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University of the Visayas Green Lancers: PCCL 2014 Primer

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University of the Visayas Green Lancers 2014 Season
2014 RecordWins7Losses14
2014 Premiere Cup:Wins0Losses6
Elimination Round (Group A)Wins0Losses6
2014 CESAFI Men’s Basketball Tournament: 3rd placeWins6Losses8
Elimination RoundWins4Losses6
Semifinals (2014/9/16)USC67UV61
Battle for 3rd Game 1 (2014/9/30)UV61USJ-R61
Battle for 3rd Game 2 (2014/10/2)USJ-R75UV72
Battle for 3rd Game 3 (2014/10/4)UV62USJ-R52
2014 PCCL Visayas/Mindanao ChampionWins1Losses0
Visayas/Mindanao Finals (2014/10/17)UV56USJ-R55

 

One shining moment

Where do we start?

If there’s one team that has had a crazier season than the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, it has got to be the University of the Visayas Green Lancers.

After one of the greatest comebacks in Philippine sports last year, the UV Green Lancers are at an all-time high. Then came the series of unfortunate events for the school:

May 24, 2014: The UV Green Lancers lose their 6th game in the PCCL tournament 82-69 against the UE Red Warriors. They go back to Cebu with a 0-6 slate.

July 15, 2014: 2012 Cesafi MVP and Rookie of the Year Wowie Escosio was unceremoniously kicked-out of the team. According to Jonas Panerio’s article at spin.ph, Coach Felix Belano had a problem with grades, performance, and attitude, the grand slam of getting kicked-out of not just a team but a school. Note: Escosio was not in the Premiere Cup line-up of UV

September 16, 2014: With a 4-6 slate, the UV Green Lancers made the CESAFI semifinals. However, UV FSA Jeffakins Aguara started a fight towards the end of the team’s loss to the USC Warriors. Aguara would then be kicked-out of the team. Later it was said that Aguara also had a heated exchange with UV wing Franz Arong.

November 8, 2014: Coach Felix Belano was fired by the University of the Visayas officials. Coach Gary Cortes named as new UV coach.

So that’s 4 dark moments for the team since May! So how did the team reach the PCCL Elite Eight? We might have found the answer in their sole shining moment of the season that paved the way for their entry into the PCCL Elite Eight.

After a crazy, tumultuous season, the UV Green Lancers needed a much needed breathe of fresh air. It was September 30, 2014, game 1 for the battle for 3rd in the CESAFI tournament. UV was without their FSA Jeffakins Aguara and Franz Arong.

Rookie Jerome Napao became a huge revalation for the Green Lancers squad in this game. Napao top scored for the Green Lancers with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Even without an FSA in their line-up, the UV Green Lancers grabbed 3rd place in the tournament after 3 games and, later, defeated the USJ-R Jaguars in the finals of the PCCL Visayas/Mindanao qualifier.

Who’s in, who’s out

It looks like the University of the Visayas Green Lancers will be fielding in the following players for the PCCL.

University of the Visayas Roster for the PCCL
C- Jean Marie Mpouma
F- Chris Perolino
F- Leonard Santillan
G- Alfred Codilla
G- John Abad
Alwyn Aguirre
Josue Segumpan
Alvin Matthew Oche
Jun Kent Manzo III
Raffy Octobre
Jerome Napao
Jan Monic Soliva

 

Player to watch

John Abad

Graduating player John Abad needed to be the star for his team after the departure Wowie Escosio. The spitfire guard stepped-up and gave these stats

PPGRPGAPGSPGFG%FT%
John Abad12.633.821.834.5%63%

 

Now in his final tour of duty for the Green Lancers, Abad will showcase his skills on a national stage.

Prediction

The UV Green Lancers may have beaten the USJ-R 4 out of 6 times this year but it will be hard for the team to face-off against top-tier teams like the NU Bulldogs, the DLSU Green Archers, the AU Chiefs, and the USC Warriors (they are 0-3 against the Warriors this year). Moreover, the lack of depth in the front court spells doom for the Green Lancers.

Eliminated in the Elite Eight, 0-4

Source: Various articles from the voice of southern basketball, Jay Panerio. Follow him on Twitter for all your southern basketball updates @jaypanerio

 2014 Philippines Collegiate Champions League Primer


NU PCCL 2014SBC PCCL 2014
SWU PCCL 2014USC
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Calvin Abueva rejuvenated with return of physical play: ‘Masarap maglaro’

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For Calvin Abueva, it feels great to play in the PBA nowadays.

The Beast, who has always been known as one of the league’s most physical players since entering in 2012, was all praises for the way the officiating has changed this 43rd season — by just letting all the players play.

“Mas gumanda yung tawagan ngayon, naging physical nga. Naging exciting para sa mga tao, mas marami na nanonood ngayon eh,” said Abueva moments after their 97-83 victory over the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Sunday night.

As has been said many times, physicality had become something controlled over the last two years. Abueva knows it too well, having been a casualty, as he has paid a bevy of penalties during that time.

And now that it is a thing of the past, the 6-foot-2 bruiser feels much better, knowing that he can display his brand of basketball once more.

“Masarap maglaro, talagang pisikalan,” said the 29-year-old forward from Angeles, Pampanga. “Siyempre makikita naman natin kung sinasadya o hindi, basta katawan lang.

“Pisikal. Yun yung magandang laro di ba?”

Aside from the comeback of physicality, what makes Abueva beam even more is the way the Aces have been playing in the 2018 Philippine Cup. After a 0-2 start in the tourney, they have now booked their third straight win.

“Nung 2017 parang nilubog na namin yung losing streak namin doon. Ito 2018 na at panibagong destination na naman yung ina-ano namin,” said Abueva, who had nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists against Ginebra.

“Sustain muna namin ‘to… Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘tong winning streak namin.”

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Alaska takes advantage of Greg Slaughter’s absence

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For the streaking Alaska Aces, their stunning 97-83 victory over the favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Sunday night was partly made possible by the absence of one key player: seven-foot behemoth Greg Slaughter.

The 28-year-old center, who was averaging 20.67 points and 10.3 rebounds prior to Sunday, did not play against the Aces due to a hamstring injury. How he incurred the injury has yet to be determined.

“There’s a small person named Greg Slaughter who didn’t play; I think he has an impact on the game,” quipped coach Alex Compton after the match.

“[They missed] a guy who I think is gonna win an MVP soon in Greg Slaughter.

“Sometimes dito sa liga natin, you have to take advantage when opportunities come your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt [though],” added Compton.

With Slaughter out of the way, the Aces’ big men feasted.

Vic Manuel top-billed with 18 points and five rebounds, and elder statesman Sonny Thoss turned back the clock with a 17-point, four-rebound outing.

“Malaking bonus na rin sa amin, kasi wala nga si Greg kaya nakuha namin yung panalo,” said Manuel.

“Yeah it definitely helped,” added the six-foot-seven Thoss, who shot 6-of-12 from the floor and made four of his freebies.

“He’s a big guy, he’s a big presence inside so it took one big guy off our shoulder.”

Slaughter was approached and asked by scribes regarding his injury, but he was not in the mood to comment. No one can blame him, though, since the Barangay have slipped to their second straight defeat after a 2-0 start.

“I’m always there in practice, going over our gameplans. But it’s better if you ask our PT,” he said.

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Alaska completes turnaround at Greg Slaughter-less Ginebra’s expense

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A strong second half surge was all the Alaska Aces needed to turn back the heavily-favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 97-83, and book their third straight victory, Sunday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Aces, who have yet to lose this 2018, have now improved to 3-2. Meanwhile, the Barangay absorbed their second straight loss and have dropped to 2-2.

“I was telling the guys na parang ang dami nating iniisip, hindi natin ginagawa yung ginagawa natin noong nakaraang dalawang linggo. Sabi ko relax lang tayo,” said coach Alex Compton, sharing what he told his wards that sparked the win.

Vic Manuel led the Milkmen with 18 points and five rebounds. Sonny Thoss turned back the clock as he made 17 markers on 6-of-12 shooting, while Chris Banchero supplied 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds.

The Aces were trailing by eight, 36-44 at the half, but it became a different ball game come the third chapter as they outscored the Gin Kings, 37 to 19, to erect a favorable 73-63 cushion heading into the game’s final 12 minutes.

From there, Alaska kept their foot on the gas to sustain their lead, which grew to as much as 18, 85-67, after their 6-0 spree — punctuated by Banchero’s lay-up plus a foul — with 6:14 remaining in the final frame.

Ginebra still tried to make one last push as they inched within 10, 75-85, but baskets by Thoss and Kevin Racal propelled Alaska to an 89-75 lead with 3:42 left to play — more than enough to knock out their counterparts.

“I was glad to come away with the win,” added Compton. “Sometimes, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way. You don’t want anybody to get hurt but when two number one picks on the other team aren’t playing… There.”

Jvee Casio had 13 markers for Alaska, while Calvin Abueva nearly had a double-double of nine points and nine boards along with five assists in 20 minutes.

Aljon Mariano had 15 points, nine rebounds, and three dimes for Ginebra, who — despite having Sol Mercado back in the fold after ankle issues — missed the services of Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter due to injuries.

Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson, and Kevin Ferrer each scored 12 for the Barangay, with Thompson adding five assists. The trio combined for 15 of Ginebra’s 43 rebounds.

Alaska will aim to extend their streak versus the Blackwater Elite on Saturday, January 27 at 4:30 PM, while Ginebra will look to end their slump against the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. Both games are at SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Alaska 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.

Ginebra 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.

Quarterscores: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83.

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Frustrated Jared Dillinger admits ‘he’s getting sick’ of Meralco’s bad PH Cup runs

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It’s no secret that the Meralco Bolts have struggled in the Philippine Cup for the last three years. During the last two seasons, the eight-year-old franchise’s win-loss tally is four wins and 18 losses.

And in the 2018 edition, the narrative has been the same, with little to no hope of it turning the other way around.

The Bolts bowed to the TNT Katropa, 99-81, Sunday night — their third straight defeat after winning over Blackwater Elite in their opener last December. If things continue as they are, it looks like another poor all-Filipino tilt run is looming.

“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” said Jared Dillinger, who had 14 points and five caroms in the match at Ynares Center in Antipolo. “It’s a long season though… We [shouldn’t] panic but it’s not fun right now.

“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every damn Philippine Cup we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it.”

In this game, Meralco missed the services of top forwards Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge due to injuries. But for Dillinger, those issues shouldn’t be excuses.

“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up,” asserted Dillinger, who has been with the franchise since 2013.

“It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being smart.”

Asked what went wrong in this particular loss versus their sister team, where they shot just 39.2 percent from the floor and had committed 17 turnovers, the 10-year veteran lamented the poor effort that the Bolts put up.

“TNT didn’t do anything much, given that they played well. But they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, and they got open shots,” added the 10-year pro, as TNT made 23 assists and shot 18 triples.

“Our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”

Meralco have a chance to end their slump against the Kia Picanto this Wednesday. Dillinger sees it as a do-or-die affair, warning that it will be a grind-out affair knowing that the Picanto is coming off a skid-ending win over Rain or Shine.

Do-or-die ’cause that’s gonna be a playoff game. Thank God they beat Rain or Shine ’cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a 0-16 [team]. You don’t want to play teams like that,” stressed the all-around forward.

“Nothing to take away from Kia though. It’s gonna be tough.”

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