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UAAP August 30 (Saturday) Predictions by On Point
August 29, 2009, 3:24 am
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The De La Salle Green Archers (4-6), who are holding on for dear life to stay in contention for a semi-final berth, will clash with the uprising  Univ. of the East Red Warriors (6-4), who are finally living up to their potential as one of the top dogs pf the league after a so-so first round, in the main event.

La Salle, who suffered a sorry loss to spoilsport State U, is in a hostile situation with an egregious four-game slump, while UE tries to build on to their momentum as the semi-final round draws near.

Meanwhile, after being assured of a final four stint following a win against Adamson last week, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws (9-2) are now setting their sights on the twice-to-beat edge when they face the resilient University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons (3-7) in the first game at 2pm.

FEU versus UP

thesportsminded: FEU by 11 points.

The Giant killers are once again in a match against a top ranked team. Can they pull another one? I just don’t think so. After losing to UE, the Tams wants to gain a much needed momentum going into the final four.

KC13: FEU by 12 points.

The dangerous UP squad might have gotten the hang of playing party pooper to final four hopefuls, but they wouldn’t be able to pull the same trick on Coach Capacio’s watch. FEU is hungry to take what they think is rightfully theirs—a twice to beat incentive coming into the semis and unfortunately for UP, they’re first on the to-do list.

OnPoint: FEU by 15

As a team, defense beats offense. Plus, the Tams just won’t allow back-to-back losses and they are out with a vengeance after that embarrassing loss to the Warriors the last time out.

DLSU versus UE

thesportsminded: UE by eight points.

Here’s the situation for La Salle: Win or Kiss the final four goodbye. They’re not officially eliminated if they lose but they’re more or less paralyzed as their chance won’t be fully in their hands anymore. This one, unlike UE’s runaway first round massacre, would be closer but I just don’t think La Salle has it in them to pull this one off.

KC13: UE by nine points.

UE has become virtually invincible downlow as of the late. There is now way La Salle could match UE’s intensity in the paint with just the rookies taking charge.

OnPoint: UE by 15 points.

Look for another disappearing act by the trio of Barua-Malabes-Mangahas. UE, meanwhile, is finally figuring the pieces out. Scary. End of the story.

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Think again. by On Point
August 23, 2009, 1:30 am
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La Salle’s 83-78 loss against UP, I saw that coming even before the opening tip.

Why so? As I’ve pointed out on my prediction, La Salle, this season, is playing inconsistent basketball.

The last time the Archers won was in the first round against the Tigers. In a game where they trailed by as much as 19 points before snatching that double-OT victory and in a game where UST just can’t hit even open shots in the end game.

That win by La Salle actually capped its fourth straight win after losing its first two assignments. And just when all thought the Archers have found their rhythm, they lost to Ateneo in OT, lost to Adamson, got defeated again by Ateneo in a rout then, UP joins the party.

Just when all thought La Salle would finally apply the breaks to halt its three-game skid at the expense of UP…

Well think again, State U just like Adamson can beat almost any team in the league. The Maroons at 2-7 prior to their game against the Archers, can deceive you with their losing record. UST nearly fell to UP twice and Ateneo just did.

As the Maroons have shown as of late, they are not only capable on the offensive end but also, they can bother you with their pesky defense.

Against La Salle, they showed what they can do. UP torched La Salle from downtown, with Mikee Reyes draining four alone. The Maroons also applied good pressure D on the Archers, forcing guys like Mangahas and Malabes to turn the ball over. Not to mention, the last one on Hyram Bagatsing, who lost the ball and eventually the chance to at least tie the game with 15 ticks left in the contest.

In this game, La Salle’s veteran players came to play. Pee Jay Barua shot a team-high 18 points, James Mangahas and Bader Malabes also had double-digit point totals but to a losing cause.

Ateneo has Al-Hussaini and Baclao, FEU has Barroca and Ramos, UST has Ababou and Mirza and finally UE has Llagas and Lee. These teams have leaders to turn to and hit the dagger, for the win and for the school pride.

What the Archers need is a go-to guy, not just a player with experience. They are in dire need for ‘the man’ who can take over and not just someone who will show up from time to time.

And just when all thought Mangahas and Malabes can lead La Salle to contention this season, well think again.



FINAL FOUR PREVIEW? UAAP Sunday (August 23) Predictions by _celestial

FINAL FOUR PREVIEW?

As La Salle’s chances for a semifinals  bid started to ebb away following UP’s clobbering of the Green Achers, 83-78, earlier today, UST and UE, who boast of an identical 5-4 record prematurely completing the final four, will face a tough challenge in shattering the third place tie as they go against the league’s top two teams tomorrow.

The Tigers, who bowed down to the same team in a rout in the first round, tries to pull an upset over the rejuvenated Eagles in the first game at 2pm while the Warriors shoot for a first win over the Tamaraws in the main event pegged at 4pm after putting up a tight contest almost three weeks ago.

Predictions:

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The Sports Minded: Ateneo by nine points.

Ateneo is playing big right now. Only a flawless game by UST can give them a chance. Anything less won’t get it done.

KC13: Ateneo by 15 points.

Pick your poison. UST, despite its explosive gunners and athletic forwards, still hasn’t learned to play D  as we’ve seen in that awful showing against UP. They will face a double whammy in limiting Al Hussaini’s production down low while preventing Ateneo’s outside stringers. Theydon’t have a center who plays big in the paint that will be able to provide them interior D. If they are lucky to be able to pick the less deadly’ poision in the two and make Ateneo play their running game, they have a shot. Although pulling off a high-scoring venture would favor them, if they start giving away counterpat baskets on the offensive end, forget about winning this game, or even another championship.

P.S. If Ababou goes into early foul trouble, forget everything.

On Point: Ateneo by 10 points.

The main weapon for the Tigers is their offense. If UST’s three-point shooting shows up, this will be a tight contest. If not, this will be another rout. Again, the Tigers must control the boards to be able to run. Ababou’s outside shooting must drop to open the lane for Teng and other slashers of UST. For Ateneo, they would want to attack the inside early to create open shots for their jump shooters. UST can’t afford not to double-team Al-Hussaini thus, Salamat, Reyes and co. will be open. If the Tigers don’t close-out quickly, Ateneo will have a field day from downtown.

ue versus FEU_Tamaraws_logo

The Sports Minded: FEU by 14 points.

FEU will make this a statement game.

KC13: FEU by single digits.

This is actually one of the better matchups to watch in the league right now. UE can keep up with  FEU’s size. Especially downlow where Aldrech Ramos thrives, they have Pari Llagas and Elmer Espiritu to patrol. One of FEU’s edge lie on its backcourt. UE may have Paul Lee, but he’s more of a scoring point. With that, ball movement will be the key knowing that some of UE’s players have the tendency to take ill-advised shots.

On Point: FEU by eight points.

Besides Ateneo, UE is the only other team that can bang with FEU down low. The only problem for the Red Warriors is who will they use to defend the wing players of the Tamaraws? Plus, UE is loaded with players with a shoot-first mentality thus, their players tend to look for their own shots whether it’s forced or hurried which will hurt them ’cause FEU, on the other hand is known for limiting its opponents to just one shot per possession.



UP hands La Salle its fourth straight loss by On Point
August 22, 2009, 7:43 pm
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State U added insult to injury when they dealt La Salle its fourth consecutive setback with an 83-78 squeaker in the UAAP Men’s basketball today.

The Maroons, propelled by rookie Mikee Reyes, who notched a career-high 25 points put the Green Archers’ final four bid on the ropes.

The former La Salle Greenhills stalwart also converted four triples and dished out six dimes.

The Maroons started the game on fire to lead by as much as 13 points, 20-7, in the first period before the Archers started to hit their strides in the second half.

The Archers, who missed the services of starting point guard Simon Atkins due to a left ankle sprain, drew 18 points from Pee Jay Barua.

UP improved to 3-7, while La Salle at 4-6, fell two games behind UST and UE for the last two spots of the final four.

In the curtain raiser, Adamson walloped National U, 79-50.

Former junior’s MVP Leo Canuday had a decent game with 12 points to lead Adamson’s balanced attack.

(Game Analysis to follow)



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.

FEU_Tamaraws_logo versus NU_Bulldogs_logo

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.