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2014 University of the Philippines UAAP Men’s Basketball Primer




2013 Roster:
Agustin Amar, Jr., Renzar Asilum, Matthew Ball, Andres Paul Desiderio, Joseph Ray Gallarza, Moriah Joel Gingerich, Andrew Michael Harris, Kyles Lao, Jason Ligad, Samuel Joseph Marata, Andre Alonzo Paras, Martin Javier Pascual, Miguel Antonio Reyes, Raul Soyud, Janus Kyle Suarez and Julius Paul Wong

Season 76 Standing:
8th Place (0-14)

Pomp and Circumstance:
Samuel Marata, Matthew Ball, Paul Desiderio, Jason Ligad, Andre Paras, Raul Soyud, Julius Wong, and Kyle Suarez

Stats Don’t Lie:
Lost 43.43 PPG, 6.15 APG, 28.2 RPG, 1.46 SPG and 3.26 BPG

Returns and Additions:
Mark Juruena, Darwish Bederi, Diego Dario, Carlo Escalambre, Nomer Gonzales, Jarrell Lim, Dave Moralde and Chris Vito

Projected 2014 Depth Chart:

CChris Vito (1st)Darwish Bederi  (1st) Martin Pascual  (1st)
FMark Juruena (5th)Paul Harris (2nd)
FJR Gallarza (4th)Moriah Gingerich (5th)Nomer Gonzales (1st)
GDave Moralde (1st)Kyles Lao (2nd)Jarrell Lim (1st)
GHenri Asilum (3rd)Mikee Reyes (5th)Diego Dario (1st)Carlo Escalambre (1st)

Pre-Season Standing:
Premiere Cup
6th Place Group C (2-4)

The Wire Says:

The Good Times of Today are the Sad Times of Tomorrow
Last season’s Sam Marata farewell tour was a sight to behold. Give him the ball and he’d shoot it. Free shot? Of course! With a defender right in front of him? No problem! 5 feet beyond the arc? Why not! It was like watching someone at Time Zone playing the basketball shooting game!

8 Burning Questions

1.) Where is Jett Manuel?! This is like Year 3 of us waiting for him to be listed in the line-up. It’s turning into a game of Where’s Wally (Waldo for all you Brits out there!) for us.

2.) Will this be Henri Asilum’s break-out season? Henry Asilum is already in his 3rd year with the Maroons but he’s just 18 years old! During the Premiere Cup, Soul Asilum played for two teams, State-U and the RP U-18 team. Asilum had this calming presence for his teams even when down big. Hopefully, the losses won’t take their toll on him and he still continues to develop. (Overall record in the 2014 Premiere Cup: 2-10)

3.) Will Mark Juruena continue to make behind-the-back passes at the post? We hope so!

4.) State-U has produced 3 Rookie of the Year winners over the last decade. Woodward Co, Jett Manuel and Kyles Lao. All former Xavier High School Stallions. Will Jarrell Lim continue this trend?

5.) Chris Vito is a man amongst men. He’s like someone who got pulled-out from an Italian Mafia movie, Big Vito. We’re too scared to raise any question about him.

6.) PAUL HARRIS. Will he finally be able to play in the post? We saw glimpses of how he could be a good low-post presence during the Premiere Cup and all he needs to do is to repeat the same steps. MUSCLE MEMORY.

7.) The Wire loves us some Moriah Gingerich. He seems like the only guy who is willing to play his heart out every time he checks-in to a game. Please win even just one game for him, guys?

8.) FINALLY! A lot of our partners from Adamson University and the University of the Philippines are waiting for August 9. A Fate Worse than Death (shout-out to Rafe Bartholomew)–type of game they say. One even called it the UAAP Championship game. But what we are penciling in is the August 6 game against De La Salle. With our Green Archer Preview, we pointed out that the weakness of the Archers is running and long-range shooting-type of teams, exactly what the Heavy Bombers and the Altas were when they beat DLSU. A small-ball line-up of Juruena-Gallarza-Gingerich-Lao/Moralde-Asilum certainly fits the bill. We know all these guys could run and when hot, shoot the lights-out. Will there be an upset on August 6?

Gabby Dario

Predicted Ranking
TieBreaker Times Staff: 7th

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AJ Mandani sparks Singapore in win over Joshua Munzon-led Westsports



Back to his role as the sixth man of the Slingers after two games, AJ Mandani provided the firepower needed by Singapore in a fourth quarter surge to stop the Westsports Malaysia Dragons, 93-85, Sunday afternoon at the MABA Stadium in Malaysia.

The win arrested the Slingers’ two-game losing streak, raising their slate to 6-6. Westsports, a team coming off a two-game winning streak that included a 91-87 win over Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat last January 18, fell to 3-5.

Struggling in the first three quarters, Mandani six of his eight points in the final frame. And those points were povital in fending off Westsports.

With Singapore clinging to a solitary point lead early in the fourth quarter, the Filipino-Canadian scored four straight points 8-0 run to gain a 74-67 lead with under seven minutes left. Another basket by Mandani followed it up with a breakaway layup with with 5:18 remaining to give Singapore an 81-72 cushion.

Filipino exports Joshua Munzon and Patrick Cabahug tried to rally the home team back as a triple by the latter cut the lead down to just three with 1:40 on the clock. Big buckets by Delvin Goh and Chris Charles sealed off the Malaysia-based club team.

Munzon went just 5-for-18 from the field to finish with 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Cabahug chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting off the bench.

Xavier Alexander led Singapore with 33 points while Charles tallied a double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three swats. Singaporean Goh had 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

Marcus Marshall paced Westsports with 22 points, playing all 40 minutes as fellow World Import AJ West had a tough outing.

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Impervious Lady Chiefs stay perfect after sweep of Lady Pirates



The Arellano University Lady Chiefs extended their winning streak to 17, dating back to last season, after clobbering the Lyceum of the Philippines Lady Pirates, 25-16, 25-17, 25-11, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The defending champions were unrelenting, with four Lady Chiefs scoring in double-digits. Rookie Necole Ebuen powered in 11 points. Third-year open hitter Regine Arocha and Arellano’s middle blockers Mary Anne Esguerra and Andrea Marzan each provided 10 markers.

Conversely, no Lady Pirate managed to score in double-figures.

“Maganda naman talaga ang nilalaro ng mga bata. Lahat kasi kami determinado na makakuha ulet ng championship. Alam nila (Lady Chiefs) na kailangan pataas nang pataas ang ginagalaw namin,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.

The Lady Chiefs also limited their errors to a season-best 16, while the Lady Pirates surrendered 24 miscues.

Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla each supplied the struggling Lyceum with eight point apiece.

The Lady Chiefs will look for their sixth win of the season when they face the red-hot University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (4-1) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Pirates (1-4) take on the undefeated San Beda College (4-0) on Wednesday also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

AU (3) – Ebuen 11, Arocha 10, Esguerra 10, Marzan 10, Prado 3, Ramirez 3, Liu 2, Balanoba 1, Donato 1, Verutiao 0, Buemia (L), Flores (L)

LPU (0) – Miralles 8, Sevilla 8, Juanilla 7, Patio 4, Genova 1, Romanban 0, Bongabong 0, Marcella (L)

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Late whistle costs San Beda against Sousse, drops Red Lions to 0-2



23 for 2023 cadet Robert Bolick is averaging 27.5 points per game in the tournament

After struggling to close out the UAE National Team in their opener last Friday, the San Beda College Red Lions figured in a late judgment call that did not fall into their favor, Saturday at the Shabab Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Due to this, the defending NCAA Champions lost to Tuniasian club team Sousse, 78-79.

With the loss, the Red Lions fell to a 0-2 hole in the 29th Dubai Basketball Championship. But the record does not reflect how the Filipinos played.

Robert Bolick, who scored 28 points against the UAE National Team, led the charge for San Beda in their second outing with 27 points. Fellow 23 for 2023 cadet Javee Mocon added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Sousse — the second-best club team in Tunisia, who boasts four national team players and an American import — led by as much as 10 points, 70-60 in the final frame.

Fired up by the Filipinos who stormed the venue, the Red Lions answered right back with an 18-8 run capped by a booming Bolick triple with six ticks left to gain a 78-76 lead.

However, a foul was called on a Red Lion on a three-point attempt by a Sousse player. He calmly sank all three free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Donald Tankoua had eight points and 13 rebounds as he was saddled with foul trouble all throughout the game.

The Tunisian club team was paced by Radzhouane Slimane with 18 points, while Ibrahim Nadarri and Joshua Cassady had 13 markers each.

San Beda will have a one-day break before taking on Moroccan club team Al Sale on Monday, January 22.

The Scores:

San Beda 78 – Bolick 27, Mocon 11, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Toba 6, Soberano 6, Prebitero 4, Tongco 4, Bahio 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Adamos 0.

Sousse 79 – Slimane 18, Naddari 13, Cassady 13, Mouhli 11, Knioua 9, Toumi 8, Monastiri 4, Gaddour 3.

Quarterscores: 23-17, 36-39, 57-62, 78-79.

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Perpetual overpowers JRU to keep pace for Final Four



Strutting their decisive height and power advantage, the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Lady Altas slammed the Jose Rizal University Lady Bombers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Altas were still heavy-handed with their errors, surrendering 35 miscues, including 12 in the second set — the only frame they lost.

The Las Piñas-based program, however, kept a scorching offensive pace, bombarding the Lady Bombers with six blocks and 12 aces. JRU had just five points combined from those categories.

“Mataas pa talaga ‘yung tendency ng mga bata mamigay ng mga puntos. Sabi ko nga hindi kami mananalo kung tutulungan pa namin ‘yung kalaban maka-score,” rued Perpetual head coach Michael Cariño.

“Pero, unti-unte namang gumaganda ‘yung galaw ng mga bata. Lahat naman ng pagkukulang nila, tinatrabaho namin para maayos sa ensayo,” the champion mentor added.

Perpetual’s six-foot-three middle blocker Lourdes Clemente towered over the Lady Bombers with a season-high 19 points which included 14 attacks, two blocks, and three aces. Winger Cindy Imbo added 15 points.

Rookie Dolly Versoza paced the Lady Bombers with a game-high 21 points, while captain Shola Alvarez managed 15.

The Lady Altas (4-1) take on the undefeated defending champs Arellano University (5-0) on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Lady Bombers (2-3) face the College of Saint Benilde (3-1) on Wednesday, also at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Scores

UPHSD (3) – Clemente 19, Imbo 15, Sangalang 8, Llorente 7, Tripoli 7, Gual 6, Versoza 2, Umandal 1, Estanislao 0, Medalla (L)

JRU (1) – Versoza 21, Alvarez 15, Ebuenga 5, Montojo 2, Rivera 2, Sibangan 1, Bodiongan 0, Macaraya (L)

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