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UAAP Finals: Ateneo beats UP, 99-81

UAAP Finals: Ateneo beats UP, 99-81.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepDec 5th, 2018

DLSU beats Ateneo to force game 3

THE De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers defeated Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 basketball finals, 92-83, Wednesday, November 29, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The defending champions were behind by 21 points in the first half. However the Green Archers picked themselves up and took the lead… link: DLSU beats Ateneo to force game 3.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP Finals

Ateneo blew an early lead but held on to pull off a 76-70 win over La Salle in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Blue Eagles survived a highly-physical tiff against the Green Archers and fended off their fierce rivals late. Ateneo shoots for a sweep in Game 2 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum....Keep on reading: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

FEU beats Ateneo to force sudden death

Far Eastern University (FEU) forced a sudden death against Ateneo de Manila after beating the Eagles, 80-67, in the men’s senior basketball of UAAP Season 80 on Sunday. The deciding game is on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena with the winner facing defending champion La Salle in the best-of-three Finals. The Archers came… link: FEU beats Ateneo to force sudden death.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

Eaglets-Bullpups clash ends Round 1 of UAAP Jrs.

Games on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym 9:00 AM – Adamson vs DLSZ 11:00 AM – UPIS vs UE 1:00 PM – UST vs FEU-Diliman 3:00 PM – Ateneo vs NU At long last, the most anticipated matchup in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament is upon us. Defending champion Ateneo de Manila High School and last year’s runner-up Nazareth School of National University will finally wage war this season at the middle of the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City on Saturday. The top spot it up for grabs in the duel between the Blue Eaglets and the Bullpups, both at 5-1, beginning at 3:00 PM. Last season, Ateneo topped NU is a competitive three-game Finals. Now, Kai Sotto will once more try to lift the Blue Eaglets over the Bullpups who will once more lean on the backcourt duo of Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea. Meanwhile, a slot right behind whoever seizes the top spot is for the taking for Adamson High School and Far Eastern University-Diliman up against separate foes. The Baby Falcons (4-2) are out to build on their big-time takedown of NU this time opposite daring De La Salle Zobel (3-3) at 9:00 AM while the Baby Tamaraws (4-2) are out to keep charging at the expense of dangerous University of Sto. Tomas (3-3) at 11:00 AM. There will also be a crucial contest between winless teams University of the Philippines Integrated School and University of the East at 11:00 AM. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Kobe Paras: It ll be fun to face Ateneo in the Finals

Incoming Fighting Maroon Kobe Paras said that it would be fun to see the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University clash once again in the championship series of the UAAP. However, Paras then added that the Blue Eagles should open their doors, close the main thoroughfare and declare the bonfire on Saturday as a bond between the adjacent higher institutions of learning.  "Ateneo, sama mo naman kaming mga Iskolar ng Bayan. Because basketball brings us together. So why don't just have a bonfire of UP and Ateneo together? Sa lahat ng Fathers ng Ateneo, mahal ko kayo. #OneBigFight #UPFight. Sarado natin yung buong Katipunan. Throw a big party," the 21-year old said in an interview with Mico Halili on 'The Score'. Kidding aside, Paras admitted that it 'pissed him off' that he was not able to play for the Maroons this year, who made a surprise run to the UAAP Season 81 Finals. However, he says he looks forward to playing with UAAP Season 80 Mythical Five member Ricci Rivero in leading the squad perhaps back to the Finals once again, and make sure to make the Iskolar ng Bayan proud of their exploits. "I didn't really have to be a part of [the magical season]. But something inside me that people were talking about is why UP was going to the Final Four is because of me and Ricci," he shared. "Everytime people say that to me, I tell them, don't focus on me, focus on the present. Focus on Season 81. My guys really did some big things and I'm proud of them. Not have one, but Ateneo deserved the championship this year." Paras also talked about his haters and how he deals with them everyday. "You just got to live your life. Whatever you do, people are going to respond in a negative or positive way. Do something that makes you happy." See the rest of the interview below:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

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

State U stars Desiderio, Dario beat PBA Draft deadline

University of the Philippines stars Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario brought to 48 the total number of Rookie Draft applicants as they beat Monday's deadline for those wanting to be a part of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) starting the 44th season next year. The PBA's decision to extend the deadline for local players from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10 allowed the duo to make the list after playing for the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals against eventual champion Ateneo Blue Eagles. The official list of applicants, which surpassed last season's total of 44, won't be released until Dec. 14, or two days before the draft proceedings at Robinsons Place in E...Keep on reading: State U stars Desiderio, Dario beat PBA Draft deadline.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

CJ Perez, Bolick lead 48 hopefuls to 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

THE cast has been set as a total of 48 hopefuls made themselves available for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft. The University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario were the last ones to submit their names over the weekend as this year’s applicants surpassed last season’s list of 44. The league’s decision to extend the deadline for local players to submit their applications from December 3 to 10 allowed both Desiderio and Dario to make the list at the last minute after playing for the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals against eventual champion Ateneo Blue Eagles. Official list of applicants however, won’t be released by the league until Dec. 14 or two days before the draft proceedings to be held at the Robinson’s Place Manila, which formally sets in motion the PBA’s 44th season. All rookie hopefuls will also undergo the traditional Draft Combine scheduled Dec. 12 to 13 at the Hoops Center in Mandaluyong. The trio of CJ Perez, Bobby Ray Parks, and Robert Bolick lead the Class of 2018, with Columbian Dyip owning the right to the year’s no. 1 overall pick. Trevis Jackson, Matt Salem, Bong Quinto, Robbie Manalang, Abu Tratter, John Paul Calvo, Michael Calisaan, Teytey Teodoro, Javee Mocon, and Carlos Isit were among the early players who submitted their applications. Incidentally, three players with the same surname are included in the draft, namely, Kyles Lao of University of the Philippines, Kent Jefferson Lao of University of Santo Tomas, and Edrian Lao of University of the Visayas. Last year, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger was selected by San Miguel as the top rookie pick......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

UAAP Season 81 volleyball: Mag-La Salle na sila all the way -– Macandili on DLS-Z volleybelles

Top libero Dawn Macandili watched intensely as De La Salle-Zobel inched closer to ending a long high school girls’ volleyball title drought. When the Junior Lady Spikers nailed the last point to topple the four-year reign National University and rule the UAAP Season 81 tournament, Macandili together with the DLS-Z supporters inside the FilOil Flying V Centre on a breezy Sunday afternoon celebrated the triumph that took the Alabang-based squad six years to achieve. From her red leather seat in the courtside section, Macandili, with a big smile on her face cheered loudly for the new generation of Junior Lady Spikers.           “Sobrang nakaka-proud kasi siyempre part din ako ng alumni ng Zobel and nakita ko na gusto ring manalo ng girls and nagawa nila yun,” said Macandili after DLS-Z completed a best-of-three finals series sweep of the Bullpups with a hard-earned, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 16-25, 15-8, Game 2 win. Macandili together with F2 Logistics teammate Kim Kianna Dy and Ateneo de Manila University’s Jules Samonte were part of the DLS-Z squad that ruled UAAP Season 75 before the school’s five-year title drought. The defense specialist, who was named 2nd Best Libero in the 2017 Asian Women’s Senior Championship, couldn’t help but admire the Junior Lady Spikers’ composure and determination in the series.   “Sobrang nakaka-stress pala na nanonood lang instead of playing inside the court. Pero bilb na bilib ako sa kanila kasi nandoon ‘yung composure although sobrang bata pa nila. Pero iba na talaga ang level ng volleyball (sa Pilipinas) kahit sa high school pa lang,” she said. Macandili added that if given a chance she’d like to see the core of the squad play together up until college for a team known for its championship culture. “Sobrang prospects sila ng mga college teams. Ngayon pa lang ang gagaling na nila and I look forward to when they’re playing in college na… for La Salle, yes!” she said. “Ituloy na nila, mag-La Salle na sila all the way,” exclaimed Macandili, who joined the DLSU Lady Spikers together with Dy after graduating in high school. The duo helped the Lady Spikers’ complete a three-peat from Season 78 to 80.     Macandili was impressed with skills of towering Alleiah Malaluan and season MVP Angel Canino. She also saw a lot of potential with DLS-Z starting libero Lyka De Leon. “Lahat naman tayo nagi-start somewhere and I can see myself in her na nag-start na ganoon ang level pero nandoon naman yung talent niya and I can see that’s she’s gonna go far,” said Macandili.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers crush Lady Eagles, rule Open Conference

BATANGAS CITY --- For coach Tai. Creamline gave outgoing head coach Tai Bundit a fitting farewell gift by capturing the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference title in a sweeping fashion Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.      The Cool Smashers rallied from a six-point hole in the opening set and successfully quashed Ateneo-Motolite’s repeated comeback attempts to carve a masterful 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, Game 2 Finals win for the franchise’s second straight crown. Veterans Alyssa Valdez, who earlier earned the conference Most Valuable Player and 1st Best Outside Spiker honors, Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao and setter Jia Morado spearheaded Creamline’s march back into the throne after annexing the Reinforced Conference crown months back. Valdez scored all of her 13 points off attacks with 12 digs and 11 excellent receptions, Gumabao had 12 markers with all but one coming off kills while Risa Sato had 10 points for the Cool Smashers, who punished the Lady Eagles with 49 attacks.   Top playmaker Jia Morado tallied 39 excellent sets on top of eight points including four from the service line for Creamline and was named Finals MVP. The 2nd Best Outside Spiker winner Galanza finished with eight markers. "I think we played today to win for coach Tai. He deserves a great exit, he deserves nothing but the best and to always win games so that's what we thought before we entered the court. Its really for coach Tai and we want to give this championship to him," said Valdez. Bundit will fly back to Thailand on Dec. 14, closing his colorful five-year coaching stint in Philippines which started back in 2013 with Ateneo where he steered the Lady Eagles to back-to-back UAAP titles in his first two seasons. He was replaced by Oliver Almadro after UAAP Season 80.     Then Cool Smashers took the fight away from the Lady Eagles with a masterful comeback in the opening set and a great escape in the second frame after Ateneo-Motolite attempted to mount a rally.   The third set was all Creamline as the Cool Smashers built a 16-6 lead. Ateneo-Motolite saved four match points before sealing the victory.  Coming off a straight sets loss, 17-25, 10-25, 15-25, in the series opener Wednesday, the young Lady Eagles showed determination to force a decider by playing aggressively in the opening frame. Behind middles Maddie Madayaga and Bea De Leon, Ateneo-Motolite buried the Cool Smashers to a 16-10 hole and looked poised to give Creamline a scare. But the seasoned Cool Smashers displayed composure and turned the tables around with a scorching 8-0 barrage to take the lead, 18-16. The Lady Eagles were able to close the gap, 19-18, but Creamline answered with a 5-1 burst capped by Morado’s back-to-back aces to put the Cool Smashers at set point. Ateneo-Motolite saved a set point before Valdez blasted a thunderous attack at the middle to seal the frame. Bea De Leon and Best Opposite Hitter Kat Tolentino finished with 10 markers each while 1st Best Middle Blocker Maddie Madayag got seven for the Lady Eagles.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

PVL: How tough love and Kutsinta created special bond among Bundit, Valdez and Morado

BATANGAS CITY –- Tough love and shared success were the things that created a special bond among a Thai coach who barely spoke English, a talented spiker and a heady playmaker. A hard-earned UAAP title brought them to the volleyball limelight five years ago. On Saturday, in front of a huge adoring crowd inside the Batangas City Coliseum here Saturday night, Creamline head coach Tai Bundit, ace hitter Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado parted ways after capturing the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference championship.  It was a bitter-sweet moment for the three who shared an incredible journey that captured the hearts of Filipino volleyball fans. From a simple meeting back in September 2013, to the countless hours of Spartan-like training, the triumphs, trials and tribulations to their final farewell inside the volleyball court, the three made colorful memories together. They shared the bond of family. Recalling their fondest memory with the amiable coach, Valdez said that the Bundit made his biggest mark on her with just the smallest of things: a pack of Kutsinta.   “Isa lang talaga ang mamimiss ko sa kanya, whenever we fight talaga, kailangan ko nang sabihin ‘to kasi everyone deserves to know na ganitong klaseng tao siya talaga. Everytime we fight kasi noong college kasi syempre may language barrier so lagi kaming nag-aaway talaga ni Coach Tai, in a good way (kasi) baka akala ng mga tao nang-aaway ako, every time I go out of the dorm, every single day, lagi akong may kutsinta (galing) sa kanya,” Valdez, the PVL Open Conference MVP admitted. “Before going to class lagi akong may pagkain na iniiwan niya sa dorm parang peace offering niya, para hindi daw ako mapagod, may energy daw ako, so I think isa ‘yun sa mga hindi ko makakalimutan sa kanya,” she continued. “Ganoon siyang klaseng tao, very thoughtful and hindi ko talaga ma-imagine ang paglalaro ng volleyball without him kasi siya sa mga naging coach ko na really trusted me, really put me inside the court kahit anong mangyari and iba ang tiwalang binibigay niya sa aming mga players.” For Morado she was just grateful for having Bundit push her beyond her limit to become arguably the best volleyball playmaker in the country.  “‘Yung pinaka-tumatak sa akin kay Coach Tai is how high of a standard he has for me,” said Morado, who won her third Best Setter award in the PVL and earned the Finals Most Valuable Player after the Cool Smashers completed a sweep of Ateneo-Motolite, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15.   “Kahit feeling ko I’m playing at my best na, as in, peak ko na talaga, there is always something na gusto niya i-improve sa akin na sobrang nacha-challenge ako sa kanya parati kasi it’s always so hard for me to get praises from Coach Tai,” she added. “That’s something na nadadaanan ng lahat ng players niya, sobrang taas ng standards niya.” Six days from now, Bundit will formally end half a decade of colorful volleyball coaching in the Philippines with a packed bag and a plane ticket – the same way he started it. He will leave a legacy of ‘happy, happy’ and a heart strong mantra. Morado and Valdez will need to move on with their own careers. But they won’t miss Coach Tai. They have a good reason to say so. “Hindi namin siya mami-miss,” said Valdez. “Pupunta kami ng Thailand.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

PVL: Bundit proud of his award-winning players

BATANGAS CITY -- Aside from winning the championship in his farewell coaching stint in the Philippines, Creamline head coach Tai Bundit was doubly proud of the individual awards received by his players at the close of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Five volleybelles who played under the tutelage of the Thai mentor with the Cool Smashers and those playing on the Ateneo-Motolite side, had their names called for seven categories including the conference and Finals Most Valuable Player awards. “Today, I’m super happy because five of my players became best players (individual awards winners) in the PVL,” said Bundit after the Cool Smashers completed a best-of-three Finals sweep of the Lady Eagles, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, Saturday at the Batangas City Coliseum here.    Creamline star Alyssa Valdez won the tournament MVP and 1st Best Outside Spiker honors while teammate Jia Morado collected her third straight Best Setter award and was named Finals MVP. Valdez and Morado were also the key players of Bundit during their stint with Ateneo in the UAAP where the three delivered the Katipunan-based squad’s breakthrough crown in Season 76 before following it up with a rare tournament sweep in Season 77.       Jema Galanza of Creamline bagged the 2nd Best Outside Hitter award while Ateneo- Motolite’s Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag received the Best Opposite Hitter and 1st Best Middle Blocker awards, respectively. Madayag was part of the Lady Eagles squad that won the UAAP Season 77 crown while Tolentino played in Bundit’s last two years with Ateneo in Seasons 79 and 80. "I’m really happy because I trained them and they improved so much,” said Bundit, who is set to fly back in Thailand to be with his family after five fruitful years in the country.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

In Focus: The Katipunan Camaraderie Wins At The UP-Ateneo UAAP Finals

Trash talks aside, this season was all about the heart of both teams......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

UAAP Finals: UP s turning point of the season as told by seniors

The genesis of the historic UAAP Season 81 run of the University of the Philippines was not a promising one. Expectations were extremely high on the Fighting Maroons as they entered the season because of various reasons. Coach Bo Perasol was already in his third year since he took over UP's program. In college basketball language, the third year is when all rebuilding work should come to fruition. Bright Akhuetie, the dominant foreign-student athlete who transferred from NCAA to UAAP, was done with residency and could finally suit up for the luntian at pula. UP's prophetic sharp shooter and team captain Paul Desiderio decided to play his fifth year, choosing to close out his collegiate career over the chance to be immediately drafted into the professional ranks. Juan Gomez de Liano was entering his sophomore year with a Rookie of the Year award under his belt and was expected to improve more as a playmaker. Plus, the Fighting Maroons already had a lot of sponsors and financial support. But after the first round of the eliminations, despite all the supposed advantages that were on their side in the beginning of the season, the so-called Final Four contenders still found themselves in the sixth spot with a disappointing 3-4 record. To open the second round, they were slapped with another loss against the Ateneo de Manila University, relegating them to a 3-5 slate. At that point, graduating players Desiderio, Diego Dario, Jarrell Lim, Gelo Vito, and JJ Espanola decided that they were no longer having any of it. They are not going to leave UP as losers again. So they decided to call a seniors only meeting. "People were already doubting us. So kaming mga seniors, nag lunch kami noon sa Frankie's sa UP Town [Center] to meet," said Lim, referring to a popular chicken wings restaurant in the mall across the Diliman campus. "Nag-meeting kami. Parang anong nangyayari? Hindi ito yung season na ineexpect namin, what is happening?" narrated Dario, "So we went in to the details. We made sure na balanced yung insights namin with Paul's perspective, someone who plays a lot, tapos our perspective na usually from the bench, from the outside, kung ano nakikita namin." The seniors did not only talk about team culture or mindset, but they heavily discussed their plays, rotation, and moves - things that are usually considered by the coaching staff. "Yung mga usapan na walang bench production, hindi nakakapag-pahinga si ganito kasi hindi nagpoproduce si ganyan, or mga plays - to the detail talaga yung mga pinagusapan namin," Vito narrated. "Given all our insights, we decided to talk to our coaches," said Dario. However, talking to the coaches was something the seniors were not sure how to do. They did not want to give the impression that they were undermining the authority of their coaching staff, most especially coach Bo's, but at the same time they knew they had to let their insights out. "Noong una, kinakabahan pa kami kasi baka ma-insult sila, na baka coach Bo will feel disrespected. We were really scared of talking to him," shared Lim. "Baka kasi isipin niya 'You don't trust me?" Dario added. The seniors pressed on and forwarded their concerns to their assistant coaches. Eventually, their insights reached Perasol and he called them in for another seniors only meeting. "Kinabahan na kami! Parang hala, anong sasabihin ni Coach? Nag-text si Coach Mo [Gingerich], 'Coach Bo wants to talk to you, Coach Ricky [Dandan] pitched your ideas and he's really positive with it and he wants to meet you guys before practice,'" narrated Vito. The seniors came in to the meeting feeling scared but they came out of it feeling validated. It was a revelation of Perasol's character as a players' coach. The seniors shared that in the meeting, Perasol listened to them and made them feel that their voice mattered. "Doon mo talaga masasabi how coach Bo is as a coach. Sobrang respectful and talagang he really listens to his players. Dun mo talagang masasabi na Papa Bo mo talaga siya," said Lim, "Not even once did we hear any negative response from coach Bo kaya mahal na mahal talaga namin siya, lalo na kaming mga senior kasi siya talaga yung nag lead sa amin sa pagbabago." "He really is like a dad to us, legit," added Dario. Right after the meeting, the changes they wanted to see in the team were implemented right away. Aside from the tweaks in the plays, the seniors decided to alter the mood in their training as well. As Dario described, "We made sure to set the example in practice so from then, go hard kami sa practice. Nagkakapikunan na nga kami minsan sa sobrang intense." What makes that meeting more monumental is that since then, the Fighting Maroons started collecting wins. It was the turning point of the season. From a 3-5 slate, they finished the eliminations in the third spot with an 8-6 record. "Yun yung naging turning point, yun yung puro wins na kami," said Lim proudly. "Natalo lang kami sa Adamson [sa eliminations] tapos puro panalo na," added Vito. UP made it back in the Final Four after 21 years. For the first time in their season, they were meeting the expectations that were set on them in the beginning. But if we are talking about expectations, apparently UP was not just going to meet them, they went on to exceed them.  In the semifinals, they overcame a twice-to-beat advantage held by Adamson University, which earned them a ticket to the Finals against the Ateneo de Manila University. It was their first time back in the Finals after 32 years. They may have failed to win a single game in the heavily lopsided best-of-three Finals series, but they were able to mount a story that will forever remain a classic. They won't deny that this silver finish still glitters like gold, not only to the team, but to the rest of the UP community. The Fighting Maroons' story this season is a testament that winners are not just made in the hardcourt. Winners are made during meetings over chicken wings, in intense team practices, and with coaches who listen. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

UAAP Finals: Thirdy makes another statement with newest haircut

Thirdy Ravena commemorated Ateneo's back-to-back UAAP men's basketball championships with his latest haircut.  The UAAP season 81 Finals MVP made another fashion statement to cap off his stellar season with the Blue Eagles by getting a sublime '2X' mark shave on his head. This, after dropping 38 points in Ateneo's championship-clinching Game 2 win over the UP Fighting Maroons last Wednesday. It wasn't the first time Thirdy tried a new hairstyle however.  Last September, the ultra-athletic swingman made waves with a polarizing haircut that had fans salute him for his uncompromising style, and had naysayers questioning the 'do. It all worked out in the end, though as the hate died down as days passed. Thirdy's newest haircut, however, is a both a fashion statement and a flex, reminding everyone that he is now a two-time UAAP men's basketball champion. Will we see a '3X' haircut from Thirdy next season? .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 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

UAAP Finals: Better Bo-lieve it, UP is here to stay

The University of the Philippines got swept by Ateneo de Manila University in the Finals of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, the season will always be remembered as the time when the Fighting Maroons ended their 21-year playoff drought and their 32-year Finals absence. More than that, the season may very well be remembered as when State U formalized its return to relevance. “Oo naman. ‘Winning Maroons’ na kami. Our minds are there already,” head coach Bo Perasol proudly said, even after they have just gotten blanked in the championship round. Indeed, from 2007 to 2015, UP only won 13 times out of 126 games. Those days have been self-depreciatingly called “the dark days.” Since head coach Bo Perasol took over, however, they have gone 19-23. Making “Bo-lievers” out of skeptics, coach Bo has led his alma mater to its best showing since 1986 with a runner-up finish they wrapped up on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Yes, the Fighting Maroons were only runners-up to the Blue Eagles, but relative to the former who had just gotten out of “the dark days,” silver seems like gold. And, if coach Bo is to still be “Bo-lieved,” they are far from finished. “We already did it and we’re enjoying the (aftermath) of that – the praise, the adulation – but we need to move on from that. I’m so excited about my prospects kahit na ang expectations, mataas ngayon and next year, how much more” he said. He then continued, “It’s gonna be the Finals now, not (just) the Final Four. It’s about the Finals when we go back because if I say it’s (just) Finals Four, no one’s gonna believe them now.” Keep doubting him and UP at your own risk – what’s sure is that the Fighting Maroons won’t stop “Bo-lieving.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

UAAP Finals: In showing character, UP earns Ateneo s respect

Ateneo de Manila University left no doubt in claiming back-to-back championships in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Following a convincing nine-point victory in Game 1, the Blue Eagles ran the University of the Philippines out of the Araneta Coliseum in Game 2 on Wednesday by a score of 99-81. That 18-point win was more than enough for them to clinch their seventh title in the last 11 years. Despite the dominant series sweep, the now two-time defending champions had nothing but good words for their fallen foes. “At the end of the day, yes, there’s only one champion, but there are only two teams that play the last game of the season. That means the one that doesn’t win still must’ve done a lot of things pretty well,” head coach Tab Baldwin told reporters post-game. Indeed, while Ateneo was in complete control of the Finals, Fighting Maroons Bright Akhuetie, Paul Desiderio, and Juan Gomez de Liano kept coming at them. In the eyes of coach Tab, that just showed the character they have discovered and then developed throughout the tournament. “When you look at their season, their season had a lot of character to it because they were a struggling team early on and looked out of sorts. It’s really difficult so you scratch your head all the time and say, ‘We got talent, we got some good players, how do we pull this thing together,’” he shared. He then continued, “I don’t know what they did, but they sure got it together and they got these guys playing as a team, playing extremely hard, and they put together a great season.” At the start of the second round, UP found itself at 3-5 and at the outside looking into the playoff picture. From there, though, they went 7-1 to make a run to the Finals which was a pleasant surprise for just about everybody. And though the Fighting Maroons had to settle for a runner-up finish, the Blue Eagles said they deserve nothing but respect for their magical season. “I think that you got to give credit to every single one of them. The coaches obviously did a good job and the players worked with the coaches so they deserve credit for that,” coach Tab said. He then continued, “They were a really tough opponent for us.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

UAAP: Juan GDL s promise for next year: UP will be in the Finals

Juan Gomez de Liano was a man of his word in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. In the offseason, he said that the University of the Philippines would end its 21-year playoff drought. On November 14, 2018, that came true as the Fighting Maroons booked a ticket to the Final Four as the third-seed. “I promised ever since offseason na we’re gonna make the Final Four. Here we are,” he said then. They didn’t stop from there and made a run to the Finals which was a pleasant surprise for just about everybody. Only, once there, State U ran into a wall named Ateneo de Manila University which swept them for back-to-back championships. First Finals appearance, first Finals loss. Fo sho, GDL brothers @javigdl22 and @juan_swish9 will only be better from this. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/CMV0JH30rh — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Disyembre 5, 2018 Though that video didn’t look like it, Juan GDL remained upbeat about the future for UP. So much so that he was ready and raring for a new promise. Asked about their prospects for next year, he answered, full of confidence as always, “UP will be in the Finals, definitely.” It’s difficult to doubt the Mythical selection as, even with the graduation of team captain Paul Desiderio, the Fighting Maroons remain stacked for foreseeable future as flanking him are still Season MVP Bright Akhuetie, kuya Javi GDL, Will Gozum, and Jun Manzo. More than that, they will also be welcoming with open arms a pair of Gilas cadets in Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras. “We’ll be good. I think we’ll be good,” Juan GDL said. Of course, that is never a given and the all-around playmaker said State U will still have to work hard to live up to its billing. “With Ricci and Kobe, yeah. One thing we gotta do is how to jell together, that’s the most important thing,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018