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Jins kick start UAAP Taekwondo

Last year’s bridesmaids, the Green and Lady Jins waxed hot in the opening day of the UAAP Taekwondo Tournament last September 10 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.


The Green Jins bucked an injured Xavier Stepanek for a 2-1 record with decisive wins against Ateneo and National U.


In the distaff, the Lady Jins boasts a perfect 3-0 win-loss slate after victories against UE, NU and UST.


Starting strong

Sophomore J Licayan (lightweight) connected an instant body kick against National U’s Juncyl Chua in the sudden death round to seal DLSU’s 6-1 domination over the Sampaloc-based squad. Chua, however, managed to tie the regulation, 4-4, to for the sudden death decider.


Rookies Kirk Barbosa (finweight) and Keith Sembrano (featherweight) whipped Gold-and-Blue’s Julius Japlit and Mico Demillo, 7-4 and 14-2 respectively.


Last season’s gold medalists R-Jay Del Rosario (flyweight), Kevin Sia (bantamweight) and Gerry Del Rosario (middle-heavyweight) completed the win. Stepanek’s loss, however, proved fatal as the Green Jins yielded a close 3-4 loss against UP after toying with ADMU in the debut match, 6-1.


One man down

Veteran Green Jin Stepanek suffered an elbow injury in his opening match of the season against Ateneo’s Joel Alejandro. Stepanek had to be rushed to the hospital to cast his elbow. He may be out for the rest of the season.


The Stephen Fernandez-mentored squad will now have to endure an automatic loss in the welterweight category since the team has no alternate player for the spot.


Head Coach Fernandez remained positive on the team’s chances, “In order to win, a team has to win four [out of the seven] matches. With one automatic loss, we just have to make sure we win the remaining matches.”


“Whatever happens to Xav [Stepanek], we are here for him, win or lose,” Coach Fernandez added.


Perfect opening day

The Lady Jins blanked UE and NU 7-0 before making its 5-2 win against title contender UST.


Middle-heavyweight Ynah Langit succumbed to UST’s Jane Narra, 1-15, while teammate Apriel Solimen, who moved down two divisions to featherweight, surrendered to Jade Zafra, 1-8.


The scores between Solimen and Zafra, however, were reset after officials discovered that the latter did not have the sensor on her upper back.


The UAAP uses a sensor system and video replay to improve the tournament officiating and to promote transparency.


National team mainstay Jyra Lizardo (lightweight), Ynah (bantamweight) and Alyssa Bonifacio (finweight), Leigh Anne Nuguid (flyweight) and Patricia Gonzales (welterweight) won all their three matches of the day to keep the Lady Jins atop.


Changing kicks

The DLSU Jins will have to make necessary adjustments on the team’s upcoming matches on Friday.


“Continue what you are doing well and change what is not working. If a kick doesn’t work, try another [type of] kick,” Coach Fernandez ended.


The Green Jins will clash against UE and defending champion UST while the Lady Jins will battle it out against Ateneo and FEU.

first round

Archers-Bulldogs Round 2

“We want to enter the Final Four,” reassured Head Coach Gee Abanilla.


With FEU’s nullified win against NU, DLSU is now just a game ahead of NU in the standings, heading into the Final Four. The Green Archers and the National University Bulldogs are set to battle it out tomorrow, September 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Decisions to consider

The UAAP Board overruled Commissioner Ato Badolato’s decision; the board ordered a replay of the contested game, resetting the standings of NU (6-4) and FEU (8-3).

“It’s just the decision of the UAAP board and for us, we always stress to the boys it’s how you look at things,” an optimistic Abanilla said.

“If you are aiming low, you might feel bad, sayang one win ahead of NU. But FEU standings also went down, which means if we take care of business and keep on winning, we might have a better shot of being number two.”

“Our objective is clear. It would not change. And we want to enter the Final Four,” Abanilla declared.

With a focused and determined Green-and-White squad, expect another highly contested and tough showdown between the two teams, and with both teams’ Final Four hopes hanging in the balance, expect the Archers and the Bulldogs, to put in a 100 percent effort.

Fresh from a morale-boosting 76-69 win against the UP Fighting Maroons, courtesy of the late quarter surge by Almond Vosotros, the Taft-based squad, currently has a 7-4 record, and is gearing up for an eighth win in 12 games.

In NU and DLSU’s double overtime encounter earlier in the first round, emerging Archer Jeron Teng dropped a career-high of 35 points, as the Archers stopped the Bulldog’s late-game rally, 87-86.


When stars collide
In their first round encounter last August 28 at the Big Dome, both Teng and Bobby Ray Parks matched each other as both tallied 35 points.

Averaging 16.64 points and 7.18 rebounds per contest, Teng is the Archers’ leading offensive player as he provides timely baskets with his strong drives; he also makes a respectable outside shot.

Aside from being a consistent scorer, the Xavier school standout also contributes leadership and motivation to his team.
When L.A. Revilla sustained another ankle injury, Teng took the lead and scored Revilla’s quota. He also pitched in crucial three-pointers in the second overtime period.
Ray-Ray Parks, on the other hand, has managed 21.64 points, 7.18 boards and 5.09 assists in 11 games, which includes the voided game against FEU. Standing at 6’4 inches and manning the off-guard position, Parks’ combination of size and skill poses a threat to many teams, including the Archers.


In the last game between NU and the Archers, Parks successfully shot over DLSU’s defensive line of Jed Manguera and Joshua Webb.


Massive front liners
Both teams have a supply of agile big men. DLSU has Norbert Torres, Arnold Van Opstal, Andrada and Mendoza, while NU has Emmanuel Mbe, Henri Betayene and Jeth Rosario.

Since the Archers’ 73-52 win against the UE Red Warriors, Van Opstal’s mix of height, agility and athleticism have strengthened the Green Archers.
Meanwhile NU has also gained another gun in Rosario. After taking over the starting role against the Archers, the 6’7 player notched a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He took charge of the Bulldog’s comeback in the 4th quarter while Parks and Mbe were benched due to foul trouble.

“NU poses a lot of matchup problems against any team. They have tall players in the 1 [point guard], 2 [shooting guard], 3 [small forward] positions and an imposing big man in the 5 [center] position in Mbe,” explained DLSU Head Coach Gee Abanilla.


Voso-tres factor

After playing a small role in the first round, sharpshooting point guard Almond Vosotros stepped up. During the first six games of the first round, Vosotros averaged 2.3 points, and a rebound per game, rendering him ineffective inside the court.

Over the last five games, the Albay-native has become a major contributor in La Salle’s recent wins, posting an impressive 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest.

Almond is also La Salle’s best gun from the outside with a 27.7 percent shooting. The former San Sebastian Staglet is also a versatile guard who could drive to the lane, set up or create his own shots.


The Captain’s bid
Sidelined for the last three games, Coach Gee Abanilla’s team hopes that Team Captain L.A. Revilla would be able to play in the crucial match.

The San Beda alumnus has provided leadership in the team, which has stabilized the flow of the game, especially in critical situations. If he plays against NU, expected the 5’7 floor general to play in limited minutes to avoid additional injuries since he will be needed in the Final Four matches.


Playoff chances
Given the tight win-loss records of the team, one loss could end one team’s bid for the basketball crown.
If La Salle wins, the team will solidify its grip at 4th place with an 8-4 record, sending the Bulldogs down at 5th with a 6-5 slate. But if the win goes to National U for a 7-4 record, the Archers would have to hope that the upper tier teams would deal losses.
After this match against the Bulldogs, the Archers will take on the FEU Tamaraws and the AdU Soaring Falcons to end the last games in the eliminations.

With so much on the line and with the eliminations nearing the end, which team will make it?

Brace yourselves for UAAP action tomorrow at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jed Manguera

Jed Manguera – The Lockdown Specialist.

A masked Jed Bryan Manguera enters the court with four other white shirts ready for another tour of duty.

This time around he has to guard one of the league’s top offensive guns and last year’s Rookie of the Year, Kiefer Ravena.

Ravena receives the leather on the right wing. Driving hard, he found DLSU Green Archer Manguera shadowing him every step of the way.

When the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ “Phenom” receives the pick from his teammate Greg Slaughter, Manguera was still with him, denying plays, and prompting the Eagle to pass the ball or take a shot out of his comfort zone.

The 6’1 guard, who earned his nose fracture after employing a leechlike defense on FEU’s RR Garcia, is one of the few defensive specialists in the Archers’ slate and in the league as well.


Second chance

After his rookie year in season 72, where he averaged 1.5 minutes in four games, 0.25 rebounds with no baskets, and a coaching change, Manguera was demoted to Archers’ Team D.

It was a disappointing time for the former RP Youth Team member.

“I wanted like every year I would be part of the team to continually improve. I was frustrated at first, but I took it as a challenge so eventually I got better,” Manguera shared.

A season after, he was cut again from the roster, which made him almost throw the white towel for his basketball dream.

Sabi ko I’d stop playing basketball muna. (I said I would stop playing basketball for the moment.) So I was [in] team B for one year and the second year I didn’t play; I decided to study,” Jed relates.

“Well, actually when I stopped playing I didn’t have plans on playing for La Salle anymore. I was thinking of playing in the D-League or in other commercial leagues.”

When Coach Gee Abanilla and his wards took over, Jed found new hope and started practicing again.

“He’s a good guy, very coachable. As a teammate, he listens also and is open for suggestions. Off the court he is fun to be around, and gets along with everyone easily, down to earth too,” describes Team D teammate LA Revilla.

“He is a hardworking athlete who didn’t give up on his dream. This second chance was never handed to him, he earned it,” former teammate Garren Elorde added.


From D to defense

After training in Team D, Jed Manguera made his comeback this year as the Archers’ designated defensive specialist.

This De La Salle Zobel standout, who was part of the Zobel team that won the UAAP Juniors crown in 2007 together with Joshua Webb, was a known scorer.

As Manguera shares, “Actually I was more of a scorer back in high school. In a way, I wasn’t really committed to playing defense in high school.”

But when he joined the Green Archers in 2009, the team was stacked with scorers in Joshua Webb, James Mangahas and Peejay Barua.

The same is true for this season as the team has LA Revilla, Norbert Torres and Jeron Teng on the offensive end.

“I wasn’t really a defensive player pero (but) I realized that I wanted to play…So if I play as a scorer, wala akong spot sa team (I would not have a spot on the team). So I had to find a way to contribute,” Jed shares.


On defense for Season 75

Guarding the best players in collegiate basketball is both a privilege and a challenge for Jed.

During his stint, he has added a couple of victims to his list with the likes of UE’s Roi Sumang, whom he held to 36 percent in the two-point field and Tamaraw Garcia, who was limited to 2 out of 12 field goal attempts.

Manguera, however, was not that successful with Ravena as the Blue Eagle shot a convincing 67 percent from the 2-point field, albeit Ravena was at zero for two beyond the arc.

Going deeper in the season, Jed believes in the team’s chances of winning this year. Their roles are clearly defined in the team, and everyone knows what they have to do.

“It’s just really up to the players. All we have to do is to do our part. Play to win and play hard.”

And for his offense, Jed shared, “I just try to focus every time I’m on the court.”

4:04 remaining in regulation, Manguera was called back to the court, shutting down Ravena, before burying another rainbow shot in deep during the last three minutes to keep the Archers within four.

Manguera thumps his fists to his chest three times.

Danica San Ignacio

UAAP: Rookie pair powers Lady Shuttlers past defending champions

In the battle of veterans and powerhouse badminton names in the UAAP Season 75 Women’s Badminton Championship opening day, the DLSU rookie pair of Aires Amor Montilla and Kristelle Dawn Salatan shined the most.


Going up against UE veteran Kimverly Gatpolintan and Diane Castro, Montilla and Salatan displayed class and composure to score a 21-11, 21-16 upset in the first doubles match-up to officially notch the Lady Shuttlers’ win in the season.


The rookie doubles pair out of Trace College capitalized on Castro’s consecutive miscues to put the second set scoreboard, 18-15. The Montilla-Salatan duo, however, struggled in the first half of the set with attacking errors before an 8-2 midway run to finally pull the victory.


Proving their familiarity with each another, Montilla and Salatan played an offensive type game early on the first set to rack up points, 12-4.


Blanking the defending champions

Last season, UE overcame the Lady Shuttlers’s twice to beat advantage in the semifinals to win it all.


Now playing without former MVP’s in their respective teams, a much-improved Lady Shuttlers roster blanked the UE Lady Warriors, 5-0, last August 11 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.


“Actually kahit ako na-amazed dahil syempre dahil alam ko na ngayon na gustong gusto talaga nila manalo. As in alam nila na noon hindi lang sila naging consistent siguro last year kaya ganun (Actually, even I was amazed because I knew that they really wanted to win. They knew before that they were not consistent.),” Head Coach Owen Lopez shared.


The Lady Shuttlers loss season 72 MVP Descka Calimlim while the Red-and-White squad played without last year’s top shuttler Fatima Cruz.


The Lady Shuttlers relied on the three Danicas: San Ignacio, Bolos and Peligrino who filled the singles positions with Team Captain Gelli Ramos and the rookie pair of Montilla-Salatan for the doubles play.

San Ignacio bucked a slow start, surrendering the first set 18-21, before wearing out UE’s May Pamorada, 21-12 and 21-11 in the opening singles.


Bolos continued the Lady Shuttlers’ domination, scoring identical 21-17 victories against last season Most Improved Player Rochelle Andres.


Montilla-Salatan did their work before Bolos returned with Ramos to dispatch a hardfighting Pamorada-Andres tandem, 22-20, 15-21, 21-18 in the second doubles.


Coach Lopez shared, “Siguro yung iba kong players kailangan kong palaruin para at least maexperience nila [playing in UAAP]. (I guess I have to let my other players play so they could experience playing in the UAAP.)”


The Lady Shuttlers played against 7th seed Adamson University 1 pm earlier today at the RMSC Badminton Hall.



LSAL 2011-12: Unfinished business

La Salle Athletic League (LSAL) 2011-2012, the annual intercollegiate sports tournament for all Lasallian undergraduate students, has encountered delays and questions amongst the student participants.

Midway through the second term, LSAL basketball, volleyball and futsal games were suspended and rescheduled toting up confusion in the league.

Come third term, some games were indefinitely postponed without a definite resume date for the games; many students were also left without updates on the status of the games.

The participants turned to the LSAL Facebook group, LSAL1112, bombarding the group with questions and complaints.

The LaSallian interviewed the LSAL Commissioner Jio Henares and Special Projects Committee Chairperson Renz Dagala to answer the questions many have been asking.


Undistributed Jerseys

“Wala kaming jersey last year [during the games and [nung nabigay na yung jersey] yung sizes hindi ok kasi sobrang laki ng binigay sa amin, (We did not have jerseys last year and when we finally received them, the sizes were too big.)” mentioned Patrick Cua, a men’s volleyball player for the College of Business’ BLAZEMIX.

Many students even demanded a refund due to the late distribution, misspelled names and lost jerseys.

LSAL Special Projects Head Dagala explained that they had problems with the supplier, which caused the delay and misprint. He, however, assured that all jerseys have already been made and are ready for pick-up since last year.

“Since last year pa, nagbooth pa kami for pickups ‘yon nga lang hindi nakuha lahat. Pero as of do’n sa funds, sa payments nila, lahat ‘yon napunta dun. Nabayaran namin siya, lahat may napuntahan na tama if ‘yon ang concern…Nagamit talaga ‘yong pera doon sa dapat talagang puntahan (We even established a booth for pickups. The fund from payments was used for the jerseys. We paid for them, and the money was properly

allocated if that is the concern. We really spent the money properly),” he disclosed.


Unfinished games

The echoing concern though, is the indefinite postponement of the scheduled games; the volleyball and basketball events were never finished, which came at a disappointment to the players, especially to those vying for the championship in their last year.

Actually, kaya namin pinaglalaban na matapos yung LSAL kasi we’re trying to defend our crown. Tsaka super nanghihinayang kami kasi this year ‘yong I think best year namin. I mean, the team, sobrang solid and bonded. Sayang lang kasi, (Actually, we fought for LSAL because we wanted to defend our crown. In addition, it really came as a waste because this year is our best year. The team really bonded well. It is a waste),” Rosette Carmine Bautista of ENGMIX exclaims.

Nag-aalala lang ako sa upper batch na ga-graduate na, na parang it was really unfair for them na hindi natapos yung games. Syempre aalis na sila ng La Salle sayang naman yung binayad nila, sayang naman yung mga pinaghirapan nila. (I was worried for the upper batch who would be graduating; it was really unfair for them because they did not finish the games. They are leaving La Salle, and they paid for the games; their efforts were wasted),” Captain of 66th Eng’s basketball team, Jed Christian Garcia sympathized.


Venue, schedule and rescheduling

Participants of the league did not have a problem with the venue, but rather, many complained about late announcements that allegedly came only a day before the game.

The league’s players were also hoping that the organizers could find backup venues as contingencies when there would be problems in reserving a court at the Enrique Razon Sports Complex.

For the LSAL Executive Committee, the six-day class system came as a major hindrance in scheduling the games.

“Ever since, for the past few years, four day so ‘yon we would have Friday [and] Saturdays are for the games. So this year, medyo nahirapan kami kasi marami ‘yong gumagamit [ng court] it’s not for LSAL lang yung court (This year, we had difficulty because many people were using the courts as the courts are not exclusive to LSAL), there are athletes there are faculties, and orgs, we needed to adjust,” Henares answers.

Another problem is the lost of the Saint Joseph courts, which has hosted other games in the past years, due to the Centennial Building construction.

For the frosh, the CWTS and ROTC requirements during Saturday, have limited their participation in the games.

Teams requesting for rescheduling also added insult to the injury. Many teams appealled for other time slots to fit their team’s schedule so that they could send a sufficient of number of participants per game.

The LSAL committee considered using other courts, but those options required more documentation and stricter processes as mandated by the Office of the Sports Development (OSD), the governing body of LSAL.

OSD opted for the games to be held within DLSU so that they could address emergencies and injuries immediately via the University Clinic and standby ambulance.


Per college format or per batch?

On a brighter note, the transition from the former per-batch per-college format to the more competitive per-college team format earned good feedback.

“Level of competition is higher and kung ginawa ung per batch ng per college baka magkulang ng players ung mga ibang batch, (The level of competition is higher and if we stayed with the per batch scheme, some of the batch teams would lack players),” Cua shared.

Default games have gone down due to this format. Moreover, according to many teams, it has raised the level of competition in the league.

Some, however, prefer allowing students to form their own teams instead of holding it in either a per-college or per-batch basis.

“For me, it is better to have and form your own team rather than be teammates with others who you barely know. One should have the freedom to choose their teammates so that there is already the connection. Thus, teamwork will be formed,” Franchesca Gomendoza (BS ENT), player of COB’s women’s basketball team, recommended.



Test of dedication and coordination

Gomendoza explained that there is lack of communication and coordination among the teams and team heads.

She also mentioned, “a lot of people said that the LSAL system is more organized last year compared to this year, which I think is true.”

The LSAL Executive Committee has a branch that caters to all complaints and inquiries, but the assigned head already graduated and could not attend to his duty.


What’s next for LSAL?

Ang pinupush namin as of now is matapos muna yung league bago magstart ulit. Kasi diba sayang naman ‘yong effort ng iba, mawawalan ng gana ‘yong mga players and ‘yong credibility ng LSAL mawawala if hindi matapos ‘yong league (We are pushing to finish the league first before we start a new one because efforts would be wasted on the part of the players, and the credibility of LSAL would come into question if the league does not finish.),” LSAL Commissioner Henares shares.

Plans and proposals from the OSD and the LSAL Executive Committee are now being ironed out to improve the next season.

Coordination with the University Student Government and other organizations, and amendments in the rules are also some of the initiatives being discussed.

“First of all I’d like to apologize on behalf of the LSSC, for all the problems that the league encountered this year. I mean, we honestly tried our best to give the students what they wanted, and to serve with the best of our capabilities but problems came along… If ever there will be an LSAL next year we’ll give what we know, and what we experienced this year to the next committee so they’ll learn also,” Henares ends.



Breaking UAAP openings and themes

A couple of years ago, it was a series of mascot shows, trying to outwit the likes of the Justice League and the Marvel heroes. Then it changed. It went for an Olympic style parade; and now, it has become, as they call it, Unbreakable.
In my stay in DLSU, I have witnessed two UAAP Openings. My first is season 73, which DLSU hosted, and my second is the UAAP hosted by Ateneo.

For the past UAAP seasons, as is tradition, the host school usually dwells on the amount of resources the institution has accumulated for said event; the school’s expanding connections and network of successful alumni; and the host university’s grand theme for the season.

Two years ago, DLSU chose the theme “Where Heroes are Made”, the reason being that the University wanted to celebrate the results of the national elections and President Aquino’s strong win.

It was a time when the country needed a modern day hero, especially after the questionable actions of the former president; the student athletes that represented their respective University colors should have actualized that goal.

The Opening day was like a play, a gala show at the Araneta. There were so many mascots and heroes, embodied by the athletes from the different universities. There was even a teaser that justified the heroes’ logos with modern day mascots, fighting the forces of evil.
Evil? It was said that there was also an organ donation program during the season that I was not able to hear from the news.

That UAAP was one of the most memorable ones in UAAP history; the season’s closing marked the inauguration of the streetdance competition, that ran a little off from the heroes theme.

Was it just riding the electoral hype by choosing a cliché heroes theme, or was it really time for us to evaluate ourselves as persons who could be leaders and modern day heroes? Moreover, do athletes deserve to be called heroes? Maybe.

Following suit was season 74’s hearts. The theme centered on the importance of the heart, and of the value of love for the game. Ateneo dubbed last UAAP season, “All Out, All Heart,” which was going well, until it rained.

The Opening day was held at the open field of the Marikina Sports Complex, where it featured an Olympic style of opening.
All athletes from the eight participating schools were required to parade. The all out part is done, but it rained all day, taking many a heart out from the audience.

It takes much heart to parade under the rain with color-coded umbrellas, but the audience benches were sunken underwater; it was July then, rain was expected. Only many did not think that it would rain.

The common sports events also opened with a parade, which is quite like a tradition in the UAAP.

This year, National University will host the much-anticipated games; the university chose “Unbreakable at 75.” Maybe because it is the diamond year of the UAAP and diamonds are known for their hardness and strength.

National U disclosed that the athletes would take center stage in the Opening, instead of the celebrities and the big names in the realm of sports.

With the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena as the UAAP’s home, two rides away from DLSU, this season looks to be more exciting and accessible for Lasallians.

The real verdict, though, of whether the colorful lights and sound shows could depict the theme “Unbreakable” remains to be seen on July 14.

As the UAAP hosting rotates among the eight schools, each has practically seven years to prepare for a hosting stint.
Whether a theme would be a good theme or a flopped start to begin with would really depend on the student athletes and the sports that we choose to support.



“Unbreakable at 75”, UAAP officially on

It’s that time of the school year again.
The long wait is over, as the curtains have been raised. The 75th season of the UAAP is now officially open.

All summer long, the development of the new venue of the UAAP, the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, has aroused excitement from sports fanatics for another electric season.

Long-time media partner ABS-CBN kept the audience thrilled with a medley of teasers.
For this season, it’s National University’s turn to do the hosting chores after they had swapped hosting rights with DLSU in season 73.

The new home of the Bulldogs, the MOA Arena in Pasay City, housed the light show display and firework-packed opening ceremonies.

National U chose the theme “Unbreakable at 75” because of the UAAP’s diamond anniversary, and wanted the diamond season to highlight the UAAP’s strength and unity after 75 years of existence.

The event featured a short fiction-inspired clip on how eight groups, representing the eight participating schools, pursued their quest for supremacy.

A drumline throbbed to the beat of the school cheers.

The cheerdancers further pumped up the crowd as they pulled off a breath-taking light suit performance. Animo Squad members Hazel Chua and Ella Dator represented DLSU in the tron-inspired dance.

Following that, a parade of the captains of all sports of each UAAP-member school took the scene with men’s basketball season 73 MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. leading the athletes in their oath of sportsmanship.

NU president Teodoro Ocampo gave a couple of words as part of the ceremonies. He talked about how UAAP still sticks to the commitment of continuously developing the youth through sports participation.

Mr. Ocampo also acknowledged Former President Fidel V. Ramos as a model, one of the prestigious alumni of National University.

Plaques of appreciation for loyal and hardworking members of the Board of Trustees, namely Noel A. Buenaventura of DLSU and Lailani Gonzalo of UP were distributed by UAAP Season ’75 President, Jose Nilo Ocampo.

The event ended as Pres. Nilo Ocampo declared season 75 open.

“The opening is a success, I’m glad it’s over. Now, I just have to make sure that everything runs smoothly, all the games… I just hope that everything turns out well,” Ocampo shared.

He also disclosed the challenge of making ABS-CBN and MOA Arena working in sync with each other, not only in the technical aspect of handling the league but also finding the rhythm in time for the opening.
On another note, better game coverage is expected of ABS-CBN as they had beefed up their panel of commentators, adding Charles Tiu and former Blue Eagle Kirk Long.

Furthermore, they are starting a new project called Game of the Week, wherein one outstanding game within the week will be chosen and re-aired every Saturday at 9:30 in the evening.

Br. Bernie Oca, FSC commended that the ceremony went well, saying, “They got the UAAP schools well represented. And I think the good thing is that all team captains were present, not just the basketball [team captains].”
An after-party at the Pacific Drive featuring bands like Imago and Pedicab was opened to all UAAP season opening ticket holders and e-PLUS loyalty card holders.


Young Archers proves worth against PMMS Mariners in Fr. Martin Cup

High school standouts and Green Archers Jeron Teng and Thomas Torres delivered, as DLSU drowned the Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners, 91-54, in the 18th Fr. Martin Summer Cup last April 17 at the San Beda Gym.

Xavier School’s Teng and La Salle Greenhills’ Torres hit 14 markers each that gave the young cast of Archers their first pre-season win.

“It’s more of a lot of guys stepping up. They held their own against older players,” Head Coach Gee Abanilla expressed.

Despite a comfortable 34-margin in the fourth quarter, the Taft-based squad continued their attack, jumping at every opportunity to convert charity points.

The boys in Green converted 28 out of 41 free throws, effectively achieving a 68 free throw percentage.

An established inside game from front liners Fonzo Gotladera and Aiki Herrera, who scored eight and seven respectively, opened up the Archers’ outside shooting.

“Right now, they [Mariners] are having trouble with our inside game, which paved the way for a lot of open shots.”

Rookie Torres, 17, pulled a layup before a Jed Manguera three-pointer, 2:20 in regulation.

With 1:46 minutes left in the fourth quarter, 18-year-old Teng hit the Archers’ 91st mark with split charities.

Mariner Sany Trinidad responded with a quick trey, missed one of two free throws at 1:02, and a series of turnovers from both ends to close with a 37-point separation.

In the third quarter, the Archers banked 11 points from the charity lane alone thanks to Yutien Andrada, Martin Reyes and Teng.

Nailing the newly crowned National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) champions to just six points in the second canto, the Archers tallied 25 baskets to pad the lead.

The PMMS Mariners last led, 5-2, few minutes from the start of the game before a 10-2 runaway ignited by back to back drives from Archer Oda Tampus.

Team B standout Manguera pocketed 11 baskets, while Papot Paredes, Reyes and Gotladera chipped eight apiece.

“Most of these guys can’t have the playing time they had if they were playing in the FilOil. So this is good exposure for us… I told the boys that we should build on this [win],” Coach Abanilla shared.

Quarter scores: 19-13, 44-19, 71-38, 91-54