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UE’s Alvin Pasaol headlines competition in first-ever UAAP 1-on-1

Alvin Pasaol is the brightest star set to take the stage in the first-ever UAAP Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoop Challenge. University of the East’s main man, who famously scored 49 points a season ago, has all the tools to dominate the competition scheduled on Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. Challenging him will be Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, De La Salle University’s Jordan Bartlett, Far Eastern University’s Cade Flores, National University’s Robert Minerva, University of the Philippines’ Joe Gomez de Liano, and University of Sto. Tomas’ Zachy Huang. Adamson University has yet to submit the name of its entry in the men's 1-on-1 tournament as of press time. The women’s 1-on-1 tournament will be comprised by Adamson’s Nathalia Prado, Ateneo’s Jhazmin Joson, La Salle’s Rossini Espinas, FEU’s Princess Jumuad, NU’s Ria Nabalan, UE’s Cristine Cortizano, UP’s Noella Cruz, and UST’s Elondra Rivera. As always, all of the action will be on livestream and on YouTube Live starting at 10:00 AM. The tournament will have a single round robin format with the top two players in each group advancing to the semifinals. The winners there will then move on to the Finals where the Last One Standing will be determined. “Last One Standing is going to be fun and exciting. 1-on-1 is the best showcase for a player’s skills and smarts,” event director Eric Altamirano said. Meanwhile, Adamson's top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi is the odds-on favorite for the Three-Point Shootout. Competing with him are Blue Eagle Jolo Mendoza, Green Archer Aaron Waban, Tamaraw Travis Mantua, Bulldog Daniel Atienza, Red Warrior Jason Varilla, Fighting Maroon Allan Madrigal, and Growling Tiger Ken Zamora. A Slam Dunk Contest will also be a highlight of the day with high-flying Tyrus Hill (La Salle) pitted against Ivan Maata (Adamson), Matthew Daves (Ateneo), Aaron Davis (FEU), Daniel Chatman (NU), Soulemane Chabi Yo (UST), and Joe GDL (UP). There will be no UE player in the contest. The Skills Challenge will then be disputed by Soaring Falcon Jerom Lastimosa, Blue Eagle Migs Fortuna, Green Archer Donn Lim, Tamaraw James Tempra, Bulldog Migs Oczon, Red Warrior Mark Maloles, Fighting Maroon Enzo Battad, and Growling Tiger Brent Paraiso. This is the first time that the league will have a preseason event of the sort courtesy of the efforts of host school NU in partnership with SM Supermalls. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 13th, 2018

Kai is gonna be Kai whether it be Batang Gilas or Gilas cadets

There is no doubt that Kai Sotto is a dominant force in the high school level. But a step higher in terms of competition? We have yet to find out. Good thing then that we all got a glimpse of what the 7-foot-1, 15-year-old could do up against a collegiate team when he and the Gilas cadets took on University of the East last Tuesday. And the young Sotto was, for the most part, his UAAP Juniors champion and Finals MVP self. King Red Warrior Alvin Pasaol learned that the hard way. “Si Kai Sotto, talagang sobrang taas. Kala ko, maiiwan ko na siya e, yun pala, supalpal pa rin,” he told reporters after he and his team surrendered a 61-63 decision to the Gilas cadets who were energized by their towering, tantalizing talent. Indeed, just like he always does, Pasaol was aggressive and went at Sotto a couple of times. Safe to say, Pasaol was unsuccessful and Sotto slammed the door on him in both instances. And it wasn’t just Pasaol who got denied by Sotto, but all of UE as well. The prized prospect of Ateneo de Manila High School just had five points, three rebounds, and two blocks to his name, but it was during his time on the floor when the Gilas cadets went on a 13-0 run that erased an 11-point deficit and that eventually ended as a much-needed two-point win. And don’t forget, he did all that during his debut for the national team. As always, the kid of few words said that he was only doing his job. “Ako naman, kahit sino, gagawin ko lahat nang makakaya ko para matulungan team ko,” he said. That statement only bodes well for both the Gilas cadets and Batang Gilas. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Pasaol, other teammates mulling exit from still coach-less UE

Four months after the resignation of Derrick Pumaren, the University of the East is yet to name its new head coach. And so, with the next UAAP wars just half a year away, the Red Warriors are still unsure what their team will look like and what system they will be running. According to a few players who requested anonymity, team management is yet to inform them about what will happen. Still, they themselves have been holding training sessions so as not to get left behind by their competition. However, they are also well aware that try as they might, they have a lot of catching up to do to the likes of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, contenders Adamson University and Far Eastern University, upstarts National University and University of the Philippines, and reloading yet still dangerous De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas. “Wala e. Mapapag-iwanan kami nito,” one player told ABS-CBN Sports. “Mismong kami, naguguluhan na rin. Sobra.” That’s why according to the same source, there are a few UE players thinking about moving on. Specifically, he said 49-point man Alvin Pasaol and court general Philip Manalang are considering their next move. “Magkausap yung dalawa palagi at ‘pag ‘di na lalaro si Alvin, ‘di na rin lalaro si Philip,” he said. If that is indeed the case, for next season, the Red Warriors will have to fill vacancies for their head coach, main man, and point guard. Asked about it, Pasaol opted to keep mum. Instead, the scoring dynamo said he remains focused on Marinerong Pilipino and their playoff push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. “Focus lang po muna talaga ako sa Marinero,” he remarked. The Recto-based team has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. Pumaren registered a record of 21-35 in his four years at the helm for his alma mater. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

DLSU, Ateneo grouped together in first-ever UAAP 3x3

The fiercest foes in the UAAP have been lumped together for the elimination round of the inaugural 3x3 Tournament in Season 80. De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University will be jostling for the top two spots in Group A along with Adamson University and University of the East on Sunday at the SM MOA Music Hall in Pasay. The Green Archers boast of one of the more stacked lineups in the tournament with former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan. Meanwhile, the Blue Eagles will be bannered by QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong. Over in Group B, the University of the Philippines is poised to lord over with a roster of Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan, Jun Manzo, and Gelo Vito. Still, Far Eastern University and National University are all set to put up a fight against the Maroons. University of Sto. Tomas decided against fielding a team in the Men's division. The top two teams from each group will move on to the semifinals where the top-seed in one group will be pitted against the second-seed in the other. The winners there will then move on to the Finals where the first-ever 3x3 Men’s champion will be crowned. While competition will not be count in the general championship, league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag expects all member-schools to go all-out for bragging rights. “We’re going back to our roots because even before I played five-on-five basketball, tatluhan lang naman ang laro e. Ice tubig, Coke litro lang ang panalo dati,” he said. He then continued, “Dito, school pride naman ang paglalabanan.” Of course, all of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on livestream starting at 9:00 AM. Here is the full schedule of games: This is the schedule for the #UAAP3x3 on Sunday in MOA. UP, DLSU teams to watch for Men’s. NU, UST teams to watch for Women’s. pic.twitter.com/tTTkfSY0mq — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Marso 1, 2018 In the Women’s division, top teams NU and UST have been grouped together in Group B together with FEU and UP. Just like in the Men’s, the Women’s Group A will consist of Adamson, Ateneo, DLSU, and UE. Here is the full list of participants: Men’s 3x3 Adamson June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong. Ateneo QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong. DLSU Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan. FEU Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin. NU JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza. UE Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla. UP Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito. Women’s 3x3 Adamson Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado. Ateneo Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes. DLSU Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde. FEU Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo. NU Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky. UE Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron. UP Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza. UST Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

UAAP: UP has its first MVP in 32 years in Bright Akhuetie

The UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament continues to be a historic one for the University of the Philippines. Not even a week after ending its 21-year playoff drought, Bright Akhuetie has been hailed as the Season MVP – the first time since 1986 that a Fighting Maroon has done so. Akhuetie follows in the footsteps of Eric Altamirano who last took home the award to State U. The Nigerian powerhouse has been the MVP leader all throughout the tournament and ends the elimination round with per game counts of 18.9 points, 14.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in just his first season. That was more than enough for him to accumulate 82.50 Statistical Points (SPs) and more than enough to for him to have a six-point edge over his closest competitor. That turned out to be another first-year big man in Ateneo de Manila University’s Angelo Kouame who had 76.21 SPs built on averages of 14.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks. Due to a league rule that states that only one foreign student-athlete can be included, Kouame will also not be making the Mythical Team. Instead, the Mythical selections are Akhuetie, UP teammate Juan Gomez de Liano, University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol, De La Salle University’s Justine Baltazar, and Adamson University’s Jerrick Ahanmisi. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

Alvin Pasaol a 1st-round pick in PBA draft, says UE coach

    MANILA, Philippines – Nothing is final yet, but it seems that UE superstar Alvin Pasaol has played his final game in the UAAP. After finishing with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 steals in the Red Warriors’ 71-79 loss against the NU Bulldogs, the burly 6-foot-3 forward couldn’t help ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

UAAP: Whether or not it s his last game, Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor for UE

Alvin Pasaol’s third season for University of the East wound up in another loss – in fact, it was their 13th out of 14 games in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, Pasaol was all smiles while reporters were speaking with him after they fell to National University on Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Walang pagsisisi kung ito last game ko. Lumaban naman kami,” he said. For weeks, there has been talk that the Red Warriors’ scoring machine was foregoing of his fourth and final playing year. Indeed, after the final buzzer sounded, it very much looked like he had played his last game in red and white – with tears running down his eyes as he hugged his teammates. Alvin Pasaol has already cemented himself as a UE and UAAP legend, no matter what. 💪 #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/t2geMQuyzR — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 18, 2018 After they closed their campaign, yet again out of the Final Four, however, Pasaol himself reiterated that he remains uncertain about his next move. “Baka pag-iisipan ko pa yung (PBA) Draft. December 3 pa (deadline of application) so may one week pa ako para mag-isip,” he said. After all, he still has a meeting scheduled with UE’s team management and coaching staff. “Mag-uusap pa kami ng may-ari pati coaches next week,” he said. Whatever happens then, the burly forward said he had fun throughout the season – even if at the end of it all, they were holding a 1-13 record. “Sobrang parang roller-coaster yung nangyari sa amin. ‘Di namin in-expect na ganito mangyayari sa amin, pero sobrang happy ako kasama teammates ko,” he said. And while he remains uncertain about his next move, one thing’s for sure – Pasaol will never be forgotten in Recto. “Iiwan ko ang UE na lumalaban kahit talo. Nandun pa rin ang puso at lumalaban kaming lahat,” he said. He then continued, “Baka last year ko na ‘to so nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.” If this is, indeed, his last season, he will have gone out with a bang by averaging 24.4 points – the highest scoring for a single player in a single season since 2003. That is more than two points better than the 22.2 points Terrence Romeo normed five years ago. And as if that’s not enough, he will also always have that 49-point game. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

NU’s Clemente owes career game to teammates

National University's campaign in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament is already down in the dumps having lost its 10th game in 13 outings, but there was one shining silver line amid all that misery. Rookie John Lloyd Clemente was an offensive sight to behold in the Bulldogs' 79-74 loss to Far Eastern University with the hot-shooting youngster setting the season-high in points for any player this season. Clemente's 38 points surpassed the previous record set by University of the East's Alvin Pasaol when he put up 36 points in the Red Warriors' 90-76 loss to Adamson University in the first round. "I just felt that I knew my shots would go in because I already had a...Keep on reading: NU’s Clemente owes career game to teammates.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Adamson spoils Alvin Pasaol s record-breaking effort

  MANILA, Phillippines – University of the East's Alvin Pasaol set a league record but Adamson got the crucial win.   And that mattered more for the Soaring Falcons, who hacked out an 85-72 victory over the UE Red Warriors to secure at least a playoff for the twice-to-beat Final Four bonus in the UAAP ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Alvin Pasaol surprised to surpass Terrence Romeo s record

MANILA, Philippines – Alvin Pasaol made history once again in the UAAP as he posted the league's highest scoring average of 24.7 points for a local player.  But it's a feat the University of the East hotshot didn't expect since he eclipsed the record of one of the league's all ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Pasaol mulls PBA draft or return to UE next year

ANTIPOLO---As miserable as University of the East may have been for the past two UAAP seasons there was one gleaming hope in the form of power forward Alvin Pasaol. The burly Pasaol was a scoring machine for the Red Warriors averaging more than 20 points a game in both Season 80 and this point in Season 81. Pasaol averaged 20.6 points as a sophomore last year and is the league's best scorer this season with 22.8 points and 10.3 rebounds to boot. Those numbers, and legend status, may very well leave UE in Season 82 as Pasaol said he's uncertain if he will comeback to the Red Warriors for next year. "I'm still thinking if I will return to UE," said Pasaol in Filipino after ...Keep on reading: Pasaol mulls PBA draft or return to UE next year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Silva, UE planning for possibility of Pasaol joining PBA Draft

Joe Silva's first year as a head coach in the collegiate ranks has been bittersweet at best. A multi-titled coach with Ateneo in the juniors' division, Silva's early stay in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament produced just one win against 10 losses. Despite the miserable record, though, Silva has a silver lining in the talented forward Alvin Pasaol. Pasaol has been a consistent 20-10 player in the league at this point of the season with 22.1 points and 10.7 rebounds-per-game but Silva knows those numbers could come to an end with UE. Silva is aware that Pasaol's draft stock continues to rise with every game he plays in the UAAP and the idea of his player getti...Keep on reading: Silva, UE planning for possibility of Pasaol joining PBA Draft.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

UAAP: UST downs UE behind Lee s threes, Cansino s triple-double

With Renzo Subido out with an injury, Marvin Lee caught fire and CJ Cansino caught the triple-double bug on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Red-hot Lee scorched the nets with a career-high 27 points, Cansino stuffed the stat sheet, and University of Sto. Tomas stomped down on also-ran University of the East, 79-68, for a place inside the playoff picture in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The fourth-year guard went berserk right out of the gates, scoring 22 points all while peppering in seven triples in just 17 minutes in the first half. It was also him and Cansino who got together in the massive 16-4 surge that erased a six-point deficit in the middle of the second and erected a 39-31 advantage late in the quarter. The Red Warriors could only come as close as nine the rest of the way. Lee wound up with 30 points to go along with two assists and two rebounds while his super rookie teammate made his presence felt all over with 20 points, 13 boards, and 10 assists as well as two steals. Since 2003, Cansino is the first rookie to record a triple-double. Thanks to those two, the Growling Tigers overcame the absence of Subido who suffered a stress fracture on his left leg during practice. And thanks to those two, coach Aldin’s wards find themselves in joint fourth with the also 5-5 University of the Philippines. And if the Fighting Maroons lose in their game later, they will stand at solo fourth now in the stretch run of the tournament. As always, Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor with 26 points, seven rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. All of it still wasn’t enough as their standing dropped to 1-10. BOX SCORES UST 79 – Lee 30, Cansino 20, Huang 14, Bataller 4, Bonleon 4, Caunan 2, Agustin 2, Mahinay 2, Zamora 1, Marcos 0. UE 68 – Pasaol 26, Manalang 15, Conner 12, Bartolome 6, Varilla 4, Strait 3, Lacap 2, Guion 0, Beltran 0, Cullar 0, Gallardo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-19, 39-33, 59-49, 79-68. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

UAAP Season 81: Ateneo s Angelo Kouame is playing like his NBA idol Joel Embiid

Ateneo de Manila University's Angelo Kouame gave another MVP-worthy performance in the UAAP Season 81 after dropping 33 points and 27 rebounds. Kouame was heralded with "MVP! MVP" chants once again from the Ateneo crowd as he found his way to the bench in the dying seconds of the match. MVP chants from the Ateneo crowd as Angelo Kouame walked to the bench. He finished the game with 33 points (15-of-17), 27 rebounds. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/9PjA2P0G01 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) October 20, 2018 "I'm really thankful for whatever they give. It's also kind of motivation for me so I'm really thankful," he said. In the end of the first round, the student-athlete from Ivory Coast placed third among the possible MVP candidates in the UAAP next to UE's Alvin Pasaol and UP's Bright Akhuetie. With how his performance is going and how Ateneo has been racking up wins, he is well on his way to the highest individual honors in the UAAP. But the 6-foot-10 center has bigger dreams than an UAAP MVP plum. "My own mindset is I want to be more than that [MVP], I'm trying to make it to the NBA if I can," he shared. Interestingly, his 33-point performance came a day after his NBA idol, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, had a 30-point game too. "Joel Embiid is [my favorite NBA player], of course! He has the skill, he can dribble, his really strong, he can shoot, he can do everything on the court," shared Kouame to ABS-CBN Sports. Cameroonian Embiid made it rain in the NBA on Friday with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks in the Sixers' win over Chicago Bulls. When Kouame was informed about Embiid's statistics and realized the similarities, his face lit up. "God blessed us! 30 points also? Oh! I watched the video of that but I didn't know what was happening," Kouame exclaimed. Just like Kouame, Embiid is also included in the very early MVP talks in the NBA. "He is such an example for me. I want to be like him," added Kouame. To make things more interesting, Kouame shared that some friends of his told him that he has little bit of physical resemblance with Embiid. "People said that [we kind of look alike] actually," Kouame shared in between laughs. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

UE s Alvin Pasaol on UAAP MVP bid: Wala sa ’kin yun

      MANILA, Philippines – Alvin Pasaol is the undoubted lone star of the UE Red Warriors. In 8 games so far, the burly 6-foot-3 forward has been a nightly 20-point, 10-rebound threat against any Warriors opponent.  So not surprisingly, Pasaol emerged as one of the UAAP Season 81 MVP frontrunners, amassing enough stats to finish at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Pasaol on MVP chances in UAAP 81: Gusto ko lang manalo kami

Alvin Pasaol is Bright Akhuetie’s closest competitor in the MVP race after the first round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. With averages of 23.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals, University of the East’s main man has already accumulated 71.57 Statistical Points (SPs) – just around five points away from pacesetter Akhuetie. This, even though he doesn’t have the benefit of that much win bonus as the Red Warriors only have one win to show after eight games. For Pasaol himself, however, the MVP is far from his mind. “Wala sa akin yun. Gusto ko lang manalo kami,” he told reporters after their latest loss on Wednesday. And for them to do that, the third-year forward knows full well he needs to keep doing what he’s doing – and much more. “Mas maganda yung leader ka in action kaysa lip service lang yung ginagawa mo,” he said. Of course, Pasaol also knows full well that he cannot be a one-man show. “Sinasabi ko sa kanila na maglaro sila nang mabuti, kaming lahat, maglaro lang nang mabuti. Nandito lang ako sa likod nila,” he shared. He then continued, “Kung kailangan nila ako, nandito lang ako.” And even though they find themselves at the bottom of the standings at the start of the second round, last year’s Mythical selection still has full faith they have a shot at the playoffs. As he put it, “Kaya pa namin. Push pa namin ang sarili namin na kailangan naming gumawa.” He then continued, “Gusto naming yung standing namin last season, lamangan pa namin.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

UE still learning how to be more than just Alvin Pasaol in UAAP 81

University of the East was unable to build on its first win in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, falling to University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday. Alvin Pasaol gave it his all, as always, for the Red Warriors with 32 points on 9-of-21 shooting and 15 rebounds. Aside from him, however, the rest of the team combined to shoot 10-of 44 from the field as they dropped back to the bottom of the standings. In the eyes of first-year head coach Joe Silva, they failed to follow the system. “Siguro, they’re just so used to looking for Alvin, but I want to change that,” he said. He then continued, “They’re so used to that na ‘di pa consistent yung disiplina namin. So trabaho lang.” As they failed to follow the system, the team that had just defeated playoff hopeful Far Eastern University by 25 points was nowhere to be found. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell them – consistency is what separates good teams from great teams. Great teams bring it day in and day out, night in and night out,” he said. For that, the rookie mentor took full responsibility. As he put it, “I told the boys when we won against FEU, a little success gets into our head. It’s dangerous kasi ‘di kami sanay manalo kaya we came complacent facing UST.” He then continued, “I take full responsibility kasi ‘di ko sila na-advice, kulang ang advice ko sa kanila.” Pasaol could only agree. “Sobrang confident na kaya namin ang UST, pero later on, stats don’t lie,” he said. Nonetheless, UE’s main man has full faith they will only move forward from this. “Bounce back lang ulit kami. Alam naman naming kayang-kaya namin,” he said. Coach Joe shares the same sentiments. “Goot thing for us is we’re coming off a loss and, at least, we’re going to learn from this. We will watch the tape and we’re going to be better,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

UAAP 81 By the Numbers: Soaring to new heights

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

UAAP: Hubert Cani blames FEU s blowout loss to bad practices

Good teams are not made in games, but in practices. This was the narrative Hubert Cani was going for after Far Eastern University saw themselves at the losing end of a 25-point drubbing versus the surprising University of the East, Sunday in UAAP Season 81 action. "Kasi nung bago nitong UE, we had two practices tapos sobrang pangit nung practice namin. As in. Kaya siguro ganito yung nangyari sa amin kasi pangit nung practice talaga namin nung Friday and Saturday. Nadala namin dito," said Cani. The FEU Tamaraws are perennial Final Four contenders but unfortunately this season, they already lost to two teams who were in the bottom four last year, namely UST and UE. According to Cani, this is something they should think about and fix as soon as possible. "Dalawa na yun eh. Tingin ko, mali talaga yung approach namin sa game. Parang dinadaya namin eh. Sa amin bumabalik yun. Kunyari malakas yung kalaban namin, dun kami babawi tapos pag may mga teams na parang nasa average, dun kami nagse-step down eh. Yun talaga yung pagkakamali namin," said the Tamaraw point guard. Cani also bared that they might have been underestimating other teams in UAAP Season 81, that is why now they are paying the consequences. "Same lang ng UST, parang in-underestimate namin yung game kaya ngayon yung mga shots nila kahit naka-challenge na, kahit anong gawin namin, talagang shumu-shoot na kasi binigyan namin sila ng confidence. So dun palang sa una palang, mali na," he explained. FEU shot 33.87-percent from the field, which paled in comparison to UE's sweet shooting at 45.95-percent. As early as the first half, Red Warriors Alvin Pasaol and Jason Varilla already had 15 points each across their names, while no one from the Tamaraws had double digits. Entering the last two quarters, FEU was already down by 12 and that just ballooned to as big as 34-points as UE's shooting kept getting sweeter, while FEU's turned sour. "Tingin ko, shumu-shoot lang talaga yung tira nila tapos kami, di namin sinundan yung scheme na gusto ni Coach Olsen," he said after scoring the most for FEU with 12 points and three rebounds. After what can be considered as an embarrassing loss for FEU, a lengthy post-game meeting followed. Head coach Olsen Racela left it to his squad to talk among themselves about what happened and what should be done. "Parang ang gusto niya sa aming sabihin na kami pa lang, kaya naming ayusin 'to. Hindi na niya kailangang pagalitan kami or whatsoever. Parang sa amin pa lang, i-take na namin yung commitment," shared Cani. "Pinag-usapan lang namin yung commitment sa team as individual players. Kahit sinong kalaban namin dapat same approach lang kami sa game," he added. With so-so practices and an underestimating mindset considered as the culprit for this recent loss, Cani looks forward to going to practice tomorrow to try to fix their course. They will prepare for their next game versus National University on October 3. "Bukas tingin ko sobrang ganda ng kakalabasan nung training namin, kasi kung hindi, parang di namin tine-take seriously itong UAAP, yung team namin. Tingin ko bukas, dun pa lang sa practice, magsa-start na kami," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

UE main man Pasaol admits he lacked effort in blowout loss to Ateneo

Alvin Pasaol said a few days ago that University of the East hasn't displayed the kind of effort needed to make an impact in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018