Lessons Learned On A DLSZ – SBC Game

I arrived at the game and the end of the 3rd quarter and the game in full heat. SBC was turning it over far too often and by 1:56 left in the 4th, was ahead by only two points against DLSZ, 77-75.

DLSZ’s #12 eventually tied the game followed by DLSZ’s # 11 causing an impressive block that unfortunately was too strong for his own good as he went out of the game after that clutching his shoulder.

An action – packed series of events transpired quickly afterwards. SBC’s #10 sank 1 of 2 freethrows followed by DLSZ’s #21 sinking a scintillating jumper on top of the key to forge ahead 78-80.

SBC tied it back up at 80 all with 1:02 left then SBC’s #21 is fouled on the inbound with 44.4 seconds left, and is promptly fouled. He sinks 1 of 2 freethrows, the score now 80-81.

With 12 seconds left SBC calls a timeout, and in two consecutive driving layups fail to score.

And here’s where it gets really exciting, as if it weren’t already.

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Helping Your Opponent

Checking my notes for the FEU – Lyceum game last May 14, 2009, everything else is overshadowed by the memory of Lyceum’s Coach getting kicked out with 5:09 left in the third quarter, his team a manageable, at least to me, 14 points behind.

Of course, there were many other notables. As this was my 2nd time to view an FEU Seniors game, I continue to be impressed at #20 Cervantes, who is a complete package with height, heft, and guard – like agility and comfort with the ball. Then there is #11 Sanga, who probably didn’t play last week as he certainly would’ve caught my eye. The boy can rain threes on you, whether on a set shot or provided a pick.

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Anatomy Of A Blowout

There’s a quote that says you learn more from losing than winning, or something like that. If that were the case, the Universidad de Manila players are probably geniuses by now, after getting trounced by FEU Tamaraws 111-55 in the 2nd Seniors Game yesterday, May 7, 2009.

FEU Coach Glenn Capacio took the opportunity to use his second stringers for most of the stretch, making them run an efficient full court press that probably filled up the turnover column for the other team.

UdM’s Arambala and dela Cruz with 27 points total were the only two to make much of a difference, but playing the whole game they could only do so much. I won’t forget dela Cruz for his unique ‘pitik’ style of 3 point shooting, capped by a 3 from the corner that still used the glass, causing the waiting players at the sideline to react in delight.

On the other hand, I was most impressed with FEU’s #20 Cervantes. A 6’4 or so PF / C with excellent post moves and some measure of ball handling. All blowouts have their share of highlight moments, and Cervantes delivered with a terrific spin move after an attempted swipe, never losing his dribble in a strong drive. Garcia with 17 points and Eximiano looked good as well, although the latter needs to work on his concentration, occasionally losing focus.

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SSC-R v. ADMU Is A Baller Fan's Dream

Tied at 71 with a few seconds left in the game, Jai Reyes unleashed an ice cold left corner jumper behind a Nonoy Baclao pick and nailed it, winning their meet with San Sebastian College – Recoletos and impressing the hell out of me on my first outing to the FEU Gym this year.

No, I’m not impressed with Reyes particularly. He had a few boner plays earlier to counter this beforehand. What did impress me was the overall intensity and quality of this, my first game to watch live in the Nike Summer League.

Who is impressive, and consequently my vote for POG, is ADMU’s Nico Salva. Playing forward and offensive rebounding like there’s no tomorrow, he made a living off of his teammates misses, picking up and scoring off of loose balls and rebounding against taller players always grabbing with two hands. He made such an impression he reminded
me of Charles Barkley, a similarly undersized PF, and believe me I do not make comparisons to an NBA great regularly.

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Which Team's Worth Going To FEU? PART II

This is the 2nd of 2 parts, the first of which is here, where I named the teams I wanna see. In particular they were ADMU, UE, FEU, SBC and JRU.

Now that I finally have the list of participating schools (24 Seniors and 24 Junior Teams! I didn’t realize!), I’ve a better view of the bigger picture, so I start with:

DLSU – Need it be asked why? Loyalties aside, the DLSU lineup may as well be completely new, with rookies at every position. Not only that, the legendary (and yes, we should call him legendary) Franz Pumaren can make gold out of dirt, and take a seemingly underhanded, short and mismatched team to the promised land. He’s done it before, he can no doubt do it again. Not counting DLSU as a factor in any tournament is folly.

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Nike Summer League FEATI VS MANILA DOCTOR'S SRS-B

Wednesday , April 29, 2009

GAME 29 9:00 AM DBTC VS LETRAN SRS-D
GAME 30 10:30 AM STI-STA ROSA VS CCM SRS-C
GAME 31 12:00 NN LPU-CALAMBA VS EAC SRS-A
GAME 32 1:30 PM UPHDS VS PCCR SRS-B
GAME 33 3:00 PM LPU-MANILA VS MAPUA SRS-C
GAME 34 4:30 PM FEATI VS MANILA DOCTOR’S SRS-B

Venue: FEU Gym

Liveblogging the Finals of the Nike Summer League

Nike Summer League Finals (06/15/2008) 
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4:16
yes ladies and gents, welcome to Ballex’s liveblogging of the Nike SUmmer League Finals bet. admu and ue, at the Ultra, today, 3pm
4:17
we join the contest with the score 5-4 UE, 7:29 in the 1st
4:17
i doubt if ill do this blow by blow style as the nba, as i do not know all the players very well. rather, i will do this as I make observations throughout.
4:18
btw, i had an invite to come to ultra (admission is free anyway), but i’ll admit it. At P60+ / liter, I’m staying my ass home and watch from TV. Let’s all be practical now.
4:19
Gas at P60 / liter I meant to say.
4:20
plus it just started raining cats and dogs, so it appears I made the correct choice.
4:20
hoorah me.
4:20
ok off we go.
4:21
3 pt shot from UE

4:21
james martinez
4:21
oh no, the UE jerseys do not have names on their backs. i will have to rely on their jersey numbers when referring to them.
4:21
this is not good.
4:22
admu’s al husseini seems to have greatly improved. this is a terrific dev’t for admu.
4:23
ue with a dlsu like press. the pumaren brothers share more than their last name apparently.
4:23
results in a turnover from admu.
4:23
thiele with a missed attempt, foul off the reb. play
4:23
another ue press
4:23
husseini misses, but thats a GOOD move.
4:24
thiele puts back a rebound.
4:24
admu player scores from top of key. great shot, but not defended.
4:24
thiele with another shot. good j, from outside
4:25
chris tiu gets foul after a foulbaiting move underneath.
4:25
admu timeout (i think)
4:26
if tiu is graduating this year this has to be the big c. tiu year admu has been waiting for. And if husseini performs well they have more than a good chance. they also have a good rook i saw the other week, just forgot his name.
4:27
buenafe. thats his name. sshs alum.
4:28
ue ran out of time. good d from admu.
4:28
17-10 ue, 2:16 in 1st
4:29
terrific pass, score by #10 ue
4:30
buenafe good assist to salva (?), double pumps and gets a foul
4:30
god bless these college kids. foul baiting moves ALWAYS work.
4:31
12-19 UE, 1:35
4:31
ue #10 scores on a long one
4:32
that ue #10 is on fire. scores another.
4:32
not a good shot by the blonde kid from admu, baclao gets fouled on the reb.
4:33
ue #9 power move, sinks it
4:34
end of 1st
4:35
this one looks like a sleeper. i dont blame the teams though, i wouldnt be surprised if they’re worn out after fil oil flying v and nsl, then there are other games here and there.
4:36
start of 2nd
4:36
husseini commits a off. foul and turns it over, but watchnig a big guy move is always good.
4:37
salamat flubs a pass to husseini, turnover
4:37
espiritu walks (#9)
4:37
where is borboran? and marcy?
4:37
did they grad already?
4:38
15-25 ue, 8:14 in 2nd
4:38
tiu with a great fake and shot. ue timeout.
4:41
ue isnt rebounding, has committed 2 fouls in the last two plays.
4:42
ue is playing a pop out shooter play, resulted in airball in this last one, but that was a good shot
4:42
tiu is blocked by #15
4:43
salamat with a terrific give and go, good one there
4:43
thiele is blocked
4:43
husseini with a fake pass, good shot but miss.
4:43
ue’s offense sputtering
4:44
results in turnover, admu fastbreak, results in 2 by husseini
4:44
lee from ue sinks 3
4:44
raffy reyes sinks layin after ue press causes admu turnover
4:45
admu timouet
4:46
lee fouls someone on admu, their press is great
4:46
another successful press, but fastbreak all alone miss
4:46
thiele has a great jumpshot. sinks it.
4:47
tiu with off rebound
4:47
baldos tips it out. ue is not rebounding. thiele foul.
4:48
kirk long miss, baclao put back
4:48
baclao is a monster rebounder, plays like a true center
4:48
long turns it over
4:49
ue miss
4:49
salamat misses 3
4:49
ue is called for 3 seconds.
4:49
25-32 ue, 2:42 in 2nd
4:50
long is defended well, admu should pass more
4:50
ue defense results in turnover.
4:50
ue fastbreaks, long fouls off. player
4:50
ah theres marcy arellano
4:51
gerry esplana is in the audience.
4:51
g. esplana, to my mind, is the best guard to come from sbc ever.
4:51
yes even better than magsanoc.
4:52
ue another defensive gem but flubs fastbreak.
4:52
ue is not even trying to execute any offense.
4:52
big guy from ue, sinks 3
4:52
28-37 ue, 43 secs left
4:53
another good d from ue
4:53
eric salamat with a paul pierce like spincycle move to end 2nd
4:54
end of 2nd
4:54
37-30 ue
4:59
[Comment From jo]
who won the nsl game between ateneo and dlsu?
4:59
admu won
5:00
i think they met 2x, the 1st one dlsu won. that one i watched on tv a week ago i think.
5:04
start of 3rd
5:05
goodness cant admu defend the inside?? they just let that guy walk in.
5:05
salamat sinks 3 from tiu assist
5:06
salamat free again for a short k this time
5:06
short J rather
5:06
lee on great drive to the basket
5:07
lee with an interception from the rebound, sinks layup again
5:07
salamat misses 3
5:08
lee fouls salamat after he lost possession.
5:08
husseini misses running j, but THAT WAS A GOOD SHOT. i think this kid finally has some moves.
5:09
lee called for charging. pumaren tearing his hair out.
5:09
ue press on admu inbound almost works.
5:10
ah there’s a husseini flaw. he didnt give a screen on the pick and roll.
5:10
resulting in a forced salamat pass as he was well defended
5:11
salamat sinks 2 FTs
5:11
38-43 ue, 6:49 in 3rd
5:11
ue turnoever again
5:12
c . tiu in kobe mode, always looking for pass, husseini lays it up from tiu assist
5:12
lets see if baclao has any moves as well. so far husseini is moving well.
5:14
reyes bad possession for admu
5:15
husseini with another drive, fouled but again, he’s got confidence.

5:16
ue misses 3
5:16
sorry, that was admu miss on 3
5:16
yuri escueta sinks j
5:16
ue with another charge called on big guy
5:17
salamat misses 3
5:18
espiritu with 1 out of 2 FTs
5:19
great ue rebound after miss
5:19
#10 from ue with another jumper. he is their designated shooter.
5:21
43-51 ue, 2:40 in 3rd
5:21
husseini getting up after getting a foul, awarded FTs
5:22
he can shoot FTs too
5:22
off foul from #4 ue
5:23
ue miss
5:23
espiritu called for goal tending on baclao layin
5:25
ue retains possession after a miss
5:25
espiritu misses 3
5:25
baldos misses underneath stab
5:25
but misses
5:25
47-53 ue, 5 secs left in 3rd
5:26
ue martinez 3 off the mark, end of 3rd
5:28
start of 4th
5:28
austria to baclao sinks 2
5:29
looks like a triangle somewhat
5:29
ue flubs possession
5:29
ue gets it back
5:29
espiritu excellent turning j, running out of clock
5:29
admu turnover
5:30
samar excellent drive to the middle
5:30
terrible buenafe pass to chua underneath, another turnover. their 3rd since the start of 4th
5:31
off foul on ue. whoever that guy is he’s not thinking.
5:31
tiu sinks 3 from corner
5:31
#15 from ue sinks j. he’s a shooter.
5:32
ue with 2 on 3 defense.
5:32
tiu misses, 52-59 ue, 6:52
5:33
salamat misses 3
5:33
salamat fouls #10
5:34
espiritu gets reb
5:34
#7 travels, turns it over
5:35
tiu misses 3, admu retains poss
5:35
husseini sinks putback!, after admu misses another 3
5:35
who is this guy?!?
5:36
57-61 ue, timeout 4th
5:38
martinez misses, ue retains poss
5:38
samar turnover
5:39
tiu with excellent slow break, gets fouled but misses and one
5:39
tiu misses 1st of 2 FTs
5:39
misses BOTh
5:40
57-61 ue, 4:04 left in 4th
5:40
ue almost runs out of time
5:40
tiu misses 3
5:40
martinez sinks 3
5:40
57-64 ue, 3:15 in 4th
5:41
husseini puts back admu attempt, 10rebs, 18pts
5:41
for him
5:41
martinez travelled again, after faking 3 attempt
5:41
admu just down by 5
5:41
admu timeout
5:43
ok here we go 2:30 left
5:43
almost another turnover by admu
5:43
baclao put back goes in, 3 pt lead by ue
5:44
espiritu aggressive try, shoots, miss, rebounds his own miss, tries again and fouled
5:44
no FTs
5:44
austria called for traveling, after almost stealing ball from espiritu fumble
5:45
ue gets fresh shotclock
5:45
baclao gets great block
5:45
ue loses ball but ref calls it back for them
5:46
thiele and husseini contest rebound
5:46
possession arrow points to ue
5:46
thiele blocked by husseini of fadeaway, admu now with ball
5:47
3 pt lead by ue, 58secs left in 4th
5:47
great attempt by buenafe, shifted to left hand in last second.
5:48
fouled by espiritu, sinks 1st FT, sinks both
5:48
UE timeout. 52 seconds left in 4th. 53-54 ue
5:49
that buenafe reminds me of caguioa, but bigger i think
5:49
sorry score is 63-64 ue
5:50
ue possession
5:50
lee turns it over trying to pass to martinez
5:50
admu timeout
5:50
35.8 secs left
5:50
they need to score two to get ahead
5:51
ue has 6 turnovers this 4th q accdg to announcers
5:52
chris tiu sinks j, admu now ahead, 26.8 secs left
5:53
husseini fouls, great great foul
5:53
whatever they did to train this guy, its much worth it
5:53
admu has 1 more foul to give
5:53
thiele misses, but 3.4 secs left, ue possession
5:54
nonoy fouls thiele, not a good foul, but there it is
5:54
lee airballs it
5:54
admu win nike summer league 2008
5:56
65-64 admu
5:56
thank you for joining me today.
5:56



Blue Eagles vs. Red Warriors, 2008 Nike Summer League

After over a hundred games and two months of continuous hardcourt action, the Nike Summer League is on its last stretch in determining who will reign in the 2008 cup.

On June 15, 2008 (Sunday) the much awaited clash of the seniors will unfold with the Blue Eagles facing off with the Red Warriors for the Nike Summer League 2008 tourney. Could this be a preview of the upcoming UAAP championship? With both teams outplaying their respective rivals in the play-offs, the championship game will surely be a showdown of pure guts, passion and skills. The Loyola based squad as led by head coach Norman Black is looking at clinching the title from the top defensive Red Warriors team who they will be facing off for the first time this season.

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Nike Summer League: NOTRE DAME VS CKSC Juniors – C

Nike Summer League @ FEU Gym
APRIL 30, 2008 WEDNESDAY
GAME # TIME TEAM VS TEAM DIVISION /GROUP
Game # 124 8:30 AM DBTC VS JASMS Juniors – A
Game # 125 10:00 AM PCCR VS LA SALLE- ZOBEL Juniors – A
Game # 126 11:30 AM ST STEPHEN VS ADAMSON Juniors – B
Game # 127 1:00 PM MAPUA VS NU Juniors – B
Game # 128 2:30 PM DBTI VS ATENEO Juniors – C
Game # 129 4:00PM SSC VS UPHDS Juniors – B
Game # 130 5:30PM NOTRE DAME VS CKSC Juniors – C

Nike Summer League: SSC VS UPHDS Juniors – B

Nike Summer League @ FEU Gym
APRIL 30, 2008 WEDNESDAY
GAME # TIME TEAM VS TEAM DIVISION /GROUP
Game # 124 8:30 AM DBTC VS JASMS Juniors – A
Game # 125 10:00 AM PCCR VS LA SALLE- ZOBEL Juniors – A
Game # 126 11:30 AM ST STEPHEN VS ADAMSON Juniors – B
Game # 127 1:00 PM MAPUA VS NU Juniors – B
Game # 128 2:30 PM DBTI VS ATENEO Juniors – C
Game # 129 4:00PM SSC VS UPHDS Juniors – B
Game # 130 5:30PM NOTRE DAME VS CKSC Juniors – C