UAAP Saturday (9/3): Game Previews

3 09 2011
Araneta Coliseum

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Games Today:

1 pm NU (4-7) vs. ADMU (12-0)

3pm UST (6-5) vs. AdU (9-3)

Venue: Araneta Coliseum

Telecast: Studio 23

National University Bulldogs vs. Ateneo De Manila Blue Eagles

Round 1 Result: Ateneo 86 – 62 NU

Top Performers:

Nico Salva (12 pts 10 rebs); Greg Slaugther (15 points 7 rebounds); Ray Parks (20 Pts 6 rebs)

Ateneo is 2 games away from a sweep. NU will get a chance to spoil the perfect mark and also improve its dimming Final 4 chances. Ray Parks is running away with the scoring title and he needs to get his teammates involved in beating a very deep ADMU line-up. The Parks-Ravena matchup did not materialize in the first round but with more at stake now, expect to see these 2 rookies to put on a good show. Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter and NU’s Emmanuel Mbe will also slug it out at the post. It will be a closer game than the last time and expect NU to put on a good fight. Ateneo by 7. 😉

University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers vs. Adamson University Soaring Falcons

Round 1 Result: AdU 81 – 71 UST

Top Performers: Janus Lozada (21 pts 4 rebs); Eric James Camson (19 pts 7 rebs); Jeric Allen Teng (15 pts)

UST and Adamson are trying to cement their places in this year’s Final 4. A UST win will virtually eliminate NU and DLSU. If Adamson wins, they will most likely be the No.2 seed in this year’s Final 4 and a win will also give them momentum in its game against Ateneo. This game has a bigger implication in the standings and it will be expect that the teams will go all-out to try grab a crucial victory: Adamson by 4. 🙂





UAAP Season 74 Basketball: Ateneo Blue Eagles take solo lead

16 07 2011

Super Blue Eagle Freshman Kiefer Ravena (pressceleb.com)

Ateneo De Manila University is now in sole possession of first place in Men’s basketball of the UAAP Season 74 after beating bitter rival De La Salle University Green Archers 81-72. The loss of Season 73 finalist Far Eastern University Tamaraws to the Adamson University Falcons 59-78, propelled the ADMU Blue Eagles to the solo lead.

In their second win, Ateneo was top scored by another marquee UAAP seniors first-timer in Kiefer Ravena. Ravena was so hot that he scored 22 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. It was the highest first half output by a player in two years.  Ravena, who was scoreless in his senior’s debut against the Falcons finished the game with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 dishes, and 5 steals.  He made the best performance of his young college basketball career in front of over 15,000 people in Araneta Coliseum and millions who tuned in Studio 23, and he did it against of all the teams, DLSU Green Archers. I am sure the fans of that proud university in Taft Avenue is salivating and wishing that they lured the son of ex-PBA player Bong Ravena to their side.   Ravena was ably supported by Nico Salva (18 points, 7 rebounds), Kirk Long (10 points), and Emman Monfort (10 points, made 6 for 6 of free throws).  The Archers were again led by comebacking LA Revilla who scored 22 big points and has been the spark for a La Salle rally all throughout the game.

In the opening game,  Alex Nuyles scored 22 points and led 11 other Falcons who scored to breakaway against the favored FEU Tamaraws. Season 73 MVP RR Garcia topscored for the losers with 20 points.

Standings:

Ateneo (2-0)

UP (1-0)

UST (1-0)

Adamson (1-1)

FEU (1-1)

NU (0-1)

UE (0-1)

DLSU (0-2)

Games Tomorrow:

UP vs. NU

UST vs. UE





UAAP Cheerdance 2010: UP wins its 3rd crown in 4 yrs.

12 09 2010
The annual UAAP Cheerdance Competition (CDC) i...

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The University of the Philippines Pep Squad salvaged some pride for the school after a miserable season of its Men’s Basketball Team. With 22,000 people watching the cheerdance competition live in Araneta, the UP Pep Squad wowed the crowd with a flawless fiesta-inspired routine to garner the top prize of the Samsung-sponsored event. They beat last year’s winners, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.  FEU’s samurai-inspired routine landed them 2nd place while UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe completed the podium after a disappointing 2009 result.

caloycomment: It was a big victory for my alma mater. I just hope that the Maroons Men’s Basketball Team can get a championship in the coming decade. 😉 The UP Pep Squad “dynasty” will definitely continue in the coming years although competition will be stiffer than the previous years.