UAAP 2012 Sked

What remains of it anyway. Subject to change without notice.

Game Light Dark Time Day Date Venue
29 NU AdU 2pm Thu 23-Aug MOAArena
30 UST FEU 4pm Thu 23-Aug MOAArena
31 UE DLSU 2pm Sat 25-Aug MOAArena
32 ADMU UP 4pm Sat 25-Aug MOAArena
33 AdU FEU 2pm Sun 26-Aug Araneta Coliseum
34 UST NU 4pm Sun 26-Aug Araneta Coliseum
35 UST DLSU 12nn Wed 29-Aug MOAArena
36 FEU ADMU 4pm Wed 29-Aug MOAArena
37 UE NU 2pm Thu 30-Aug MOAArena
38 AdU UP 4pm Thu 30-Aug MOAArena
39 AdU UST 12nn Sat 1-Sep Araneta Coliseum
40 DLSU ADMU 4pm Sat 1-Sep Araneta Coliseum
41 UP UE 2pm Sun 2-Sep MOAArena
42 FEU NU 4pm Sun 2-Sep MOAArena
43 ADMU UE 2pm Thu 8-Sep MOAArena
44 DLSU UP 4pm Thu 8-Sep MOAArena
45 UP UST 2pm Sat 8-Sep MOAArena
46 UE FEU 4pm Sat 8-Sep MOAArena
47 ADMU AdU 2pm Sun 9-Sep MOAArena
48 DLSU NU 4pm Sun 9-Sep MOAArena
49 UP FEU 2pm Thu 13-Sep PCS-Ultra
50 NU ADMU 4pm Thu 13-Sep PCS-Ultra
51 UE AdU 2pm Sat 15-Sep MOAArena
52 UST ADMU 4pm Sat 15-Sep MOAArena
53 NU UP 2pm Sun 16-Sep MOAArena
54 DLSU FEU 4pm Sun 16-Sep MOAArena

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Investigate, Or Wave Bye-Bye To The UAAP

According to a letter issued by a CHED OIC Director, former ADMU player Jobe Nkemakolam, previously the subject of yet another UAAP Men’s Basketball controversy, was eligible for College and therefore cleared to play during the time he was on their roster.

To recall, a certain Atty. Levito Baligod filed a complaint with the UAAP Board, claiming that Nkemakolam was not qualified to enter College and therefore ineligible. He presented evidence ie. a CHED statement issued Sept. 3, 2009 stating that Nkemakolam “has not met the academic requirements to graduate from high school, hence, he is not qualified for admission to college.” The document was signed by a Lilian B. Enriquez, Officer-in-Charge, Director III. Reports via inboundpass and uaapsports.com.

Also contested by Baligod was Nkemakolam’s graduating from Reedley International School, providing evidence stating the school has no record of his attendance for Grade 12, the equivalent of 4th Year High School.

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NCAA upends UAAP!

In a showdown between the two of the nation’s top collegiate leagues, the NCAA All-Stars avenged its loss against the UAAP All-Stars last year winning 83-78 in the 2007 UAAP-NCAA Bantay Bata 163 All-Star game. Last year, the UAAP All-Stars won over its NCAA counterparts, curiously with the same score 83-78.

Sam Ekwe (San Beda) was a big factor in the win, scoring the last six points for the NCAA, including the go-ahead 79-77 with 1:11 left on the clock after Mark Borboran’s (UE) three-pointer tied the game earlier. He had a nice block on Borboran in the ensuing play and scored on a follow-up to pad the lead to four, 81-77 with 42.6 left. After Borboran hit one of two free throws, Ekwe canned in two charities with 4.1 seconds to provide the final count.
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Blue Eagles force Rubber Match!

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With their backs against the wall, the Ateneo Blue Eagles summoned all the strength that they could get to force a deciding game against the De La Salle Green Archers, 65-64 in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament. The Green Archers needed only a win to formally advance to the finals against UE but the Blue Eagles had a different thing in mind.

Ateneo sharpshooter Chris Tiu redeemed himself from a lethargic first half with clutch shooting down the stretch to help the Blue Eagles overcome a six-point deficit in the last 2:10. The sudden death match, their fifth encounter this year, will be played this Sunday 3PM at the Big Dome. So far, the Blue Eagles have a 3-1 edge in their series match-up against the Green Archers but the lone win by De La Salle last Sept 18 was the most crucial as it enabled them to gain the number 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the final round.

Ford Arao was again a beast for the Blue Eagles torching the nets with 19 points, 10 of which came in the first canto. Arao had a buzzer-beating jumper in the waning seconds of the game to help save the Blue Eagles’ campaign this season.

After Chris Tiu banged in a three-point jumper to cut the deficit to 61-64, Arao beat the shot clock with a baseline jumper to pull the Blue Eagles within one, 63-64, with only 51 seconds left on the game clock. Tiu then went on to score on a lay-up with 7.3 seconds left to push the Blue Eagles ahead 65-64 and the game.

The Green Archers had one more chance to win the game but guard JV Casio decided to pass to Fil-Bahraini Bader Malabes on the left wing. Malabes’ three-point attempt was off the mark. Forward Rico Maierhofer’s offensive putback failed to beat the buzzer.

De La Salle was paced by guard TY Tang with 20 points while Casio had a ho-hum performance, finishing with only 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field.

The Green Archers have not lost a twice-to-beat edge in the UAAP.

Eagles ousts UST!

The Ateneo Blue Eagles are still alive and breathing after defeating the defending champs UST Growling Tigers 69-64 in the 2007 UAAP step ladder phase. The Blue Eagles leaned on Chris Tiu, Ford Arao, and the surprise plays of the lightly-regarded Severino Baclao and Mike Baldos to pull off the win. Arao topscored for Ateneo with 17 points followed by Tiu with 14 markers. But it was the unexpected contribution of Baclao and Baldos that spelled the difference.

Baclao, a transferee from West Negros College, added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3 shot blocks while Baldos had a productive 7 points in just 5 minutes to set the tone for the match. Before the contest, Baldos played in only 5 games for the Blue Eagles. Baclao collared a pair of crucial rebounds in the closing minutes that foiled UST’s comeback.

The Tigers didn’t get good games from their main men Jervy Cruz and Khasim Mirza. Cruz, the leading candidate for UAAP MVP, finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds but was horrible from the field. He hit only 6 of his 21 shots, including a horrible 1 of 12 shooting in the second half. Mirza finished with only 2 points on 1-9 shooting. Dylan Ababou was a bright spot for the team chipping in with 16 points and grabbing 11 caroms.

The Blue Eagles face the De La Salle Green Archers on Thursday with a twice-to-beat disadvantage.

Meanwhile, a visibly dejected Pido Jarencio of UST was in tears after an emotional postgame talk with his players. He’s still unsure if he’ll still coach the Growling Tigers next season.

Archers nail number 2 spot!

The De La Salle Green Archers won the battle of nerves against rival Ateneo Blue Eagles 70-69, thus assuring itself of a twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP stepladder phase. Just to show you how tight the game was, score was dead even 10 times and there were 13 lead changes.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles are still from their loss to the lowly National University last Saturday. A win could have given them the outright number 2 spot but it wasn’t meant to be.

Forward Cholo Villanueva pushed La Salle to a 70-67 lead with 9.3 seconds left on the clock and the Blue Eagles, with no timeout left, settled for a two-pointer instead of a game-tying three to virtually hand the game to the Green Archers.

Jai Reyes went for a triple but was covered and was forced to pass off to Zion Laterre who instead took a 15-footer with just a second left on the game clock.

The victory over the Blue Eagles was the only Green Archers’ first in three meetings with Ateneo but they gained the all-important win which could push themselves in the UAAP finals.

The loss means that Ateneo has to win three straight games in order to arrange a title duel with the undefeated University of the East. The Blue Eagles need to win over UST this Sunday for the right to face the De La Salle Green Archers.

UE 14-0!

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The University of the East swept the UAAP eliminations as expected but not before getting roughed up by the highly-determined De La Salle Green Archers. With the score tied at 16 in the opening canto, De La Salle forward Rico Maierhofer landed a hard foul on UE forward Mark Borboran. Mark Fampulme came to his teammate’s aid and confronted Maierhofer on the De La Salle bench, which sparked a verbal and shoving incident among players of both sides.
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Super Japeth wins school slamdunk tilt! (video clips added)

Japeth wins school slam dunk competition
Bowling Green, Kentucky (E.A. Diddle Arena) – In an evening dubbed as the “[tag]Hilltopper Hysteria[/tag]”, former [tag]Ateneo Blue Eagle[/tag] [tag]Japeth Aguilar[/tag] bested fellow newcomers [tag]Desire Gabou[/tag] and [tag]Jeremy Evans[/tag] and junior [tag]Mike Walker[/tag] to rule the [tag]Western Kentucky University[/tag] (WKU) [tag]slam dunk contest[/tag] in front of more three thousand cheering fans.

The 6’9″ Japeth Aguilar put excitement to the show by bringing home a difficult one-handed slam where he placed his entire forearm through the rim. He capped off the contest and the title with a baseline two-handed windmill dunk.
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UAAP Press Corps: Coach Pido is the Best

The UAAP scribes tell us something we already know, don’t you agree? The UAAP Press Corps will recognize Pido Jarencio of the newly-crowned UST Growling Tigers as the Coach of the Year tomorrow.

In my opinion, no other UAAP coach deserves the award (save for Leo Austria of the Adamson Falcons, but then Pido’s Tigers made it all the way). Congratulations to the coach with the infectious smile and affable demeanor!

The rest of the UAAP Press Corps Awards:

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