UP succumbs to NU; out of Final Four contention

“Our game at the third quarter exposed our lack of maturity and experience which NU had. We’re just starting to learn and we have to do it as a team.”

by Mikee Garcia

Diego Dario drives the ball past a wall of NU Bulldogs. Dario ties with Jett Manuel as UP’s highest scorers of the game. Photo by Anna Biala, TNP Photographer.

Hopes for a Final Four slot faded for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons after being outlasted by defending champions National University (NU) Bulldogs, 75-69, in their second round meeting in UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball wars at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Sunday.

The Diliman-based squad fell to 3-9 record at seventh spot while the Sampaloc-based team kept their Final Four aspirations alive, improving to a 6-7 record.

Head Coach Rensy Bajar pinpointed the team’s failure of maintaining their lead in the first half to the team’s lackluster performance in the third quarter.

“Our game at the third quarter exposed our lack of maturity and experience which NU had. We’re just starting to learn and we have to do it as a team,” said Bajar.

UP had good looks in the basket and forced their opponents to costly turnovers throughout the first quarter, posting a five-point lead at the end of it with a score of 18-13.

But NU tallied a 9-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter to grab the lead, 22-18. Although UP assured to have the lead before the end of the first half as Jett Manuel and Diego Dario scored buckets in the final minute going to half-time, 31-28.

At the third canto, the Maroons kept their scoring pace in the first five minutes as team captain JR Gallarza and Agustini Amar drained their shots to tie the game at 38 all. They, however, failed to score in the next three minutes as the Bulldogs posted their biggest lead at 12 with a score of 52-40.

It was a tight game at the final quarter for both teams as UP trimmed the lead of NU to three, 60-63, courtesy of a fastbreak play from Henry Asilum. But NU’s top scorer Gelo Alolino fired up as he scored nine of his 26 points in the succeeding plays to secure the win for the Bulldogs.

Manuel, who led the Maroons with 13 points, was not impressed by his personal performance.

“I feel [honestly] frustrated. It’s hard for me to think that I performed well and then ending up with a loss,” he said. “I’d rather perform well and end up with a win.”

As one of the veterans in the team, Manuel was optimistic that the Maroons will play all out in their last two games even they are already out of the Final Four contention.

“Right now, we are still keeping the mindset that we want to improve our record. Even if we feel that we’re out of the play-offs already, it’s still no excuse to think that that’s it already because it’s going to reverse everything that we’ve been working for the whole season,” he added.

The Maroons will have a tough assignment in their next game when they face De La Salle University Green Archers, whom they defeated in the first round, on Wednesday still at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

 

Scores:

NU (75) — Alolino 26, Aroga 15, Neypes 7, Celda 7, Salim 6, Alejandro 4, Javillonar 3, Yu 3, Javelona 2, Morido 2, Diputado 0, Abatayo 0.

UP (69) — Manuel 13, Dario 13, Desiderio 10, Amar 9, Kone 6, Moralde 4, Asilum 4, Gallarza 4, Harris 2, Lim  2, Longa 2, Jaboneta 0, Juruena 0, Webb 0.

Quarterscores: 13-18, 28-31, 52-42, 75-69.

UP continues slump; drops third game against NU

by Jason Mercene

Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer.
Photo by Hannah Paguila, TNP Resident Photographer.

After starting their Season 78 campaign on the right foot, the University of the Philippines (UP) absorbed its third straight setback against Season 77 defending champions National University (NU), 52-68, in the UAAP men’s basketball wars at the Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday.

Jett Manuel paced the Diliman-based squad with 16 markers while Paul Desiderio contributed for 10 points and six boards off the bench.

The Maroons started the season with a 2-0 record, tallying back-to-back wins against University of the East and De La Salle University. They fell short, however, in their next three games against University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, and now NU.

“They prepared for us,” said Manuel when asked about the defensive set displayed by NU.

Manuel added, “Coach Eric (Altamirano) is really a good coach, he prepares for all the teams,” referring to the Bulldogs head coach.

With UP down by just one midway in the second quarter, NU’s Gelo Alolino caught fire as he knocked four consecutive treys to erect a commanding 11-point lead going to halftime, 27-38.

Alolino led the Sampaloc-based team in scoring, finishing with 16 points.

The Fighting Maroons managed to trim the Bulldogs’ lead to eight entering the final canto, 43-51. But Alfred Aroga nailed back-to-back jumpers to spearhead an 8-0 bomb, as the Bulldogs pulled away and kept the Maroons at bay for good.

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Cameroonian Aroga who stands 6’7 proved to be too much for the Maroons as he registered double-double figures with 12 points and 22 rebounds.

“We knew coming into this game, it will be a defensive game, knowing UP plays a very good defense,” said Altamirano as his squad improved to 3-3 after losing its first three games.

He added, “I think all throughout the game we were consistent on our defense, we were able to lockdown their shooters.”

While both squads shot below 40 percent, NU was more aggressive in the free-throw line. They made 21 out of 30 charities against UP’s 8 out of 14.

“One game at a time,” said Manuel as the Maroons will set their eyes on their last two assignments in the first round. “We’re learning right now, and we have to move on quick to the next game against Ateneo.”

UP will try to snap their losing skid against the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles on Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

The scores:

NU (68) — Alolino 16, Aroga 12, Salim 9, Tansingco 9, Neypes 7, Javelona 6, Diputado 4, Alejandro 2, Celda 2, Abatayo 1, Javillonar 0, Yu 0.

UP (52) — Manuel 16, Desiderio 10, Dario 8, Lim 5, Asilum 4, Gallarza 2, Jaboneta 2, Longa 2, Moralde 2, Amar 1, Harris 0, Juruena 0, Kone 0, Prado 0, Vito 0.

Quarter scores: 19-12; 38-27; 51-43; 68-52

UP remains unscathed in UAAP women’s badminton

by TNP Sports

Photo by Nix Alcalde
The UP Lady Shuttlers remain unscathed in UAAP badminton as they subdue De La Salle University, 3-2. Photo by Nix Alcalde

Defending women’s champion University of the Philippines Lady Shuttlers turned back De La Salle University, 3-2, to remain unscathed in the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament at the Rizal Badminton Hall, Wednesday.

In the first singles match, season 77 rookie of the year Mary Ann Marañon overcame DLSU’s Arianne Rivera in three sets , 15-21, 21-15, 21-11 while Paola Bernardo defeated Mariya Anghela Sevilla, 21-16, 21-15, in the second singles match.

The Lady Maroons won the tie after the tandem of reigning MVP Jessie Francisco and Eleonor Christine Inlayo subdued Alyssa Leonardo and Kristelle Salatan, 22-20, 21-19 in the first doubles match..

The Lady Archers, on the other hand, drew victories in the second doubles and the third singles match as Sevilla and Aries Montilla edged Marañon and Marina Caculitan, 21-10, 21-19, while Nicole Albo defeated Inlayo, 21-19, 17-21, 21-14.

UP now holds a 3-0 card while La Salle dropped to 2-1 in the tournament.

Photo by Hannah Paguila

The men’s team, meanwhile, fell prey to the dominant defending champions National University, 0-5.

Games for the men’s and women’s team resume on Saturday as they face the University of Santo Tomas at 10 a.m,  and Adamson University at 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Maroons bag silver in Men’s Tennis

Facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the University of the Philippines battled their hearts out against defending champion National University but still lost 3-2 in the finals of the UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Philippine Columbian Association.

by Luis Miguel Miclat

Facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage, the University of the Philippines battled their hearts out against defending champion National University but still lost 3-2 in the finals of the UAAP Men’s Lawn Tennis Championship Tuesday at the Philippine Columbian Association.

The Maroons, who finished fourth last season, ended a 13-year finals appearance drought after placing second in the elimination round. UP posted eight wins and two losses, both against the Bulldogs who touted an immaculate 10-0 record.

“It’s not bad,” said UP Coach Junjie Guadayo of their runner-up finish. “Kahit na talo tayo sa finals, we fought hard.”

Things looked promising for UP early on as Rookie of the Year Jurence Mendoza maintained his undefeated streak, thrashing NU’s Dheo Talatayod in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

The Bulldogs quickly countered as Michael Madrio and Jigo Peña dispatched UP’s Ique Ferrer and Angelo Esguerra in doubles, 6-2, 6-2.

NU sustained momentum as Leander Lazaro schooled Joshua Miranda, 6-2, 6-2, to pull ahead 2-1, one match away from retaining their crown.

But UP foiled their plans as Maroon duo Franklin Encarnacion and Gabby Guiterrez slipped past NU’s Al-Khady Jainul-Jeric Accion duo in a three-set thriller, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3, to set the stage for the deciding match.

Season 76 Most Valuable Player Fritz Verdad then showed his might to carry the Bulldogs into their second championship, hammering Maroon’s Joshua Cano, 6-2, 6-0.

Maroons yield 1st PSC baseball cup loss to Bulldogs, 2-1

The University of the Philippines suffered a close 2-1 setback from the hands of National University in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Baseball Cup Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

by Marisse Panaligan

The University of the Philippines suffered a close 2-1 setback from the hands of National University in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman’s Baseball Classic Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Maroons, who opened their campaign with a whopping 12-1 victory over Bulacan Agricultural State College, took their first loss in the double elimination format tournament.

UP drew first blood in the second inning as eighth batter Joaqui Silvestre landed a hit between the left and center field which brought James Legaspi back to the plate from third base.

At the bottom of the third, the NU loaded the bases after two successful hits and a free walk. With one hit through third base, third batter MJ Gante easily batted in two runs to turn around the score.

Maroon pitcher Gab Rodriguez managed to hold off the Bulldogs until the top of the sixth inning, but he left the mound after throwing a dead ball. Third baseman SJ San Juan relieved him and got the first strikeout for UP.

Legaspi got on base off a shortstop error at the top of the seventh for UP’s last chance on offense, but John Pantan’s hit to third saw the seasoned base runner tagged out en route to second base.

Seventh batter Gilbert Clanza got out on a caught foul tip, but it was enough to advance the runner to second.

Silvestre, who batted in the Maroons’ lone run in the second inning, attempted to replicate his earlier heroic but only managed a ground out to the pitcher which ended their late game rally.

UP has to win over De La Salle Zobel on Dec. 7 to stay alive in the tournament, while NU remains undefeated with two wins in two games.

Earlier, Adamson University bagged their second win via an 11-5 victory over Rizal Technological University.

Reigning UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University, meanwhile, fashioned an 8-3 upset over veteran team Philippine Navy in the afternoon match to also register their second win in two outings.

NU dethrones UP; bags 1st cheerdance crown

The National University notched a historic first-ever UAAP Cheerdance Competition championship title as they bested three-peat defending champion University of the Philippines, in front of 20, 830 spectators, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

by Anton Onato

Photos by Marlon Nombrado and Luis Adrian Hidalgo

UPDATED Sept. 16, 11:46 p.m.

The National University notched a historic first-ever UAAP Cheerdance Competition championship title as they bested three-peat defending champion University of the Philippines, in front of 20, 830 spectators, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

NU Pep Squad tallied 696.5 points with their Sahara-themed routine, while UP Pep Squad’s party-themed routine fell behind with 620.5 points. De La Salle University finished third with their Army-themed routine, garnering 596.5 points.

The Bulldogs, who improved to a third place finish last year from a measly sixth place performance in 2011, dominated and topped almost all the  technical departments (tumbling, stunts, tosses, and pyramids). They placed second in dance behind UP Pep Squad.

“Dun talaga kami nagfocus sa dance kasi dun kami mahina last year. However, magaling talaga ang UP sa sayaw. Hands down ng sobra (We really focused on dance because that’s our weakness last year. UP is really good in dancing. Hands down,” said Adrian Alban, NU’s team captain.

Alban also thanked the UP crowd who cheered for their victory during the event.

“Kahit na hindi kami taga UP, naramdaman pa din namin ‘yung pagmamahal ninyo at pagsuporta sa amin. Alam kong competition ‘to pero pinakita ninyo na marunong kayong umappreciate ng ibang school (Even though we’re not from UP, we still felt your love and support for us. I know this is a competition, but you showed us that you know how to appreciate other schools),” said Alban.

Despite four major falls in their routine, the UP Pep Squad remained positive that they will pull off another podium finish. “Iba kasi ‘yung degree of difficulty ng mga stunts namin (Our stunts are on a different degree of difficulty),” said captain Lian Melegrito.

Meanwhile, NU also topped the Group Stunt competition while Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas finished second and third, respectively. La Salle’s Ana De Leon was named this year’s Samsung Stunner.

The top three teams received P340,000, P200,000 and P140,000 respectively. Rounding up the competition were last year’s runner-up FEU, Adamson University, University of the East, UST and Ateneo de Manila University finishing fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth place.

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Maroons suffer 11th loss to Bulldogs

The University of the Philippines remained in the cellar after losing to National University, 79-62, in the second round of the UAAP 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

by Anton Onato

Photos by Luis Adrian Hidalgo

The University of the Philippines remained in the cellar after losing to National University, 79-62, in the second round of the UAAP 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks led the charge for the Bulldogs, scoring a season-high 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. With the win, NU tightened their grip on top with a 9-3 slate while UP has yet to win in all 11 outings.

“We have to be consistent. It’s not a guarantee that we’re number one and we have to relax. Every win is very important because of the tight standing,” NU head coach Eric Altamirano said.

UP was actually within two, 28-26, courtesy of Chris Ball early in the second quarter. But the Bulldogs leaned on timely triples from forward JJ Alejandro, to secure a 43-36 haltime lead.

The Maroons again rallied back trimming the lead down to three, 45-42, with 7:35 left in the third.

Then the Bulldogs went berserk and scored 12 unanswered points behind Parks’ excellent shooting, 57-42, and never looked back from then on.

Raul Soyud scored 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Joseph Marata added 13 points and five rebounds for UP.

UP will face the University of Santo Tomas on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Box scores:

NU 79 – Parks 30, Mbe 14, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Alejandro 6, Khobuntin 5, Villamor 4, De Guzman 4, Rosario 2, Javelona 2, Rono 0, Porter 0, Neypes 0

UP 62 – Soyud 17, Marata 13, Desiderio 8, Lao 6, Gallarza 4, Ball 4, Wong 3, Pascual 3, Paras 2, Harris 2, Asilum 0, Amar 0

Quarter scores: 24-19, 43-36, 64-48, 79-62

Lady Bulldogs’ catapult start fends off Maroons, 68-61

The National University triumphed over the University of the Philippines, 68-61, in the second round of the UAAP season 76 women’s basketball Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

by Enzo Regondola

Photos by Demerie Dangla

The National University triumphed over the University of the Philippines, 68-61, in the second round of the UAAP season 76 women’s basketball Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Bulldogs pounced on the Lady Maroons early, going up 11-0 to begin the game. They never looked back since then.

“Before this game, we still had a one hundred percent chance of making the final four. But after this loss, medyo bumaba, 80 percent na lang,” UP Head coach Ramon Garcia said, as the loss sent his squad to a 4-5 card.

The Maroons spurted a 9-0 run of their own, ignited by point guard Bea Daez as she dropped in five of her points from long jumpers.

She led UP with 18 points, while center Patricia Tatel contributed 12 markers. Karen Salapong found the rhythm from outside, dropping in 3-of-6 three-pointers, en route to scoring 11. Antonia Wong was a big contributor inside, leading the game with 14 rebounds off the bench.

But UP turned the ball over 28 times, which led to 20 points off turnovers for NU.

In the decisive start, the Bulldogs forced four turnovers from the Maroons within the game’s first four minutes.

Anne Gupilan scored six of her points during that first quarter barrage. She led the pack of Bulldogs as she converted 17 points and eight boardss. She also sank 2-of-5 triples and pulled down eight rebounds.

Afril Bernardino tallied 14 points, while Denise Escoto chipped in 11 points off the bench for NU.

Up next for UP is the University of the East on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Box scores:

NU – Gupilan 17, Bernardino 14, Escoto 11, Antiquiera 5, Bonleon 4, Abriam 4, Sison 3, Seno 3, Paig 3, Tongco 2, Cenarosa 2, Ross 0, Maghibon 0

UP- Daez 18, Tatel 12, Salapong 11, Wong 8, Luna 6, Furagganan 6, Topacio 0, Isip 0, Aliermo 0