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Mayhem in Manila

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Friday, 23 November 2007 128 Comments

ANY doubts about the quality of play in this year’s Collegiate National Championship have to be shipped out of Manila.

The country’s capital city can now lay claim to the reality that it has witnessed the best brand of college ball the nation has to offer. Despite some schools opting to skip the annual tournament for announced (Letran) or rather vague (De La Salle and UE) reasons, the level of play has been nothing but superb.

Let’s begin with the squads that literally flew into Manila to sow mayhem. Ex-Philippine Basketball Association sniper Boy Cabahug’s University of the Visayas Green Lancers, for instance, aren’t the biggest strangers on the country’s basketball map. But nonetheless, the school that made an immovable force out of current Alaska Ace JR Quiñahan was never tipped to strike it big in this year’s affair.

Hypothetically, the top-seeded DLSU Green Archers could have impeded the Lancers’ progress. The absence of the current UAAP champions, however, should not be taken against their counterparts from the Cebu Sports Association Foundation Inc., particularly with the way the Lancers demolished their opposition. After drubbing the Lyceum Pirates by 21, UV took apart the University of Mindanao Wildcats by 20.

UV’s stellar play has been spearheaded by 6’11� Greg Slaughter, a promising recruit who’s got pro teams buzzing. Much of the offensive load, though, has been shouldered by off-guard Ritchum Dennison and polished inside operator Rino Berame, who’s averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. These three players all have the potential to follow in Quiñahan’s footsteps and make it big in the Philippine hoops scene.

Outside the glamour of the NCAA and UAAP but within the confines of the National Capital Region are the STI Olympians. Seeded a lowly 13th after copping the NAASCU plum, the Olympians may have benefited from the Red Warriors’ withdrawal, but proved to be worthy opponents by shocking University Games champions Far Eastern University.

STI’s upset, the biggest since the tourney’s inception in 2002-03 and possibly UP’s 52-41 win over Letran in 2005, should not be taken as a fluke. Instead, it’s indicative of the fact that the basketball landscape in the Philippines is changing, with erstwhile unnoticed programs like that of the Olympians inching their way up the hoops ladder despite having relatively littler resources than the big teams.

If anything, the Collegiate National Championship is fertile ground for the talent and development that evades our view of mainstream basketball. Once all this gets noticed, expect even more mayhem in the years to come.


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When you meet Chris, chances are you'll assume he wants to be a rock star. He's completed his Master's Degree in Population Studies, and was a game analyst for ABS-CBN's coverage of the PCCL, FilOil Preseason Invitational Cup and NCAA Seasons 85 and 86. Once an opinion editor for a nationally circulated broadsheet, he presently calls games in NCAA Season 87.

128 Comments

  • spoof says:

    Congrats to UV and ADMU.

    Re: Teams.
    It’s been known that medyo malabo talaga yung bracketing and selection of teams sa Champions League. My take on this is to identify a number of leagues accross the country that has achieved a certain level of competitiveness. Then take the top two of each league and let them play it out in the Champions league. In this way, we allow more teams to experience above average competitive basketball. IMHO, the league shouldn’t just be there to determine the champion but to provide good experience to the teams which will hopefully trickle down to their respective leagues.

    Re: Unification. (UAAP/NCAA/NCRAA,etc.)
    This will account for a very long season and I could imagine the logistical nightmare. But I do agree that we need institutionalized games between the leagues. Any ideas? League Cross overs that will count towards there standings, etc. etc.

  • rodix says:

    hi to all! too much has been said about d league, and other schools participating n d tournament i dont have to mention the names of people all they do s criticize coz they r all worthless,we n cebu are very happy that dis league s organized were we can show our talents n manila,we appreciate those manila schools who participated especially ateneo coz they showed that they r champions and i think they r d only uaap team that has showed bravery too compete here n cebu before, even though they lost they showed how brave they are.but how can u call ur team d best n R.P. were n u dont have d nerve too join n d league which s only 30 mins. away from ur schools.dont blame d league that it s unknown or wat ever u may call, coz ur school s too blame why are u afraid too compete U may call U.V.unknown n manila but they showed d heart of being a probinsyano hindi puro salita kundi lumalaban hangang sa huli..we r proud of u win or lose tommorow..u showed d country hw brave u are..CALLING ALL GRENN ARCHERS,RED WARRIORS, LETRAN KNIGHTS,U R INVITED HERE N CEBU THIS JANUARY.. come play with the VISMIN TEAMS so that we people here can call u champions..remember d playing style here n cebu s very different conpared there..SO GOOD LUCK TO U.V…GOD BLESS

  • Grrr! says:

    UV Lancers are not unknown, and never were. I hope all the supporters from Cebu come en masse tomorrow to the Arena and make the games more lively with their participation.

    I’ve already made several posts and the shithead who’s been using my callsign to hack in again.

    Pikon kasi yung team niya is not playing in the finals.

  • rodix says:

    K , WHOEVER D REAL GRRR S ITS UP TO HIM TO DECIDE REMEMBER N EVERY SPORT U CANNOT B CALLED D BEST UNLESS U FIGHT THE BEST TEAMS N D COUNTRY

  • ron says:

    i hope next ccl, the management change their venue. pweding dalhin nila ito baquio sigurado perfect attendance ko hehehe.. pwede rin sa vis min. nge wawa naman ako mas lalo pa lumalayo.
    at sana sa next ccl maraming team ang makasali from provinces, wa kwenta ang ncaa ect. league kung jan kalang ang team nag champ. sa la salle letran at ue para sabihing pinakamagaling dapat sumali na sila.

  • dragonzZ says:

    finals na 2morow…
    ahehehe.. it would be a nice game 2morow!!!
    UV Green Lancers vs Ateneo Blue Eagles…

    GO GO GO UV GREEN LANCERS…..
    THE PRIDE OF CEBU….

  • ricponsib says:

    Parang maraming fans na ang UV.hehehe.. Go UV green lancers. kung malapit nga lang ang Arena samin, punta talaga ako bukas.. i hope next ccl, host naman ang cebu,para makita rin ng taga luzon kung gaano ka tindi ang basketball fanatics did2..

    for CCL management, i appreciate wat you did to college basketball in Philps. You helps other college team show their talents.

    “you cant be the great team if you cant defeat all the best teams in the tournoment”

  • ricponsib says:

    Parang maraming fans na ang UV.hehehe.. Go UV green lancers. kung malapit nga lang ang Arena samin, punta talaga ako bukas.. i hope next ccl, host naman ang cebu,para makita rin ng taga luzon kung gaano ka tindi ang basketball fanatics did2..

    for CCL management, i appreciate wat you did to college basketball in Philps. You helps other college team show their talents.

    “you cant be the great team if you cant defeat all the best teams in the tournament”

  • mark--man says:

    I know UV will have it’s full force tomorrow.but ateneo will have it’s BIGGEST force tomorrow.like in the campus last satrday , the alumni and the other people wanted ateneo to finish strong in this league.that’s why they blow out UST with a big margin…

  • mark--man says:

    but I don’tunderestimate UV..my point if ateneo will have ther biggest CCL games tomorrow

  • mark--man says:

    but I don’t underestimate UV..my point if ateneo will have their biggest CCL games tomorrow

  • mark--man says:

    sorry for the typo error

  • venshancayrizrioyan says:

    hoy mark–man kahit hindi mo sabihin na ehindi mo eni underestimate ang UV, ganon parin ang kinalabasan nun… anong akala nyoooo… sa amin ndi makaintindi ng tagalog? HELLLLLLLO? galing kami dyan pero di2 lang kami nag-aral. punta kami dyan bukas 2 support our team!!! UV GREEN LANCRES….THE UNIVERSITY WITH A HEART!!! ATENEO GOODLUCK NALANG KUNG MANALO KAYO…. WAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHH
    !!!! PAG CHURE DIHA WUI!!! MARK–MAN…ILAMBUS TIKA RON…COME HERE PARA MALAMAN MO ANG TUNAY NA BASKETBALL DITO….IN CEBU UAAP AND NCAA TEAMS ARE VERY UNKNOWN HERE WE ALL IGNORE THEM…WWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA

  • venshancayrizrioyan says:

    hoy mark–man kahit hindi mo sabihin na hindi mo eni underestimate ang UV, ganon parin ang kinalabasan nun… anong akala nyoooo… sa amin ndi makaintindi ng tagalog? HELLLLLLLO? galing kami dyan pero di2 lang kami nag-aral. punta kami dyan bukas 2 support our team!!! UV GREEN LANCERS….THE UNIVERSITY WITH A HEART!!! ATENEO GOODLUCK NALANG KUNG MANALO KAYO…. WAHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHH
    !!!! PAG CHURE DIHA WUI!!! MARK–MAN…ILAMBUS TIKA RON…COME HERE PARA MALAMAN MO ANG TUNAY NA BASKETBALL DITO….IN CEBU UAAP AND NCAA TEAMS ARE VERY UNKNOWN HERE WE ALL IGNORE THEM…WWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA

  • JEMS says:

    Ipakita sa mundo UV green lancers na kaya nyo yan.cheers to the green lancers GOOD LUCK for tomorrows game go go go UV team.
    This is the right time to show the best of Cebuano basketketters

  • GoBlue says:

    We come in peace. Go Blue! One Big Fight!

  • makotosing says:

    atong ilambos ang taga ateneo!!!!

  • GoBlue says:

    Don’t pull down other teams. Cheer for your school. ;) Good luck to UV! :) Go Ateneo! One Big Fight!

  • DragonzZ says:

    GO GO GO
    UV GREEN LANCERS

  • arny bear says:

    word of caution: chris tiu, pagbantay sa siko ni dennison, pwirting talinis kaayo na. basin maguba na imong gwapong dagway….ug pananglitan, ma bungi na ang taga ateneo, mo hinay ang rating sa studio 23 ug dili na uaap ila i-cover, cesafi na. bwahahahaha.

  • JEMS says:

    yeah studio 23 why dont you cover also cesafi para kita pod ka guapo sa taga cebu hehehe

  • egit says:

    kaming mga taga cebu…we all come in peace..but luzon fans keep on underestimating teams from the south..they said except ncaa and uaap…all teams from south and mindanao are unknown teams e ano na ngayong nakapasok na ang UV sa finals.win or lose still UV create a name sending a msg. to manila teams that sleeping giants from the south is now awake…hoy mr.load bomber sabi mo noon UV is an unknown team u say na to all south and minadanao teams better luck nxt 100 years.ano na ngayon para palang tae ang bibig mo hindi mo napatunayan..ur giants are very iget tobol malaking tae lang pala here in cebu

  • DragonzZ says:

    watch out UAAP coz Uv Green Lancers from Cebu will make a big name….
    hahahaha… bantay mo sa UV mga gahi kaau nah..

    Good Luck UV Green Lancers…
    GO GO GO….

  • jce says:

    Will history repeats itself? as what i’ve read in 1957 UV who was coached by present Rep. Ed Gullas and Mr. Boy Cabahug’s father as one of the player defeated Ateneo to win the champions league..GO GO Lancers kaya nyo yan BISDAK tayo hehehehe.

  • arny bear says:

    unsa oras ang duwa ugma doh?

  • Christian Soler says:

    UV will win if it can control the boards, which in turn would serve as the catalyst for its fastbreak attack. The Green Lancers are very athletic, arguably even faster than the Eagles.

    If Ateneo can limit the production of UV’s backcourt and dominate the inside through Arao and Baclao, it will win the game and the championship.

    Of course, there’s the heart and desire element. These things go well beyond the box score.

  • lobot says:

    win or lose still the UV has made a name..if they lose the finals it is ok…it proves thatteams from visayas can beat luzon teams…so kayong mga taga ateneo huwag muna kayong magsalita nang tapos na panalo na kayo..pagkatapos nalang ng game kayo magsalita na magaling kayo pag nakuha na ninyo ang championship..pero sa ngayonmalaki talaga ang chance ng UV na maiuwi ang title..pero pag ateneo ang nagchampion punta naman kayo dito sa cebu isama na ninyo ang DLSU.at lahat ng mga champions dyan sa manila at ng makita ninyo ang kalibre ng teams dito..in cebu teams from UAAP and NCAA are unknwon team we even watch them on tv sayang lang sa oras yung fans, cheersquad drums nakapa excite kung wala yun UAAP and NCAA are too boring they played no excitement…they played too lousy.. only the tv exposure made them giant but the truth is they are “dwarfs”paksit mo ron..anhi mo dire para magkatae mo..ano takot kayong pumunta dito sa CEBU?

  • jes says:

    btaw unya ra tabi inig human,dont talk in advance i prove usa hehehehe

    GO GO GO GO UV green lancers
    FROM:THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH SOUTH SOUTH

  • yellow_we says:

    For UV Lancers: being in the finals makes you already the champions in the hearts of many Cebuanos as you represent downsouth and yet about to show your full prowess and prove your worth as champions later this afternoon. You are already winners in this tournament the fact that you’ve gone this far.

    From what I’ve heard, this team won 7 consecutive championships in CESAFI (a UAAP/NCAA counterpart in Cebu). I think that somehow rings a bell. Now, given an opportunity to slug it out against one of the UAAP toughest teams – the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the finals, that’s like catching a big fish or should I say.. big bird. LoL! I just hope for this team to give out their best later and show their potential at the fullest.

    As For Ateneo: For me, the pressure is on them. Should Lancers defeat them, it would be yet another big slap on their faces and I’m sure, name-calling will be on their way which is well.. something not unusual for basketball fans. Anyway, It will be very interesting to know how Chris and Ford going to lead the pack again and call the shots to have the eagles landed as champions with a bang. I hope their championship experience not to mention their current talented players that they have, a well noted coach they are with and the jubilant true blue supporters can make them snatch finally a championship here at least if not in UAAP, temporarily setting aside concerning about their championship drought for already five consecutive years. The Eagles are definitely out for revenge. Payback time will be their mission later this afternoon. This true blue blooded squad will show what it takes to be a stellar team in collegiate basketball arena.

    Since I’m from UAAP, I’ll be cheering for our co- UAAP, ATENEO. But I’m very sure the Lancers will give them a hard battle. This will be yet another ONE BIG FIGHT.

    May the most deserving team wins later this afternoon.

    …vIva Santo Tomas
    …yellow out loud!

  • GoBlue says:

    Ayt! Fight Fight Blue and White! Go Ateneo! :)

  • mark-man says:

    let’s see if UV has now the line to win…because 5 years in a row they failed..same as ateneo..”the team who’s more hungrier will win!”…

    GO ATENEO ONE BIG FIGHT!!!!!!

    Green again is the enemy…so good luck to both teams… maybe I’ll be there late because I got to finish my assignments..but probably I’ll watch it on tv.

  • mark-man says:

    at last!
    I told you…
    ateneo will be finishing this league with their biggest force IN CCL.

    final score:
    ADMU=71
    UV=52

    after 5 years….Ateneo finnaly finish great!!!!

    GO ATENEO!!! ONE BIG FIGHT!!!!!!

    nice game UV.you did your best but that wasn’t enough.

    next target:UAAP season 71!

  • mark-man says:

    asul ang kulay ng tagumpay!

  • ABUSAYAF says:

    ha hah ha ha hah ha ha ang daming dada ng taga
    cebu ha hah ha.wala palang binatbat.bata pa UAAP yan kalaban nila ehh experienciado yan eh.ateneo almost kill la salle.

  • GoBlue says:

    Woohoo!

    5 Blue Eagles in the Mythical Team. I’m glad for Ken Barracoso for being part of the Mythical Team. Next season will be his time to shine. Congratulations to the UV Green Lancers for bringing glory to their school. One Big Fight!

  • mark-man says:

    this is only the CCL…..ano pa kayapag UAAP?hehehhee
    Goblue your right.next year is Ken Barracoso’s year…

    OBF!

  • dp says:

    congrats ateneo…tahimik na sana ung mga taga cebu…ang yayabang ng post eh…ayon talo…hehehe…congrats!

  • GoBlue says:

    Let’s just keep our feet on the ground. Heads up for UV. :) You have our respect.

    Animo Ateneo!

  • cebu-ko-nya-sukol-mo says:

    well its ok if natalo ang UV!
    twas a good game! :)

    congratz tga manila…
    cebu will still be cebu…

    …and let it be a warning
    na cebu isnt far behind nasa 2nd spot na…

    soon…till next time ^^
    congratz! /GG!

  • GoBlue says:

    Ei, no question about Cebuano talent. You guys are really good. Go UV! :)

  • mark-man says:

    last uaap season…we finished bad…if we just win to NU, we’ll be surely in the finals…but just like I said….we always lack in the end…

    but this time……we finished good……CCL champions…but it’ll be surely much better if that is UAAP champions….

  • dragonzz says:

    Coongratz Ateneo u win the champion…
    nice game until next time… sports lang tayo dito….

    UV GREEN LANCERS….
    go go go go cebu…

    Viva CeBU….

  • dragonzz says:

    karon inyo sah.. sa sunod kami napod.. ahehehe
    i hope nxt time La Salle and UE will join the turnament… at sana 2 team school ang kukunin nila dito sa cebu…
    hindi lang UV ang magaling dito sa cebu marami pa…

    sana sa susunod din i.cover nila ang laro sa studio 23 para makita din namin dito sa cebu…

    until next time guyz….

  • ABUSAYAF says:

    DRAGONZZ WaLA ng chance ang visayas and mindanao.just admit it.mahina talaga kulang pa ng experience and exposure cguro by next 10 years maybe mag champion.KAUN NALANG TA BAHAW BAI! MAY PA BUSOG PATA.HE HE HE HE HE H

  • ABUSAYAF says:

    TAMBAK U.V BAI! MAKA ULAW .WALAY KAUN?MATAMLAY?

  • mark-man says:

    say all the bad things you wanna say about us…….we don’t care..besides its only CCL not the UAAP..

  • Christian Soler says:

    Ateneo has captured the CNC, it’s first title of any kind in five years. Kudos to the Green Lancers for a great tourney as well.

    I just hope no one starts taking the luster away from this tourney, or from Ateneo’s win as well. Inevitably, comments like, “DLSU and UE weren’t there. If they were, Ateneo would have lost,” or “Ateneo didn’t win the UAAP, so the CNC means nothing” will come up. Hopefully, though, a little bit of sense can be knocked into the heads of these potential naysayers.

    It isn’t Ateneo’s fault that DLSU or UE and even Letran didn’t play. One cannot fault UV as well for the absence especially of the Archers, who were potential second-round opponents. The fact of the matter is that the likes of Ateneo, UV and even UST and STI came to play. And in cagefests, that’s all that matters.

    So let’s give the champs and the rest of the 13-team field the props they deserve.

  • ABUSAYAF says:

    TAMA NA ANG DADA,TAPOS NA ANG TOURNAMENT! PUNYETA!

  • ABUSAYAF says:

    RICPONSIB MAG LASU KA NALANG!

  • mark-man says:

    hope we’ll bag the UAAP championship next year….

    in 2001-2002 we win the PBL and the UAAP..
    maybe this time, the CCL-UAAP =)

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