Elmer Espiritu is new slam dunk champ, UAAP bests NCAA 83-78

[tag]UE[/tag]’s [tag]Elmer Espiritu[/tag] pulled off a major upset in the [tag]Bantay Bata 163 UAAP-NCAA All-Stars[/tag] [tag]slam dunk[/tag] competition. Espiritu did a [tag]360-degree, double-clutch jam[/tag] in the finals to nose out [tag]Ateneo’[/tag]s [tag]JC Intal[/tag], 48-47 and crown himself slam dunk champ. Intal, the 2004 champion, wore the no. 24 San Miguel jersey of Ateneo head coach [tag]Norman Black [/tag]and tried to execute an in between-the-legs one-handed tomahawk slam that would have brought the house down if he only made it. In the qualifiers, Intal was tops, scoring a perfect 50 from the judges after suiting up with a Nino Canaleta jersey and completing a [tag]rim-rattling windmill jam[/tag].

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The 2006 Collegiate Champions League

After being treated to two exciting collegiate championship series recently, another league, patterned after the US NCAA Sweet 16 format, will commence hostilities today, October 5, 2006.

Kicking off the tournament is the game pitting oft-champions of the NCRAA, St. Francis de Assisi Doves, versus NCAA Final Four protagonist, the Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals. This will be followed by the clash between the UAAP Final Four second seed, University of the East Warriors, and the champions of the UCAA league, the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals.

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UAAP: Ken Bono is MVP!

The Adamson Soaring Falcons’ Kenneth Bono is the Most Valuable Player for UAAP Season 69! Bono led the Falcons to their first Final Four appearance, though they fell short against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. The rest of the awards:

Mythical Five

C — Kenneth Bono, Adamson Falcons
PF — Jervy Cruz, UST Growling Tigers
SF — JC Intal, Ateneo Blue Eagles
SG — Jeffrei Chan, FEU Tamaraws
PG — Marvin Cruz, UP Fighting Maroons

Rookie of the Year — Woodward Co, UP Fighting Maroons

Special Awards

2006 PS Bank Maaasahan Player — Kenneth Bono, Adamson
2006 Gillette Vector Plus Breakout Player — JC Intal, Ateneo

[tags]uaap, mvp, ken bono, jc intal, up, ateneo, adamson, feu, ust[/tags]

Milenyo – Not A UAAP Fan

UAAP Fans, fret not.

The [tag]UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals[/tag] between [tag]UST[/tag] and [tag]ADMU[/tag] will resume tomorrow, Saturday, September 30, 2006, 4PM at the [tag]Araneta Coliseum[/tag]. This is after by the [tag]Ateneo Eaglets[/tag] vs. the [tag]Far Eastern Baby Tamaraws[/tag] Juniors Crown Finals at 2PM, and the [tag]UST Tigresses[/tag] vs. the [tag]FEU Lady Tamaraws[/tag] at noon.

The main game is preceded by Awarding Ceremonies at 3:30PM. ADU’s [tag]Kenneth Bono[/tag] and ADMU’s [tag]John Intal[/tag] are the primary draws for the MVP plum, hotly contested between the two.

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UAAP 2006 Championships: Ateneo Takes Game 1

What a world of difference a second makes…

The [tag]Growling Tigers[/tag] were just one second away from snatching the first game of the title series. Playing solid basketball for 39 minutes and 59 seconds, [tag]UST[/tag] succumbed to a momentary lapse on defense. And that momentary lapse cost them the game.

Coach [tag]Norman Black[/tag] designed an excellent play — Escalona to inbound the ball. Kramer to provide a pick for Tiu, who, in this case, played as a decoy. Intal to act as a secondary decoy by sliding to the sideline. Kramer, after the pick, to slide hard towards the basket. [tag]Allan Evangelista[/tag], after giving us a superb turnaround jump shot against a towering defense by Kramer, opted to go for the double against Tiu… and paid dearly for it.

The [tag]Blue Eagles[/tag] executed the final play to perfection. Escalona lobbing a perfect pass to Kramer, who was all alone under the basket to put in that marginal bank shot.
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It's Ateneo vs. UST!

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The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles steamrolled their fellow avian hoopsters, the Adamson Falcons, while the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers upset the UE Red Warriors in two straight nail-biting games to arrange the final showdown of the UAAP 69th Season.

The UAAP Finals will begin this Sunday, September 24, at the Araneta Coliseum. Blue Eagles and Growling Tigers, give us one BIG FIGHT to remember!

*Many thanks to Ia for the graphics!

[tags]ateneo, ust, uaap, uaap finals[/tags]

College Hoops Blitzers

The country’s two premier collegiate basketball leagues have kicked off, and we’ve got some quick thoughts on what’s going on.

  • First off, the NCAA. A few games into the season, I’ve got my choice for the team to beat — the San Beda Red Lions. If you’re a PCU or Letran fan, then you can ease down “team to beat” into “team to watch”, but there’s no taking away the potency of the Lions.

    Their 6’8” Nigerian enforcer Samuel Ekwe is a real gem, consistently putting in at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in his games. Those numbers might just be decent in the pros, but they are impressive in amateur hoops. If Ekwe continues to play like this, he might just lead the Lions to their long-awaited return to the NCAA Finals.

  • Turning our attention to the UAAP, the victorious debut of the UE Red Warriors confirmed the beliefs of many collegiate basketball experts — they are this year’s favorites to win the crown. Continue reading “College Hoops Blitzers”
  • Three New UAAP Coaches

    The 69th Season of the UAAP is set to begin this Saturday, and fans will be introduced to three new faces at the teams’ benches. Actually, only two new faces, as the third one is a comebacking coach out to regain past glory.

    He’s none other than Joe Lipa of the UP Fighting Maroons, who steered the squad to their first and only basketball crown exactly two decades ago. Could this be the year that the venerable Lipa brings lost glory to the State U?

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    UAAP: UE, Adamson to Open Season

    Yeeha! I can already feel the excitement in the air. Season 69 of the UAAP is just around the corner, and though I’ve just graduated from university, I’ve still got that college fever!

    The hostilities for the basketball tournament will start on July 8 at the Araneta Coliseum, with the UE Red Warriors and Adamson Falcons clashing in the opening game. No doubt, UE will try to begin the season on the right note in the hopes of barging into the Finals, a stage they’ve narrowly missed the past years. Adamson, too, will be looking to improve upon last season’s dismal record. The Ateneo Blue Eagles and the NU Bulldogs rumble in the second match.

    My school background aside (eherm), I pick the UP Fighting Maroons as a, not the, team to watch this season. UP has narrowly missed the Final Four in the last two seasons, and it’s quite exciting to see how their souped-up team (with several high-school standouts as new recruits) can fare this year. Oh, and don’t forget their new/old coach, Joe Lipa. Will his comeback equate to a trip to the Final Four for the State U?

    Can’t wait for the UAAP wars to begin!