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2014 University of Sto Tomas UAAP Men’s Basketball Primer

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Vengeance

2013 Roster:
Karim Abdul, Clark Daniel Bautista, Eduardo Daquioag, Jr., Jeepy Faundo, Kevin Ferrer, Roberto Hainga, Kent Jefferson Lao, Kim Kaizen Lo, Jan Cornelius Macasaet, Edcor Marata, Jr., Aljon Mariano, Paulo Lorenzo Pe, Sheak Sheriff, Jr., Brian James So, Robin Allan Tan and Jeric Allen Teng

Season 76 Standing:
2nd Place (Regular Season: 10-4, 4th)

Pomp and Circumstance:
Jeric Allen Teng, Clark Daniel Bautista, Edcor Marata, Brian So, Robin Tan and Coach Pido Jarencio 

Stats Don’t Lie:
Lost 22.66 PPG, 3.66 APG, 7.99 RPG and 1 SPG

Returns and Additions:
Regie Basibas, Levi dela Cruz, Alfren Gayosa, Raymart Sablan, Renzo Subido and Louie Vigil

Projected 2014 Depth Chart:

CKarim Abdul (4th)Paolo Pe (5th)Jeepy Faundo (2nd)Ray Sablan (1st)
FAljon Mariano (4th)Kent Lao (3rd)Jon Macasaet (2nd)
FKevin Ferrer (4th)Kim Lo (5th)Alfren Gayosa (1st)
GEd Daquioag (4th)Louie Vigil (3rd)Regie Basibas (1st)
GRenzo Subido (1st)Sheak Sheriff (3rd)Levi dela Cruz (1st)Janrey Garrido (1st)

Pre-Season Standing:
Father Martin’s Cup
2nd Place, Lost to the University of Perpetual Help Delta System Atlas

The Wire Says:

Classy move by the Green Archers but imagine this chant, the infectious GO USTE cheer, chanted by Thomasians at their UAAP championship celebration on their grounds. If only.

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence – Vittorio Alfieri

The UAAP Season 76 Finals series was a classic, maybe even one of the best ever. However, on the flipside, one of our partners, who works in UST, described the emotional toll the loss inflicted on the entire community:

“Pare ang sakit. Kala namin amin na. Up na ng 1-0 natalo pa. Lahat kami ready na pati sila Coach Pido. Parang fiesta na nga ang feel nung practice nila for game 2 e. Nung natalo nung game 2, isip naming kaya pa. Pero pagkatapos ng game 3 masakit. Mula football field hanggang sa ospital ramdam ang lungkot ng mga taga-UST.”

A writer for the Varsitarian even remembers every single play from those final 15 minutes of Game 3. AND THAT WAS EIGHT MONTHS AGO!

Deep Silence

The Tigers kept quiet over summer with the team joining only the Father Martin’s Cup. From what we heard, Karim Abdul, Aljon Mariano and Kevin Ferrer had solid outings during the entire tournament. They fell short to former Growling Tigers head coach Aric del Rosario’s team in the FMC Finals. All in all, however, it was a solid outing for UST.

Deep Rotation
On to the present, we at the Wire, even the entire TieBreaker Times staff, believe that the Growling Tigers have built a strong team for this season.

It’s hard to replace a Jeric Teng (S76: 14.92 PPG) but we believe in the rotation of Ed Daquioag and Louie Vigil. Loiue Vigil is what Boom Gonzales called a hugot in Season 75. When Jeric Teng was nursing an injury, Vigil was solid both on D and on offense. Ed Daquioag was also amazing last year when Jeric Teng was out with an injury. Who could forget his baseline dunk against the Blue Eagles in the first round? He just went up, and up, and up then BAM!

Deep Vengeance
But if there’s one guy who’s out for blood this season, it has to be Aljon Mariano. He was way too criticized after Game 3 for taking what was supposed to be the game-winning shot after going 0 of 9 prior to that, and for the costly turnover that changed the entire season. We feel sorry for him, but now, it’s time for vengeance, Aljon.

Parting Shot
Thank goodness Renzo Subido finally picked a team to suit-up for. And lastly, we already miss you Coach Pido! We hope that someday we could grab a cold one with you.

BONUS ROUND:
Kristelle Batchelor
UST---Kristelle-Batchelor

Predicted Ranking
Editor-in-Chief: 6th
TieBreaker Times Staff: 3rd

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After getting first D-League experience, Zark’s-Lyceum ready to get loose

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After a hesitant performance in their PBA D-League debut last Thursday that resulted in a loss to the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers seemingly caught up with the league’s style of play on Tuesday.

Zark’s-Lyceum displayed their true form and stamped their class all over the Batangas-EAC Generals with a 37-point destruction, 112-75 — so far the biggest winning margin the franchise has ever had in its D-League history.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams we’re playing against with,” said Zark’s-Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson after the match at Pasig Sports Center. “But the things we want to mind are those things we control.

“We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways.”

Robinson’s claim was strongly backed up by the numbers that the Jawbreakers produced.

CJ Perez had 21 points and 10 rebounds. MJ Ayaay produced 15 points and 10 boards, and Mike Nzeusseu delivered 14 markers and 11 boards.

Even the bench made their presence felt in the victory. With guard Jaycee Marcelino spearheading the supporting cast’s charge with 12 markers, the bench contributed a remarkable 56 points to their total output.

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“Ano lang, cinontrol lang namin yung pace kasi yun naman talaga yung laro namin, yung mabilisan,” said the 24-year-old do-it-all forward, who also collected three steals.

“Kailangan talaga mabilisan para ma-execute namin yung mga ginagawa namin.”

This week will be a rough one for the Pirates, as they will play right away this Thursday against the AMA Online Education. And for Perez, he strongly believes that they will be able to carry over their momentum.

“Oo. Nandun pa. Energy talaga yung puhunan namin para makalaro ng maayos.”

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Bonbon Batiller shows what he can bring to Letran in D-League debut

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Tuesday proved to be a double debut for Bonbon Batiller. Aside from beginning his first foray in the PBA D-League, it also marked his debut for the Letran Knights, who are carrying the Wang’s Basketball Couriers franchise.

And the 5-foot-11 guard showed what he can bring to the table. Batiller collected 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help the Knights raise the curtains of their campaign with a 93-75 rout of the Batangas-EAC Generals.

“Nagworkout yung pinagpraktisan namin,” said Batiller. “Nagbunga rin yung tinuro samin ni Coach Jeff (Napa) lalo sa depensa. Tsaka siguro sa rebounds — laking lamang namin sa rebound. Nagsipag mga bigs namin.”

But what has him even more satisfied is the warm reception and trust he’s had from the Knights, even if he has spent barely a year with them after transferring from University of the East last 2017.

“Masaya po kasi tinanggap nila ako sa Letran ng buong-buo,” said Batiller, who normed 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.6 steals with UE in two years. “Tsaka yung tiwala nila na makakatulong ako sa team nandoon.

“Kaya masaya ako sa pinakita nila sa akin.”

That is why the General Santos native is hard-pressed to prove himself to Letran, saying that he’s all about giving back to the school that gave him another opportunity to resume his young, up-and-coming basketball career.

“Kailangan kong may mapatunayan na deserving ako sa binigay na second chance sa akin ni Letran,” said Batiller, who decided to switch schools partly due to academic reasons.

“Malaki ang utang ko sa Letran.”

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Bienvenido Maranon scores brace as Ceres-Negros eliminates Brisbane Roar

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Philippine club football just achieved its biggest continental result yet

The inaugural Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros Football Club eliminated three-time Australian champions Brisbane Roar in the 2018 AFC Champions League’s second preliminary round with a 3-2 stunner, away at the QSAC Stadium in Brisbane.

With the win, the 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Champions are set to face Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian next January 30, 2018 at the Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin, China, to book a seat in the group stages.

Brisbane were the favorites for this tie and it showed, as Ceres started the contest on the back foot. Italian striker Massimo Maccarone handed the home side the lead in the 35th minute when he turned in Brett Holman’s pass.

Maccarone’s goal could have lowered the Busmen’s moral, but Risto Vidakovic’s men took it as a motivation rather than a downer. In fact, Ceres replied in the best way possible when Bienvenido Maranon scored his first goal of the match two minutes from halftime, thanks to a scramble in the Brisbane box.

By all accounts, Ceres had already made Philippine football proud at halftime. By this stage last year, Brisbane had accrued a 4-0 halftime cushion against Global Cebu en route to a 6-0 rout.

Today, though, Brisbane faced tougher resistance at Ceres’ hands. That resistance turned into a full-fledged revolt in the 65th minute when Maranon directed the ball past a helpless Jamie Young to give the Busmen their first taste of the lead.

Maranon’s goal well and truly turned the tide in Ceres’ favor. Brisbane were stunned. The home side are the defending A-League champions, but are currently eighth in the table this season and would soon face elimination from Asia’s premier club competition.

Already up 2-1, the Busmen finally achieved some breathing room in the 75th minute when Omid Nazari scored from close range to give Ceres a two-goal cushion over Brisbane.

Nazari’s goal not only sealed the win for Ceres, it also propelled Philippine football into the big leagues. Not even a late goal from French midfielder Éric Bauthéac could prevent the Busmen’s victory.

After five minutes of stoppage time, Ceres emerged 3-2 winners against Brisbane Roar. Come what may against Tianjin seven days from now, the Busmen have already achieved Philippine football’s biggest result since their own achievement in last season’s AFC Cup.

Who knows? Maybe Ceres can pull off another upset?

Ceres-Negros XI: Doblas (GK), Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Maranon, Porteria, Schrock, De Murga (C), Munoz, Nazari, Christaens.

Brisbane Roar XI: Ingham, Bowles, Papadopoulos, Maccarone, Holman, Khalfallah, Oxborrow, McKay (C), Hingert, Young (GK), Franjic.

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CJ Perez, Zark’s-Lyceum vent ire on Batangas-EAC with 37-point romp

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CJ Perez and the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum Jawbreakers finally lived up to their hype, as they clobbered the Batangas-EAC Generals to score a 37-point beatdown, 112-75 for their first win, Tuesday at the Pasig Sports Center.

It was an all-out attack from the Jawbreakers, as they beat the Generals to the bite and took control of the game early, with Mike Nzeusseu and Jaycee Marcelino guiding their side to the 48-33 lead at halftime which they would never surrender.

Perez paced Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while MJ Ayaay tallied a double-double with his 15 markers, 10 boards, and three assists.

Cameroonian student-athlete Nzeusseu also delivered 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Marcelino had eight first half points and wound up with 12 off the bench, as the reserves chipped in 56 huge points in the tussle.

Coach Topex Robinson lauded the Jawbreakers for quickly adjusting to the style of the PBA D-League just days after falling to the Marinerong Pilipino, 92-94, back in opening day.

“Medyo adjusted na kami on everything — the calls and the teams were playing against with. But the things we want to mind are those things we control. We just have to keep on doing what we are doing. It’s more on replenishing na lang on our old ways,” he said.

Earvin Mendoza and Cedric de Joya both had 16 points for the Generals in the losing effort.

Zark’s-Lyceum look to continue to roll when they face the AMA Online Education Titans on Thursday, January 25. EAC-Batangas, on the other hand, take on the Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers on Monday, January 29.

The Scores:

Zark’s-Lyceum 112 — Perez 21, Ayaay 15, Nzeusseu 14, Jc. Marcelino 12, Serrano 10, Baltazar 8, Santos 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Tansingco 6, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 2, Cinco 2, Pretta 0.

Batangas-EAC 75 — E. Mendoza 16, De Joya 16, Tampoc 12, Laude 9, Pate 8, Maguliano 6, Altamirano 5, Diego 3, Garcia 0, Dela Peña 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.

Quarterscores: 19-14, 48-33, 84-47, 112-75.

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