2013 PBA Draft: Barako Bull trades its 3 first round Picks

3 11 2013

The franchise that is known for trading away valuable draft picks outdid itself by trading away all its first round picks in the 2013 PBA Draft. The Barako Bull Energy had the No.4, No.5, and No.6 of the draft but they ended giving it all away for veteran players. Here is what they exchange for the draft picks:

4th Pick – James Forrester (Ginebra) for Ginebra’s Rico Maierhofer and Willy Wilson

5th Pick – Terence Romeo (Globalport) for Magi Sison and Mark Isip of Petron (Yousif Taha was sent to Petron from Globalport)

6th Pick – RR Garcia (Globalport) for Dennis Miranda

The team got 5 veterans for the 3 rookies with some upside. It will be interesting to see how this trade pans out. In a quick glance it looks like the big winner here is the Globalport which will be the home of the FEU Tamaraw guard duo.  Ginebra has now assembled a very athletic young core with Forrester, Aguilar, Ellis, and Slaughter to join forces with Tenorio and Caguioa.  The Barangay would be feeling very confident going into the season.

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UAAP Season 75: League Leaders after 7 games

21 08 2012

We are at the halfway point of the Men’s basketball tournament of the Season 75 of the UAAP.  Here some of the players who dominated the important statistical categories:


  1. Bobby Ray Parks (NU Bulldogs) 20.71 ppg
  2. Karim Abdul (UST Growling Tigers) 17.57
  3. Terence Romeo (FEU Tamaraws) / Jeron Teng (DLSU) 16.71


  1. Karim Abdul (UST Growling Tigers) 13.57 rpg
  2. Emmanuel Mbe (NU) 10.57
  3. Norberto Torres (DLSU) 9.86


  1. Bobby Ray Parks (NU)/ Jeric Fortuna (UST) 5.0 apg
  2. Terence Romeo (FEU) 4,.29
  3. RR Garcia (FEU) 3.86

Steals: Bobby Ray Parks (NU) 1.86 spg

Blocks: Greg Slaughter (ADMU) 2.86 bpg



UAAP 75: Parks, NU nail biggest win of the season

2 08 2012



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NU Bulldogs logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Q.C. – Many basketball followers have dubbed the 2012 NU Bulldogs as one of the favorites to win the 2012 UAAP basketball crown. For the first four games, the Bulldogs were looking more like a middle of the pack team by winning over winless UE and UP while losing to ADMU and UST.  Some fans were even thinking that the Ray Parks-led National University is overrated. After their win today against erstwhile undefeated FEU Tamaraws, 61-57 , the Bulldogs are starting to show why they were labelled as favorites. What they lack now is the consistency to win in consecutive games as they so far followed every win with a momentum killing loss.


Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. had an awful shooting day as he hit only 2 of his 9 attempts in the field but his 2 made field goals were scored in the crucial moments of the game.  He finished the game with 17 points thanks to a 13 of 17 clip from the free throw line. He also have 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.


The Far Eastern University Tamaraws controlled the first half by outscoring the Bulldogs, 30-24. They were leading 29-16 with over four minutes left to play in the first half but NU behind big men Emmanuel Mbe and Spencer Rosario conspired for a 7-1 run to trim the lead to a more manageable six points at the half.  NU continued its surge in the 3rd period as they used a 10-2 quarter ending run capped by Dennice Villamor’s 3-point shot to trim the deficit to just one point going to the final 10 minutes of play.


In the 4th period, NU finally leveled the count at 50 after a conversion by Henri Betayene.  Parks then made his first ever field goal in the game followed by a hook shot by Rosario to give the Bulldogs a 54-50 lead.  FEU responded with a 5-0 run behind Season 73 MVP RR Garcia’s trey and a lay in by Mark Bringas for a 55-54 lead. Another lead change ensued as Parks made his second field goal with a bonus free throw to boot for 57-55 NU lead.  The games final deadlock was at 57-all after Terence Romeo hit a jumper. In the next possession, Parks split his free throws to break the tie, 58-57.  Coach Bert Flores sued for time with less than a minute to play.  FEU did not convert their set play off a timeout but they were also able to make a defensive stop at the other end to get the possession back.  Mark Belo was fouled by Mbe and was given a chance to give back the lead to FEU at the line.  Belo was 3 for 3 at the charity stripe prior to his pressure-packed free throws.  He missed both.  Parks got the ball and FEU was forced to foul him with 16.8 seconds left on the game clock.  Unlike Belo, Parks was cool under pressure as he was able to sink both freebies for 60-57 lead.  It was still a one possession game and FEU could tie it with a 3-point basket.  Romeo attempted a 3-point shot but he missed the game-tying attempt.  Mark de Guzman finalized the tally by making one free throw for a 61-57 win for the Bulldogs.


Parks got great support from Rosario and Mbe, who combined for 24 points and 19 rebounds helping NU to a 46-43 rebounding edge. Romeo was the only FEU scorer in double figures finishing with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.


NU raised its record to 3-2 while the loss dropped FEU to 4-1.




The scores:

NU 61: Parks 17, Rosario 12, Mbe 12, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Javillonar 4, Rono 3, Betayene 2, De Guzman 1, Singh 0

FEU 57: Romeo 18, Belo 8, M Bringas 8, Garcia 5, A Bringas 5, Mendoza 4, Cruz 4, Hargrove 3, Escoto 2, Tolomia 0, Sentchu 0, Pogoy 0

Quarter scoring: 12-15, 24-30, 46-47, 61-57


Team Standings as of August 2, 2012
Team Wins Losses
Far Eastern University Tamaraws 4 1
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles 4 1
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers 2 1
National University Bulldogs 3 2
De la Salle University Green Archers 2 2
Adamson University Soaring Falcons 1 2
University of the East Red Warriors 0 3
University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons 0 4






UAAP Season 75: NU, FEU earn contrasting victories

27 07 2012

The National University Bulldogs and the Far Eastern University  Tamaraws won their respective match ups yesterday to remain at the upper half of UAAP Season 75 Senior Basketball standings. NU routed the slow-starting UP Fighting Maroons to bounce back from a tough loss to Ateneo last Sunday. FEU meanwhile needed summon their excellent endgame abilities again as they survived a close game against a hard fighting Adamson squad.


Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Emmanuel Mbe combined for 37 points to lead the Bulldogs to its second victory of the season. NU was only leading by six after the first ten minutes of play.  They stepped on the gas in the second period by scoring 26 points and limiting the Maroons to just 8. NU was limited to 10 points in the 3rd quarter via a 1-3-1 by UP, the Maroons, however, failed to capitalize as they themselves just scored 8 points for the quarter.  UP was able to outscore NU 24-15 in the final period but the early lead the Bulldogs was just too big for UP to have a chance at winning. Mike Silungan, Jett Manuel, and Jelo Montecastro scored in double figures for the losing squad.

In the second game, Terence Romeo had a big game of 23 markers, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals to help FEU preserve its perfect record in Season 75. The Tams were lucky that Roider Cabrera missed a potential game-tying three point shot at the end of the game to come out with 65-62 win. The 3 point margin is the biggest margin of victory for FEU who opened the season with a 1-point win over UST and a 2-point win over DLSU.  Season 73 MVP RR Garcia contributed 12 points for FEU while Allen Etrone was Adamson’s top scorer. Prolific guard Alex Nuyles was limited to 2 points.

FEU now leads the standings at 3-0.  They are the lone undefeated team left in the season.  The NU Bulldogs created a three-way tie for 2nd at 2-1 with their win against UP. UP and Adamson fell to 0-2.  Both teams joined UE at the bottom of the standings.

The scores:

NU 67: Parks 18, Mbe 17, Javillonar 9, Rono 7, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Ignacio 4, De Guzman 2, Singh 0, Rosario 0, Neypes 0, Labing-isa 0, Betayene 0

UP 50: Silungan 11, Manuel 11, Montecastro 10, Ball 4, Lopez 4, Hipolito 4, Asilum 4, Soyud 2, Mbah 0, Romero 0, Padilla 0, Gamboa 0

Quarter scores: 16-10, 42-18, 52-26, 67-50

The scores:

FEU 65: Romeo 23, Garcia 12, Belo 9, Tolomia 6, Ecoto 5, Hargrove 4, A Bringas 4, M Bringas 2, Pogoy 0, Cruz 0

ADU 62: Etrone 13, Camson 11, Brondial 11, Cruz 8, Petelios 7, Cabrera 4, Abrigo 4, Trollano 2, Nuyles 2, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0

Quarter scoring: 15-15, 35-28, 50-49, 65-63

Team Standings as of July 26, 2012
Team Wins Losses
Far Eastern University Tamaraws 3 0
National University Bulldogs 2 1
De la Salle University Green Archers 2 1
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles 2 1
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers 1 1
University of the Philippinesl Fighting Maroons 0 2
Adamson University Soaring Falcons 0 2
University of the East Red Warriors 0 2

UAAP Season 75: Tamaraws rally past Tigers to tie NU at the top

15 07 2012

MOA Arena, Pasay City – The second game of the UAAP Season 75 opening day matches was very different from the first game. While the first game was a big rout, the second game was won by the slimmest of margins. The FEU Tamaraws led by Season 73 MVP RR Garcia and Terene Romeo escaped with a 73-72 win over the UST Growling Tigers.

It was a tough loss for the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers as they had the lead from the opening quarter right until the last few plays of the game. They ended the first 3 quarters with leads of 3,6, and 10. They repeatedly quelled rallies from the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws in the first 30 minutes of play.  In the final period, FEU finally figured out how to outplay the Tigers. Former UAAP Rookie of the Year Terence Romeo opened the 4th period with 7 straight points to spark the Tamaraw‘s fourth quarter rally after trailing by double figures by the end of the 3rd canto. Romeo’s outburst brought the Tams to within 3, 57-60.  Aljon Mariano and Karim Abdul responded for UST to bring back the lead to 7, 64-57. It was RR Garcia’s turn to shine for the Tams as he scored 6 from long range in an 8-0 run to take the lead at 65-64.  Abdul tied the game at 65 after splitting his charities with over 3 minutes left in regulation. The two teams were still knotted at 69 when Jeric Teng made a triple to give the Growling Tigers a 72-69 advantage with a little over a minute left in the game.  FEU got closer after Kevin Ferrer was called for goaltending, 71-72. In the next possession, the usually reliable Jeric Fortuna lost the ball and Garcia pounced on the mistake to score the game winner.  UST had the last possession but Mariano failed to convert the final field goal attempt of the game.

FEU got MVP numbers from Garcia who had 21 points buoyed by a perfect 4 for 4 shooting in the 3-point region. He also had 5 rebounds and 7 assists. He got good support from Fil-Am Anthony Hargove who had 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Spitfire Terence Romeo had 13 points as he combined with Garcia to score 17 of FEU’s 23 points in the crucial 4th quarter.  Adbul was dominant for UST as he finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Jeric Teng and Aljon Mariano also scored in double figures for the losing five with 18 and 10 points respectively.

UST (0-1) will next battle defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles on Thursday while FEU’s next scheduled game will be on Sunday July 22 against DLSU.

The scores:

FEU 73: Garcia 21, Hargrove 14, Romeo 13, Tolomia 8, Pogoy 6, A Bringas 4, Mendoza 3, Cruz 2, M Bringas 2, Belo 0, Escoto 0

UST 72: Abdul 24, Teng 18, Mariano 10, Bautista 7, Fortuna 6, Afuang 5, Ferrer 2, Vigil 0, Pe 0, Lo 0, Daquioag 0

Quarter scoring: 18-21, 31-37, 50-60, 73-72

UAAP Final 4: No.3 FEU slays No.2 Adamson

18 09 2011
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The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws erased some of the disappoints early in the Season 74 of the UAAP as they beat Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons 78-74 in their do or die game for UAAP Senior’s Basketball Final’s berth.

The game was close from the get go with FEU only leading by four after the first period after Carl Bryan Cruz made 2 out of 4 free throws from an unsportsmanlike fouls of Eric James Camson and Rodney Brondial. Cruz was also assessed with an unsportsmanlike in a near scuffle after a rebound play. The first quarter ended 18-14 for the third seed Tams.

The Falcons started the 2nd period with 13-2 to blitz capped by a Jerick Cañada drive for a 27-20 lead. FEU answered with an 8-0 run buoyed by trifectas by RR Garcia and Cris Tolomia to take back the lead 28-27. Adamson outscored FEU ,8-5, the rest of the quarter to hold a slim 2 point lead at the halftime break. The score at the half was 35-33.

FEU started with a 9-3 run in the third to take back the lead at 42-38 and force Coach Leo Austria to call a ceasefire. Adamson cannot seem to penetrate the 4 point barrier that FEU has built as the lead stayed at 4, 50-46, as the game was halted for a timeout. Tolomia continues his stellar play as he lead the Tams to a 7-4 wind up for a 57-50 at the end of the third period. Tolomia had 15 points by the end of the 3rd period.

Tolomia continued to wax hot in the 4th quarter as he conspired with Terence Romeo to give FEU a twin digit lead at 62-52. Alex Nuyles answered with a 3 point play to cut the lead to 7. Carl Bryan Cruz hits 2 free throws off a  Lionel Manyara foul for a 64-55 lead for the Tams. A timeout was called with 6:26 left in the game. After the timeout, the teams were even in scoring but RR Garcia got creative and scored to give FEU another double digit lead at 70-59.

With their backs on the wall, Adamson turned to senior guard Jerick Cañada to lead them to a clutch 12-4 run. Cañada scored 10 points from 2 drives and 2 three-pointers in that searing run. FEU calls a timeout with their lead down to 74-71 with less than 2 minutes left in the game.

Ramos scored after the time out to extend the Tam’s lead to 5. The Falcons responded with 3 free throws from Camson and Nuyles to cut the lead to 76-74. FEU coach Bert Flores calls his last time out to draw up their final play. FEU cannot buy a basket but keeps on getting the offensive rebound and it forced the Falcons to foul Romeo with 4 seconds left in the game. Season 73 Rookie of the Year Terence Romeo calmly sinks the 2 freebies to ice the game, 78-74. Adamson missed their final attempt at the basket to hand the final slot to the FEU Tamaraws.

The first match of UAAP Season 74 Finals will be on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Araneta Coliseum at 3 pm and it will aired live at ABS-CBN Channel 2.

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UAAP Final 4 KO match, FEU vs. Adamson: Third Quarter scoring plays

18 09 2011

2nd half starts with the Falcons leading 35-33.

Tolomia fouled going to the basket. And 1. 35-35. Cris misses the bonus

Nuyles fouled in a FG attempt. Splits his charities to break the tie 36-35 for the Falcons. Lane violation by Escoto. Nuyles still misses the FT.

Escoto scores with a baseline jumper 37-36 as FEU gets back the lead.

Lester Alvarez makes a jumper the free throw line 38-37.

Garcia scores from Morayta, 3! 40-38 for the Tams. Another lead change.

Romeo banks a shot, 42-38.

Timeout: Adamson

Jan Colina scores a jumper at the baseline 42-40

Cris Tolomia makes three with hands all over him 45-40

RR Garcia is fouled. He splits his FTs 46-40

Brondial scores from a great pass from Nuyles 46-42.

Alvarez draws a foul off a drive. He makes one 46-43.

Tolomia strong drive 48-43.

Escoto fouled off an offensive rebound. He makes 2 out of 2. 50-43 for the Tamaraws

Harry Petilos for 3. 50-46

Brondial is fouled. Penalty. Makes 0 of 2. Still 50-46.


Escoto scores under the basket 52-46.

Manyara is fouled in a mad scramble.  Manyara splits. 52-47

Tolomia scores then dishes to Exciminiano from a steal. 56-46. Bonus FT coming up

Exciminiano completes the 3 point play 57-47.

Adamson answers 57-49.

Nuyles on FT line.  Misses the first. makes the second, 57-50.

3rd Quarter ends at 57-50. Tolomia has 15 points in the game.

4th Period