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by JA Conde

Drive for Five? Finally over! The Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles has just clinched their fifth straight UAAP basketball title, knocking out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers with a score of 65-62 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, about six hours ago.

Senior baller Nico Salva clinched the Finals MVP honors with eight points. He now happens to be one of the few ballers who have won all championships in all of his eligibility years. On the other hand, Jeric Fortuna led UST with 20 markings. The fifth straight championship is the last one for Norman Black, who’ll now return to where he truly belongs—- PBA sidelines via the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters by October 18 vs. Air21 (ironically coached by former UAAP rival mentor/protege Franz Pumaren). Overall, this is the 8th UAAP championship for Ateneo. The previous years of their champhonship were the seasons of 1987, 1988, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and of course, 2012.

As with the future of Ateneo basketball, the year 2013 would probably be a challenging one for the school per se. With the sudden departure of Manuel V. Pangilinan (who moved to UP), someone has to step up for the program. However, Paolo Trillo and his company would rather focus on celebrating their title first. That said, let’s congratulate the entire Ateneo movement then!

For recap articles on Ateneo’s past championships that I had covered, here are your links:

And for Bonfire schedule: (Courtesy of GMA News)



Here’s the actual sked, courtesy of

REMINDER: The Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Marikina Sports Complex on July 9th. An-Asian Games style ceremony will be featured plus PBA legend Olsen Racela as the carrier of the torch or more popularly known as the Olympic Torch. All athletes from different UAAP sports will participate the event plus no games will be held. A three-year preparation plus a one-of-a-kind event equals UAAP spirit. Kudos to Season 74 hosts Ateneo and the other seven schools of the UAAP.


by JA Conde

How sweet it is! The Ateneo Blue Eagles have swept the FEU Tamaraws in a close game, via a 65-62 win last Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. This is the Eagles’ third consecutive title in a matter of three years, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Finals MVP Ryan Buenafe scored a game-winning basket in the final seconds as he proved that yes, he was not in shape, but despite this, he can also deliver a game since he hasn’t been doing this in almost a year. The last time Ateneo avened a three-peat was from 1931 to 1933, although there were several attempts of acheiving it again, especially during the years of 1955, 1959, 1970, 1977, and 1989. The Eagles are the first team to achieve a three-peat in both UAAP and NCAA.

Expect a stronger Ateneo squad next year as new rookies will appear from Kiefer Ravena to Gwyne Capacio to Mark Tallo and to Greg Slaughter. And expect them copping a “4-peat”, a peat once did by DLSU and UST in the 90’s. Congrats!  


ADMU 65 – R. Buenafe 23, E. Monfort 10, S. Salva 9,K.  Long 7, J. Chua 7, E. Salamat 3, F. Golla 3, J. Escueta 2, R. Austria 1, JP Erram 0, T. Gonzaga 0,C.  deChavez 0
FEU 62 – N. Cervantes 15, P. Sanga 13, A. Ramos 9, JR Cawaling 8, P. Noundou 6, RR Garcia 6, T. Romeo 2, Exciminiano 2, A. Bringas 1, Cruz 0, Guerrero 0


Courtesy of (Juniors and Men’s Basketball):

Senior’s Division

July 10, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Saturday 2:00pm DLSU vs UP
4:00pm AdU vs NU
July 11, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Sunday 2:00pm UST vs UE
4:00pm FEU vs ADMU
July 15, 2010 Time PHILSPORTS ARENA
Thursday 2:00pm ADMU vs AdU
4:00pm NU vs DLSU
July 17, 2010 Time PHILSPORTS ARENA
Saturday 2:00pm UP vs AdU
4:00pm NU vs FEU
July 18, 2010 Time PHILSPORTS ARENA
Sunday 2:00pm UE vs DLSU
4:00pm ADMU vs UST
July 22, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Thursday 2:00pm UP vs UST
4:00pm FEU vs UE
July 24, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Saturday 12:00nn UE vs NU
5:00pm DLSU vs ADMU
July 25, 2010 Time PHILSPORTS ARENA
Sunday 2:00pm UP vs FEU
4:00pm UST vs AdU
July 29, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Thursday 2:00pm DLSU vs FEU
4:00pm AdU vs UE
July 31, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Saturday 2:00pm NU vs ADMU
4:00pm UST vs DLSU
August 1, 2010 Time PHILSPORTS ARENA
Sunday 2:00pm UE vs UP
4:00pm FEU vs AdU
August 5, 2010 Time ARANETA COLISEUM
Thursday 2:00pm NU vs UST
4:00pm ADMU vs UP
August 7, 2010 Time Filoil Flying V ARENA
Saturday 2:00pm AdU vs DLSU
4:00pm UP vs NU
August 8, 2010 Time PHILSPORTS or ARANETA
Sunday 2:00pm UST vs FEU
4:00pm ADMU vs UE

Women’s Division

July 13, 2010 Tuesday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am ADMU vs UE
10:45am UST vs FEU
1:00pm UP vs NU
2:45pm DLSU vs AdU
July 17, 2010 Saturday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am AdU vs UP
10:45am NU vs DLSU
1:00pm UE vs UST
2:45pm FEU vs ADMU
July 20, 2010 Tuesday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am NU vs ADMU
10:45am UE vs UP
1:00pm AdU vs UST
2:45pm DLSU vs FEU
July 24, 2010 Saturday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am UE vs DLSU
10:45am ADMU vs AdU
1:00pm FEU vs NU
2:45pm UST vs UP
July 27, 2010 Tuesday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am FEU vs UE
10:45am NU vs AdU
1:00pm DLSU vs UP
2:45pm UST vs ADMU
July 31, 2010 Saturday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am NU vs UST
10:45am UP vs FEU
1:00pm ADMU vs DLSU
2:45pm AdU vs UE
August 3, 2010 Tuesday
Time Filoil Flying V Arena
9:00am UE vs NU
10:45am AdU vs FEU
1:00pm UST vs DLSU
2:45pm UP vs ADMU

Junior’s Division

July 11, 2010 Sunday July 11, 2010 Sunday
8:00am UST vs ADMU 8:00am AdU vs UPIS
9:45am UE vs NU 9:45am FEU vs DLSZ
July 18, 2010 Sunday July 18, 2010 Sunday
8:00am DLSZ vs AdU 8:00am UPIS vs FEU
9:45am ADMU vs UE 9:45am NU vs UST
July 22, 2010 Thursday
8:00am NU vs AdU
9:45am UST vs DLSZ
July 25, 2010 Sunday
8:00am UPIS vs UE
9:45am ADMU vs FEU
July 29, 2010 Thursday July 29, 2010 Thursday
8:00am DLSZ vs NU 8:00am FEU vs UE
9:45am UPIS vs UST 9:45am AdU vs ADMU
August 1, 2010 Sunday August 1, 2010 Sunday
8:00am NU vs ADMU 8:00am UST vs UE
9:45am FEU vs AdU 9:45am DLSZ vs UPIS
August 7, 2010 Saturday
Time Filoil Flying V ARENA
8:00am NU vs FEU
9:45am AdU vs UST
August 8, 2010 Sunday
8:00am UE vs DLSZ
9:45am ADMU vs UPIS
August 10, 2010 Tuesday
Time Filoil Flying V ARENA
9:00am UPIS vs NU
11:00am UE vs AdU
August 12, 2010 Thursday
Time Filoil Flying V ARENA
8:00am FEU vs UST
9:45am ADMU vs DLSZ





As the 2nd Round of UAAP ends and Final Four action beginning, this season’s leading scorer Dylan Ababou of UST won the 2009 UAAP Most Valuable Player Award. He defeated the likes of reigning MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Ateneo and Alderich Ramos of FEU.

Ababou, now playing for his last year, was a vital cog for the 2006 UST championship squad along with Jervy Cruz and Jojo Duncil. He first played with the Tigers in 2005, but incidentally, he came in 2003 as a Team B player, and was actually the last current (and only) UST player to be recruited by Coach Aric del Rosario, who resigned that same year. In the PBL, he played for Harbour Centre and Magnolia. After UAAP, he is about to play for the Smart Gilas team under Coach Rajko Toroman.



THE Ateneo Blue Eagles won their fifth UAAP title as they clawed the UE Red Warriors out in the third game of the UAAP finals, with the final score of 71-58 at the Araneta Coliseum. Finals MVP Rabeh Al-Hussaini scored points just to help them remain the UAAP title to Loyola. He won the Finals MVP.

Halikinu! Ateneo has done it again! Yesterday, history repeated itself as Ateneo Blue Eagles This is Ateneo’s second consecutive title, and second run of repeating titles, as they also did this during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. Jai Reyes and Eric Salamat also contributed a lot as Ateneo made a big run over UE despite UE starting the game early hot in shooting. Al-Hussaini, Baclao, and Reyes, who are having their final game as Eagles in the UAAP made their best as Al-Hussaini even made a slam-dunk which was a very rare move for him.

With a crowd of 18,851, which is the biggest in this season, a few people also attended. The UE side had former players Robert Jaworski, Paul Artadi, and James Yap and RP Vice Pres. Noli de Castro. While on the Loyola side, Ateneo had former players JC Intal, Chris Tiu, Doug Kramer, and broadcaster Paolo Bediones.

Champion coach Norman Black felt very happy for his boys, and he even insisted that they did their best, as he just used his experience to win the title. He had his worst game prior to this, wherein they were defeated by UE. On the other side, rookie coach Lawrence Chongson felt upset, but somehow he thanked his team for extending the series.

As for the series overview, Ateneo won the first game, 78-71 but UE bounced back via a 88-68 win.

Congratulations to Ateneo and One Big Fight!

UAAP UPDATE: Ateneo’s junor team, the AHS Eaglets won their second consecutive title earlier by defeating the DLSZ Jr. Archers, 61-57, thanks to the two crucial assists of Kiefer Ravena. This is AHS’ 7th title (and the 18th title overall) with Jamike Jarin, who is at the AHS bench for 10 years.

ADMU 71 – R. Al Hussaini 21, J. Reyes 16, R. Buenafe 10, S. Baclao 8, E. Salamat 7, K. Long 7, N. Salva 2, E. Monfort 0, R. Austria 0.

UE 58 – Lee 21, E. Espiritu 16, V. Acuña 8, Lingganay 5, P. Zamar 3, P. Llagas 3, Flores 2, R. Reyes 0, Duran 0, Ayala 0.


by JA Conde




ni JA Conde

Makalipas ng 11 taon at 5 na kampeonato, nag-resign na si Franz Pumaren bilang head coach ng DLSU Green Archers sa UAAP. Siya ay nag-resign dahil sa kanyang buhay bilang pulitiko na kung saan siya ay may balak na tumakbo sa kongreso ng District 3 sa Quezon City sa susunod na halalan sa 2010. Sa kanyang huling season bilang coach ng nasabing iskwelahan, hindi niya ipinasok ang Green Archers sa Final Four makalipas ng 15 na taon.

Pumaren, 46, sa ngayon ay isang konsehal sa nasabing distrito na kung saan tatlo na ang termino niya. Siya ay naglaro bilang point guard sa San Miguel at Mobiline sa PBA magmula 1986 hanggang 1997. Pagkatapos matalo sa Kongreso noong 1998, siya ay naging  coach ng La Salle noong taong ding yun, at nagkaroon pa ng 4 na sunud-sunod na kampeonato sa UAAP magmula 1998 hanggang 2001. Tinulungan niya ang mga career nina Don Allado, Ren-ren Ritualo. Mark Cardona, Joseph Yeo, JV Casio, at Rico Mairehofer.

Sa ngayon, ayon sa mga tsismis, ang kanyang nakakabatang kapatid na si Dindo ang papalit sa kanya..

UAAP UPDATE: Sinibak bilang coach ng NU si Manny Dandan makalipas ng 9 na taon na pamamahala sa NU. Ayon sa mga tsismis, isang National coach ang papalit sa kanya. Naging coach siya ng NU noong 1998 (pinalitan niya si Sonny Paguia) at binigyan niya ng isang Final 4 na appearance ang NU noong 2001 bago siya palitan ni Rico Perez nang sumunod na taon. Bumalik na lang siya noong 2005.