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Alas wants to face the Red Lions in the Sweet 16 round

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008 23 Comments

In a press conference held before the final day (November 12, 2008) of the Zone 3 tournament, Letran Knights Coach Louie Alas of Letran Knights said that he wanted to face San Beda in the sweet 16 round, that’s if they win against the USJ-R Jaguars in the finals.

Coach Joe Lipa advised the local officials to improve on their sports program if they want to keep their local talents from being recruited by Manila based institutions.  Coach Lipa also said that he has some suggestions on how Collegiate Leagues outside the Metro can have their own recruitment program despite their limited resources.

November 10 highlights

AMA-CLC Titans (60) vs. (101) UC Webmasters (101)

Jerry Holoyohoy led the Titans with 13 points and 7 rebounds followed by Jay-Ar Moldez also with 13 points and Jason Elejorde with 10 points.  The Webmasters were led by Arvin Kim Gomez with 20 points followed by Kevin Quilantang 13 points and 7 Rebounds, Lawrence Agas with 13 points and Jansen Abella with 11 points.

West Negros College Mustangs (90) vs BIT-CT Cruisers (62)

The Cruisers displayed their open court savvy and took the lead by the end of the 1st quarter, 22-19.  In the 2nd quarter, the Mustangs managed to tie the game at 25-all then took the lead by halftime, 40-44.  The Mustangs then closed the 3rd quarter with a 51-60 lead.  West Negros pulled away with a 28-point lead to close the game for good.

In the 4th quarter Mustangs had a 13-0 run that caused Cruisers left behind by 28 (62-90) in the final buzzer.  Jeff Jacinto had 22 points and 5steals for the Mustangs, while Winrich Posoc and Rashmor Catalino had 14 points. and 13 points. Respectively for West Negros.  Ferdinand Lusdoc led the Cruisers with 20pts, 11rebounds, and 5 blocked shots followed by Orly Bewang with 13 points.

USJ-R Jaguars (99) vs BIT-CT Cruisers (74)

The Jaguars, after closing the 1st quarter with a 5-point margin, 23-18,  the 2008 CESAFI finalist  raced to an 11-point lead to end the 1st half, 49- 38.  The Jaguars were still in control in the 3rd quarter, 70-51 even if the Cruisers managed to trim the lead down to  just 6-points but BIT could do nothing to solve the rebounding prowess of the Jaguars.  Luther Justiniani led thJaguars with 17points and 5 Steals followed by Randy Pogoy with 15 points then Jemar De la Peña with 12 points.  The Cruisers were led by Ferdinand Lusdoc with 39 points and 12 Rebounds, followed by Orly Biwang with 13 points and Mark Lumasag 11points.

Colegio San Juan de Letran (86) vs.  University of Cebu Webmasters (74)

After 5 deadlocks in the 1st quarter, Letran took the lead, 15-17, after 10 minutes of action. Surprisingly, the Webmasters took the lead, 21-17 early in the 2nd quarter but the Knights recovered to close the 1st half, 32-38.  The Knights capitalized on the absence of Junmar Fajardo on the bench with his 4th personal foul to maintain their 12-point lead to seal the win.  Dino Daa led the Knights with 27 points followed by RJ Jazul with 21 Points.  Junmar Fajardo led the way for the Webmasters with 24 points, 12 Rebounds, and 9 Blocked Shots.  Jansen Abella and Robinson Mohammad 15 points and 10 points respectively for USJ-R.

November 11, 2008 Highlights

CSJL Knights (70) vs. West Negros College Mustangs (58)

In the 1st quarter, the Mustangs caught the Knights flat footed, 8-5.  But after 12-all deadlock, Letran took the driver seat after 10 minutes of play, 17-14. The 1st half ended with the Knights in control, 34-19.  In the 3rd quarter, the Knights took a commanding 17-point lead, 57-40 and was never threatened until the final buzzer. Dino Daa led Letran with 13 Points and 5 Rebounds followed by Kojack Melegrito with 13 Points and RJ Jazul with 11 points.

USJ-R Jaguars (95) vs. UC Webmasters (87)

It was a very physical game.   UC slotman Junmar Fajardo was a presence in the paint. In the 3rd quarter, the Webmasters were scoreless for more than 3 minutes until UC tied the game at 66-all in the final seconds. With Junmar Fajardo in foul trouble, the Jaguars took advantage and pull off an 8-point   win over the Webmasters. Luther Justiniani had 25 points for the Jaguars followed by Ranulfo Malinao with 19 points and Jabe Delfino had 17 points.  Janssen Abella led the Webmasters with 20 points.  Junmar Fajardo and Krist Pao had 16 and 14 points respectively for UC.


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23 Comments

  • ric says:

    First to comment hehehehehe!!!

    May the best school win na lang ang kaya kong sabihin to coach Louie.

  • gienecees says:

    Teka akala ko ba di pede magharap ang dalawang teams na nang galing sa parehong liga sa First Round ng Sweet 16? Ang ibig bang sabihin ni Coach Louie ay kapag nasa Elite 8 n sila at nanalo sa first assignment nila sa Sweet 16? Ano po ba result ng draw lots?

  • Jhocson Univ. Bloodhounds says:

    Though the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the San Beda Red

    Lions are the ones ranked one and two, I, Jhocson Univ.

    Bloodhounds, am putting my money on the Univ. of the

    East Red Warriors to win this high-stakes tournament.

    Let’s admit it, UE won the first Champion’s League,

    and

    most of the off season tournaments. Either winning

    or going to the finals and placing a respectable

    runner-up.

  • The Dark Knight says:

    To JU Bloodhounds – Though the Red Warriors is a tough team, I would say that the past’s post and pre leagues are totally different from this one. For me, I can’t tell it yet until the elite 8. Anyway, we are free to post our respective forecast.

    Here are my five (5) favored teams:

    1. Blue Eagles
    2. Heavy Bombers
    3. Red Lions
    4. Red Warriors
    5. Green Archers.

  • leon ng quezon says:

    be carefull with what you wish for coach louie..coz u might get it..early exit hehehe

  • Grrr! says:

    I think Alas wants to beat SBC while Ekwe is still with the team. Blasting SBC in the coming NCAA wars will not be as sweet with Ekwe no longer around.

  • ric says:

    leon ng quezon

    For me, over-confidence lang ng ang pwedeng magpatalo sa Letran or even stronger teams.

    If you can remember San Beda’s losing game to UST isa rin yun.

  • kilamar13 says:

    SBC vs Letran, Anytime…Anyplace…We just have to wait and see how the tournament develops. The other teams do have the capacity to upset the heavily favored teams. Bilog ang bola kaya hindi dapat maging over-confident.

  • kilamar13 says:

    Regarding Coach Lipa’s statement, i think it’s easier said than done for the local teams to prevent their talents from being recruited by MAnila-based schools and universities because if you are really that talented and want to be recognized, the best place for you to get noticed is in the college leagues that give you the bigger exposure. However,this may not be true for all cases because there are many players in the pros that did not play for any of the known schools and universities in Manila. Still, its going to be a tough task.

  • kulit says:

    @Jhocson Univ. Bloodhounds

    That’s because the UE Red Warriors seem to live and die for off-season tournaments.

    Parati silang contender if not champions sa mga ganyang liga since as far back as I can remember. Yun lang, pag dating sa kanilang main event which is the UAAP, parating banderang kapos.

    As compared to other teams who try to peak at the right time, say 2nd round of their home leagues (whether NC, UA, or whatever) towards the F4 and championship. Then, tend to cool down after either to rest/stave off injuries or let the players catch up with their studies during the 2nd sem.

  • teejay says:

    hmmmm….. PCC? 0h no d0ubt bout it…. there are so many competitive collegiate teams who will battle ofr the pride as national collegiate basketball champion…. But these are my Elite 8….
    1. Ateneo Blue Eagles
    2. JRU Heavy Bombers
    3. San Beda Red Lions
    4. FEU Tamaraws
    5. DLSU Green Archers
    6. UE Red Warriors
    7. SSC-R Golden Stags
    8. CSJL Knights
    And my final four:
    1. Ateneo Blue Eagles
    2. JRU Heavy Bombers
    3. San Beda Red Lions
    4. FEU Tamaraws

    Goodluck to all of these colleges & universities!!!!!!

  • TheScoutman says:

    Alas can’t beat the whole San Beda team, instead he needs reinforcements to beat them in a battle.

    Letran should play good offense & Defense not the superstar type of game.

  • trifes says:

    guys..were all filipino..let’s respect one another though we came through different schools and universities..we have one goal here..its the unity of all schools and universities through the game of basketball..if you have seen the game Letran – USJ-R it is really pretty entertaining game.. the Letran was surprised by the guards of USJ-R..they really have hard time coping up but lately through undying fighting spirit of the Letran Player and their veteran coach..they were able to cope up in d late 4th quarter run..and come up with a clutch basket that ended the game in favor of Letran..both of them deserve to be in Sweet 16.

  • -insane- says:

    @teejay
    sir hindi pwede masali yung ssc-r golden stags sa elite 8 kasi ssc-r baycats yung kasali sa PCCL and kung yun poh ang ibig mo sabihin hindi parin poh mangyayari yung elite 8 mo kasi SSC-r and LETRAN magkalaban so isa poh sa kanila matatanggal na and siguradong meron pang isang matatanggal jan kasi ang makakalaban ng FEU ay JRU or DLSU

  • art says:

    MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN! Goodluck to the Red Lions in the PCCL

  • mac says:

    Goodluck to the Knigths and the red lions in the PCCL

  • line up pls... says:

    ASA ALAS

  • kilamar13 says:

    mukhang malabo mangyari gusto ni coach alas. the only time n pwede makaharap ng letran ang beda e sa finals p, and considering the brackets in the sweet 16 mahihirapan ang both teams to make it all the way.

  • Ed Ocampo-Francis Arnaiz says:

    Our Choice(s) for the Final Four:
    Ateneo,FEU,La Salle and San Beda

    Our Dream Championship Match:
    Ateneo vs La Salle

    Our Most Deserving Champion of 2008:
    Ateneo by about 7 pts.

    Good luck to all teams and may the spirit of true
    sportsmanship govern the conduct of the coaches
    and players throughout the tournament!

  • a.papa,jr -d.florencio says:

    Malakas ang mga team.Sudden death kaya mey konting tsamba.
    Sa tingin lang namin ho:
    Top 4:Ateneo,La Salle,San Beda,FEU
    Top 2:Ateneo vs La Salle(sana para masaya at
    kumita naman ang liga)
    pero puede na rin ang Ateneo vs/ San Beda
    CHAMPION 2008:
    ATENEO DE MANILA BLUE EAGLES!!!!

    • ebon ganison says:

      Excuse me, but A. Papa Jr. played for NU while D. Florencio wore a Glowing Goldie uniform during mid-60′s, I then assumed that your loyalty/ies lies with both or either of those universities and thus, was surprised why you prefer an AdMU v. San Beda PCCl finals. Don’t get me wrong, I will enjoy such a finals showdown but sa dami nang die-hard supporters nila, let them push for it. Kasi, as we narrow down the field, pag-close games, referees tend to favor these schools just so they will meet in the championship round as wished for by ‘countless’ fans. TY

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