Archive for September, 2008

Ateneo gives La Salle a claw and wins 4th UAAP title

ADMU Eagles pose for their Championship photo

ADMU Eagles pose for their Championship photo

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

Congratulations Ateneo! Ateneo Blue Eagles is now declared the UAAP men’s basketball champions last Thursday in the Araneta Coliseum, Septemeber 25, 2008 in the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City defeating the defending champions De La Salle Green Archers, 62-51. Ateneo swept La Salle, 2-0.

Thus, DLSU had a very hot start in the ballgame but Ateneo started to manage a lead in the Second period as they led the entire ballgame although it was a low-scoring ending with Jai Reyes manning the floor late in the Fourth period and eventually won the title. DLSU’s PJ Walsham was oftentimes used during the Game 2 saga. In the third period, DLSU’s Rico Mairehofer made a “middle-finger” gesture as he was pointing either on JV or Rabeh Al-Hussaini. Nobody doesn’t know as Rabeh made 2 free throws and led the ball game stronger than ever.

Ateneo won its 4th UAAP championship, first in 6 years. They ended their dismantling finishes years ago: 2003 vs. FEU and 2006 vs. UST. They became happier than ever as it is. This is Norman Black’s first UAAP title after a sad finish in 2006. During the celebration, Rabeh Al-Hussaini went to the Commentator’s side wherein the ADMU fans were there. Also, Christ Tiu and Al-Hussaini had inspiring words to¬† Coach Norman. Now here’s one of Rabeh-Norman championship converstions:

Norman: Thank you, Rabeh!

Rabeh: Hindi po, Coach. Thank you po sa lahat.

Very inspiring and heartwarming.

Finals MVP is Nonoy Baclao who is responsible for the “Block 02 in 08” wherein he blocked Rico Mairehofer’s shot. Just a brief note: Mairehofer made an answer to Nonoy’s block by a magical shot vs. Baclao himself during the Third period in the Second game. What a series. Congrats!

Just a footnote: During the Awarding Ceremonies. The entire DLSU team did not received their medals and their trophy but Franz Pumaren, their coach admitted that noboby called them for the award. Also, ADMU Eaglets won the UAAP Juniors Championship (vs. FEU, 2-0) and the SBP Championship (Grade School). What a gradslam! Ateneo has a Bonfire event which will happen on Sept. 30 in the Gesu Field in Ateneo, Katipunan from 6-12 am. Mass will happen at 6 while the Bonfire will start at 7. Seeya there!


Hoops Tidbits

As my internet goes out, here are my hoop news that I have compiled while our laptop is in trouble. Here they are:

1. JRU’s Keith Agovida scoring 82 pts.

2. UAAP Final Four: ADMU def. UE, 70-50, DLSU def. FEU twice.

3. JRU, CSJL, SSC, and MIT going for its respctive final four spots. SSC got out of the circle as JRU gets #2, Letran at #3 and Mapua at the fourth spot.

4. JRU and San Beda is in the NCAA finals.

5. UAAP Finals Game 1: ADMU def. DLSU, 69-61

6. UAAP Finals Preview (to be posted later or in other days, watch out!)

7. FEU and UE has its own answer to ADMU-DLSU’s brotherhod: it’s Nike’s System of Dressing.

That’s it!

Back on Track! (na may puso)

Back from an disinterrupting Internet connection, I’m not in my mood to write today but I will share you something from YouTube wherein most college hoops fans will be happy for this?

Any comment?

TItle: Puso by Sponge Cola

Here’s the link:

Here’s the lyrics:

Hinihingal ka lang
May oras pang natitira
Kahit parang ang layo pa
Kung harangan ka man

Sumalakay man mga bantay
Lahat kami Maghihintay
Habol, habol!

Dehado kung dehado
Para san pang mga galos mo
Kung titiklop ka lang
Titiklop ka lang
Matalo kung matalo
Huwag ka sanang magkakamaling
Sumuko na lang

Maagawan ka man
Lalung huwag kang papipiga
Kumpiyansa lang bawat bangga

Kumaripas ka na
Humanda ka na sa paglipad
Pakpak natiy ilalantad

Repeat Refrain

Ang puso
Sa laban
Kapalit ay tagumpay

Repeat Refrain

Ang puso
Sa laban
Kapalit ay tagumpay

Ang puso
Sa laban, sa laban, sa laban, sa laban mo


Ang puso
Sa laban
Kapalit ay tagumpay…


Eagles sweep Archers


by Jose Antonio A. Conde


PASIG CITY-What a blue world! The ADMU Blue Eagles defeated the DLSU Green Archers, 65-57 in the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City to wrap up the eliminations of the 71st UAAP season.

Before the ballgame, some people said that DLSU would evenutally win this ball game but Ateneo proved it was wrong by starting the ballgame having a heavy lead to DLSU and the game was still the same. In the 3rd period, Nonoy Baclao emerged into the scoring by making some amazing plays inwhich he impresses the ADMU crowd, in the end of the third period, DLSU had its own run of 7-0 but still they haven’t got the lead over the tally ADMU team. In the fourth period, ADMU regained its own power and Baclao made an amazing layup over 2-3 defenders. It was a ballgame for him as his team won. It also marked the return of Coach Franz Pumaren from Iran as his older brother Derek takes over the RP team. The crowd attendance is 22, 136.

ADMU 65- Al-Hussani-18, Baclao-11, Reyes-10, Tiu-9, Salamat-8, Baldos-4, Escueta-3, Buenafe-2, Salva-0, Burke-0, Austria-0

DLSU 57- Mairehofer-16, Atkins-9, Barua-8, Malabes-7, Casio-5, Villanueva-4, Mangahas-4, Walsham-2, Ferdinand-2, Webb-0, Revilla-0, Bagatsing-0

Quarter Scores: 12-21, 36-38, 54-41, 65-57

Freshmen on the Block!

The 1st Overall Pick

The 1st Overall Pick

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

PASIG CITY–Sorry for the late post. Anyway, here’s my post about the 2008 PBA Annual Draft. The Annual Draft is somewhat controversial because of the Fil-Ams such as Gabe Norwood and Solomon Mercado. The draft was happened on August 31, 2008 in Market! Market! in Bonifacio Global City.

The draft started up when the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters drafed 6-5 SF Gabe Norwood from George Mason University, next to the Painters is the Talk N’ Text Phone Pals wherein they drafted Jared Dillinger who incidentally played for the Liga Pilipinas team of the TnT Phone Pals, the Smart-Pampanga Buddies. Next is the San Miguel Beermen, they drafted Jason Castro from PCU and Singapore Slingers in the NBL wherein in his last game, he made a buzzer shot saying goodbyes, the rights now goes back to the TnT as they drafted long-time prospect Rob Reyes, Alaska Aces has the next draft pickand drafted Solomon Mercado who had a PBL experience with the Harbour Centre Batang Pier. Next pick is the Air21 Express wherein they drafted UE forward Mark Borboran. Purefoods later drafted PCU big man Beau Belga while Lipa-Batangas Barakos and UE player Bonbon Custodio was later drafted by the SMB Beermen. Red Bull later drafted Larry Rodriguez from PMI. Wrapping up the round are the Sta. Lucia Realtors wherein they drafted UE stalwart Kelvin Gregorio.

Second Round is up as the TnT Phone Pals started the round by drafting San Beda hotshot Pong Escobal, Coach Frankie Lim’s player who is also the team manager of the team—-he’s like Yousef Aljamal. Next team is Rain or Shine wherein they drafted 5-7 point guard Tyrone Tang out of DLSU, Tang’s teammate Pocholo Villanueva is later drafted by the Air21 Express after him. SLR later drafted AMA player Chito Jaime while Alaska took in 2007 NCAA MVP Kelvin Dela Pena from MIT. Purefoods is next, drafting Jonathan Fernandez out of NU Bulldogs. Red Bull has the next three picks by drafting players like Jeffei Chan of FEU and Fil-Am Mark Cuevas but their third straight pick was passed at the SLR goes next to wrap up the entire draft by drafting Christian Cabatu out of St. Benilde.

Draft day trades were held like the TnT-SMB whereas former 1st overall pick Anthony Washington and SMB’s 1st Rd. pick Jason Castro switched teams. Rain or Shine and Alaska also had an agreement by exchanging players with the likes of Solomon Mercado, Eddie Laure, and Joe DeVance.

There were also players who were undrafted with the likes of Kevin Dalafu, Patrick Cabahug, Jan Coching, Mark Yee, Nestor David, Leimar Navarro, Lawrence Bonus, Juan Luis Abad, Ian Tayag, Anthony Catigan, Dennis Concha, Rene Cunanan, Michael Dizon, Anthony Espiritu, Michael Gonzales, Ismael Juinio, Nizar Kiram, Ferdie Melocoton, Franklyn Nailon, Ricky Natividad, Angelus Raymundo, Unik Christian Reyes, Ryan Regaldo, Earn Saguindel, Eder Saldua, and Eian Yu. Apparently, they can still fill in to the teams’ respective roster up to October 1, three days before the 34th Season opening.

Hope these guys proved theirselves to be good rookies, believe in themselves, and that’s it!