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UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) has been winning in Season 78 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament because of one major reason—cohesion. “Right now, we’re not a team, we’re a family,” Head Coach Bong de la Cruz said. “That’s our mentality ever since we had our team building. ‘Yun ang ginagawa namin at pinapairal ngayon.” BusinessMirror


Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas vice chairman Ricky Vargas, a former PBA board chair, expressed this sentiment after Gilas Pilipinas went a heartbeat away from winning the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China. “In reality, they don’t have the power in this matter. It’s the team owners who decide,” Vargas told The STAR. “How many times have they said they’re throwing full support to the national team? Then they revised the PBA calendar, opening a two-month period for training of the national team. That is all there is to it. It’s nothing,” Vargas pointed out. “Lending players has two parts. One is to lend the right players. Two, lending the players that want to and we want to,” Vargas added. Philstar


Names of Ranidel de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, Asi Taulava, Terrence Romeo, Matt Ganuelas, Gabe Norwood, Dondon Hontiveros and JC Intal were also chanted as they passed by the crowd at the arrival area. “Amazing welcome. Thanks for the support and thanks for appreciating our effort,” said Abueva. “We didn’t get what we wanted but I’m blessed to be part of Gilas,” said Hontiveros. Philstar


The loudest cheer went to Castro. “Castro for senator! Castro for senator! Castro for senator!” hollered by some fans, appreciative of Castro’s outstanding performance that again landed him a spot in the FIBA Asia Mythical Selection. Philstar


Vargas later rued the fact that Gilas came so close to winning and narrowly missed bringing home the gold medal from the Asian meet. “One can’t help but feel bad because we saw we could be No. 1 in Asia. That’s the best time to beat China. We’re two or three players short of going all the way to win the crown,” Vargas said. “While I admire the commitment of members of Gilas III, I really feel the team could’ve been better,” Vargas also said. “I really believe we can win it. But as what Gen. Luna said ‘sarili natin ang kalaban natin ( we are our worst enemy)” ,’” he added. Philstar


Gilas coach Tab Baldwin said the Philippines played China for the gold medal under “difficult conditions.” So what else is new? There was a foul-up with the bus that took the team to the gym but assistant coach Norman Black said that was no problem. The delay was only for five minutes, he clarified. During the warm-ups on the court before the game, the Philippine rhythm was rudely interrupted when all of a sudden, maintenance men showed up with a ladder to remove the net from the ring and install new strings. While China was taking practice shots and raising a nice sweat, Gilas had to be content dribbling against each other, stretching, walking around and wondering what the heck was going on. The crowd was, as expected, boisterous and also as expected, rude. As the host country, China should’ve been more gracious. When Manila hosted the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, the home fans cheered for Gilas lustily but weren’t antagonistic towards Iran in the final. There was respect for the visitors. Philstar


Letran coach Aldin Ayo has labeled the 4 p.m. match a “do-or-die” game given the impact of a win would bring to both sides’ Final Four bid with the loser facing the specter of going through a playoff for the other semis incentive. “It will be an important game for both of us, I consider it a do-or-die game considering how the Final Four race is shaping up,” said Ayo, whose wards beat the Lions, 93-80, in their first round faceoff. San Beda mentor Jamike Jarin also knows the importance of the game and vowed to give it their best shot against the league leaders. “It’s a must-win for us also not just because we’re playing for pride but also for survival,” said Jarin. Philstar


Ateneo coach Bo Perasol found himself in the middle of a firestorm after the Blue Eagles suffered a major collapse in what had seemed to be a won-game against archrival La Salle last Sunday. Social media swirled with calls for Perasol’s head from frustrated AdMU supporters following the Eagles’ stinging 76-80 setback to DLSU. Online sports portal reported yesterday that school officials and backers were to meet in an effort to make things better in the second round, with a change in coach mid-season reportedly being considered. Assistant coach Ronnie Magsanoc, the site said, looms as the top candidate if ever AdMU does decide to give Perasol the boot. Philstar


UP captain Jett Manuel admitted the team is now frustrated from all the losing and that what has made winning very elusive for the Maroons as of late is that the rest of the league has taken notice of them. “Teams have adjusted to us. They’ve given us more respect,” Manuel told reporters. “We expected it, but the way we’re playing right now is not how it should be. What we say UP basketball, that’s still not coming out.” “We’re concerned on how our team would react. Five straight (losses) is five straight,” he said. “We’re frustrated, but it’s not reason for us to call it a season.” Inquirer


Vargas said that the SBP is very appreciative of the support Gilas has been getting from this basketball-crazy country. And it is precisely because of this that the cage body is driven to take the sport to the highest level in the future.“It’s hard to give hope to the Filipino people that we will use PBA players, and that we can form the best team possible,” Vargas went on.   “What is happening that it is us making it difficult for us (Filipinos) to succeed.”Inquirer


Ravena took the flak for doing too much and failing come through for the Blue Eagles late, something which he said he’s already used to dealing with throughout the years. “Ever since it’s been that. Some people put the blame on me. That’s how the cookie crumbles,” said Ravena. “It’s not being a hero. It’s not wanting to be a hero, but if we lose, we lose by me and my captains, Von (Pessumal), and the other guys. I played the game with no regrets. People will give their own opinions about the game and I respect that.” Inquirer


La Salle looked in trouble as they turned the ball over on the inbound play, but Ravena missed a jumper. With 33.9 seconds left, Teng found an open Torralba from the left corner, and he drilled the 3-ball. “He’s been working on the 3 in practice, so it paid dividends today,” Sauler said. “It was a big shot. I was a little frustrated during the game. I shot pretty bad. Good thing I made that big shot,” Torralba added in the post-game presser. Rappler


On Saturday, October 3, SBP executive Ricky Vargas took turns thanking PBA franchises for their helping hand to the national team. He thanked GlobalPort obviously for Terrence Romeo. Alaska for Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, and Alex Compton. Rain or Shine for Gabe Norwood. Meralco, NLEX, and Talk ’N Text (teams of Manny V. Pangilinan, the patron of Gilas) for the other guys. He also mentioned Barako Bull for JC Intal and Alaska for Dondon Hontiveros. But rather than thanking Star – an SMC team – for Marc Pingris, Vargas showed gratitude directly to the player himself. Rappler


Coming off a win against rivals, Ateneo de Manila University, and with adrenaline still pumping through his veins, the Smart Elite ambassador was more than ecstatic that he and the Green Archers are entering the second round with a positive (4-3) slate. First of all may pressure but like in everything we do, we prepared for Ateneo,” the Smart Elite ambassador opened.“Siguro na-swerte lang kami na we got through Ateneo to end the first round. Entering the second round, it’s a very big thing for the team.” Tiebreakertimes


“It was a big shot but I was a little frustrated during the [earlier parts] game because I shot badly. Good thing is that I made the shot, we really need it,” Torralba told reporters when asked about his game-winning triple. “[The defense collapsed on] Jeron’s drive so I was able to have that shot. The big shot really came through so it built my confidence but I still got to practice.” In a typical rivalry game between La Salle and Ateneo, the neophytes will always feel a whole new different atmosphere. It is the typical baptism of fire for an athlete since the pressure of a highly-anticipated and adrenaline-inducing bout will always find a way to creep in into a team’s younger players. Torralba and all of La Salle’s first year players were no exception. “I was very nervous especially during the beginning of the game and even two nights before the game,” he added.“Even during [my] residency [period] or even the years before it, I’ve watched [Ateneo and La Salle] play so it’s like wow, I’m actually here. It’s like a surreal moment but I tried to keep my composure and we got that win.” Tiebreakertimes


FIERCE rivals Letran and San Beda gun for an outright Final Four slot and a twice-to-beat advantage as they collide on Tuesday in the 91st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City. The Knights lead the field with a 12-4 (win-loss) record, while the Red Lions are in second place with a 12-5 slate. The winner of the 4 p.m. showdown will not only clinch the solo lead but will also advance to the semifinals and each the vital incentive that goes with it. BusinessMirror


It was learned that Ateneo officials, alumni and team benefactors are alarmed over the team’s performance and are anxious to salvage the season. Ricky Palou, the school’s athletic director and representative to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Board, said he has no knowledge of Perasol’s ouster. “No news from my end,” said Palou in a text message to the BusinessMirror. BusinessMirror


The 6-foot-4 wingman is just elated to share the spotlight with his teammates. “Sobrang saya ko kasi nag-step up na ‘yung mga kapatid ko,” Ferrer said. “Unang una pa lang, sabi ko sa kanila na kailangang lahat tayo mag-step up, lalo na sa defense, kasi ‘yun talaga ang magpapanalo sa amin. Nangyari na nga ‘yung situation kaya masayang masaya kami.” BusinessMirror

He moved on to say that this season has been tough for them but they remain hopeful of better things happening after getting the proverbial monkey off their back. “Yeah it’s very difficult, guys. We have 11 rookies including our import. So I told them to be patient and our opportunity will come. We just build momentum each game. Our maturity still needs to improve. This game is going to be a motivation,” the first-year head coach said.m  “Our goal is to win as many games as possible. We have one already and we are not satisfied with that. We are continuing to work hard to be where we want to be… I promise the community that we will improve in the second round, Mr. Fermin added. Bworldonline


Mariano was picked in the second round by Barangay Gineba in the last rookie draft which he considers as the culmination of his goal to play in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league.  “Mga 13 ako nun,” said Mariano, the first ever product of the Jr. NBA Philippines to make it to the pro league, said in an interview with a handful of mediamen at the NBA Store on Monday. “Parang dun rin talaga na-build ‘yung confidence ko at na-develop ‘yung character ko as a person on and off the court.”


The former University of Santo Tomas standout said he is now reaping the fruits of his stint with Jr. NBA after signing up with Ginebra where he will be under two-time Grand Slam coach Tim Cone. “Sobrang okay sa Ginebra kasi halos lahat ng players inaasam nila na mapunta sa Ginebra kasi ‘yun ‘yung favorite ng mga tao sa Philippines. Mahirap noong una ‘yung adjustment dahil talagang magagaling ‘yung mga players. Okay naman ang adjustment kasi lahat kami learning the new system,” Mariano sad.


Rumors persisted that Pingris was put on the trading block after he became part of the Gilas Pilipinas team that played in the last Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha, China, but team sources insisted no trade will happen, or at least not in the immediate future. Sources told that just before the Fiba Asia championships concluded, Webb has already asked management to let Pingris stay, saying the veteran forward is needed if Star is to have a successful season. “Nakiusap si Jason na ‘wag nang i-trade si Ping, kasi kakailanganin niya ‘yun sa kanyang rookie year,” the source said.


Troy Rosario watched forlornly as the final seconds of the Fiba Asia Championship with China already celebrating on the way to a 78-67 win over Gilas Pilipinas before a delirious home crowd at the Changsha Social Work Colleges gymnasium here. As much as he wanted to be at midcourt and commiserate with the team, all he could do was watch from courtside as one of two reserves along with veteran Gary David in the roster of coach Tab Baldwin. But he knows someday his time will come. “Alam ko naman balang araw magiging part din ako ng team, sa tingin ko,” said the incoming Talk ‘N Text rookie.