La Salle Destroyed Ateneo, 97 – 81; Sweeps 1st Round of Elimination

Even without Coach Aldin Ayo and College Superstar Jeron Teng, La Salle are simply too much for Ateneo.

Ateneo was able to lead by as much as 6 points in the second quarter but since then it was all La Salle as they unleashed a 21 – 3 run and never looked back.

Ben Mbala dominates the game by finishing 28 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. La Salle also got a lift from Andrei Caracut, Abu Tratter, Thomas Torres, Kib Montalbo ang Ricci Rivero who combined for 48 points.



Defense basically makes it happen for La Salle as they forced Ateneo to 30 turnovers. They also dominates the inside game and posted a 52 inside points and 49 total rebounds

Ateneo was led by John Wong and Matt Nieto with 15 and 14 markers respectively.

La Salle sweeps the first round but the team says that they are still a working in and they are just around 75% to 80%.

The scores:
DLSU (97) — Mbala 28, Caracut 14, Tratter 10, Torres 8, Montalbo 8, R. Rivero 8, Melecio 5, Perkins 5, Dyke 4, Baltazar 2, Go 2, Paraiso 2, P. Rivero 1, Sargent 0.
Ateneo (81) — Wong 15, Ma. Nieto 13, Asistio 11, Ravena 11, Mendoza 9, Ikeh 7, Porter 6, Go 5, Babilonia 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Tolentino 0, Verano 0.
Quarterscores: 20-20, 53-36, 80-58, 97-81.

Ricci Rivero sparked La Salle to a come from behind win over National University

Known as the High School Phenom from College of Saint Benilde and the Brother of Prince Rivero. Ricci entered the game late in the 3rd quarter and since then, La Salle took over the game and ended it with 75 to 66 victory.

The first 2 and a half quarter of the game was all NU with the help of their veterans, Matt Salem and JJ Alejandro. Their lead balloons to 9 points, midway of the 3rd quarter. Also helped NU is that Teng, Tratter and Mbala got into foul trouble.

But since the Ricci’s entrance, it seems La Salle already knew the formula for NU. They turned into their small line up with Ricci Rivero, Kib Montalbo, Thomas Torres, Andrei Caracut and Ben Mbala.

It was all La Salle in the 4th quarter as Teng, Mbala and Tratter took over the game.

Teng finishes with 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists while his compatriot, Ben Mbala finished the game with 16 points and and 15 rebounds for La Salle. NU was led by Matt Salem and JJ Alejandro with 15 and 14 markers apiece.

La Salle remains the only unbeaten team in the league with 4-0 record while NU droped to 2-1

NU’s defense, too much for Ateneo as the Bulldogs wins 70 to 60

NU knows that the key players for Ateneo was Aaron Black and Thirdy Ravena so they focused their defense to those guys and successfully doing it by winning 70 to 60.

Black and Ravena only scored a total of 6 point, a far cry from combined 40

points in their first game.

Biggest factor on this game was the explosion of Matt Salem who scored 9 points in the 3rd quarter which led to NU’a dominance since then.
Rev Diputado led NU with 16 pointa while Ateneo’s only bright spot is Michael Nieto who scored 14 points.
Box score:
NU: 70 — R. Diputado 16, Salem 12, Aroga 11, Morido 10, Alejandro 8, Salim 4, C. Diputado 4, Rangel 2, Gallego 2, Pate 1, Abatayo 0, Mosqueda 0, Yu 0, Go 0, Sinclair 0.
ADMU: 60 — Mi. Nieto 14, Wong 9, Asistio 8, Ikeh 8, Ma. Nieto 7, Babilonia 4, Black 4, Ravena 2, Go 2, Verano 2, Tolentino 0, Porter 0.
Scoring per quarters: 20-20; 32-32; 52-41; 70-60.

FEU dominates inside as they hold down the Soaring Falcons

Richard Escoto, Axel Iñigo and Kimlee Bayquin pushed FEU to their 1st win of the season against ADU Falcons. They all scored their career highs in points, 13 each for Escoto and Iñigo while 9 points for Bayquin.

FEU also avoid a 0-2 start which they last tasted in the Arwind Santos era of the team.
They dominates the inside game specially the rebounding. A desparity of 19 rebounds is too much for any team and not suprisingly, ADU lost the game, 75 to 65.
The usual suspect for ADU, Ahanmisi, Manalang and Manganti was unable to had a good groove this time.
After scoring 104 points in their first game, ADU only scored a total of 65 points.

Box Score:
FEU: 75 – Iñigo 13, Escoto 13, Jose 11, Bayquin 9, Arong 7, Holmqvist, Orizu 3, Nunag 3, Tuffin 3, Dennison 2, Trinidad 2, Comboy 2, Bienes 2, Ebona 0, Denila 0.

AdU: 65 – Ahanmisi 19, Sarr 11, Mustre 10, Manalang 8, Manganti 6, Espeleta 4, Camacho 3, Ochea 2, Pasturan 2, Bernardo 0, Ng 0, Tungcab 0.

Quarter Scoring: 13 – 14, 32 – 28, 53 – 45, 75 – 65

Ben Mbala dominates as the Green Archers dismantled the Fighting Maroons

It was all DLSU from start to finish as Ben Mbala dominates early. He scored 12 points in the 1st quarter alone and finished the game with 30 points.

UP tried to hang on as they drew closer 44 – 39 at the opening part of the 3rd quarter. But since that, DLSU’s defense begun to tighten up ans they hold UP to only 18 points while scoring 33 points in that quarter. It was all DLSU since then.

Ben Mbala led the Archers with 30 points while grabbing 14 rebounds, Tratter and Teng finished with 12 point a piece.

UP was Led by Paul Desiderio with 21 points and Jet Manuel with 12 markers.

Box Score:

DLSU 89 – Mbala 30, Tratter 12, Teng 12, Go 11, Montalbo 9, Torres 8, Caracut 3, Sargent 2, Rivero R 2, Baltazar 0, Melecio 0, Rivero P 0, Dyke 0, Paraiso 0

UP 71 – Desiderio 21, Manuel 13, Harris 8, Dario 8, Vito 5, Webb 4, Lim 4, Romero 2, Gomez de Liano 2, Jaboneta 2, Lao 2, Asilum 0, Prado 0, Longa 0, Moralde 0

Scoring by quarter: 31-19, 43-34, 76-52, 89-71

Photos credit to Francis Quinto.

UST Growling Tigers survived a gritty UE Warriors

It was all UE Warriors at the first half. They basically shots the lights out and helping them is that UST just committed a lot of turnovers.

UE begin to have a problem in the 3rd quarter. Henry Subido, Jon Sherrif and Marvin Lee helped the tigers to unleashed a 3 quarter comeback.

Then it was a Subido show at the start of the 4th, as he scored 8 straight points and UST opens an 11 point lead but UE bounced back trim the lead to 1 point with almost 35 seconds remaining in the game.

UE just can’t manage to score and UST knocks down a crucial free throws to seal the deal.

Box Score:

UST 88 – Subido 26, Sheriff 15, Lee 14, Vigil 10, Macasaet 8, Basibas 4, Faundo 4, Lao 3, Bonleon 2, De Guzman 2, Afoakwah 0, Huang 0

UE 87 – Abanto 15, Batiller 15, Olayon 14, Palma 10, Pasaol 8, Bartolome 6, De Leon 4, Charcos 4, Manalang 4, Varilla 3, Armenion 2, Gagate 2, Derige 0, Larupay 0, Penuela 0

Quarter scoring: 16-24, 39-47, 69-64, 88-87

Ateneo’s Aaron Black and Thirdy Ravena combines for 40 points to beat UST

It was a grind it out game, from start to finish until Aaron Black converts a crucial basket to fend off UST, 73 to 69.

The score after 3rd quarter is 52 to 51 in favor of Ateneo but because of their good ball movement, they was able to have a good run to have a commanding 66 – 53 lead mid way of the last quarter.

UST tried to inch closer, they come closer up to 71 – 66 but a big shot from Aaron Black breaks the momentum of UST.

Aaron Black led the Blue Eagles with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assist while Louie Vigil finished with 21 points, 9 rebound and 5 assist for UST.

Box Scores:

ATENEO 73 – Black 23, Ravena 17, Nieto Mi 7, Asistio 6, Wong 5, Mendoza 5, Babilonia 4, Tolentino 2, Go 2, Nieto Ma 2, Ikeh 0, Porter 0, Verano 0

UST 69 – Vigil 21, Macasaet 12, Bonleon 9, Lao 8, Basibas 7, Faundo 6, Subido 2, Afoakwah 2, De Guzman 2, Sheriff 0, Lee 0, Arana 0, Huang 0

Scoring per quarter: 14-17, 34-34, 52-51, 73-69

Next Game for both team:
Ateneo against NU: September 11 at Araneta Coliseum

UST against UE: September 10 at Araneta Coliseum

Adamson Falcons dismantled UP Fighting Maroons: 104 to 85

The effect of New Coaching Staff of Adamson University is already showing as they dismantle UP Fighting Maroons, 104 – 85.

Led by their Rookies, AdU shot the lights out but UP didn’t give the fight easily to AdU, as they fight back from 19 point deficit and went as close as 6 points with 5 minutes to play. But that lead was to much for them as they can’t sustain the run they had.

Top recruits, Jerick Ahanmisi finished the game with 28 point for the Falcons while UP is led by Paul Desiderio who finished the game with 24 points.


Box Score:

ADAMSON 104 – Ahanmisi 28, Manalang 16, Ochea 13, Sarr 13, Mustre 9, Manganti 8, Tungcab 6, Pasturan 6, Ng 4, Paranada 1, Camacho 0

UP 83 – Desiderio 24, Manuel 15, Moralde 12, Asilum 11, Vito 7, Webb 5, Harris 5, Gomez de Liano 2, Romero 2, Lao 2, Dario 0, Lim 0, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0, Longa 0

Scoring by quarter: 28-18, 46-38, 73-57, 104-85

Next game for both team:
Adamson against Ateneo: September 11 at Araneta Coliseum
UP against La Salle: September 10 at Araneta Coliseum

UAAP Senior Men’s Basketball: AdU leads UP at Halftie, 46-38

Adamson dominates the 1st quarter 28-18 with the use of their good shooting from outside.

Opening the 2nd quarter with the pesky defense, UP was able to trim down the lead to 2 points, but with the entry of Jerick Ahanmisi, AdU gets back into their groove and had a another great shooting and ending the half with an 8 point lead, 46-38.

Can UP Maroons bounce back and steal this game fo AdU?

Jamil Sheriff has been cleared to play in UAAP Season 79

UST dodge a bullet as their best point guard in the roster, Jamil Sheriff has been finally cleared by the eligibility board to play his last season in UAAP.

Growling Tiges, contested that Sheriff should be covered by the old rule where players are ineligible if they turn 25 past July 31. The new rule puts the cut off at June 30 and he turned 25 years old last July 21.

But the committee ruled that Sheriff is still eligible and the steady playmaker who averaged 3.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season which UST finished runner up to FEU will be seen again by the UAAP Community.

Sheriff will been tomorrow as UST collides with Ateneo.