Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo

Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 12th, 2018

Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo

Losing Nieto hurt Ateneo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 12th, 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

Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan

Ateneo stopped its two-game skid and fended off Japan, 80-74, for its second win in the 2018 William Jones Cup Wednesday at Xinzhuang Gymnasium. The Blue Eagles improved to 2-2 after losing two straight games while Japan dropped to 1-3. Angelo Kouame put up 15 points, 14 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks to lead Ateneo, which enjoyed balanced scoring in trumping the Japanese. Thirdy Ravena flirted with a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds to go along three steals while Adrien Wong and Matt Nieto had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Takuma Sato led Japan with 12 points while Koyo Takahashi and Keita Imamura had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Ateneo also...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss

After its huge opening day victory, Ateneo succumbed to South Korea, 90-73, in the 2018 Williams Jones Cup Monday in New Taipei City. The Blue Eagles were no match against the South Koreans, who had national team members and former Magnolia import Ricardo Ratliffe, and dropped to 1-1 in the tournament so far. The UAAP champions routed Chinese Taipei-White, 87-64, on Sunday. Rattlife paced the South Korea side with 15 points,Heo Il-young also had 15 while Heo Ung added 12 points. Thirdy Ravena, meanwhile, dropped 14 points for Ateneo in a losing effort while Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Blue Eagles will return to action agai...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

UAAP Finals: 'No one to blame but us' - Nieto twins

Ateneo de Manila University's Mike and Matt Nieto blamed no one else but themselves for blowing a 21-point lead in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Finals that saw the De La Salle Green Archers force a rubber match on Sunday, 92-83. Mike said that the team lost their composure in the third quarter, the period wherein they only scored a measly eight points, and blamed the Ateneo players as a whole for letting La Salle turn the game a full 180 degrees. The bigger Nieto added that the team played much more individualistic and failed to focus on a team-first style of play in the third, admitting that the team did not follow the system that brought them a league-best 13-1 slate in the eliminations. Matt agreed with his twin brother, further saying that the game began to spell doom for them when Ben Mbala spun around Chibueze Ikeh and slammed the ball with one hand early in the fourth quarter. “Kami ang nagpabaya sa sarili namin. Nawala yung composure namin, yung sa game plan. Binale wala namin kasi akala namin kaya namin hindi nasundan ang system. The blame is on us,” the guard Matt said after the game. Although they were very much hurt by the huge meltdown, Matt could only delve on the positive side after their defeat, stating that the loss gave them more experience for what could be a blockbuster Game 3 on Sunday. For Mike, the team’s inability to hold on to the lead stung hard but added that they have already moved on and discussed the team’s mentality with Vince Tolentino as they head to the deciding game. “It's another opporunity for us to showcase our talent, lalo na it's a do-or-die game for us, Ateneo and La Salle. Ang mananalo dyan may mas gusto makakuha ng championship. We promised you guys we'll fight, we'll get that on Sunday.” As for the team, Matt stated his full, whole-hearted confidence in head coach Tab Baldwin’s system, and poise a huge challenge to the repeat bid of the defending champions. “We know that we're tougher and know we can handle that challenge against La Salle. We know we trust in ourselves, we trust in the team, and of course, we can trust coach Tab. He can lead us to the promised land.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

UAAP: Tab Baldwin prepares Ateneo for second battle against La Salle

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News The physicality of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball finals didn't surprise Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, who expects a similar ball game to play out in Game 2 on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Game 1 saw Ateneo and La Salle combine for 47 fouls, with the most physical moment occurring with less than a minute left in the second quarter. La Salle center Ben Mbala inadvertently hit Ateneo point guard Matt Nieto with his elbow, opening a bloody cut above the Blue Eagle's left eye. Nieto was able to return to the game and played a big role in the Blue Eagles' 76-70 win, but the incident was just one of many that showed the heightened intensity of the game. "We anticipated that," Baldwin said of the physical contest against the Green Archers. According to the veteran mentor, a tough, grind-it-out, overtly physical game is expected whenever Ateneo plays against the defending champions – a team that prides itself on its pressure defense. "It would be silly to think otherwise, because that's their MO, and they're good at it. They push the rules to the limit, the referees to the limit," Baldwin said of La Salle. Baldwin considered it a minor triumph that his big men – Chibueze Ikeh and Isaac Go – were called for a combined nine fouls after playing 38 minutes. This, even as he pointed out that Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter played 57 minutes and combined for eight fouls. "That's crazy to think of that as some kind of victory, but when you play La Salle, it is," he said as he once again highlighted how his big men always seem to be in foul trouble whenever they play against La Salle. As Baldwin said, he and the Blue Eagles are used to this situation and will expect the same kind of physicality when they try to wrap up the best-of-three series on Wednesday. "La Salle won't be any different on Wednesday," he said. "I don't expect we'll have to think any different going to Wednesday's game. It's the second battle of a long war," he added. His players, who say they are not going to back down against the Green Archers, have already accepted this mindset. "Wala, they play like that," shrugged Mike Nieto, whose 11-point second half explosion was partly fueled by the sight of his brother getting hurt by Mbala's accidental elbow. "We'll just cope with it. Kagaya ng sinabi ni coach Tab sa amin, we just gotta cope with it if you want to win a championship." Besides, said Nieto, a physical game is to be expected whenever the two rivals play each other, and that only goes to another level in the finals. "Siyempre hindi magpapatalo yung school namin and at the same time, hindi din naman magpapatalo ang La Salle. So wala, we just have to cope with it especially coming into Game 2," he said.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

No intention to hurt Matt, Ben Mbala tells Nieto’s dad

Ben Mbala’s left elbow came down hard on the right eyebrow of Matt Nieto late in the second quarter on Saturday. And so, Ateneo de Manila University’s point guard was down on the floor and bleeding bad.   Matt Nieto left bloodied after the accidental hit. (⚠️ Warning: Graphic Image) #UAAPSeason80 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 25, 2017   Asked about the incident post-game, De La Salle University’s big man answered, “It’s part of basketball. I had the ball and (spun). He was late on the rotation, that’s why he got hit.” Mbala then reiterated that he did not mean for what happened to happen. “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” he expressed. The Cameroonian powerhouse wanted that message to be heard by Nieto’s father Jett. According to the former, the latter was yelling expletives at him right after the incident. “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me, threatening me, and telling me I am dead. That is not something you should be doing,” he told reporters. “He’s been (here) for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time. I did not intend to hurt his son.” Still, Mbala said he understood where the elder Nieto was coming from. “I don’t wanna mind that. I’ll just say he was probably in the emotion of the game and seeing his son on the floor,” he said. He then continued, “But again, it is just part of the game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Coach Tab confident Ateneo is a better team compared to last year

Ateneo de Manila University was defeated by Far Eastern University in the first game of their semifinals matchup. And so, the top-seed had to duke it out again with the fourth-seed last Wednesday. There, the Blue Eagles needed overtime to put away the pesky away. And so, they only have three days to rest and then prepare for a best-of-three Finals series against defending champion and archrival De La Salle University – mind you, a De La Salle University that has had a whole week to rest and prepare. More than the rest and preparation, the balance of talent also tilts to the Green Archers. Even Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says so. “It’s going to be tough. La Salle is the defending champion and they’ve got the MVP and they’ve got very good players,” he said. He then continued, “If you look at it man for man, it’s a very big task for us.” Indeed, the Taft-based team boasts of Ben Mbala, the soon-to-be back-to-back MVP, as well as another player tipped to be a Mythical selection in Ricci Rivero. Of course, Andrei Caracut, Aljun Melecio, Kib Montalbo, and Santi Santillan are also there. However, like they have been preaching all season long, the Blue Eagles said they are well aware it will have to be everybody for them. “But we’re not gonna look at it man for man, we’re gonna look at our matchup as a team, the way that we’ve done it every game. We have to approach this as a team and figure out a way to get an upset over La Salle,” Baldwin said. The boys from Katipunan had already done that back in the first round when they enforced their discipline to stymie their opponents’ “mayhem.” That is exactly why unlike a year ago when they were swept by DLSU, Ateneo has a bigger belief in itself this time around. Asked about the difference from then to now, their mentor answered, “We’re a better team, it’s as simple as that. We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long and I think, apart from one big offensive lapse in a period against La Salle, we’ve proven we’re as good as they are.” In the two teams’ second round meeting, the Green Archers used a big final frame to down the Blue Eagles and deny them an elimination round sweep. Since then, however, Baldwin’s boys have only become more determined – especially after a character-defining series against the Tamaraws. As veteran forward Mike Nieto put it, “Lumalabas na rin yung character ng team namin. Losing two straight games and then winning a do-or-die game, nag-mature na rin kami.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

This is Gian Mamuyac and defense is his calling card

Ateneo de Manila University remains unscathed in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament and everybody from Thirdy Ravena to Vince Tolentino and from Matt Nieto to Anton Asistio is contributing. And still, the Blue Eagles have much more to show the rest of the league. Slowly but surely, they are doing that with first-year player Gian Mamuyac who is emerging as a headache for the likes of Paul Desiderio and J-Jay Alejandro. “For me kasi, defense is really my thing so I’m just doing my job. Coming into every game, ang mindset ko, maging aggressive on defense,” he said. “Yung offense, darating na lang yan. Bonus na lang kung maka-shoot or what.” That much was clear on Wednesday as he was called upon to defend perhaps the best all-around offensive player in the league in Alejandro. National University’s main man had 16 points in 5-of-11 shooting in the first two quarters before the long limbs of Mamuyac, as well as the muscle mass of Thirdy Ravena, enveloped him. And so, in the second half, Alejandro only had six points in 2-of-9 shooting. “Thirdy and Gian did a great job on him. You cannot hold him to zero points so six points in the second half was good for us,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. Still, the 18-year-old said it wasn’t easy trying to stay in front of the King Bulldog. “Sobrang galing talaga ni J-Jay kasi he can hurt you in a lot of ways. He can shoot, he can attack, he can create for his teammates,” he shared. He then continued, “I just tried my best to stay in front of him and challenge every shot na ite-take niya.” Of course, it helps that his body and mind alike are ready and raring for his role as Ateneo’s defensive stopper. Already blessed with long limbs ever since his time terrorizing the high school ranks, Mamuyac is now also bulking up. From his playing weight of 147 lbs as an Eaglet, he is now up to 160 lbs as an Eagle. And he only hopes to keep getting bigger. “O ha? 13 pounds na yun! Sana, may dagdag pa,” he expressed through chuckles. The versatile swingman’s maturity was then polished by his one year in Team B. “For me, yung pag-stay ko sa Team B made me more ready for college. Yung pag-Team B ko, I was introduced to college basketball and for me it’s a great thing kasi ang hirap kung isalang na lang ako bigla,” he said. Now, Ateneo has yet another Blue Eaglet who has transformed into a contributing Blue Eagle. Gian Mamuyac, take your place alongside Anton Asistio, Aaron Black, Jolo Mendoza, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, and Thirdy Ravena. You have earned it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

UE's 49-point man Alvin Pasaol is undisputed Player of the Week

University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol almost scored 50 points over defending champions De La Salle University last Wednesday.   And he did that with a hurt ankle. Rewriting a 15-year-old UAAP record for local cagers, Pasaol is hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week. But even with the spotlight beaming brightly over him, the 21-year-old cager said he was simply giving what his mentor and team asked of him. “Nilaro ko lang 'yung talagang best ko na hinihingi ni manong sa akin. Nag-stick lang talaga (ako) sa game plan namin. Salamat din sa mga teammates ko kasi hindi ko naman makukuha 'yung 49 points kung [hindi dahil sa kanila],” he said after registering 49 points on a 20-for-30 shooting clip in a 100-106 stand against the powerhouse Green Archers. The Davao native is the first Filipino to breach the 40 points in a game in over a decade. Jeff Napa, who is now Colegio de San Juan de Letran's head coach, once scored 43 on August 22, 2002. Pasaol, who beat Matt Nieto of Ateneo de Manila University, Jerrick Ahanmisi of Adamson University, and Ben Mbala of DLSU for the weekly plum, also furthered his legend in UE's basketball lore after besting Allan Caidic and James Yap’s personal bests of 46 and 36 points, respectively.   'Alvin is different compared to (Jun) Limpot, Allan (Caidic) [na] nahawakan ko sa amateur. Alvin is like akala mo, hindi nya alam yung play, parang hindi nakikinig pero once you start the play, he knows it,” head coach Derrick Pumaren said of his prized ward. Pasaol would then ride on the momentum of his milestone mark by scoring 32 points just last Sunday to will the UE past University Sto. Tomas, leaving the Growling Tigers the only winless team after the UAAP’s first round hostilities. The stocky forward is currently norming 22.4 points a game. He’s also averaging 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per outing. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

Kai Sotto towers above all with 22-point lead in UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP race

Unsurprisingly, Kai Sotto has been putting up the most impressive numbers after the first round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen has been posting per game counts of 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, and 2.7 assists. He is the league’s best scorer, rebounder and blocker. Those numbers have been more than enough to thrust Sotto onto the very top of the MVP leaderboard with 93.3 Statistical Points (SPs). Not only that, he has a 22-point edge over his closest competitor in Mark Nonoy of University of Sto. Tomas who has 70.9 SPs to his name. More impressive, however, is that with the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old fronting the effort, the Blue Eaglets have not skipped a beat as they are in joint second heading into the second round. This, even after losing all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. Nonoy is doing his best to chase down Sotto with averages of 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.7 steals – nothing short of impressive especially for a first-year player. At third in the MVP race is Ateneo’s Forthsky Padrigao with 70.0 SPs, but his place there is tenuous as he has only suited up for one game in the season. Not counting Padrigao, rounding out the top five are Far Eastern University-Diliman’s do-it-all guard RJ Abarrientos, Adamson High School’s revelation at forward in AP Manlapaz, and Nazareth School of National University’s versatile big man Carl Tamayo. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Lao hopes to join UP teammates Desiderio, Dario in the PBA

He may have taken the road less travelled, but Kyles Lao has no regrets with the path he took in his basketball career.   Opting to forego his final playing year in the UAAP, the former Xavier standout missed on a chance to be a part of the UP Fighting Maroons, which reached the Finals of the recently-concluded Season 81 cage wars and finished runner-up to defending champion Ateneo.   But rather than look on what could have been, all he feels is pride with what his alma mater was able to accomplish.   "A part of me is happy and proud na UP overcame the culture of losing and became a finalist this season," Lao said as the Fighting Maroons reached the championship round for the first time since 1986.   It doesn't mean that Lao drew the short end of the stick, too.   The UAAP Season 76 Rookie of the Year have made the most of his time away from Diliman, suiting up for AMA Online Education in the PBA D-League and Manila Stars in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), and now, will be making the biggest gamble of his career as he enters the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.   "Instead of going back to UP, I've joined a lot of commercial leagues, MPBL and D-League which I've learned a lot from. My teammates and coaches imparted a lot of knowledge on me, on how I prepare myself and how I approach the game," said Lao at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum presented by San Miguel Corporation, Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) at Tapa King-Cubao on Tuesday.   "I'm not saying na hindi ko siya makukuha sa UP, but it's not a bad path that I took. I have no regrets because this is where I am now," he said.   Lao is one of the 48 hopefuls who are set to infuse new blood to the 44-year-old professional league through the annual rookie draft proceedings, set on Sunday at Robinson's Midtown in Ermita, Manila.   Coming in confident on what he feels is "the best shape of his career," Lao also wouldn't mind linking it up with former UP brethrens in Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario, both of whom are also making the leap to the pros, wherever that team may be.   "Syempre, I would be happy. Being with familiar faces isn't bad in any case,” said Lao.   “I know how Paul and Diego play and within the system of any coach, I know I can jell with them easily. To be given the chance, it will be reminiscent of our UP Maroon days kung bibigyan kami ng pagkakataon," Lao added.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

After loss to Creamline in finals, Motolite-Ateneo focuses on UAAP

There was something that helped pull Motolite-Ateneo out of its funk after losing the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference championship series to powerhouse Creamline. The Lady Eagles had already achieved what they had set out to do in the first place. Motolite-Ateneo was using the tournament as preparation for the UAAP women's volleyball wars and coach Oliver Almadro kept reminding his players that it wasn't the results that mattered, but the learning they drew from playing against tough club teams. And one of those lessons was to keep fighting regardless of the hurdles facing the squad. "I told the players, 'Let's not give up even if the odds are against us. We should...Keep on reading: After loss to Creamline in finals, Motolite-Ateneo focuses on UAAP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Second UAAP title sweeter for Nieto twins as they match dad’s feat

Matt and Mike Nieto didn't just have a twin thing; the whole Ateneo team had one---sort of. When the twins got sidelined with injuries and dengue in the middle part of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, the whole team picked up the slack until the brothers were able to return to form at the tail end of the Blue Eagles' schedule. That next man up attitude carried Ateneo to itssecond straight UAAP men's basketball title after sweeping University of the Philippines in the Season 81 finals. "Our motto was next man up and it was really evident this season because there were players who got sidelined every other game," said Mike after Ateneo's 99-81 Game 2 win Wednesd...Keep on reading: Second UAAP title sweeter for Nieto twins as they match dad’s feat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines

MANILA -- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has revealed that he decided to go on a fresh run for the Senate to debate pressing issues which, if not thought out properly, could spell irreversible disaster to the country.   "I am beyond being hurt by the prospect of losing or by the people's rejection," he recently said to a political insider. "What I really want to do is to debate not just the most pressing issues, but also those issues which if not properly resolved or thought out, could spell irreversible disaster for our country."   In a recent CNN Philippines interview, Enrile said that he decided to run again for the Senate "just a few days" before ...Keep on reading: Enrile: I decided to run to help debate pressing issues affecting the Philippines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

UAAP Finals: Ateneo sweeps UP for back-to-back championships

Ateneo de Manila University not only re-asserted its mastery over the University of the Philippines, but also reinforced its reign over all of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Thirdy Ravena continued his series-long brilliance, Ange Kouame came up big once more, and the Blue Eagles crashed the coming out party of the Fighting Maroons with a well-earned 99-81 win in Game 2 of the Finals on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Ravena gave his team his best game yet with a career-high 38 points to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and three steals while Kouame towered above all with yet another monster-double-double of 22 markers and 20 boards. The decision was only in question for the first nine minutes until the defending champions unleashed 10 unanswered points that increased a five-point lead late in the first to a 28-13 advantage early in the second. That charge was sparked by neither Ravena nor Kouame as it was prized recruit SJ Belangel who had four points and two assists to make it all happen. They would never look back from there all the way to their 10th overall men’s basketball title. Most of those trophies have come in the last 11 years where the Blue Eagles have been the kings seven times. In the end, Belangel had six points and two assists while Raffy Verano had 11 markers and six rebounds. Graduating guard Anton Asistio also added six points. For UP, Juan Gomez de Liano fronted the effort with 24 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while team captain Paul Desiderio left it all on the court with 15 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and two steals in his last game in maroon and white. Season MVP Bright Akhuetie pounded in 19 points and eight rebounds just four days after suffering a hyperextended left knee. Even after getting swept in the Finals, the runner-up finish is still their best showing since 1986. BOX SCORES ATENEO 99 – Ravena 38, Kouame 22, Verano 11, Tio 7, Nieto Ma. 6, Asistio 6, Belangel 6, Go 3, Nieto Mi. 0, Mamuyac 0, Mendoza 0, Andrade 0, Black 0, Wong 0, Daves 0, Navarro 0. UP 81 – Gomez de Liaño Ju. 24, Akhuetie 19, Desiderio 15, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 11, Dario 8, Lim 2, Vito 2, Manzo 0, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0, Spencer 0, Prado 0, Española 0, Longa 0.  QUARTER SCORES: 25-13, 48-37, 70-56, 99-81 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Matt Nieto picks best time to regain form, has career high in UAAP Finals opener

There couldn't have been a better time for Matt Nieto to regain his form. Nieto was instrumental in the clutch in leading defending champion Ateneo over University of the Philippines, 88-79, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball Finals. READ: Ravena, Nieto push Ateneo past UP in Game 1 But it almost didn't happen for Nieto, who only returned to the Blue Eagles in the last three games of their elimination round schedule. Nieto fractured his right pinky finger in the early part of Ateneo's 82-62 win over Far Eastern University in the second round and while recovering from the injury he contracted dengue that forced him to miss games. "It's a step-by-step proce...Keep on reading: Matt Nieto picks best time to regain form, has career high in UAAP Finals opener.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Ateneo fights off U.P., nears 2nd straight UAAP crown

      MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo displayed tested championship mettle as the Blue Eagles downed the gritty University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 88-79, in a heated Game 1 showdown of the UAAP Season 81 Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, December 1. Matt Nieto erupted for a career-high 27 ........»»

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UAAP Finals: Matty Ice extinguishes flames of red-hot UP

Safe to say, the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament hasn’t gone according to plan for Matt Nieto. Ateneo de Manila University’s court general, now in his fourth season, has only averaged 6.4 points, 2.5 assists, and 2.3 rebounds after playing only 11 out of 15 games. Once he went on the biggest stage and under the brightest lights of the tournament, however, the real Matt Nieto showed up. Scoring a career-high 27 points built on four triples, the heady guard keyed the Blue Eagles’ convincing victory versus the University of the Philippines in Game 1 of the Finals. He did all of that, in the face of the red-hot Fighting Maroons, who were backed by a rowdy crowd. Of course, if there’s one collegiate team which knows how to persevere through that, it’s Ateneo – and if there’s one collegiate player which knows how to persevere through that, it’s “Matty Ice.” “Yung mindset namin as a team, paglabas namin sa MOA, nakita namin yung crowd, sabi ko, ‘Hindi ba naranasan na natin ‘to,’” he shared. “Yung Jones Cup experience namin, naranasan na namin yan so sabi ko, we were overpowered by the Taiwanese (fans) when we were up against them. This is nothing new for us.” During the 2018 Jones Cup last July, the Blue Eagles flew to Taiwan to take on national and club teams from other countries. There, Nieto also hit a memorable game-winner against Chinese Taipei Blue. Since then, he has had to power through a left pinky fracture as well as dengue – injury and illness that have slowed down his current campaign. That is exactly why, now in the Finals, the 6-foot playmaker was nothing but thankful for retaining the full faith of head coach Tab Baldwin – in what has been a down season for him.  “I credit Coach Tab and my teammates for trusting me in that situation. I just want to win because I’m a competitive person and I don’t want to lose to any team,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

UAAP Finals: Ateneo, UP cagers in awe of resounding Game 1 crowd

Players from opposing sides of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals were in complete amazement of the supportive crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena. The seaside venue was filled to the rafters as 21,608 blue and maroon-clad spectators cheered and jeered in Ateneo's 88-79 win. UP's crowd was noticeably larger, as the community watched their first UAAP Finals game since 1986. However, the Ateneo crowd was not to be outdone, as their supporters fed energy to the defending champions. For Ateneo's Matt Nieto, who has faced archrivals La Salle in the past two championship series, he noticed a much more different atmosphere than those supporting the Green Archers. "Yung crowd nila, ibang-iba sa Ateneo-La Salle. Their crowd is bigger, they are noisier and rowdier," the point guard said. He however clarified that he was not putting down the Archers' audience, and likened it to their own supporters. "Pero yung UP, talagang intense at gusto nilang manalo. Ikaw pa naman thirty-two years hindi makapasok sa Finals so we understand." For last year's Finals MVP, Thirdy Ravena, the sights and sounds of the UP crowd were something to be respected, for he understands a 32-year old drought is something one does not see everyday. The star forward also thanked the Ateneo crowd for giving them a much-needed morale boost, especially when UP zeroed in on their lead. "Kahit outnumbered, naramdaman pa rin namin suporta nila. In terms of game situations, di namin hinahayaang madala kami sa emotions ng crowd kasi we have to do our job to our best of our abilities." Juan Gomez de Liaño meanwhile shared his disappointment of not giving his boisterous crowd the victory. "The crowd was crazy. To be honest, UP crowd gave us so much energy. Sadly, we didn’t get the W so we have to do a better job." Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals continues this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3:30 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. It will be seen LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, iWant, and via livestream. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018