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Post by vinj.cheng on Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:19 pm

Finally the red warriors have come back! We are now ready for the coming UAAP season!
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Post by syadaker on Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:58 pm

UE returns to glory with Filoil Title
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A 360º turn achieved in the last five years. 

In 2008, the University of the East Red Warriors won their first ever Filoil Flying V Premier Cup against NCAA powerhouse San Beda College Red Lions. That lineup had the likes of now-PBA star Paul Lee, guards Marcy Arellano and James Martinez, and forwards Elmer Espiritu and Hans Thiele. 

It was a high that the Red Warriors and the UE community hoped would continue until the UAAP and produce a long-elusive title in their mother league. That dream run never came.

What ensued instead were years of heartaches and disappointments as UE lost the title to Ateneo in 2009, and failed to make the Final Four from 2010. For years, it felt like one of the winningest squads in the UAAP had lost its fight in it. Not even the likes of coaches Lawrence Chiongson and Jerry Codiñera could do anything about the team’s woes. 

Fast forward to the summer of 2013 and people see the same lineup for the Recto-based team with a few additions. Long-time mentor Boycie Zamar is back calling the shots. Only this time, the Red Warriors are back fighting for another Filoil title. 

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Yesterday, a sea of red dominated the San Juan Arena to support the Red Warriors against defending champions National University Bulldogs. UE students and alumni came in droves, hungry for another shot at glory after years of dwelling in the proverbial collegiate basketball cellar. 

The Red Lions, runners-up to the Warriors in 2008, had just won third place against the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 74-70. 

Guard Baser Amer and former Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagle Art dela Cruz delivered the big baskets down the stretch to save the Red Lions from an end-game collapse. They were supported by Ola Adeogun, Rome dela Rosa and Kyle Pascual. All five of them finished with double figures. 

“We knew we were facing a touch matchup,” Coach Boyet Fernandez said. “We just had to be ready and the boys had to step up.”

“I am happy for the boys, they deserved the third place,” Fernandez added. 

The supporters of UE hoped that the celebration of their red-blooded counterparts from Mendiola would rub on to them and their team. 

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With 1.37 minutes gone by in the First Quarter, prolific guard Roi Sumang drew first blood with his three-point connection. A see-saw battle between the two Finals protagonists followed. For every shot Sumang converted, fellow Mythical Five member Bobby Ray Parks would answer for the Bulldogs. 

The Red Warriors ended the first half on top, 36-30, after officials reversed an earlier call that counted the last-second shot of Parks. 

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The Bulldogs had a blistering start in the Third Quarter with Parks, Sean Mbe, Gelo Alolino and Dennis Villamor providing the goods for the Bustillos Five. A floater by Alolino with 4.16 minutes remaining in the period capped a 20-5 run by the Bulldogs for a 50-41 advantage. Despite a mini rally put up by the Red Warriors, the Bulldogs wounded up still with the lead at the end of the Third, 55-47. 

The Red Warriors were a different beast in the final canto. Ralf Olivarez and Lord Casajeros—not the usual suspects for UE—flexed their muscles in offense as an and-1 play from Casajeros at the 7.03 mark tied the game at 57-all. 

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Just over a minute later, Casajeros would again convert on an and-1 play. With 5.44 minutes left in the game, the reigning UAAP two-time MVP was called for his fifth foul after he reached in to a dribbling Olivarez. Olivarez sank only one of his charities, but Parks’ exit was an even bigger blow for the Bulldogs, who had been suffering from a scoring slump in the Fourth Quarter. 

With 4.23 left to play, Mbe fouled out of the game after an infraction against UE’s import Charles Mammie. Mammie, who has struggled with his free throws the entire tournament, converted two of his attempts. 

The Bulldogs just could not find an answer to the Red Warriors—whether offensively or defensively. Sumang and Olivarez took turns in punishing their opponents with a bevy of fancy shots. For almost eight minutes in the payoff period, the Bulldogs had made a successful field goal. Forward Jeoff Javillonar ended the bleeding for the Bulldogs with a putback at the 2.16 mark. But that effort proved to be too little, too late. With 12 seconds still left in the game, NU’s Coach Eric Altamirano had approached Zamar to congratulate him for his team’s impending win. 

The Red Warriors carved out an 81-68 victory against the Bulldogs to cap their second Filoil Flying V Premier Cup title—the record they hold together with the De La Salle Green Archers. They are also the first team to beat the Bulldogs in the league for the last two years. 

“I am very gracious,” Zamar said. “We joined this league knowing that we have everything to gain.” 

After 11 games, his team gained composure and finally, another title. 

“Humarap kami sa NU na hindi pa natatalo in the last 21 games,” Zamar added. “It just shows the character of the players.”

Olivarez paced his team with 19 points, while Sumang had 18, Casajeros had 16, and Mammie had 10.

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Zamar said numerous times that he was “no magician.” But for his players and the team’s supporters, that win, after years of languishing in defeats, was truly magical.

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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by adrianrei on Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:28 am

Nine things we learned from the FilOil Cup
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Every year, collegiate basketball teams risk injury and heartbreak during the preseason to shake off the rust of the offseason, and give themselves (and their foes) an idea of what they're made of, come their mother tournaments.

Here’s a list of things that caught our eye at GMA News Online Sports:

1) Roi Sumang is a point god among men...

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It’s hard to get noticed when you were playing on the second-worst team in the UAAP last season, but Roi Sumang finally got his due during the FilOil Finals. He’s one of those Steve Nash/Chris Paul-types with a good handle on the ball and deadeye shooting, combined with a body capable of acrobatic finishes at the rim. He’s one of the biggest reasons why there’s a lot of noise about the Warriors making the Final Four this upcoming UAAP season, their first time since Paul Lee, Elmer Espiritu and Pari Llagas pushed the Ateneo Blue Eagles to three games in the 2009 UAAP finals.

Sumang’s not without faults, though. Lengthier defenders like Ray Ray Parks can bother him and pick off his dribble. He occasionally deals with mild injuries that dampen his explosiveness. But the Warriors are going to be a handful to stop as long as he’s up and running with his tribe.

2) ... although that's also because coach Boysie Zamar is a wizard

Quick, when was the last time a team, with most of the same moving parts, went from league afterthought to Final Four contender? That’s exactly what coach Boysie Zamar has done for the UE Red Warriors since taking over the team midway through Season 75. Judging from some tough choices he made during the FilOil Cup, this guy means business. He kept Sierra Leonean center Charles Mammie out of their opening game over a disciplinary issue. Bong Gallanza, who was in last year’s rotation, has taken a backseat to gems in the rough like Ralf Olivarez and JR Sumido.

The result is a FilOil championship and an impressive list of foes they slew along the way. The DLSU Green Archers. The UST Growling Tigers. The AdU Soaring Falcons. The NU Bulldogs. That’s four wins against quality league rivals, and after seven months of collectively being referred to as "Sumang and Friends," Zamar's on a war path to make sure you learn his Warriors' names.

3) The UAAP has gotten a lot bigger...

Mammie is just a glimpse at the UAAP's evolution towards a bigger style of play. Out of the eight teams in the league, four (or seven, if you count the Fil-Ams Anthony Hargrove, Jason Perkins and Chris Ball suiting up for FEU, DLSU and UP, respectively) are fielding players of African descent to play at power forward or center. I don’t want to turn this into a nationalistic debate whether that’s a good thing for Filipino players, but it’s worth noticing that this era of college basketball places such a premium on upgrading (or containing) a post presence.

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4) ... but Ateneo’s showing us how to beat them.

It's important to note that in most of these teams' cases, none of them are the focal point of their team's offense, even for Adamson or UE, where Ingrid Sewa and Mammie are number two options at best. As bigs are relied on to shore up rebounding and shot-blocking deficiencies, the pressure is on for teams to score from the outside.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles have done just that during the preseason despite, or because of, their depleted line-up. Teams had best emulate their blueprint for good floor spacing and ball movement in order to stack the deck in their favor, and it doesn’t hurt either to have a human pogo stick like Chris Newsome take charge of  rebounding duties. In all, the addition of size doesn't slow down the UAAP game, but challenges it to become more innovative and exciting.

5) Fighting Maroons: (still) under construction

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6) Jeron Teng is a limited scorer, and La Salle should be concerned

Jeron Teng does two things incredibly well: drive to the rim for two, and draw contact to get to the free throw line. He's a freight train in the lane, and he barreled his way to win last season's Rookie of the Year award.

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At first glance, Teng normed a respectable 12.3 points per outing this summer. Championship expectations however demand that he diversify his game this second year, and his numbers have not shown that he's done so. The younger Teng brother hit just 36 percent of his shots inside the arc in this tournament. In comparison, Parks and Kiefer Ravena shoot 44 and 45 percent, respectively. Nobody tracks shot charts in Philippine basketball so we can't parse how many of those attempts were jump shots or lay-ups, but in either case, Teng should be putting up more points for the amount of shots he takes.

Does he draw enough contact inside? Yes, more than one of every three shots he takes is from the free throw line. But even so, a free throw percentage of 61 percent from your star wingman is unacceptable. Teng is limited because teams can afford to foul him when he drives and he can't hurt defenses otherwise. Free throw shooting has been a problem for La Salle as a team, so why this pressure on Teng? Because the La Salle faithful demand a championship, and that's the bar the competition demands him to meet. And if the Archers want to get back into the UAAP Finals this year, Teng can't afford to be a one-dimensional guy.

7) UST is going to miss Jeric Fortuna

Even with the graduation of their veteran point guard, the Tigers have no lack of offense from the position he vacated. Ed Daquioag has been a decent shooter over the summer and has earned coach Pido Jarencio's trust to play for extended minutes. He's also quite adept at forcing turnovers and scoring in transition. But what UST really needs is to better take care of the ball.

The Tigers have survived high-turnover games and opponents scoring off those turnovers, but the lack of a steady ball handler may have cost them a podium finish during the playoff’s key moments. They lost narrowly to the Warriors in the semifinals when they gave up a 14-3 run in the fourth period, putting the Warriors ahead for good. Against the San Beda in the battle for third, the Red Lions did the same with a 9-0 rally, eventually forcing some more late game heroics from Jeric Teng, Karim Abdul and Clark Bautista that ultimately fell short. Had Fortuna's steady hand been taking care of the ball, the odds are those runs don't happen.

Cool The NCAA crown is San Beda’s to lose...

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It’s not just because the Red Lions proved to be the last NCAA team standing. The team’s eschewed three-point shooting for heady play, and it’s worked wonders for the squad bannered by Baser Amer, Rome Dela Rosa and Art Dela Cruz.

Can they be stopped? Possibly. Coach Koy Banal has pointed the Arellano Chiefs to the rim with frightening frequency. Rey Nambatac cushions the loss of Kevin Alas a bit for Letran, who’ll have a fighting chance as long as Mark Cruz is healthy. Plus, if CJ Perez can add some control to his game, the San Sebastian Stag is fully capable of stuffing the stats sheet ala Calvin Abueva. But the Red Lions’ core makes them clearly the first horse out of the gates, and it’s up to the defending champions to maintain that advantage.

9) ... but there are no favorites to win the UAAP.

Just how good are the UE Warriors? Will UST overcome its ball-handling problem? Can Ateneo hang with the big boys? Is Alfred Aroga the missing piece for the Bulldogs? Will Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia learn to share the ball? Can Jericho Cruz be Adamson’s go-to guy? We’re never going to know until the UAAP kicks off on June 29.

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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by Warrior_ue7 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:17 pm

nasa ue pa po ba sila desmond, woodward, kyifer atbp import fil-am?

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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by ghost09 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:14 am

totoo ba yung rumors about mammie's papers?

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Post by stump_ on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:23 am

Warrior_ue7 wrote:nasa ue pa po ba sila desmond, woodward, kyifer atbp import fil-am?

Jeremy is still with UE. Sat a few inches away from him in the filoil finals along with M.Arafat. He's still in team B if im not mistaken. Desmond, he went back to the US but i guess he's somewhat still connected with UE? Kyifer - no news.

Try following them on twitter

Jeremy
@WoodwardBlake

Desmond
@DesmondAnthony

Kyifer
@Kbutter14.

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Post by icemint on Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:05 am

Wala na si Desmond at Jeremy sa Team B. Tama bumalik na si Desmond sa US. Kinukulit nga ako nung na padalhan ng copy ng ue team b vs arellano video nung nagchampion sila sa Fr. Martin's.

Si Woodward alam ko wala na sa team b at nagfocus na lang sa modeling.

Si Kyifer naman wala ng balita. Sabi nya sa akin dati(nung si Coach Jerry pa ang coach) di daw sya sigurado kung makakateam a this season. At tsamba lang daw yung pagiging MVP nya sa UK sa tournament nila.
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Post by gindet on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:39 pm

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Post by icemint on Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:19 pm

Roi Sumang's killer crossover

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Kaninong crossver ba ang mas malupit? Kay Paul Lee o Roi sumang?
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Post by icemint on Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:23 pm

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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by icemint on Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:59 pm

Sana maglaro na si Renz Palma ngayong season. Parang Sumang/Jumao-as to maglaro.

Lufet siguro nila pagsabaying tatlo. May nagsabi sa akin na tinatago daw for this season pero iverify pa daw nya.
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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by icemint on Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:41 pm

laro laro tayo this sat..sino gusto sumama?

9am sa filinvest 2 sa batasan
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Post by icemint on Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:43 pm

Nakausap ko si Renz Palma, next year pa daw sya maglalaro. Sayang!
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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by icemint on Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:50 am

RT Filoil Photos UE vs NU

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Post by paulodagul on Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:46 pm

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May green signal na para maglaro si Mammie. No more worries

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Post by icemint on Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:50 am

great!
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Re: 2012-2013 Off-Season Updates

Post by cavalier18 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:26 pm

May tickets na ba for the UAAP opening ceremonies?

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Post by icemint on Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:24 pm

tumingin ako sa ticketnet wala pa eh..mukang pahirapan na naman ang tix
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Post by warrior_prinzz on Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:50 pm

SM tickets ang magbebenta ng ticket.....

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Post by icemint on Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:03 pm

Meron na daw bukas sa sm
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