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Stats Don’t Lie: DLSU vs FEU – Final Four Preview



This season epitomizes the best of what the UAAP has to offer. We’ve had 4 different teams lead the standings, with a 5th team winning 7 of it’s last 8 games to force a playoff for the last semis spot.

With the Bulldogs and the Warriors heading into a knockout game tomorrow we’re only guaranteed one thing headed into this week: a brewing war at the 2-3 spot between DLSU and FEU.

After getting eliminated by the Archers in the PCCL quarterfinals, FEU avenged the loss at the opening game of the UAAP season, “upsetting” DLSU to grab an early lead of the standings.

The Tamaraws struck oil twice, as they were able to snatch another win over the Archers courtesy of a last second putback by Mike Tolomia.

Let’s take a look at the numbers and see how FEU pulled out the wins

First round match-up (FEU 82 – DLSU 77 – July 12, 2014)

FEU’s Dribble Drive offense

If there was one game to see FEU’s dribble drive offense clicking, this was it. The Tamaraws scored on 10 out of 19 drive possessions, while drawing 6 shooting fouls and committing 2 turnovers. This means that out of 27 total finished drive possessions, they either scored or got fouled roughly 60% of the time.

FEU Drives - Round 1

FEU also did well on hand-off plays (4/8 50.0%), most of which resulted in more drives toward the basket.

Interestingly, FEU had mixed results on isolation plays, going 1/7 on wing based isolation attacks, but went 4/5 on post-ups.

What’s most surprising though is that the team got nothing from it’s ball screen sets, as the Recto-based squad was 0 for 10 (0/7 FGA | 3 turnovers) on pick & roll plays. Despite getting zero production from one of the staples of its offense, FEU was able to come out ahead.


DLSU – Didn’t make most of 2nd chance opportunities

One of the biggest things that glared out to me was that DLSU had roughly 98 scoring possessions (possessions that ended with a field goal attempt, free throws earned, or a turnover), which was 8 more than FEU, but simply couldn’t put the ball in the basket.

The Archers had 19 offensive rebounds that afternoon, but only managed to muster 4 2nd chance points. On the other hand, FEU only picked up 12 offensive rebounds but still managed to score more 2nd chance points (5).

If there was a saving grace for DLSU’s offense, it was with how efficient they ran the pick & roll. Out of 18 total finished ball screen plays, the Archers posted a PPP (Points per possession) of 0.83, as they converted on 6/16 FGA.

The Taft-based dribblers also established their inside game, finishing 4/6 isolation post ups. Not bad considering that FEU sent double team after double team at AVO, Perkins and Torres throughout the game. Decent passing out of the double teams also allowed perimeter players to go 3/8 on kick out passes from the post.

In the end though, it was La Salle’s inability to make the most of its advantage in the possession game that cost them.


Second round match-up (FEU 74 – DLSU 70 – August 27, 2014)

In a battle of superstars, it was Jeron Teng who posted bigger numbers than his counterpart, Mike Tolomia, but it was the latter who got the last laugh as he made a putback off his own missed free throw in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Some coaches have described this game as the “game of the season”, as it was a great example of fluid sets and slick execution.


FEU – Lightning strikes twice

Once again, the Archers could not contain the Tamaraws’ forays into the paint, as the latter repeatedly broke down the perimeter defense and scored.

FEU Drives -Round 2

Tolomia & Co. didn’t produce at as high a rate (PPP of just 0.94) but the sheer amount of drives led to a huge number on the scoreboard. Coupling this with decent use of the pick & roll (ball-handlers were 3/8 37.5%) and isolation plays (5/13 on wing + post isolations combined), and FEU’s offense was once again clicking.


DLSU – Teng comes up just a little bit short

Just 10 days after his masterpiece against ADMU, Jeron was at it again, showcasing his talents and making his case for the MVP plum.

37 minutes. 28 points on 11/22 shooting, including 3 3-pointers. He also chipped in 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks to boot.

feu jeron shot chart

Just like the ADMU game, Teng did a good job as the ball-handler in pick & roll situations. He used 9 finished ball-screen possessions, scoring 4 times on 8 shots, and drawing a set of free throws on another play.

The biggest difference in the game though was DLSU’s post offense, or rather, the lack of it. Out of 9 finished isolation post ups, the Archers only totaled TWO POINTS as a team, going 0/6 FGA | 2/2 FTS and committing 2 turnovers. Considering how crucial this aspect of their offense is, La Salle can’t get away with just two points and expect to win.

So who advances to the Finals?

I know that I’m big on numbers, but I can’t help but feel that this series will be determined by one factor that you simply can’t measure by numbers alone: championship experience.

Despite losing to FEU twice, both games were close and could have gone either way. Furthermore, La Salle is coming off a rather impressive victory over the Bulldogs last week, in which they simply imposed their will in the post. Meanwhile, FEU had a huge mental breakdown against Ateneo, blowing a 19-point lead in the last 4 minutes of regulation. In playoff games, it’s the team that can remained composed and collected that normally comes out ahead.

Fearless Prediction: DLSU advances, 2-1.

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Calvin Abueva, Raymond Almazan cut from pool



SMART Gilas Pilipinas’ third session for the second leg of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers ended early on Monday evening.

Prior to the end of the practice, head coach Chot Reyes talked to team veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo. The outspoken mentor told the seniors of the team that he is cutting Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan from the pool.

“The reason why we’re dropping Abueva and Almazan for the second window is because they haven’t showed up,” lamented Reyes.

“It’s already our third practice at hindi pa sila nagpapakita. It’s simply a matter of disinterest.

“I guess they’re not interested so we have to move on we can’t wait for those guys,” he pointed out.

Both Abueva and Almazan were part of the teams that competed in the 2017 SEABA Championship, the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup, and the first window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

Only 10 players from the pool showed up for the team’s third session. And with the second leg exactly one month away, Gilas cannot let a slip up happen especially against Australia.

“Aside from those two we don’t know where Matt Wright is, while Allein [Maliksi] is attending a wedding in Australia. Other than that it’s really just an issue of Calvin and Raymond if they don’t want to be a part of the pool.” expressed Reyes.

“That’s the reason we’re dropping them for the second window.”

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2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

23 for 2023 cadets fill up Gilas practice



With just 31 days until the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, only 10 players from the pool attended the team’s third session, Monday evening at the Meralco Gym.

Suiting up in the session presided over by Coach Chot Reyes were June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy. Carl Cruz and Jayson Castro were in attendance but were in street clothes.

Not present were Matthew Wright, Japeth Aguilar, and Allein Maliksi. Calvin Abueva and Raymond Almazan have yet to attend practice.

Joining the seniors team to prep them up for the World Cup Qualifiers were 10 players from the 23 for 2023 pool.

Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Nieto attended his first Gilas practice. Joining him were teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena.

Completing the night’s cast were CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liano. Joshua Sinclair watched from the sidelines as he is still recovering from an ACL injury.

Gilas will take on Australia in Melbourne on February 22. The Philippine will then host Japan three days later at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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San Beda fends off Letran for back-to-back wins



With seasoned setter John Carlo Desuyo steering the wheel to near perfection, the San Beda College romped to their second straight win.

The Red Spikers pulled double-digit outings from four players to upend archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, 19-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22, and register their fourth win of the season, Monday early evening at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

It was the Knights, however, who started on the right foot, overhauling a 4-10 deficit to snag the first set. Better passing from liberos Aljune Centeno and Johnsen Timbreza resulted in kills from captain Bobby Gatdula.

Nonetheless, San Beda picked up the service game in the next three sets to ultimately finish off the blue-shirts.

Despite the win-loss record they currently sport, the Red Spiker playmaker admitted that t

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Michael Calisaan tows Che’lu-San Sebastian past Perpetual



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Michael Calisaan poured 20 points as he captained newcomer Che’Lu-San Sebastian Revellers to a decisive 83-70 win over the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas to start their voyage, Monday evening at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Doing it all for the Revellers, the veteran forward provided the stability for his side as he shot 8-of-15 from the field while also hauling down nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the conference-opening win.

But it wasn’t all Calisaan as Che’Lu got contributions from all over its roster.

Samboy de Leon chimed in 16 markers and nine boards. RK Ilagan went 2-of-5 from threes to collect 13 points, eight dimes, and three rebounds, while big men Alfred Batino and Jeepy Faundo combined for 20 in the victory.

Despite the triumph, coach Stevenson Tiu gave all the praise to his players, noting the team’s lack of time preparing for the tourney.

“Nanalo kami dahil sa talent ng players. Medyo mali ko rin kasi nahirapan pa ako mag-adjust sa players. Hopefully, we play much better in the coming games,” he said.

The Revellers used a 16-4 run to finally break away from the Altas, taking a 77-60 lead with 4:03 to play as they punished their foes for their turnovers, turning Perpetual’s 30 miscues to 28 points in their favor.

Prince Eze anchored the Altas with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in their first game under new head coach Frankie Lim.

Che’lu-San Sebastian look to make it two in a row when they take on the Wangs-Letran Couriers on Monday, January 29 at 5:00pm. Perpetual, on the other hand, hope they can notch their first win when they take on Mila’s Lechon Mighty Roasters.

The Scores:

Che’lu-SSCR 83 — Calisaan 20, De Leon 16, Ilagan 13, Batino 10, Faundo 10, Bulanadi 6, Costelo 6, Calma 2, David 0, Lao 0, Santos 0, Valdez 0.

UPHSD 70 — Eze 15, Coronel 13, Villanueva 13, Jimenez 9, Charcos 7, Peralta 7, Gallardo 5, Pido 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Tamayo 0, Tongco 0.

Quarterscores: 17-22, 34-38, 59-53, 83-70.

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