UAAP: Computation on how La Salle’s Majoy Baron won the Women’s MVP Award

Many are shocked that Majoy Baron of La Salle won the MVP Award of UAAP Women’s Volleyball Tournament. They are expecting that It was a run away win already by Santiago of NU. But here us the breakdown of the MVP computation

Baron: 46 + 81 + 90 + 66 + 20 + 36 + 20 = 359 x 10 = 3,590
Morente: 60 + 90 + 40 + 73 + 44 + 20 + 51 = 378 x 10 = 3,780
Santiago: 100 + 100 + 100 + 51 + 21 + 21 + 20 = 413 x 10 = 4,130

Won games were also considered and the victories in the regular season were multiplied by 30, the result of which is added to the total that was earlier computed.

Here are the three’s points total from their respective teams’ victories:

Baron: 3,590 + (11 x 30) = 3,920
Morente: 3,780 + (12 x 30) = 4,140
Santiago: 4,130 + (7 x 30) = 4,340

Finally, the grand total is divided by the number of sets played to arrive at each player’s statistical points.

So here’s the final tally:

Baron: 3,920 ÷ 46 = 85.217
Morente: 4,140 ÷ 51 = 81.176
Santiago: 4,340 ÷ 55 = 78.909

It was clear that Morente and Santiago had the edge in statistics from offende and defense, but their chances to win the MVP award were dilluted when the number of sets played came into play.

Credits to DLSU Women’s Volleyball Team FB page for the Stats and Details

Back-to-back Champions: A fitting ending for Kim Fajardo as La Salle rules Season 79

From being unsure if she will play Season 79 to being a back-to-back champion. Kim Fajardo thinks that’s the greatest decision she’d ever made.

She anchored La Salle with 43 excellent sets, 4 service aces and a couple of attacks while Kim Kianna Dy and Ernestine Tiamzon combined for 35 points.



But it was Desiree Cheng who shines brightest as she was named the Finals MVP. It was unexpected from others but her all-around performance made her the best choice for the award.



Michelle Morente led the charge for Ateneo with 16 points while setter Jia Morado finished the game with 53 excellent sets.

The game was just a see-saw battle as both team splits the first 4 sets and La Salle was just to much to handle in the 5th and final set. They open a huge 10-4 lead early in the set but Ateneo made a mini run to close the gap to 2 points, 10-8. But Kim Dy re-enters the game for La Salle and it was just to much for Ateneo since then. Lady spikers finished the set with 5-2 score to secure their 10 championship and also for their long time Coach, Ramil De Jesus.

We asked Coach Ramil if how he will replace Kim Fajardo and this is his reply: “Mahirap ‘yun, isa lang yun. Iisa ‘yung Kim Fajardo. Enjoyin ko muna ‘tong moment na ‘to bago ko mamroblema next year.”

Season 80 will start on September with basketball event and it will be hosted by FEU.

Scoring by Set: 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10

Dream match Ateneo vs La Salle Men’s Basketball Finals Preview on UAAP Season 79

College archrival De La Salle Green Archers and Ateneo Blue Eagles will add another history to their UAAP Men’s Basketball rivalry as they face once more on UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 79 Finals.

Heavily favored Green Archers to win the crown will depend on their Cameroonian big man Ben Mbala who led the Green Archers to an outstanding 13-1 standings at the end of the elimination round. Mbala tallied 20.6 points, 16.0 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks  this season. Season 79 will also be the last season for King Archer Jeron Teng, who wants to give La Salle a championship before leaving his UAAP career. Green Archers is known in deploying mayhem defense by pressuring opponent’s offense.

On the blue side, Ateneo is coming in to the Finals with more confidence and momentum since they are the only team to deal Green Archers their only loss of the year.

But Ateneo’s Head Coach Tab Baldwin know that with the title on the line, this will be more difficult to accomplish.

The Blue Eagles needs to rely on their backcourt offensively and their big men defensively.

With Ateneo’s Aaron Black back and healthy on their line up, Thirdy Ravena’s all around game and court general John Wong presence, Ateneo will surely give a great match up to La Salle’s backcourt.

Isaac Go and Chibueze Ikeh should play-up tight and straight up defense on La Salle’s Center Ben Mbala to control the game.  

Ateneo Blue Eagles won 3 out of 4 match-ups against La Salle Green Archers on their UAAP Finals history.

1988 – Ateneo defeated La Salle
2001 – La Salle defeated Ateneo
2002 – Ateneo defeated La Salle
2008 – Ateneo defeated La Salle  

The UAAP Finals Game 1 showdown will be held today at SM Mall of Asia Arena at 3:00 PM.

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.

FEU defeated UE 67 – 59 on UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws defeated the University of the East Red Warriors 67 – 59 earlier today at the Smart Araneta. The Tamaraws was lead by Raymar Jose scoring 11 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. Monbert Arong also helped FEU by contributing 16 points.

The Red Warriors was lead by Mark Olayon with 12 points. 

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

De La Salle Green Archers favored to sweep it all. Can they really do it?

Having one of the best line up ever in the league history, the DLSU Green Archers are favored by a lot of people to sweep it all up to the finals? Can they do it? Let’s check!

They already won twice this season. They won against FEU with a slim margin while they basically dismantled UP last Saturday at Araneta.

We already knew that they have a Jeron Teng in their line up but the biggest factor why people saying that they can do it because of Ben Mbala. Mbala for me was the best player right now in the league. He averages 21.5 points and 18.5 rebound per game.

Other than those 2 superstars, they also have their other holdovers like, Thomas Torres, Kib Montalbo, Abu Tratter, Prince Rivero, Jollo go, Julian Sargent and Joshua Caracut. They also have a bunch of rookies that was a High School Phenoms back in their days like Aljon Melencio, Ricci Rivero, Mark Dyke, Justin Baltazar and Brent Paraiso.

The line up is great but what scares me the most is that DLSU is now taking pride in their defense. Coach Aldin Ayo is very vocal in term of their defense and that defense is one of the best weapon so far of DLSU.

It is too early for other to predict what’s gonna happen but there will be a possiblity that DLSU can do it.

Prediction:
– Yes! DLSU will sweep it all.
– MVP awarf for Ben Mbala.

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 defeated UE 88 – 87

The UST Growling Tigers defeated the UE Red Warriors on a down to the wire game, 88-87, held at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Down by three, with the chance to tie the game and force the game into overtime, the Red Warriors wasn’t able to convert a three-point shot at the end of regulation giving the UST its first win of the season. The Red Warriors only scored 2 points on their final play which is not enough to force the game to extra minutes.

Henri Subido lead the Tigers with 26 points and made some key baskets on the second half. While, Nick Abanto and Edison Batiller lead UE with 15 points each.

UAAP Season 79: FEU Green Tamaraws Roster

Here is the lineup of the FEU Tamaraws men’s basketball team for UAAP Season 79:
PLAYER (PLAYING YEAR)
Monbert Arong (5)
Kimlee Bayquin (1)
Wendelino Comboy (2) 
Augus Denila (2)
Ron Dennison (4)
Kevin Eboña (2)
Richard Escoto (3)
Ken Holmqvist (2)
Alejandrino Iñigo (3)
Raymar Jose (5)
Gerald Nunag (1)
Prince Orizu (2)
Stephen Roxas (1)
Joe Trinidad (4)
Kenneth Tuffin (1)
HEAD COACH: Nash Racela

UAAP Season 79: DLSU Green Archers Roster

Here is the lineup of the DLSU Green Archers men’s basketball team for UAAP Season 79:

PLAYER (PLAYING YEAR)

Justine Baltazar (1)
Andrei Caracut (2)
Mark Dyke (1)
Jollo Go (2)
Andrew Langston (2)
Ben Mbala (1)
Aljun Melecio (1)
Kib Montalbo (3)
Brent Paraiso (1)
Jason Perkins (4)
Prince Rivero (3)
Ricci Rivero (1)
Julian Sargent (3)
Jeron Teng (5)
Thomas Torres (5)
Abu Tratter (3)

HEAD COACH: Aldin Ayo

UAAP Season 79: NU Bulldogs Roster

Here is the lineup of NU Bulldogs men’s basketball team for UAAP Season 79:

PLAYER (PLAYING YEAR)

Nico Abatayo (2)
Rodolfo Alejandro (4)
Matthew Aquino (2)
Adven Diputado (3)
Marc Joper Diputado (1)
Alfred Aroga (4)
JV Gallego (1)
Kins Jonas Go (1)
Reggie Morido (2)
Manuel Mosqueda (1)
Michael Pate (1)
Tzaddy Rangel (2)
Matt Salem (3)
Mohammad Salim (3)
Josh Sinclair (1)
Dave Wilson Yu (3)

HEAD COACH: Eric Altamirano

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.

Fil-British Dyrham ‘Pambansang Cutie’ Palfrey to play for National University

By: Paolo Manuel Fule


The UAAP season is just around the corner, and one of the most promising athletes would be this tanker from Pangasinan who would be playing for the National University swimming team.  His good looks can turn the head of any girl on his way, but this Filipino-British student-athlete from the northern part of the country has more to offer in the pool than just his boy-next-door  image. Let us take a glimpse of this future swimming superstar’s career and more.
Dyrham “Ham” Raga Palfrey was born on January 21, 2000 to Mr. David Andrew Palfrey and Ms. Aurora Bautista Raga in San Carlos, Pangasinan. The 5-foot-10 head-turner just finished grade 10 in Saint Columban’s College. He became popular and was featured in GMA news when his photo went viral at the Palarong Pambansa2016 held at Albay and was tagged as ‘Pambansang Cutie’. He finished with a silver medal in the annual national sports event.
Dyrham have started swimming at the age of six. “Swimming helps me maintain a healthy body” quipped Ham as he is fondly called. Aside from swimming sports, he also knows how to play basketball, chess and badminton.
His most unforgettable competition was in 2012 held in Dagupan Pangasinan. He and his team mates won gold medals in their relay. He was barely 12 years old during that time. Asked about his popularity today, tagged as Pambansang Cutie, “I want to thank whoever posted the pictures because of that I was recognized in public news. I feel great being one of the Palarong Pambansa cuties” said Ham.
His idol in swimming is American Olympian Michael Phelps. ”I like him because he has become the only swimmer to have 22 medals in the Olympic Games and has established many world records” added Dyrham.
His ambition in life is to join international swimming competitions like SEA Games and the Olympics as well in the future. With determination, perseverance and unceasing faith in God, this handsome young athlete can achieve greater heights and carve a niche in the world of professional swimming in the very near future.

*Photo courtesy of Turbo Philippines
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

Javier Joaquin ‘Tower of Power’ Gomez de Liaño: Nowhere to go but UP

By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule





































Being a student in one of the country’s premiere universities is already a huge task, but being a student athlete in UP is an even harder endeavor especially when everyone is tasked to carry their team on their shoulders. But for this incoming rookie athlete for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, nothing is impossible with the help of God and his family. 

Born Javier Joaquin Gomez de Liaño on July 27, 1998 in Mandaluyong City to Norberto Gomez de Liaño and Anna Gomez de Liaño, this 6-foot-4 forward is ready to take the cudgels of UPIS to the next level. He scored his career high of 24 points in the UAAP season 77 basketball tournament against the Ateneo de Manila University.  In the SMART Pilipinas Chinese Amateur Basketball League (PCABL), Javier Joaquin Gomez De Liaňo was handed out the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. His pre-game rituals include spending at least five minutes alone so he could go over his past mistakes and do better in his next games. He also doesn’t forget to pray before every game.
If given the chance to have a one-on-one match up with an NBA player, he likes Giannis Antetoukumpo because he is one of the most exciting players in the NBA now. “Giannis is 6’ 11” and can bring down the ball and call the play” quipped Javi. The UP cager’s favorite shot is the pull up jumper.
He also follows his conditioning coach’s advice because it is very effective. The foods that can make him stay fit for the game includes banana, taho and soy shakes like vitamilk. His favorite basketball players are NBA’s Russell Westbrook of OKC Thunder, Jared Dilinger in the PBA and NCAA MVP and now Ginebra Kings cager Scottie Thompson.
“Studying in the State University is not easy. You need to manage your time wisely so I study before our training starts so that when I get home, I could rest already”, said Gomez de Liaño. In pursuing his basketball dreams, he makes sure to take things step by step because he believes that these little steps will make a big impact on things that he has always been working for. He acknowledges that staying humble is also a key to one’s success in life.   
  • Photo credits to UBL.
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