Triangle Offense

FEU locks in final four berth; NCAA Friday (August 28) Predictions by _celestial
August 28, 2009, 12:27 pm
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FEU hit their strides in the second half after a slow start to finally grab a ticket to the semi-finals, after being stopped on its tracks by the resurgent UE last Sunday, with the 84-75 drubbing of Adamson yesterday.

Also nearing a twice-to-beat incentive is the league-leading Ateneo  following an easy win over NU yesterday, holding them to one of the worst scoring outings in a quarter with only three points then finishing them off, 75-54.

Another win would give Ateneo a commanding twice-to-beat advantage to further solifiy their title defense.


Letran and Arellano, two teams who are fighting to shatter the idle fourth place tie (7-4),clash today in a crucial setto that will determine the remaining final four cast after San Beda, JRU and San Sebastian have virtually occupied the first three spots with their impressive campaign.

Arellano tries to repulse Letran anew after their 81-72 meeting that went in favor of the Chiefs in the first round. Letran, however, looks to avenge their loss with the help of the rejuvanted RJ Jazul,  who was held to a low eight points their last meeting, but has been lights out in their latest victories.

Emilio Aguinaldo College and Perpetual Help, who are prematurely out of the contention with 2-9, 3-8 cards, respectively, square off at 2pm.


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The Sports Minded: Perpetual Help by six points.

It’s just a matter of who would have a great game today.

KC13: Perpetual Help by eight points.

Perpetual has better scorers, expect them to give it all.

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The Sports Minded: Letran by five points.

This would be one heck of a game. Both teams are equally talented and it will all boil down to poise and killer instinct down the stretch. Experience plus Coach Louie Alas’ brilliance will be enough.

KC13: Letran by four points.

These two teams have waited for this day to come after they have been lodged  in a tie for so long. It’s one of the better match ups in the league where two of today’s best scorers in Giorgio Ciriacruz and RJ Jazul are tasked to lead their team. The one who will execute better in the payoff period will win it.


UE upsets FEU, ends streak; NCAA Monday (August 24) Predictions by _celestial
August 24, 2009, 12:11 pm
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UE kept FEU at the bay the entire contest by dominating on both ends of the floor as they handed the Tams its second loss, 87-72, after a proverbial eight-game streak last night to seize solo third.

The Warriors blitzed to an early lead and never looked back behind double digit heroics UE’s troika of Pari Llagas, Elmer Espirtu and Paul Lee. Llagas finished with a game-high 24 points.

After UST’s wrecking loss to Ateneo in the earlier game, 80-70, UE shatters the two-way tie and assumes third place that would pit them anew against FEU in the semis if the current place will remain idle until the end of the eliminations.

UST, on the other hand, holds on to a precarious fourth place spot with 5-5 record,  just a win and a half after La Salle who is at 4-6. The Tigers need to prevail on their remaining assigments over NU (August 30), La Salle (Sept 3), Adamson (Sept 6) and UE (September 10) to seal their standings.

The Tigers were held spellbound from the 6th minute mark of the fourth where Ateneo pulled away with the 69-62 lead from a 7-0 roll. UST inched in to within four, 70-74, with less then a minute to play on rookie Jeric Teng’s basket but the Tigers never scored then on.


After a crucial outing in the UAAP last night, today’s NCAA games will also be as crucial highlighted by two teams that seek to compound their bid for the coveted final semis spot, with the first three spots already occupied by the top three competitors in the league.

Arellano and Letran, who have been idle at fourth place on a identical 6-4 ledger, will take on the lowly Angeles U and Mapua respectively— two teams who have occupied the bottom of the standings since the start of the season. A much-needed win for the two teams will keep them on the hunt.


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The Sports Minded: Arellano by 15 points.

Arellano will pound the Great Danes as they will solidify their chance for a final four slot with this win. Gio Ciriacruz will have a shooting spree as AUF doesn’t have anyone besides Matt Kearney who can bang in the lane.

KC13: Arellano by 20 points.

They can’t take the Angeles U lightly knowing the guys would want a dignified exit in the league. However, expect the Chiefs to dominate the Great Danes like the have done the last time out.

On Point: Arellano by a baker’s dozen.

Look for the chiefs to come out strong, all the pressure is on their side while the danes are just playing for pride alone.

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The Sports Minded: Letran by 12 points.

If the Mapua show up the way thed did against the Lions last week, then this might be a game. If they don’t, put this one in the books for the Knights.

KC13: Letran by 10 points.

Despite an awful showing in their first meeting, Mapua will definitely give take a tough stand like they did against the league leaders in their last games. But still not enough to stop Letran’s scorers from pouring it in.

On Point: Letran by 12 points.

The Cardinals will make this a game early but, the Knights will pull away in the second half.Jazul wil deliver the goods with most of his shots from the outside.

NCAA Wednesday (August 19) predictions by _celestial
August 19, 2009, 2:15 am
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After missing two game days and letting my two men colleagues run the show here at Triangle Offense. I’m back! And so are the games after a seemingly quiet day today in college hoops. (But it’s an entirely different story when its comes to the post-FIBA debacle dialouges. Trust me.)

The NCAA games tomorrow will feature two teams who are raring to catapult themselves higher in the standings at the expense of two others who are battling for survival, all in the search for the elite four slots.

The Letran Knights and Arellano Chiefs, both lodged at fourth place with a 5-4 ledger, hope to retain their ground as they take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals (2-7) and the St. Benilde Blazers (4-5), respectively, who are also trying to start off their potentially-gruelling campaign on a winning note.


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The Sports Minded: Letran by 10 points.

The second round is the time for the Knights show their worth. They should start with this game.

KC13: Letran by 10 points.

After a triple-overtime thriller the last time, expect this game to be a stark contrast. As the going gets tough in the second round, Letran will get going. They need it.

On Point: Letran by 10 points.

With the Chiefs eclipsing them at the fourth spot, don’t expect the Knights to lose this one. Their vets will step up especially RJ “Tyson Sy” Jazul.

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The Sports Minded: Arellano by three points.

Now this I think is a nail biter. It’s a matter of who can play under pressure.

KC13: Arellano by single digits.

Both teams will go neck-and-neck for this much needed win. Arellano will prevail because they have to stay afloat.

On Point: Arellano by eight points.

Every game for Arellano will now be a must win as it tries to stay seated beside Letran at the fourth spot. Like the Knights, they just won’t let this game slip away. ‘Little Chief,’ make me proud!

Stags sweep first-round by On Point
August 14, 2009, 6:41 pm
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Another day at the office.

San Sebastian hiked its winning streak to nine games with a hard-fought 77-74 victory over Letran in the last first round tiff of the 85th Season of the NCAA in the Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Ronald Pascual topscored with 17 points for the 9-0 Stags.

The Knights descended at 5-4 and now share the fourth spot with the Chiefs, who won their last first round assignment at the expense of the Cardinals in the first game.

End of the first round NCAA Friday (August 14) Predictions by _celestial
August 14, 2009, 12:44 am
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And I think we’re in for a treat from the solid contenders San Sebastian Stags and Letran Knights as they go head-to-head in the uhm, opening tiff, of tomorrow’s NCAA games!  Just when I felt the need for some Stags action, they’re given a tough competitor to boot. Lucky! :-)

Meanwhile, Arellano, who are closely knitted in the standings with 4-3, try to improve their bid for a final four slot as they take on the tailender Mapua Cardinals (1-7) in the ‘main event’ set at 4pm.

Anyway. The Stags, who are entrenched atop the heap with scorching eight straight wins, stake their clean slate against capable Knights (5-3), who–on the other hand–are gunning for their 6th win to stave off a possible two-way jam at fourth place with the Chiefs. That is if ‘Little Chief’ delivers again.


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The Sports Minded: Letran by five points.

Baste will end the first round with a loss in their column. I feel Letran will make a huge upset tomorrow. Jazul and Guevarra will both have their A-games.

KC13: San Sebastian by single digits.

Jimbo Aquino is playing probably the best basketball of his life and so are the Stags. Aquino will just be as unstoppable as usual, taking charge when he’s needed to. The Stags will wrap up the first round via sweep, they just need to keep their winning formula  intact like they have done so the last eight games.

On Point: San Sebastian by ten points.

Can the Knights hand the Stags their first setback of the Season? Don’t think so. MVP Jimbo Aquino, yep, he is the MVP of the league at this point of the season, will deliver once again and Pamboy Raymundo will too, and also Sanggalang and… never mind, coach Ato and his boys are just playing lights out basketball right now.

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The Sports Minded: Arellano by 10.

Celano and Ciriacruz will be too much for MIT.

KC13: Arellano by 10.

Lest Mapua plays the brand of ball they did against the Stags, they can win this. But Arellano has been consistent lately with their consistent scorers (and them some), and they’re hungry to catch up with the top four teams in the standings.

On Point: Arellano by seven points.

The Chiefs will win, lest Kelvin Dela Pena will suit up for the Cardinals.  ‘The Little chief’ will play big once again. How about another 20 point output? Let’s see.


Small man plays big as Chiefs blast Danes by On Point

Diminutive guard Leonard Anquilo unleashed 20 big points to help Arellano cruise past Angeles U, 96-77 and stay in the hunt for a coveted final four spot yesterday in the 85th Season of the NCAA at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Anquilo, who is the smallest man in the league at 5-feet (no exaggeration), proved to be too quick for his defenders as he ran circles around whoever got in the way.

The fleet-footed guard also wowed the crowd with his shooting ability that propelled the Chiefs to their second consecutive win and fourth overall in eight stints.

Meanwhile, Perpetual Help scored a close win over Emilio Aguinaldo College, 86-79, to end its first round campaign at 3-6.

Young gun Chris Elopre fired a team-high 19 points and had four steals for the Altas, who dealt the Generals their seventh loss in nine outings.

NCAA Wednesday (August 11) predictions. by _celestial
August 12, 2009, 1:25 am
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There is nothing too big in today’s NCAA games, as three cellar dwellers and a lone contender slug it out against respective opponents to kick off the last phase of the first round eliminations ending on Friday.

However, it will be an all important day for both the University of Perpetual Help Altas and the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals as they try to atleast end their sorry first round campaign in a winning note. After today’s game, one will drop to 2-7.

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If Perp U’s Raffy Ynion, who has a solid knack for taking ill-advised shots, goes into his trigger-happy mode and tries to shoot the lights out to no avail, Emilio Aguinaldo Generals might just be the clear winners. However, if even Ynion’s improbable attempts miraculously start going in, it might be an entirely different story.

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Meanwhile, Arellano U (3-4), a guest team who actually has a chance of snatching a coveted quarterfinals berth, will likely prevail over the spellbound Angeles U Great Danes (1-7) in the 4pm tiff to intensify their race to the Final 4 before they end the first round. Celada and Ciriacruz, who both have been the cornerstone of the Chiefs’ offense, are expected to come up with big numbers to keep this game away.

EAC by seven points.

Arellano by double digits.