teams, with the game tied for the last time at 87-all in overtime. Then, the fiery captain will again own it for the Fighting Maroons as he swooshed a jumper off Adamson’s Sean Maganti with 6.6 seconds left. With Falcon guard Jeron Lastimosa missing a three off a timeout as time ran out led to utter euphoria in the Maroon-dominated Araneta Coliseum, spilling out to the numerous UP campuses across the nation, as the Fighting Maroons entered the Finals for the first time in 32 years. They would be denied a repeat of their 1986 title run however by the back-to-back champions Ateneo Blue Eagles, which won the Finals convincingly.   2) Blue Eagle Gec Chia’s miracle “shot” in Season 65 Season 65 was certainly the most unforgettable for the Ateneo Blue Eagles as it achieved a flurry of milestones. Already with a well-developed line-up and the immense motivation to win it all, after their previous heartbreaking campaigns, the Eagles had beaten the league-leading and four-peat-hunting DLSU Green Archers in the last game of the eliminations, denying them a sweep and an outright finals berth. And in third place at the end of the elims, the Eagles would face another formidable squad, the James Yap and Paul Artadi-enforced second-placers UE Red Warriors. After staging a stunning upset in the first game of their Final Four match-up, 84-78, Ateneo again engaged UE in a close, hard fought decider and both teams were tied at 70-all with 7.8 seconds left.  With LA Tenorio trapped in the offensive play, he would kick the ball out to the gutsy marksman Gec Chia, who would rise to the occasion and soar over a phalanx of defenders to make that miracle “Shot” heard everywhere as time expired. That unforgettable shot pushed the Eagles into that climactic end to a 14-year title drought in the Finals by that Herculean drubbing of La Salle.   3) FEU’s Mac Belo buries last-second corner three against La Salle in Season 77 On October 1, 2014, the defending champions DLSU Green Archers threatened the second placers FEU Tamaraws, with a menacing win in their first match in the Final Four of Season 77, nearing to book another trip to the Finals. In Game Two, with 24 ticks remaining, the Tamaraws used up the remaining seconds with the intent of taking the last shot.  FEU point guard Mike Tolomia then barreled his way through the paint, drawing two La Salle defenders and leaving Mac Belo free at the corner. With a little over two seconds to go, Tolomia would hand the ball off to Belo for a catch-and-shoot beyond the arc at the right corner and buried the three as time expired, giving the Tamaraws a return trip to the Finals. They would, however, eventually lose to a gritty NU Bulldogs, which won their first title in 60 years.   4) FEU eliminates Ateneo with Mac Belo’s follow up buzzer beater in Season 78 In Season 78, the FEU Tamaraws would most certainly want another crack at the title, after losing to NU the previous year. And they were really scorching hot in the eliminations, ending up tied with the UST Growling Tigers at the top of the heap, but dropped to second place due to a lower quotient. In the Final Four, they would face the third placers Ateneo Blue Eagles with a twice-to-beat advantage. On November 21, 2015, the FEU and Ateneo were stuck in a really close game with Roger Pogoy waxing hot for the Tams, and Kiefer Ravena leading all departments for the Eagles. With ten seconds to go, Adrian Wong of Ateneo streaked for a layup after a Richard Escoto miss. Wong’s daredevil shot was deflected and the ball ended up in the hands of Mike Tolomia, who rushed back to the FEU side of the court for the final shot. He would make a gallant incursion with a near acrobatic layup with one second to go. And as the ball rimmed out, a well-positioned Mac Belo was below the basket for the quick, buzzer beating putback that once more sent the Tamaraws to the Finals. FEU would then claim their 20th title overall over the UST Growling Tigers in the Finals.   5) FEU's Miko Roldan hits game-winner against Ateneo in Season 63  Mac Belo breaking the hearts of Ateneans with that buzzer beater in Season 78 was like history repeating itself. Fifteen years earlier, the Tamaraws, led by Celino Cruz and Edwin Bacani, also engaged the Blue Eagles to a Final Four battle, with Ateneo having that twice-to-beat privilege.  Led by Rich Alvarez, LA Tenorio and Larry Fonacier, the Blue Eagles were really soaring to get that elusive title it last won in 1988. And in the first game in the Final Four, people were expecting the Blue Eagles to cruise past FEU, having beaten them twice in the elims.  But the Tamaraws really gave them a hell of a match. As Andrew Cruz flubbed two charities in the dying seconds that should have given the Blue Eagles a comfortable three-point lead, FEU gunner Miko Roldan sank a semi-hook shot at the buzzer in the ensuing play to break the hearts of Ateneans everywhere and extend the series, 61-60. In the decider, Cruz and Bacani would conspire for 39 points to complete a monster upset, 75-67, and reach the Finals. The defending champions DLSU Green Archers, led by the legendary Renren Ritualo, was just too much for the Tams in the Finals and copped their three-peat.   6) Fight-marred Ateneo-La Salle Final Four series in Season 66 Joseph Yeo was all over the court in a scoring binge while Rookie-of-the-Year JVee Casio showed a glimpse of being a clutch player as the DLSU Green Archers, the fourth seed, took their storied rivalry with defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles, the top seed, to a tenacious, heated Final Four war. Heightened emotions were at play since Ateneo’s colossal Finals victory the previous season, and the animosity between the two ballclubs was at its fiercest and most intense. In Game 1, after La Salle’s Jerwin Gaco’s putback sent the game into overtime, the extended play’s physicality went to overdrive. With 1:31 left in overtime, Gaco bumped LA Tenorio in the battle for the loose ball. Tenorio would then sneak a punch at Gaco, who then nudged the Ateneo guard. This led to a bench-clearing brawl, as players punched, kicked and shoved each other while the coaches tried to break up the fight even as referees whistled repeatedly.  La Salle’s Ryan Arana kicked Ateneo’s Wesley Gonzales from behind and the league meted the Archer with a one-game suspension. Also suspended were Tenorio and fellow Blue Eagle Christian "Badjie" del Rosario. The Archers would prevail after the five-minute extension, 76-72. The decider was also as heated with on-court and off-court flare-ups and violent confrontations between players and supporters. Ateneo’s steady offense, however, prevailed in the final minute, as the Blue Eagles hung on to 74-68 victory, entering the Finals for the second straight year. FEU, however, would deny Ateneo a back-to-back run, winning the championship in two games.   7) UST trounces NU twice to become first fourth placer to eliminate the top-seed in a Final Four series in Season 76 The NU Bulldogs were on a roll, and 2013 seemed to be their year, with Bobby Ray Parks returning after back-to-back MVP seasons and leading them to reach the top of the standings at the end of eliminations. But they have their Achilles heel—the dribblers of Espana—who have exerted their mastery of the Bulldogs, winning twice in the elims. And bad news for the Bulldogs, they would meet the UST Growling Tigers, which ended at fourth place, in the Final Four.  In Game 1, a red-hot Kevin Ferrer would lead UST to its biggest margin of 18 within the match, but they needed to fend off NU’s late charge, 71-62, to force a rubber match. And in the winner-take-all, UST completed its mastery of top-ranked Bulldogs, again with a game-long dominance to end at 76-69, marking the first time a fourth seed would snatch a Finals berth from a first-placer in the league.   8) NU’s Alfred Aroga’s monster block on Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena in Season 77 After a frustrating loss to UST in the Season 76 Final Four, NU would get another crack at gaining that elusive Finals appearance. But in the next chapter of the semifinals, NU will hope for a Cinderella finish to gain that berth, trying to beat the top placers Ateneo Blue Eagles, just like what UST did to them in the previous year when they were the top-seed. Jay-Jay Alejandrino and Troy Rosario led NU’s surge in the fourth quarter of the first game to spoil Ateneo’s twice to beat to force a deciding game. In the rubber match, no clear advantage was evident in the majority of the game. But after NU’s Gelo Alolino broke a 63-all tie with two charities off a foul from Ateneo’s Nico Elorde, 65-63, Kiefer Ravena would try to send the game to overtime with a drive against several NU defenders with three seconds left.  He failed however after NU’s Alfred Aroga swatted his attempt as time expired—a monster block that brought NU to its first finals appearance in 44 years. The Bulldogs would then wallop the FEU Tamaraws in the Finals, 2-1, to clinch their first title in 60 years. 9) Coming out party of UE’s Paul Lee in Season 72 The UE Red Warriors had come off from a heartbreaking Finals loss to the DLSU Green Archers in Season 70 after sweeping the eliminations, and another hurtful exit the succeeding year with a Final Four defeat at the hands of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. The Red Warriors would then make another trip to the Final Four in Season 72, which was the coming out party of prolific scorer Paul Lee, as the league’s third best after the eliminations. UE would battle second placers FEU for the chance to enter the Finals once more after the Season 70 debacle. They extended the series after Lee led a late game spurt with three consecutive three-pointers in a devastating 18-5 run, he would end up with a game-high 26 points. In the rubber match, with UE trailing FEU in the first half, the Red Warriors would make an explosive comeback in the second half and would again rely on the dependable Lee and Pari Llagas for their late-game heroics. Llagas would lift UE up for good with two straight field goals, 72-70, while Lee showed nerves of steel as he sank four consecutive free throws at the end of the game, 78-72, to give UE their Finals ticket. UE, however, would bow to powerhouse Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Finals in three games.   10) UST’s Jojo Duncil completes winning three-point play that frustrated UE in Season 69 By this time, the UE Red Warriors were in their fifth straight Final Four appearance. And in Season 69, UE would land at second place after the eliminations behind Ateneo, relishing its twice-to-beat advantage.  In the Final Four, UE would face a determined UST Growling Tigers, who were seeking redemption after last winning the championship in 1996, the last year of their 90s four-peat dynasty. UST would eke out a hard-earned Game 1 victory, 79-75 victory over UE that led to a deciding Game 2. In this clincher, both UST and UE kept the match close.  And in the final quarter, with the score tied at 79-all in the dying seconds, Growling Tiger Jojo Duncil converted on a tip-in, and-1, after a previous miss and teammate Jervy Cruz’s failed putback. Duncil would then complete the three-point play to give the UST an 82-79 edge, a few seconds left. UE’s Marcy Arellano would drive unmolested for an easy two to cut the lead to a solitary point, 82-81, nearing the end of the game. After UST committed a turnover, the Red Warriors had the chance to drop the game-winner but UE’s Jorel Cañizares missed a medium-range jump shot and a follow-up. Teammate Robert Labagala would then grab the rebound, but time ran out on the Recto dribblers. UST entered the Finals and annexed its first UAAP title in 10 years over the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Will there be another unforgettable Final Four moment in this current Season 82? Catch the start of the stepladder Final Four hostilities with the do-or-die match between the UST Growling Tigers and the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday, November 6, for the right to meet the twice-to-beat second placers UP Fighting Maroons on Sunday, November 10......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

UAAP 82: Ateneo s future still bright with Player of the Week SJ Belangel

With Ateneo floor leader Matt Nieto having, at most, three games left in his collegiate career, another point guard is looking more than ready to take up the mantle for the Blue Eagles: SJ Belangel. The crafty sophomore came up big in dropping a career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in just 13 minutes in Ateneo’s 86-64 mauling of UP to close out the elimination round last Wednesday. The 20-year-old guard’s scoring burst in limited time helped the two-time defending champions seal the first 14-0 sweep and outright finals berth in UAAP seniors basketball since UE's feat 12 years ago. Because of this, Belangel was awarded his first-ever Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award. Right now, the Blue Eagles’ promising prospect is not only playing for another championship, but for his graduating seniors as well. “Sa akin lang, para 'to sa mga seniors ko especially kay kuya Matt at kuya Mike [Nieto] at saka siyempre yung ibang seniors kasi last year na nila,” he said after yet another triumph over the Fighting Maroons whom they downed in last year's Finals. “Nung juniors, wala akong chance na makasama sila kaya lagi ko na lang nire-remind sa sarili na lalaro ako para sa mga seniors ko. Luckily, maganda laro ko.” Even in an impressively deep rotation like Ateneo’s, Belangel has managed to carve out his niche as a reliable reserve for Tab Baldwin with averages of 6.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists on 40.5 percent shooting from the three-point area in just under 12 minutes. Though he has quite a few more steps to take before realizing his potential, Belangel is just chipping in whatever help he can give whenever his number is called, especially now that Ateneo is just two wins away from a three-peat. “Lagi lang ready whether pinapalaro ka or 'di man,” he said. “Basta pag nasa bench ka, kapag tinawag ka ni coach, laging ready lang. Kahit one minute ka lang, bigay mo lahat.” Belangel bested a list of veterans like La Salle’s Jamie Malonzo, UE's Rey Suerte, Adamson's Mar Prado, and National U's Jack Animam for the weekly award handed out by print and online scribes covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

Tinig ng Plaridel strikes gold in Collegiate Press Corps Sportswriting Summit

A glimpse of the country’s future in sportswriting was on display as budding journalists from top universities and colleges got to taste firsthand sports coverage in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps Sportswriting Summit held at Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday. Finest writers from NCAA schools Letran and CSB together with resident UAAP campus media reporters from Adamson, National U, Ateneo, UST, and UP were in attendance in the organization’s first basketball sportswriting clinic that also included a contest right after. Young Achievers International School from Las Pinas also sent high school representatives who served as the youngest participants in the event organized by the Collegiate Press Corps in partnership with Chooks-to-Go and the UAAP in a mission to help promising talent kickstart their sportswriting dreams. Business Mirror sports editor Lorenzo "Jun" Lomibao and Rappler sports editor Jasmine Payo served as honorable speakers of the summit organized by the group composed of print and online scribes on top of the collegiate scene. Seasoned editor and mentor Lomibao, who also serves as PhilCycling’s Director for Road and Track, tackled the basics of sportswriting. Payo, the award-winning journalist from Philippine Daily Inquirer prior to her ascent as editor of Rappler, then delved into the nitty-gritty of collegiate beat coverage. Afterward, the lessons acquired by participants were put to test as they were given a chance to cover a thrilling match between the UP Fighting Maroons and the National U Bulldogs in the 82nd UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the same venue – and write about it right after. In the end, three writers shone the brightest led by Jillian Nicole Velasco from UP's Tinig ng Plaridel who was hailed as champion after a thorough deliberation by a panel made up of Payo, Manila Bulletin's Kristel Satumbaga-Villar, Inquirer.net's Bong Lozada, ABS-CBN News' Camille Naredo, and Philippine Star's John Bryan Ulanday. Paul Adrian Hular from Adamson's Chronicle and Alyssa Aquino from Letran's Lance clinched second and third place, respectively......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2019

UAAP-NCAA Press Corps elects officers

Cedelf P. Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Norman Lee Benjamin Riego of ABS-CBN Sports will be at the helm of the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps for the current season. During the elections held Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena before the UAAP games, Tupas was elected UAAP Press Corps president while Riego succeeds […] The post UAAP-NCAA Press Corps elects officers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019