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UAAP Sunday (August 30) Predictions by _celestial
August 30, 2009, 12:59 pm
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La Salle’s nothing short of heartbreaking, two-point setback to UE last night, 66-64, gives UST a good chance to prop up their semis bid as they take on the lowly NU  at the 2pm game.

Meanwhile, Ateneo positions itself to grab the twice-to-beat bonus as the Eagles square off with upstart Adamson, who, in return, hopes to boost their honestly flickering final four hopes with a much-needed win today.

As the Archers move to one game and a half behind Tigers in the standings following a four-game tailspin, UST needs to hurdle past today’s assignment to build cushion coming in to Thursday’s battle against La Salle. The winner of that game will virtually secure the coveted final spot in the semis.

Hopefully, I don’t jinx it.

Predictions:

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The Sports Minded: UST by 14 points.

The Tigers is in a must win situation here to put one foot on the final four. This should be a statement game for them. They should start showing what they are made off. They need to peak starting this game.

KC13: UST by  12 points.

It’s going to be the battle of the offensive strides since NU isn’t capable of tenacious D alike. UST will come firing on all cylinders and expect them to run the breaks. Catch them if you can, Bulldogs.

On Point: UST by 16 points.

The Bulldogs also play a fast pace game and that’s a no-no when you;re up against the Tigers, who are the number one offensive team in the league. NU got blown out in the first round ’cause they played UST’s game and look for another rout later.

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The Sports Minded: Ateneo by 12 points.

Ateneo are now reaching their unstoppable form. The fighting spirit of the Falcons might be dead after losing so many close games.

KC13: Ateneo by eight points.

Ateneo will kill any hopes left in Adamson with this win. Ateneo will dominate in the stretch as Adamson might succumb to another faltering endgame sickness, only if Adamson manages to stay close.

On Point: Ateneo by nine points.

The Falcons managed to come with in striking distance against the Eagles in the first round, where Coach Leo and his boys were still on a mission to get to the final four. Now, I don’t see the fire in Adamson anymore though I expect them to hang around early while Ateneo goes for the kill late in the game.



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.

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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.

Predictions:

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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.



Ateneo, FEU look for easy W’s; UAAP August 27 (Thursday) Predictions by On Point
August 27, 2009, 2:35 am
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Top seed Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws will look to solidify their contention for the twice-to-beat advantage come final four when they face the National University Bulldogs and the Adamson Falcons respectively.

Ateneo (9-1), the only team yet to be assured of a final four seat, will battle listless National U (2-8) in the main event at 4pm while second seed Far Eastern U (8-2) , who’s eight game winning streak was snapped by Univ. of the East in its last game, will try to avoid another sleazy stint against the upstart Adamson (3-7) in the first game scheduled at 2pm.

A victory by the Tamaraws will finally earn them a berth to the final four.

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thesportsminded: FEU by five points

In the first round, FEU narrowly escaped the Falcons. I see this battle being close as well. After an upset defeat in the hands of UE last Sunday, Coach Glenn Capacio won’t allow another.

KC13: FEU by nine points

Seeing how Adamson managed to rise up from their first round debacle, another upset to further derail FEU’s semis bid could be possible. However, considering FEU’s eagerness to seal the deal and the fact that Aldrech Ramos had a subpar performance their last meaning, Coach Leo Austria’s troop might need to double the effort if they want to win.

On Point: FEU by 10 points

throw out the first round result where the Tamaraws barely won. the Tams got crushed in their last game, they just won’t allow another one. Both of these teams love to play slow, both focus on their halfcourt sets but with FEU having the more potent offense and better defense, this game will be out of reach come second half.

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thesportsminded: Ateneo by 18 points

What the hell?!

KC13: Ateneo by 15 points

Ateneo will win over NU. But anything can still happen. UP has proven so against La Salle and Ateneo. Ateneo wouldn’t want another sorry loss.

On Point: Ateneo by 16 points

Here’s the analogy: UP won over Ateneo while, NU beat UP. So which means NU can also beat Ateneo given the scenario? Not really, lest bad officiating and injuries. Why so? ’cause NU just doesn’t have the firepower to do so. Ateneo, with its man power, can easily defend NU, who certainly lacks players who can score.

Ateneo will win over NU. But anything can still happen. UP has proven so against La Salle and Ateneo. Ateneo wouldn’t want another sorry loss.
On Point: Ateneo by 16
Here’s the analogy: UP won over Ateneo while, NU beat UP. So which means NU can also beat Ateneo given the odd scenarios happened? Not really, lest bad officiating and injuries. Why so? ’cause NU just doesn’t have the firepower to do so. Ateneo, with its man power, can easily defend NU, who certainly lacks players who can score.


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.



Where UST lost it and UP had it. by _celestial
August 21, 2009, 12:24 am
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The UST Tigers succumbed to their ‘usual’ second half collapse by squandering a whopping 31-point lead, but ultimately escaped with a 93-88 hard fought victory over the pesky UP Maroons earlier today.
The Tigers took control early in the game as they surged to a 16-2 blitz in the first quarter and kept the Maroons at bay in the entire second period with virtually every member of UST at the firing end, en route to the biggest lead posted against the maroons the entire season (the last was by UE at 30).
Top MVP candidate Dylan Ababou and sniper Tata Bautista exploded for 40 points combined in that feat, all before the UST Salinggawi Dance Troup gave their rather amusing performance at the half, 55-28.
Ababou finished with 23 points.
Coach Lawrence Chongson of the UE Red Warriors said in an interview last summer (Not his exact words) that “it’s always hard playing the lead.” I didn’t totally believe so, but after seeing UST’s unfortunate second half meltdown, I couldn’t be more convinced.
In the recent years, UST has always had this problem of keeping their lead after they come out of that locker. I have always wondered what Coach Pido Jarencio tells them at halftime that makes their game a far cry from what transpired just 10 minutes earlier in the ballgame.
Today he commended the boys for a job well done in the first half then UST zoomed to its biggest lead at 31 on Camus’ charities, with less than a minute shaved off the clock in the third.
But that Coach Pido’s praises didn’t come through for UST’s players.
That’s where UST lost it and UP had it.
Tigers’ rookie Marco Cam, who probably spent about .10 seconds on the floor, gave out a cheap, unnecessary body shot to Maroon’s Alvin Padilla, causing him to be thrown out of the planet.
From then on, the Tigers started playing their nasty, sloppy game (which I warned you about in yesterday’s predictions) throwing the leather like they were playing American football, for crying out loud! Seven straight turnovers, totaling to 11 in the third quarter against only one by the Maroons, led by Khasim “the missing act” Mirza, who seemed to be having a lot of problems holding on to the ball.
This is surprising knowing that UP turns over the ball more than…Wait, I’ll think of something. But they did turnover the ball nine times in just the second quarter, but they held on firmly to the ball when it mattered.
However, the ‘Fighting Maroons’ finally gave justice to their name by not giving up on each play despite being down by double digits. They executed the full court press effectively that obviously rattled the Tigers, they forced turnovers that they converted to baskets, they contested shots and most importantly, they made their shots!
As much as I hate to write about Woody Co, I just couldn’t avoid this moment. Co was responsible for UP’s valiant comeback, including that off-the-glass triple that cut UST’s lead to seven points with still 26 seconds left. Anything can happen to the UAAP and they were still able to cut it down to five points.
Co even had a chance to cut the deficit even further with eight seconds left after that very sill foul by Khasim Mirza on the rainbow territory. But Co didn’t deliver, missing 2 of his 3 charities.
Time wasn’t on UP’s side (in TJ Manotoc’s words, “they were 30 seconds too late”). UST went on winning the game in a very unflattering fashion that, I’m guessing, made Coach Pido yell until his eyeballs popped or his vocal chords sacked.
But, trust me, we can’t blame him.

The UST Tigers succumbed to their ‘usual’ second half collapse by squandering a whopping 31-point lead, but ultimately escaped with a 93-88 hard fought victory over the pesky UP Maroons earlier today.

The Tigers took control early in the game as they surged to a 16-2 blitz in the first quarter and kept the Maroons at bay in the entire second period with virtually every member of UST at the firing end, en route to the biggest lead posted against the maroons the entire season (the last was by UE at 30).

Top MVP candidate Dylan Ababou and sniper Tata Bautista exploded for 40 points combined in that feat, all before the UST Salinggawi Dance Troup (or the Yellow Jackets, whichever, I didn’t watch) gave theiramusing performance at the half, 55-28.

Ababou finished with 23 points.

Coach Lawrence Chongson of the UE Red Warriors said in an interview last summer (Not his exact words) that “it’s always hard playing the lead.” I didn’t totally believe so, but after seeing UST’s unfortunate second half meltdown, I couldn’t be more convinced.

In the recent years, UST has always had this problem of keeping their lead after they come out of that locker. I have always wondered what Coach Pido Jarencio tells them at halftime that makes their game a far cry from what transpired just 10 minutes earlier in the ballgame.

Today he commended the boys for a job well done in the first half then UST zoomed to its biggest lead at 31 on Camus’ charities, with less than a minute shaved off the clock in the third.

But that Coach Pido’s praises didn’t come through for UST’s players.

That’s where UST lost it and UP had it.

Tigers’ rookie Marco Cam, who probably spent about .10 seconds on the floor, gave out a cheap, unnecessary body shot to Maroon’s Alvin Padilla, causing him to be thrown out of the planet playing court.

While Ababou, who was playing perfect basketball in the first half, went into an early foul trouble. This forced Coach Pido to rely on his second stringers and play without his go-to-guy for the entire third quarter. Obviously, the Tigers couldn’t do without Ababou (LOL That rhymes). Their offense and their nonexistent defense went haywire.

The Tigers started playing their nasty, sloppy game (which I warned you about in yesterday’s predictions) throwing the leather like they were playing American football, for crying out loud! Seven straight turnovers, totaling to 11 in the third quarter against only one by the Maroons, led by Khasim “the missing act” Mirza, who seemed to be having a lot of problems holding on to the ball.

This is surprising knowing that UP turns over the ball more than…Wait, I’ll think of something. But they did turnover the ball nine times in just the second quarter, but they held on firmly to the ball when it mattered.

The ‘Fighting Maroons’ finally gave justice to their name by not giving up on each play despite being down by double digits. They executed the full court press effectively that obviously rattled the Tigers, they forced turnovers that they converted to baskets, they contested shots and most importantly, they made their shots!

As much as I hate to write about Woody Co, I just couldn’t avoid this moment. Co was responsible for UP’s valiant comeback, including that off-the-glass triple that cut UST’s lead to seven points with still 26 seconds left. Anything can happen to the UAAP and they were still able to cut it down to five points.

Co even had a chance to cut the deficit further with eight ticks left after that very silly foul by Khasim Mirza in the act of shooting. But lucky for them, Co didn’t deliver, missing 2 of his 3 charities.

Time wasn’t on UP’s side (in TJ Manotoc’s words, “they were 30 seconds too late”). UST went on winning the game in a very unflattering fashion that, I’m guessing, made Coach Pido yell until his eyeballs popped out of their sockets.

But, trust me, we can’t blame him.

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FEU Tamaraws reigned anew over the NU Bulldogs, 76-66, to share first place lead (8-1) with Ateneo Blue Eagles. FEU’s troika of Reil Cervantes, Aldrech Ramos and Andy Barroca led the way for the Tams while Kokoy Hermosisima paced the hardworking Bulldogs with a game high 24-points.



UAAP Thursday (August 20) Predictions by _celestial
August 19, 2009, 11:57 pm
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If you think you can just roll past the tailenders without a gruelling fight, think again. Especially in the UAAP, you can’t get too complacent. (Read: UP’s victory over Ateneo) Teams in the UAAP are actually lucky that this isn’t the US-NCAA where the usual one-big-game-turns-to-cinderella story comes to play.

The UST Tigers (4-4), who suffered a grievous setback against the FEU Tamaraws, can’t afford to lose against the bottom half of the standings to solidify their contention for the elusive final four slot including tomorrow’s tiff against the UP Maroons, a team who have transcended their annual quota of one with their two wins against six loses. It will be a big day for the Tigers to bolster their bid anew.

FEU (7-1), on the other hand, needs all the win it can get to keep pace with Ateneo at  first place,  its 7 game-winning streak is on the line when they battle the NU Bulldogs (2-6) tomorrow at 4pm.

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The Sports Minded: UST by 10 points.

The Tigers need this one to stay at number four.

KC13: UST by double digits.

The Tigers can’t afford to be sloppy because the Maroons can acutally get the best of you with their ‘fleet-footed’, however, butter-fingered guards. But UST can always match the athletism and talent of UP and use lenght that the latter does not have. UST just needs to use their resources well and NEVER relax. They cannot, I repeat, cannot, lose this one.

On Point: UST by 10 points.

The Ababou, Mirza and Teng combination is too much for UP to handle. The Maroons are imrpoving but they still don’t know how to take care of the ball. Every turnover for UP will get UST running and when you get the Tigers running, you’re in trouble. This will be a high-scoring affair which will favor UST.

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The Sports Minded: FEU by 100 points. (LOL)

No explanation needed.

KC13: FEU by double digits.

FEU will just be too much to handle for the Bulldogs. As always.

On Point: FEU by 15 points.

Too big upfront, too talented at backcourt and too deep with decent second stringers. Lest, the Bulldogs will find a bugs bunny drink on the Space Jam movie, they’ll win.



UAAP Saturday (August 15) Predictions by _celestial

In the main event at 4pm, the UST Tigers (4-3) seek to avenge their first round loss to FEU Tamaraws (6-1) as  UST’s big troika (Dylan Ababou, Jeric Teng and Khasim Mirza) tries to skip through the tough Cervantes-less FEU powerhouse (Aldrech Ramos, Mark Barocca, JR Cawaling, Paul Sanga and RR Garcia). *gulps* That doesn’t sound appealing to the Tiger fans, at all. Especially if your top gunner was limited to a conference-low 10 points the last time.

A win for UST will seal the elusive *solo* third spot previously clogged by two more teams in De La Salle Archers and UE Red Warrios who are now both lodged at 4-4 after recent setbacks.

Meanwhile the battle of the erstwhile spellbound UP (now) Fighting Maroons (1-6) over the NU Bulldogs (2-5) is set at 2 pm.

Predictions:

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The Sports Minded: NU by four points.

Wow, this will be exciting. NU overpowered UP in the first round though I expect a closer outcome. This is a ‘crucial’ battle for the cellar. Up will have a tough time guarding Ponferrada down low.

KC13: UP by single digits.

I actually see a good game. We’ve seen both teams make title contenders run for their money in several games in the first round. UP, who is fueled by Woody Co (le sigh) and his miraculous shooting and that rookie who has game, will snatch this one if they get their scoring going to try and level the playing field for them in the cellar. Force of habit.

On Point: UP by nine points.

Woody Co’s decent play continues to surprise me as well as Sison’s. Also, watch out for the other Reyes (the rookie point guard), this kid got skills. Meanwhile, NU just came from a big win over Adamson and I think they’ll play well but not good enough. UP’s just on the rise despite their number of losses.

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The Sports Minded: UST by seven points.

Cervantes will serve his suspension tomorrow, who cares! FEU is so deep that losing one key guy doesn’t even mean a thing. They outclassed the Tigersin the first round I highly doubt it will happen again. The Tigers MUST break the press effectively and execute if not, they are in deep trouble. St. Dominic will help them. FEU won’t have an answer for divine intervention.

KC13: FEU by single digits.

Depsite Cervantes being slapped a one-game suspension, they have the rest of their Gilas boys to step up. Lest *all* of FEU’s players succumbs to an off night. UST, on the other hand, vowed to play a different kind of ball in the second round. If they can play D against the league’s top defensive team as of the moment, they have a shot. But if they keep on giving those incredibly open shots. No chance. As much as it breaks my heart, FEU will again outclass UST in the most heartbreaking way possible.

On Point: FEU by eight points.

Cervantes will not play later but, FEU doesn’t mind. Why worry if you have Ramos, Barroca, Cawaling, Sanga and Garcia running the show? On the other hand, Ababou, Mirza and Teng must bring their A-game to avoid another thrashing from the first place Tams, but the X-factor for UST is the pace of the game. They have to control the tempo, and for that to happen– they have to own the boards to be able to get their high-octane offense going. Of course, it’s easier said than done considering how FEU can frustrate and limit you with their top-caliber defense.