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La Salle eyes win No. 12 vs UE

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – La Salle vs UE 4 p.m. – UP vs NU Whether the unbeaten La Salle Green Archers would again experiment with their talent-laden roster will be known today as they face the University of the East Red Warriors in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Green Archers are favored to clinch their 12th win in their 2 p.m. contest with the last-place Red Warriors and move two games shy of securing a double-round elimination sweep and an outright berth to the best-of-three finals. The only question now is if La Salle still has tricks up the sleeve after using Sunday’s 99-56 rout of University of Santo Tomas as a way to insert a variety of players from superstars Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng right …

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Race for last 2 UAAP semis berths heats up

While La Salle is gunning for a piece of history and the other semis berth already in the bag for Far Eastern University, attention has shifted to the race for the two remaining Final Four berths in the UAAP basketball tournament which enters its final three weeks of elimination games. Ateneo and Adamson appear to have the inside track for the last two berths although National University remains in the running despite a streak of bad games that saw the squad lose five in a row. Ateneo is in third place after winning back-to-back games the past week for a 6-4 record, followed by Adamson with an even 5-5 slate after arresting its two-game skid, and NU at 4-7. Of the three teams, Ateneo currently has the best form. The Blue Eagles beat …

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Hot Archers gain semis bonus

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. - La Salle vs UE 4 p.m. - UP vs NU The mean green machine that is the unbeaten La Salle Green Archers took another step in their drive to win the UAAP championship. That step came at the expense of the hapless University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, who they crushed, 99-56, yesterday to secure a twice-to-beat advantage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng were once again the main sources of La Salle’s offense while conspiring with his well-prepared teammates in wreaking havoc on the defensive end to extend their unbeaten mark to 11 games and gain the much-needed bonus in the Final Four. La Salle, which formalized its entry to the Final Four in Wednesday’s 113-88 rout of National University, moved three wins shy …

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Tams slip past Maroons

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – La Salle vs UST 4 p.m. – NU vs Ateneo The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws were able to avoid a stunning loss against a lowly-yet-dangerous opponent yesterday. Their coach Nash Racela, however, couldn’t avoid questions surrounding his future. Racela and the Tamaraws rallied from a 20-point first quarter deficit to turn back the University of the Philippines (UP) Maroons, 63-60, for their seventh straight win in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. FEU fell behind 28-8 at the end of the first, but several players led by veteran Raymar Jose inched their way back to take the lead before foiling a last-ditch effort by UP to force the game to an extension, moving a victory shy of claiming the second Final Four berth. Jose finished with …

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FEU stakes win run vs UP

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – FEU vs UP 4 p.m. – UE vs Adamson   All eyes will be on coach Nash Racela today as Far Eastern University shoots for its eighth straight win against University of the Philippines in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Reports surfaced last Wednesday that Racela will replace Jong Uichico as coach of TNT Katropa in time for the next PBA season, thus causing a bit of distraction in the Tamaraws’ bid for a second straight crown. He is expected to finish his FEU duties before starting the biggest break of his coaching career. While Racela remained mum since news of his appointment broke out, he did send out a tweet saying “Still charging!!!” that an emoji resembling a Tamaraw. His biggest concern about the Tamaraws is …

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Meralco rues costly mistake

The other perspective of Justin Brownlee’s shot heard around the nation was the costly mistake made by the Meralco Bolts. “We should have fouled on that last play,” reflected Meralco coach Norman Black. “That was the instruction and we did not, cost us the game.” But Black offered little reason to sour grape on the miscue that allowed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to end eight years of frustration on Brownlee’s buzzer-beating three that sealed a 91-88 victory in the title-clinching Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals. “I thanked the players for their effort this year,” he said. “This was unexpected for most people that we would be in this position right now, and I was very proud of what the players have done in this tournament.” Unexpected may have been the perfect …

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Ateneo beats UE, ends skid

Games Saturday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – FEU vs UP 4 p.m. – UE vs Adamson Jolo Mendoza’s coming out party proved to be timely for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. The highly-touted rookie scored all of his 15 points in the first half as the Blue Eagles came back from a 14-point first quarter deficit to beat the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 75-61, and snap a two-game losing skid yesterday in the UAAP basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. Mendoza, who played just 15 minutes, hit a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown in the first half, capped off with back-to-back triples that enabled Ateneo to take 42-35 lead seconds before halftime. The shooting exploits of the former Batang Gilas standout allowed Ateneo to rally from two 14-point deficits, the last at 23-9, …

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DLSU races to 9-0

La Salle coach Aldin Ayo celebrated his 39th birthday yesterday with a victory after the Green Archers staved off repeated rallies of the University of the Philippines Maroons, 78-72, in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Jeron Teng returned after missing two games because of a foot injury and scored 21 points but the Green Archers had to work themselves doubly hard against an underdog Maroons’ team that entered the game with back-to-back victories against fancied opponents. The Green Archers once took a 16-point advantage which came in the first quarter, then kept the Maroons at bay after their lead dwindled to four twice in the second half to hike their unbeaten run to nine games and moved within a win shy of securing a Final Four berth. Even if …

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La Salle tests in-form UP

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. - La Salle vs UP 4 p.m. - UST vs NU   University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol could only utter his team’s battlecry of “UP Fight” when reporters asked him of their chances against powerhouse La Salle today in the UAAP basketball tournament. Besides, Perasol and the Maroons enter the 2 p.m. game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as heavy underdogs despite two stunning victories that put them in contention for a Final Four berth. Pressed to make further thoughts on the matchup, Perasol could only hope for a tight encounter with the Green Archers, who have been nothing but dominating after eight games. “We cannot be our regular selves against La Salle,” Perasol said after UP’s 70-66 win over Adamson last Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. “If …

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Our day will come, vows Jalalon

Jio Jalalon was a picture of sorrow, his teary-eyed face covered with a white towel after the Arellano University Chiefs came home empty-handed at the expense of a familiar foe. The 5-foot-9 Jalalon, the best point guard in college basketball, couldn’t lift the Chiefs to the Promised Land as they were swept for the second time in three seasons by the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA finals. Nicknamed “The Bus Driver” owing to his whirlwind moves that could be compared to an ordinary bus zooming like a race car around EDSA, Jalalon committed three personal fouls in the first quarter of Game 2, tried to help Arellano force a third game with a second half comeback, before committing a turnover in the final two minutes that opened the door for …

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