UAAP Season 75: Tigers slay another favorite

29 07 2012

After losing a heartbreaker in their opening game of the Season 75 of the UAAP against the FEU Tamaraws, the UST Growling Tigers have 2 defeated two Season 75 favorites in a row highlighted by great comebacks from large deficits.  First, they beat 5-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles last week by rallying from a 15 point half-time deficit to score an awe-inspiring 71-70 win. Yesterday, they cemented their status as one of the teams to watch as they gave the NU Bulldogs a lesson on resiliency as they trailed the whole game and were down 53-63 at one point in the final period before clawing back and winning 77-71.

Jeron Teng conspired with Aljun Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, Melo Afuang and Karim Abdul in a blistering 15-3 run to take the lead at 68-66 from a ten-point deficit.  Teng scored 6 points behind two booming treys in that run.  Bobby Ray Parks Jr. temporarily stopped the bleeding for Bulldogs by making 3-point shot to bring back the lead to NU 69-68.  The Growling Tigers responded with a game-ending 7-0 run for 75-69 lead. After 2 free throws by both teams the score in the end was 75-69 in favor of UST.

Teng led the Tigers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Karim Abdul had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds along with 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  UST dominated the boards 54-43 with Ferrer and Mariano grabbing 8 boards a piece.

Parks as usual led the Bulldogs with 25 points, 4 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots. NU shot themselves in the foot by missing half of their 24 free throws. Parks and Joshua Alolino each had 4 misses at the charity stripe .

The win moved UST to 2-1 while dropping NU to 2-2.

In the first game, Ateneo walloped rivals La Salle, 71-61.

Team Standings as of July 28, 2012
Team Wins Losses
Far Eastern University Tamaraws 3 0
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles 3 1
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers 2 1
De la Salle University Green Archers 2 2
National University Bulldogs 2 2
University of the Philippinesl Fighting Maroons 0 2
Adamson University Soaring Falcons 0 2
University of the East Red Warriors 0 2

The scores:

UST 77: Teng 21, Abdul 11, Mariano 10, Fortuna 10, Ferrer 8, Bautista 7, Afuang 6, Lo 4, Vigil 0, Pe 0, Daquioag 0

NU 71: Parks 25, Mbe 13, Alolino 13, Javillonar 11, Villamor 5, Rosario 3, Ignacio 1, Rono 0, Neypes 0, Khobuntin 0, De Guzman 0, Betayene 0

Quarter scores: 15-21, 36-41, 53-60, 77-71

UAAP Season 75 Junior’s Basketball: NU, FEU still undefeated

26 07 2012

Last year’s finalists NU Bullpups and FEU-FERN Baby Tamaraws are setting pace of this year’s competition after winning their 3rd straight games respectively.  The UST Baby Tigers are a game behind at 2-1 while 4 teams are bunched at 1-2.  UE is the only winless team left in this year’s UAAP Junior’s Basketball competition.

Standings after 3 games:

Team Standings as of July 26, 2012
Team Wins Losses
National University Bullpups 3 0
Far Eastern University-FERN Baby Tamaraws 3 0
University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs 2 1
Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets 1 2
De la Salle Zobel Junior Archers 1 2
University of the Philippines Integrated School Baby Maroons 1 2
Adamson University Baby Falcons 1 2
University of the East Junior Warriors 0 3

Latest Boxscores:

First game:
NU 95 – Atangan 19, Busa 17, Morido 15, Cani 15, Lapiz 10, Cauilan 8, Banawan 4, Canaynay 3, Dela Cruz 2, Biteng 2, Mosqueda 0, Lopena 0, Castillo 0, Battad 0.

ADMU 89 – Ravena 20, Asistio 20, Nieto Mi. 18, Mendoza 10, Nieto Ma. 9, Black 8, Gamboa 2, Capacio 2, Vitangcol 0, Puno 0.
Quarter scoring: 20-19, 49-42, 68-71, 95-89.

Second game:
UPIS 63 – Sablan 16, Dario 10, Ancheta 9, Nacpil 8, General 8, Pajarillaga 7, Quejada 2, Lina 2, Gregorio 1, Lopez 0.

AdU 61 – Margallo 17, Asistio 13, Quinga 10, Javier 8, Pangaibat 6, Munsayac 3, Pacturan 2, Fernandez 2, Ylagan 0, Solomon 0, Oebanda 0, Nemenzo 0, Madrid 0, Inigo 0, Casino 0, Barroga 0.
Quarter scoring: 12-20, 31-38, 45-53, 63-61.

Third game:
FEU-FERN 70 – Pingoy 19, Delfinado 11, Escoto 8, Domingo Jos. 8, Domingo R. 8, Aguilon 7, Completo 3, You 2, Palacio 2, Hassan 2, Magbuhos 0, Domingo Joh. 0, Palana 0, Lee Yu 0.

DLSZ 67 – Subido 23, Melecio Alj. 18, Melecio Ale. 7, Cabarrus 7, Saubier 5, Banzon 5, Andaya 2, Samonte 0, Manguera 0, Evangelista 0, Cruz 0.
Quarter scoring: 14-11, 35-34, 53-46, 70-67.

Fourth game:
UST 105 – Ungria 22, Soriano 12, Martin 8, Baetiong 8, Berdijo 7, Mayor 6, Dandan 6, Corre 6, Borje 6, Lavarias 5, Laman 5, Bahia 5, Abuyen 5, Syyap 2, Ramirez 2.

UE 55 – Viajar 13, Garcia 7, Ceralde 7, Carabejo 7, Rafol 6, Briones 6, Swan 2, Sison 2, Del Rosario 2, Correche 2, Arbarro 1, Posadas 0, Gonzales 0, Castillo 0.
Quarter scoring: 31-15, 58-30, 88-43, 105-55.

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals: RoS storms to a 1-0 lead

23 07 2012

Manila, Philippines – In its first finals appearance ever, the Rain or Shine Elasto (RoS) Painters played like savvy veterans as they beat the Tim Cone-mentored B-Meg Llamados, 91-90, in Game 1 of the Best of Seven Finals for the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup title.

It was a highly physical battle from the start as the first half of Game 1 will be remembered for the hard fouls, technical fouls, and the difficulty of both teams to pull away. The Painters held a 2 point lead after 12 minutes by getting a big contribution from rookie Paul Lee who had 8 points coming off the bench. The Llamados was able to grab a 4 point lead at half time after a buzzer-beater 3-point basket by Jonas Villanueva.  JR Quinahan was charge with a technical foul in the first half after giving Marc Pingris a hard foul. Yancy de Ocampo and RoS import Jamelle Cornley were also assessed with technical fouls after a shoving incident in the 2nd quarter.

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao used a rotation of Cornley, Quinahan, Paul Lee, Jireh Ibanes, Ryan Arana, Gabe Norwood, and Ronjay Buenafe in the third period to take control of the game. The Painters were able to outscore the Llamados by 11 in the crucial quarter to turn a 4-point deficit into a comfortable 7-point lead. It became difficult for the Llamados as their import Marcus Blakely got his 5th foul with still a few minutes left in the quarter.

RoS did not let up in the 4th period as they continued to add on the lead which led to Tim Cone throwing a monoblock chair on the playing court in frustration. Cone was apparently miffed at a no-call on a drive by James Yap.  The Painters held on to double digit leads for the rest of the way to grab the important win in Game 1.

Cornley had 25 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assist, and a steal.  He only missed 3 of his 14 shot attempts.  Lee, Norwood, and Buenafe combined for 34 points. B-Meg was led James Yap’s 19 points, 11 of which were scored in the 3rd period. Marcus Blakely had an anemic 12 points and 7 rebounds as he was limited due to foul trouble.

Game 2 will be played on Wednesday July 25, 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

The scores:

RAIN OR SHINE 91 – Cornley 25, Lee 14, Norwood 10, Buenafe 10, Belga 8, Ibanes 8, Chan 7, Arana 4, Quinahan 4, Cruz 1.

B-MEG 80 – Yap 19, Blakely 12, Pingris 12, Simon 9, Gaco 8, Barroca 6, Villanueva 5, Reavis 4, Urbiztondo 3, De Ocampo 2.

Quarters: 18-16, 35-39, 66-59, 91-80

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2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Meralco suprises B-Meg

14 07 2012



After being ousted with their loss to Rain or Shine, the Meralco Bolts played their best game in the semis to spoil B-Meg’s bid to tie Rain or Shine at the top of the standings.  The Bolt‘s blitzkrieg started in the first quarter where they led by 14 by the end of the first period.  They continued to hold on to the lead for three quarters before surviving a serious rally by the B-Meg Llamados in the final period and win 104-101.

With a less than a minute left and trailing 89-96, the Llamados unleashed a 9-3 onslaught to cut down the lead to a solitary point at 98-99.  Asi Taulava surprised B-Meg, who were expecting their opponents to call a time bout, by issuing an excellent outlet pass to Chris Ross that resulted to a completed three point play off a Josh Urbiztondo foul. The lead was at four 102-98 when James Yap banked a three point shot with 3.9 seconds left and once again cut down the lead to just 1 point.  B-Meg immediately fouled Taulava in the ensuing play.  The Meralco big men split his charities for a 103-101 lead. Without a time out left, Coach Tim Cone paid with a technical foul to be able to draw up a final play. Meralco made the technical free throw for the final margin as B-Meg’s gamble did not payoff as Ross disrupted their final play.

Solomon Mercado top scored for the winners with 30 points along with five assists, and three steals.  Import Mario West played above the rim and made several dunks to end up with 29 points. Marcus Blakely and James Yap combined 52 points to lead the Llamados.

The win was the first for the Bolts in the semifinals, they now sport a 5-8 record. The loss was B-Meg’s first in the semis and they are now level with the streaking Barangay Ginebra Kings at 8-4, a game behind Rain or Shine.  B-Meg will battle Ginebra on Sunday to earn at least a playoff for a finals spot.

The scores:

MERALCO 104 – Mercado 30, West 29, Ross 18, Cardona 11, Taulava 9, Macapagal 3, Timberlake 2, Reyes 2.

B-MEG 101 – Blakely 30, Yap 22, Simon 13, Barroca 11, De Ocampo 11, Urbiztondo 6, Pingris 5, Villanueva 3, Reavis 0.

Quarters: 31-17, 54-43, 77-63, 104-101

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Ginebra now 3-0 in the semis

12 07 2012


Inspired.  Probably that is the best way to describe the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals of the 2012 PBA Governor’s Cup. A few days after doing a miraculous comeback in the night that the legendary Robert Jaworski retires, Ginebra defeated the current league leader Rain or Shine Elasto Painters via a 95-86 score.

The Gin Kings started the game as they trailed the Painters by 10 after the first quarter. They however owned the last 3 to win their 3rd game in the semis for an 8-4 overall record. One more win means that they have at least a playoff for a finals berth.  The win also eliminated sister team and defending champions Petron Blaze Boosters from the race for a finals spot.  Ginebra’s last two opponents in the semis will be B-Meg Llamados and Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters.  Rain or Shine fell to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in the semis.  The Painters need to win one more to assure itself of at least a playoffs for spot in the finals.

In its latest victory, Mark “The Spark” Caguioa exploded for 29 points buoyed by 5 long range bombs.  He scored 20 points in the middle periods to help Ginebra turn a 10 point deficit to a 5 point lead going to the final period.  Import Cedric Bozeman was assigned by coach Siot Tanquincen to hound Paul Lee scored 19 same as the output of the RoS rookie. Jamelle Cornley was limited to 13 points behind the efforts of Ginebra big men Kerby Raymundo and Rudy Hatfield.  If Ginebra continues it marvelous form then they will be the favored to win the season’s last conference’s crown.


The scores:

Ginebra (95) – Caguioa 29, Bozeman 19, Raymundo 15, Helterbrand 11, Hatfield 8, W. Wilson 5, Villanueva 4, Maliksi 2, Cortez 2, Wilson 0, Ababou 0, Maierhofer 0.

Rain or Shine (86) – Lee 19, Chan 14, Cornley 13, Norwood 11, Ibanes 9, Cruz 6, Quinahan 5, Arana 4, Belga 3, Buenafe 2.

Quarters: 18-28, 45-45, 70-65, 95-86

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: Texters rout Bolts

11 07 2012



The battle between the two MVP (Manny V. Pangilinan)- owned squads turned out to be a rout as the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters easily beat the eliminated Meralco Bolts, 108-84.  The Texters who need to sweep all its remaining matches to have a shot for a finals berth, got hot from the the get go and simply overwhelmed the Bolts.  Talk ‘N Text were already leading by 15 after 12 minutes.

The lead ballooned to 21 at the half and 26 by the end of the third period.  In the end, it was a 24 point margin of victory for the Tropang Texters. Ranidel de Ocampo had 24 points and Japeth Aguilar played one of his best scoring games in the PBA with a double-double performance by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 boards.  Mario West led the Bolts with 21 points.  The Texters raised their record to 6-5 (1-1 semifinals).  Their last 3 opponents would be Petron, Ginebra, and Rain or Shine.


The scores:

Talk ‘N Text (108) – De Ocampo 24, Aguilar 20, Alapag 12, Williams 11, Harris 10, Peek 8, Castro 7, Fonacier 5, Alvarez 5, Raymundo 4, Gamalinda 2, Aban 0, Lao 0.

Meralco (84) – West 21, Cardona 13, Daa 11, Mercado 9, Bulawan 8, Taulava 6, Hugnatan 5, Ballesteros 4, Reyes 4, Borboran 3, Ross 0, Timberlake 0, Artadi 0.

Quarters: 31-16, 64-43, 89-63, 108-84

2012 PBA Governor’s Cup Semifinals: “Never-say-die” Ginebra pulls off signature comeback in Jaworski’s retirement night

10 07 2012

The legend meets the new-Ginebra squad (

The retirement ceremony of the famed No. 7 jersey of Philippine basketball’s living legend Robert Jaworski became much more memorable to the Ginebra fanatics when the new generation- Barangay Ginebra Kings (7-4, 2-0)won over sister team Petron Blaze Boosters (6-5, 1-1), 87-85.

Down by 11 at the start of the final period, Ginebra took its first lead in the 4th quarter at 81-80 when Mark “The Spark” Caguioa hit 2 of his 3 freebies after being fouled while attempting a three-point shot. Petron’s Chris Lutz answered with a bucket to bring back the lead to the Boosters at 82-81. Cedric Bozeman and Arwind Santos made a free throw each to bring the score to 83-82 in favor of Petron with 41.4 seconds left and Petron having the possession.  Petron Marcus Faison missed in the next play.  Rico Maierhofer was fouled in the rebound but he missed his two free throws. Rookie Dylan Ababou grabbed the offensive rebound and converted a three-point play to give the Gin Kings an 85-83 lead with 25.8 seconds left in regulation.  In the next play, Alex Cabagnot made a clutch drive for Petron to knot the game at 85-all with 15.9 seconds left.  Coach Siot Tanquingcen called a timeout to draw up the final play.  He designed a play for Caguioa, unfortunately for Barangay Ginebra, Caguiao was not able to free himself from his defender.  The ball was left in the hands of Bozeman who waited for the time to go down to just a few seconds before going to the right and making a shot with 0.8 seconds left in the game.   Petron’s final heave missed which led to pandemonium and a magical ending to a memorable night in Philippine basketball history.

The scores:

GINEBRA 87 – Caguioa 25, Bozeman 13, Ababou 13, Maierhofer 10, Villanueva 8, Raymundo 8, Helterbrand 4, Cortez 3, Hatfield 3, Maliksi 0, Wilson W. 0, Mamaril 0.

PETRON 85 – Faison 19, Lutz 17, Washington 11, Hontiveros 11, Santos 9, Yeo 6, Cabagnot 6, Pena 4, Miranda 2, Reyes 0, Ildefonso 0.

Quarter scoring: 15-26, 34-42, 58-69, 87-85