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.


NCAA Wednesday (August 26) Predictions by _celestial
August 26, 2009, 1:29 pm
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Someone’s birthday is today. EHEM. But we should all get back to work after a lazy tuesday. Shall we?

San Beda and JRU, two teams who have since trailed behind San Sebastian’s flawless records, try to come withing striking distance as they square off against hopefuls Emilio Aguinaldo College and St. Benilde, who both are in a threat of early elimination as the competion starts to heat up.

The Lions shoot for their eight straight win, nine overall, at 4pm today after suffering their lone loss over the Stags. The Bombers, on the other hand, aim to bolster their bid later at two, after a busy nine-day lay off.

The Blazers, meanwhile, have to whip past all of their remaining assigments to atleast get a shot at the coveted final four spot.


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The Sports Minded: JRU by eight points.

The Blazers mgith give the Bombers a bit of a test but the kalentong based squad wants to gain momentum going into the final four.

KC13: JRU by six points.

Their ain’t going to be stompin’ later (pardon my twang, lol), but the Bombers will likely prevail over the Blazers.

On Point: JRU by nine points.

If Marc Cagoco doesn’t shoot too much more that the stats can count, JRU is at its best. the bombers must take their time on offense to better utilize their good half court game.

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The Sports Minded: San Beda by 12 points.

All the Generals can do is give a decent fight maybe up to the third by Beda will be just due for another blow out game.

KC13: San Beda by 10 points.

Sudan Daniels will definitely make his presence known in this game, alright.

On Point: San Beda by 13 points.

San Beda’s gameplan must start with their big man. Once they score down low, open outside shots will follow and that’s all she wrote.

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.

Knights, Chiefs rout foes by On Point
August 19, 2009, 10:11 pm
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Letran reasserted its mastery over Emilio Aguinaldo College with a 92-66 rout in the 85th NCAA  Men’s basketball competition at the Arena in San Juan.

The Knights demolished their foe on both ends of the floor led by veteran RJ Jazul who played unselfish basketball with 21 points, five boards and nine dimes.

The win improved their card to 6-4, to share the fourth spot with the Chiefs, who won against the Blazers in the second game, 82-72.

Gio Ciriacruz showed why he is the Chiefs leader with a monstrous double-double of 31 points and 16 boards.

The Generals and the Blazers meanwhile, dropped to 2-9 and 4-6 respectively.

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!

NCAA Monday (August 17) Predictions by On Point
August 17, 2009, 12:55 am
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The still-unbeaten San Sebastian Stags at 10-0, will try not to take the last-place Angeles University Foundation lightly when their game tip-off at 2pm, while last year’s finalist Jose Rizal U looks to avoid back-to-back setbacks when they face Perpetual Help in the main event at 4pm.

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The Sports Minded: Baste by nine points

Another day at the office for Jimbo and company.

KC13: Baste by double digits

too talented to lose against the struggling Angeles squad. Baste will roll to their 10th win in a row.

On Point: SSC by 15

No need for how’s and What’s on this one. Lest, coach Ato decides to rest his starting five, just cause. lol

Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers versus Perpetual Help Altas

The Sports Minded: JRU by 16 points

After being overwhelmed by San Beda in their last outing in the first round, the Bombers just won’t allow two consecutive defeats.

KC13: JRU by double-figures

Depsite lackluster performances against the other top two teams , the Bombers are out to prove that they’re legit and guess what? Perpetual Help is not one of the two teams.

On Point: JRU by 10

Off-target the last time out, the Bombers look to re-focus and this time against the Altas. Well, bombs away. They just can’t afford another loss.