Morning Briefs

UST Head Coach Pido JarencioCoach [tag]Pido Jarencio[/tag] from newly-crowned [tag]UAAP[/tag] champions [tag]UST Growling Tigers[/tag] has been appointed as assistant coach of [tag]San Miguel Beer[/tag]. Head Coach [tag]Chot Reyes[/tag] says he doesn’t mind having a former UST player and current coach on his coaching staff, adding Jarencio has already proved his worth by leading UST to the crown. Jarencio is no stranger to the [tag]SMC[/tag] organization, having played for [tag]Magnolia[/tag] and for [tag]Ginebra[/tag] years back. Reyes wants Jarencio’s magic on the SMB squad. The Beermen are still winless after losing its opener to [tag]Red Bull [/tag]last Friday.

It looks like coach Pido Jarencio’s luck has already run out. The UST Growling Tigers, seeded no 3 in the [tag]Collegiate Champions League[/tag] fell victim to an upset bug by no less than the 14th seeded [tag]Jose Rizal[/tag] U. JRU’s [tag]Mark Cagoco[/tag] sank two pressure-packed free throws with a little under 2 minutes left in the game to give the lead and the win to the Bombers from the NCAA. The Tigers were in control of the game in the first half but JRU refused to die and won the battle of nerves in the end game. JRU battle next [tag]Letran College[/tag] in the quarters.

In a day of upsets, Cebu’s [tag]UV Green Lancers[/tag], the 10th-seeded team managed to pull a fast one over 7th-seeded [tag]Adamson Falcons[/tag], 70-67. UV’s [tag]Dino Berame[/tag], a hulking 6-7 slotman, had 3 blocked shots and combined with shooter [tag]Jayford Rodriguez[/tag] for 20 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way for the Lancers. The Lancers were leading the Falcons by double digits early in the first but a late surge by the Falcons cut the deficit to 2 points at the half, 36-38. It was a nip-and-tuck affair until a twinner from the high-flying [tag]Morsie Akad[/tag] pushed the lead to 3, 68-65 with over a minute left. Akad finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The Green Lancers will pit wares next with the winner of the [tag]San Beda College Red Lions[/tag]-[tag]National University Bulldogs[/tag] contest. Tough luck really.

[tag]Rudy Hatfield[/tag] of the [tag]Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings[/tag] is selected as the [tag]PBA Press Corps Player of the Week Award[/tag] in the [tag]Talk N Text-PBA Philippine Cup[/tag] after leading his team to a pair of lopsided wins. Hatfield averaged 18.5 ppg and 12.5 rpg in both contests. He had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the team’s 102-69 win over [tag]Welcoat Dragons[/tag] on opening day and successfully followed that up with 16 points and 11 rebounds in an 86-67 win over [tag]Purefoods Chunkee Giants[/tag] in Dumaguete City. Also equally deserving of the award is Talk N Text’s Harvey Carey who is averaging 19.5 ppg and 11 rpg in the twin Phonepal wins.

[tag]Joey Lina[/tag] resigns as [tag]BAP President[/tag]. It’s a move that is seen to end the longest running feud that affects [tag]Philippine basketball[/tag]. The [tag]POC[/tag] headed by president [tag]Jose “Peping” Cojuangco[/tag] wanted “in no unmistakable terms” the exclusion of any [tag]BAP[/tag] official from the unity ticket that will be voted upon by acclimation during the unity congress of the [tag]Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas[/tag] on Oct. 20. It’s about time you did that Mr. Joey Lina.

In an attempt to break the [tag]Guiness Record[/tag] set by former Kenyan national cager [tag]Joseph Odhiambo[/tag], [tag]PurePlay[/tag] is assembling 100 Filipinos to try to [tag]dribble a basketball for more than 26 hours and 40 minutes[/tag] at the Pasay City Sports Complex on Oct. 28. Odhiambo is in the Guinness book for bouncing a basketball for 26 hours and 40 minutes.