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Alaska has too many Fil-Ams. Former Ateneo center has no team. Ravena takes blame for Ateneo’s woes.



At Alaska, it was almost all quiet at the Aces front. Coach Alex Compton’s only veteran casualty was Paolo Bugia. Josh Vanlandingham remains in the reserve list and may only be reactivated if one of Alaska’s five Fil-Ams is moved out. A PBA team has a limit of five Fil-foreigners. Compton, however, is taking in four rookies Kevin Racal of Letran, Marion Magat of NU, Jaypee Mendoza of San Beda and Abel Galliguez of John Brown University. “Our lineup has changed a bit,” said Compton. “First of all, Paolo won’t be back with us. He’s a fine gentleman and the epitome of what a coach would want and it was an honor working with him. We’ve added four rookies and after that, everyone else is back. Technically, Josh is our sixth Fil-Am so he can’t be activated until another Fil-Am has to be put on the injured reserve (list).” Philstar


Though he was effective in stopping Ravena, Belo downplayed his defensive efforts. “Kiefer is really smart and he’s a great player so it’s hard defending him. We had to limit his touches but he’s still able to score,” Belo said in Filipino. Ravena finished with 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field. “Coach told me that I really had to work on my defense and that’s what I’m improving on this season,” said Belo, who led FEU with 12 points. Inquirer


Under fire for Ateneo’s current slide, Bo Perasol revealed that the ongoing UAAP Season 78 will be his final year as the Blue Eagles’ head coach. “This is my final year. I already told them that this is going to be my last year, regardless [of what happens],” said Perasol after the Eagles’ 66-61 defeat to the league-leading Far Eastern University Tamaraws on Sunday. “My team knows that, my players know that, so this is our last hurrah together, with Kiefer (Ravena) and Von (Pessumal),” he added. “We talked about it and I don’t think that’s going to be something that needs to be talked about. We all understand that already.” Inquirer
There is no categorical ruling on a FIBA sanction if a country declines to participate in any of the three Olympic qualifying tournaments set in different countries on July 5-10 next year to determine the last three entries for basketball at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. But a penalty seems imminent if a country withdraws from participation without a legitimate reason. FIBA communications director Patrick Koller told The Star yesterday in a message from the world governing body’s head office in Mies, Switzerland, that “should a national team fail to participate, FIBA may decide that disciplinary sanctions be applied on the relevant national federation or federations.” Philstar


Belo scored 12 points while Escoto and Roger Ray Pogoy put in 10 points apiece for the Tams, who racked up their sixth straight win and seventh in all.  “I don’t think we’re playing on championship level. We still have a lot to improve on especially on defense,” said FEU coach Nash Racela, cautioning his guys they haven’t achieved anything. “We could have been 3-4 if not for a couple of breaks,” Racela also said. Philstar


Cruz, who also finished with eight assists in that game, attributed the victory to his squad’s decisiveness and eagerness to bounce back from their loss to San Beda. “Mas aggressive kami. Yun yung naging storya ng game (We’re more aggressive, that’s the story of the game),” Cruz said. “Our  coach said that, coming from a loss, we must bounce back and this is what we showed. We stayed together despite the loss to  San Beda, we followed our coach’s game plan and this is the result,” he added. Philstar


With the improvement and maturity showed by Terrence Romeo during the recent Fiba Asia tournament in China, the return of Jay Washington and the acquisition of veterans Joseph Yeo and Jervy Cruz and rookie Roi Sumang, GlobalPort believes it can now contend for a semifinal berth in the 41st PBA season which fires off on Sunday. “Our goal is to make it to the semis and with this kind of lineup I believe we can achieve our initial goal,” said Erick Arejola, GlobalPort’s Board representative. Inquirer

Ateneo coach Bo Perasol knows what he got himself into. So the calls for his ouster and the hurtful criticisms hurled at him following the Blue Eagles’ recent losses no longer surprise him. “Ateneo hates to lose, and I’m in the middle of that,” said Perasol, who took on one of college basketball’s most sensitive coaching jobs late 2012. “It’s natural that it will be on me because I’m the leader. They can’t pinpoint anybody there. I’m the leader of the team. That’s going to happen with anybody else who leads this team. I really don’t take that personally.” Inquirer


The Green Archers went on a drought, missing 10 straight shots in the final five minutes before Thomas Torres nailed a three and Jeron Teng finished the game with a heave from the back court. “Iba na yung second round. Nakapag-adjust na yung teams sa amin kaya dapat mag-double the effort kami sa mga ginagawa namin (The second round is different. Teams have adjusted to the way we play so we have to double our efforts),” said coach Bong dela Cruz, whose wards completed a season sweep of the Archers. Inquirer


According to FIBA Internal Regulations Book 2, which details rules on Competitions, the Philippines cannot simply pull out from a competition they have qualified for – in this case the Olympic Qualifier – lest the relevant federation, which is the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), wants to receive sanctions from the world basketball body. “All national federations whose teams are taking part in main official competitions of FIBA must provide to FIBA or to the appropriate FIBA body a declaration signed by the President and/or the Secretary General of the national member federation confirming that by taking part in any official competition qualifying for another official competition, the national member federation commits to register its national team(s) and to ensure their participation in the competition to which they have qualified,” the FIBA rule book states. “A failure to abide by the obligations to register and/or participate in the competition for which a national team has qualified may result in sanctions being imposed on the relevant national federation as provided by article 2-103.” Rappler


The men’s basketball champions sank to 3-5 after dropping their first game of the second round, 52-47, against the UE Red Warriors, and head coach Eric Altamirano is feeling the sense of panic rumbling inside the team. “This game there’s already a sense of urgency. It’s a tall order for us,” he admitted. “The door’s getting smaller for us. Rappler


Fermin told his young team to be honest and speak up if they believe he is not doing a good job as coach. But when his team bared he was not at fault, Fermin was left to believe the problem is largely mental. “It’s really mental. That’s also the comment of our sports director. I told them straight: inform the admin, inform the officials if you think the problem is me. I’m man enough to face it,” he told a small group of sports reporters in Filipino after the 89-84 defeat Saturday, October 10. “If I’m the problem, tell me. If not, then please do something about it. So we have a fighting chance. And not just fight for a few minutes and then after that we grow contented. That cannot be.” Rappler


With Jose Rizal University having an express ticket to the semi-final round due to quotient system, Mapua Institute of Technology and Arellano University will vie for the one remaining slot in NCAA Season 91’s Final Four on Tuesday, October 13 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The crowded Final Four picture will require a stepladder playoff to break the three-way tie as JRU, Mapua and Arellano finished the league’s double-round robin eliminations with the same record of 12-6. Arellano and Mapua had the lowest quotient among 3 teams as the Legarda-based Chiefs averaged -21 in point difference and were followed by the Atoy Co-mentored Cardinals with -1. Rappler


UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) snapped a five-game slide but had to weather the late-game rally of Adamson University, 89-84, at the start of the second round of Season 78 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Fighting Maroons relied on their steady hands at the free-throw line to deny the Soaring Falcons of a possible comeback and avenged their 68-73 loss to the same team in the first round. The victory improved UP’s mark to 3-5, while Adamson fell down deeper in the standings with 1-7 slate. BusinessMirror


FAR Eastern University (FEU) and University of Santo Tomas (UST) remained tied for the top spot after beating their respective foes on Sunday in Season 78 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Tamaraws downed Ateneo de Manila, 66-61, in the first game while the Growling Tigers crawled back from an 11-point deficit and stunned De La Salle, 81-79, to keep the top spot with identical 7-1 win-loss slates. Karim Abdul and Kevin Ferrer led UST’s surge in the fourth period with double-double performances, as the Growling Tigers repeated their 77-61 win against the Green Archers in the first round. BusinessMirror


With five players scoring in double-digits, the second-year head coach told us that he had been waiting for this moment. “Eto na yung hinihintay namin na maging balanced yung scoring. Pero sa depensa hindi pa ito yun.” Foreign student-athlete Karim Abdul and Kevin Ferrer though both admitted that this was a tough game. “Game was very hard and very physical,” Abdul said. “We really had to step up.” Tiebreakertimes


Yung time ni Paolo darating. Siguro ito na yun. Medyo nag-struggle siya sa first round ng season pero ito na siya. When Tey (Teodoro) struggles, he steps up,” head coach Vergel Meneses talked about his third year point guard. “Sabi ko sa kanila every game we have to be ready. Every game is a knockout game,” he added. Tiebreakertimes


GREG Slaughter refused to be alarmed by the sparse crowd that watched the charity game between Barangay Ginebra and Team Grand Slam on Friday night at the Astrodome. The 12,000-seat venue in Pasay was hardly crowded, with only the patron and lower box seats mostly occupied and the general admission section almost empty – unusual for a game featuring past and present stars of teams Ginebra, Purefoods, and Alaska. “It wasn’t fully crowded, but they were still loud especially toward the end with the pretty exciting game,” Slaughter said as his team survived Team Grand Slam, 113-112. “The crowd was amazing,” he added. “I’m just really thankful they came out here and I hope they continue to come to the games.”



The Hotshots held a five-point cushion inside the last three minutes but allowed the Beermen to make a comeback capped by a Chris Lutz putback at the buzzer. “Another freakin’ draw,” Hotshots wingman Alex Mallari told after the game as his team could also manage only an 83-83 draw against Alaska last week, before nipping NLEX, 75-73, last Tuesday. “It’s good, though,” Mallari, who didn’t see action in their last game for coming in late, was quick to add. “We got a nice little tempo going. I think it’s our best offensive game of the preseason, so that’s all good. But defense, we got a lot to work on. Overall, C average.”


Former Ginebra players Emman Monfort, James Forrester, Rico Maierhoffer, Josh Urbiztondo and Willy Wilson as well as young guard RR Garcia mounted a rally that pulled Barako within 12 points, 97-85. The Road Warriors weathered the storm, but coach Boyet Fernandez still rued the teams tendency to relax after establishing a huge lead. “Guys, we need to correct that, otherwise, sayang ang pagod natin sa laro. We can’t give our opponents the chance to regain composure,” Fernandez told his players in a final huddle.


MERALCO ripped shorthanded Talk ‘N Text, 106-95, in a tune-up game on Saturday at Meralco gym. Gary David, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, and Kelly Nabong provided the spark off the bench for the Bolts against their sister team. “When we play Talk ‘N Text, we always want to beat them, a little extra motivation,” Bolts forward Cliff Hodge said.


Racal Kama Motors trailed, 44-68, entering the fourth period but somehow managed to drag the Realtors in overtime. “Inisa-isa namin ‘yung problema namin nung halftime kaya kami natagalan (lumabas). Pero malaki ang tiwala ko sa mga ex-pros. Alam nila ang gagawin nila kapag ganitong situations,” said Racal Kama Motors coach Jing Ruiz, who was a former Sta. Lucia player himself.



ANDREI Caracut missed Sunday’s game against University of Santo Tomas, but La Salle coach Juno Sauler is confident the rookie will be ready for the team’s match against University of the East in Season 78 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament. Sauler said Caracut has not been feeling well, although the La Salle champion coach didn’t elaborate further. “He wasn’t feeling well the whole week but he’ll be ready on Wednesday,” said the soft-spoken mentor.