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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.


San Sebastian, San Beda outduel foes; UAAP Saturday (August 22) Predictions by _celestial
August 22, 2009, 12:20 am
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San Sebastian zoomed to its 11th straight win while San Beda busted out of a slow start to notch the hardfought W in the NCAA games today.

The Stags, led by Jimbo Aquino’s 18-point peformance, remain at helm after they dealt another sorry defeat to the Perpetual Help Altas 80-70, following the 76-54 drubbing last July 23. Carl Abueva added 16 for San Sebastian.

The Lions, meanwhile, remain in close second behind San Sebastian after trouncing the Mapua Cardinals, 84-75. Thanks to Pascual’s stellar second half performance, finishing with 19 points.

On to tomorrow’s UAAP game predictions.

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The Sports Minded: Adamson by seven points.

Falcons will bounce back this time against the Bulldogs. No upset this time around.

KC13: NU by five points.

It’s hard to predict when you know both teams are trying so hard to stay afloat especially in this crucial part of the season. Knowing that both teams have the capability to explode, it will definitely boil down to who excecutes their plays well.

On Point: Adamson by six points.

Falcons over Bulldogs especially when Adamson just came from a big win over La Salle while NU continues to struggle.

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The Sports Minded: La Salle by eight points.

This is tough, three straight defeat for Franz and the gang but UP is a capable opponent. Pumaren won’t lose four in a row. If La Salle lose this one, they can kiss the final four goodbye.

KC13: La Salle by 10 points.

La Salle needs toughen up on the defensive end knowing how capable UP is, especially its shooters. The Archers desperately need to win this one to stay in contention, and something tells me Coach Franz Pumaren will not allow the boys to just lose it like that—not on his watch.

On Point: UP by five points.

Don’t hate on me when I say UP will win over DLSU this time around, Why? ’cause the Archers are just off-target as of late; they play inconsistent basketball. Meanwhile, the Maroons have the guns to fire off an upset. They are pesky on defense and streaky on offense, their big problem though, is turnovers, silly TO’s. You can limit turnovers but never inconsistency– it’s a disease.

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.


Sudan stars as Red Lions defuse Heavy Bombers; Baste remains unbeaten by thesportsminded

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Sudan!

In the much anticipated rematch of last year’s finalists,  the three time defending champion San Beda Red Lions dominated the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers down the stretch to grab the solo second place with an impressive 96-81 triumph in the 85th season of the NCAA.

MVP candidate Sudan “Superman” Daniel delivered the goods for the Lions  the entire game. He fired 31 big points to fuel Beda’s inside attack as he pounded  The Bombers’ defense by scoring at will in the paint.

The game, as expected, went toe to toe in the majority of the first half  but as Daniel entered the game, the Lions quickly gained the upper hand to lead by eight at the half.

Meanwhile, after a lackluster first half, the Bombers stormed right back in the third with a telling run all the way to the early stages of the final canto. They even went on to grab a brief two-point lead early in the fourth. Unfortunately, they lost steam as there game went downhill as they let the Lions make run of their own- anchored by who else but, ‘Superman’- to finally put the game out of reach.

San Beda dominated the last eight minutes of the game and left no doubt to their supporters that they can still defend the title.

Sudan was just too much for the Bombers that every time he catches the ball down low, you what will happen, it’s all automatic. It’s all about the inside scoring of  Daniel. That’s the story of the game.

Triangle Offense predicted a close Beda win (I predicted it by five) but surprisingly they won by 15. They executed their game plan to perfection and most importantly they contained JRU’s leading scorer in John Wilson.

James Sena, Mark Cagoco, and Marvin Hayes all had decent games but the Bombers just couldn’t solve San Beda’s running game. They looked puzzled on how the Sudan show worked his way on the inside.

The Lions now occupies solo second behind league leading Stags with an 8-1 card as the Bombers fell to third at 7-2.

With this statement game for the Lions, they proved something to their critics—–they are looking FOURward. (ETA: I’m so sorry The Sports Minded, but it’s going to be San Sebastian’s year! :P KC13)


In the first game, Mapua surprisingly gave undefeated San Sebastian a run for their money. Many people thought the Stags would just walk through with this one but the Cardinals gave them all they can handle. That being said, the Stags still found a way to hold on for 77-74 win to remain unbeaten with an 8-0 slate.

Baste relied on usual suspect and scoring machine Jimbo Aquino in crunch time who dropped 22 points including a clutch jumper with over a minute left to push their lead to three.

Triangle Offense predicted a massacre for the Stags (I predicted Stags by 16) but the Cards instead showed up to fight.

The Stags will end their first round of play against the capable Letran Knights on Friday as they look to sweep the first round and avoid a first place tie with San Beda.

NCAA Monday (August 10) Predictions by _celestial
August 10, 2009, 1:08 am
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It’s NCAA Monday tomorrow! And the rematch of last year’s classic finals promises to give an intense and emotional tiff that will keep every fan at the edge of their seats with JRU Heavy Bombers (7-1) up against the San Beda Red Lions (7-1), featuring a bitter rivarly of coaches.


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The Sports Minded: San Sebastian by 16 points.

No brainer unless some sort of intervention happens.

KC13: San Sebastian by double digits.

San Sebastian will enter the second round via sweep. Amen.

On Point: San Sebastian by 20

Do i really need to predict this one? Stags will roll on to their 8 game winning streak via romp. I’m more interested in knowing what coach Ato feed these guys. They’re just on a tear!

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The Sports Minded: San Beda by five points

This is a toss coin and an evenly match affair. If Sudan plays his usual solid game and Beda’s wing players get going with their running game and outside shooting, Beda will take it. If Beda can’t stop John Wilson and James Sena, it will be JRU. No matter who wins, this rematch of last year’s finals will be close.

KC13: JRU by less than five points.

This will definitely be a close call. Both teams have the capability to explode with the amount of talent they have in their squad. But I do believe that if San Beda fails to guard JRU’s scorers well, it would kill them.

On Point: San Beda by 0.5

This will be a very tight contest with Beda surviving in the end. JRU’s just loaded with Wilson as their main man but, as a team I think the Lions are more composed down the stretch and they have more scoring options. Plus, they don’t have a Mark Cagoco-type player on their line up, who is just programmed to shoot, shoot and shoot no matter what.