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FEU, San Beda escape close calls, advance to Final Four

Thursday, 3 December 2009 66 Comments

ALDRECH Ramos flexed his right bicep muscle with pride after blocking a left-handed lay-up by Paul Lee with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game.

It was a tight contest between two UAAP rivals in an Elite Eight matchup in the 2009 Philippine Collegiate Champions League. But, when the buzzer sounded, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws emerged victorious over the University of the East Red Warriors, 86-85 last Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.

The Tamaraws led the Red Warriors for majority of the first three quarters. However, UE eventually grabbed the lead back after trailing the entire third quarter with a three-point basket coming from Elmer Espiritu at the 7:28 mark of the fourth quarter that put them up 68-66. A Paul Zamar triple with 4:00 remaining in the game gave UE its biggest lead in the final quarter at 79-71.

RR Garcia defended Paul Lee man-to-man throughout the entire game and tried his best to deny the crafty guard from receiving the ball. FEU managed to trim the deficit to four but, with less than two minutes remaining, Lee, one of the UAAP’s Mythical Five members, broke down the defense of Garcia with a blazing crossover to the left that caused the rookie to turn his back. Before Garcia could regain his defensive position, Lee spun left and used the glass with a short jumper to put UE up by six, 83-77. Not to be discouraged, Garcia responded with a cold-blooded three pointer to cut the lead to three.

On the next play, Lee was then fouled driving to the hoop where he converted two free-throws. FEU center Reil Cervantes offset those charities by converting two free-throws of his own. With UE hanging on to a three point lead, 85-82, Ramos tipped in a Chris Exciminiano fastbreak miss with 25.1 seconds remaining in the game. FEU immediately put on a full court defense and caused UE to succumb to the pressure. A UE pass was disrupted and the loose ball was picked up by Jens Knuttel who quickly found a cutting Garcia who fired a running jumper that gave FEU back the lead, 86-85.

Head coach Lawrence Chongson then used his final timeout with 17.5 left and put the ball in the hands of Paul Lee setting up that decisive rejection of the game by Aldrech Ramos who came from the weak side to swat away what could have been a potential game winning basket for UE.

The Red Warriors actually had another chance to win the game after Jens Knuttel missed two free-throws after being fouled with 5 seconds left. Pari Llagas grabbed the second Knuttel miss and found Lee across half-court. Lee subsequently whipped a pass to a streaking Val Acuña on the left side of the court. But, Acuña, who saw two yellow and green jerseys running at him decided in mid-air to switch the ball to his left hand, misfired and ignited an FEU Tamaraw celebration.

In the first game, the San Beda Red Lions eliminated the Mapúa Institute of Technology Cardinals in a close 77-75 win. NCAA Season 85 Most Improved Player, Jake Pascual led all scorers with 19 points. Sudan Daniel sat out the contest to rest an ankle he hurt after executing a dunk in their last game against San Sebastian Cavite.

The Elite Eight round of the 2009 Philippine Collegiate Championship resumes on Friday, December 2, 2009 at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila will take on the University of Sto. Tomas in the first game. Following that matchup, NCAA Champion San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags will face the team that snapped their historic 15-game win streak in the NCAA Season 85 elimination round earlier this year, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights.

The Scores:

First Game

San Beda 77 – Pascual 19, Gamalinda 17, Lanete 15, de la Rosa 9, Lim 7, Villanueva 6, Sorela 2, Caram 2, Soliman 0, Tecson 0.

Mapúa 75 – Mangahas 17, Guillermo 14, Ranises 9, Sarangay 7, Cornejo 7, Acosta 7, Parala 6, Stevens 5, Pascual 3, Cinco 0.

Quarter scores: 14-16, 31-33, 51-50, 77-75.

Second Game

FEU 86 – Cawaling 25, Sanga 18, Cervantes 12, Garcia 12, Ramos 9, Vinluan 4, Exciminiano 2, Knuttel 2, Noundou 2, Manalo 0.

UE 85 – Acuña 19, Lee 18, Zamar 18, Llagas 15, Espiritu 14, Flores 7, Sumido 4, Noble 0, Ayala 0, Duran 0, Reyes 0.

Quarter scores: 17-23, 49-40, 64-61, 86-85.

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Anton fell in love with the game of Basketball at the exact same moment he knew Michael Jordan. After playing high school ball for two UAAP seasons with the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, he moved on to De La Salle University-Manila for college where he completed a degree in Applied Corporate Management. He almost ventured into a career in the corporate world but his love for the game prevailed. Anton somehow always knew, that if he didn't become "Like Mike," he would become what he is today - A Sportscaster. Covering Basketball, Volleyball and Boxing for ABS-CBN Sports is a dream come true for him. So is writing for this website. Follow Me on Twitter: @mrpurebusiness


  • fordmo47 says:

    Both games were fun to watch. Sana ganoon din bukas.

  • REDTUBE says:

    sayang kung na shoot ni acuna ung last shot galing kay paul lee, 3ple double uli c idol 18 pts, 10 reb,9 ast,, NICE GAME GO FEUE!! GO FEU my 2nd team

  • ELMER says:

    >sana nag laro na c martinez

    >astig ung follow up dunk ni elmer sa 1st quarter monster dunk ahahaha, sayang huli suot na nila ng UE uniform , weak na UE next season, Acuna,Espiritu,LLagas, wala na

  • Hellboy says:


    Frustrations are on the UE Warriors. What happened with them?.. Still, good game, good job.

    Congrats FEU Tams.


  • Shoebox says:

    Bailk pasada na si Llagas ngayon tapos na siya sa UE.

    Pareng Llagas kelangan ka na ng FEJODAP.

  • hulahula says:

    hula ko lang…. ATENEO vs. FEU sa finals…

  • sa kabila si pareng llagas

  • Berdugo says:


    NCAA or UAAP, we’re all fighting for the same cause…


  • Berdugo says:



    sana sa BIG DOME yung laro at sked ng saturday…


  • Hellboy says:



    You nailed it!

    Stop RACISM!


    ANIMO! ROAR!!!

  • Hellboy says:

    How I wish the PCCL final four were:

    ADMU-Blue Eagles

    SBC-Red Lions

    DLSU-Green Archers

    SJLC-Letran Knights

    Damn… Just like the old times.



  • Galactic Alignment says:

    Maglalaro na ba si RJ Jazul?

  • Galactic Alignment says:

    @ Berdugo,
    Is there any racism in the Philippine College Basketball right now? I dont think so.
    Maybe you’re referring to some comments made by some fans regarding Su Daniel.
    Well, I think that they just think that its unfair competition. That’s all.
    San Beda won 3 straight, almost 4 straight, because of your huge, talented recruit overseas.
    Pikon lang sila.
    Ako hindi, kasi choker naman si Sudan eh.

  • Hellboy says:


    Like you said, its only his (Berdugo) comment over the commnents.

  • Berdugo says:

    fact is…

    there are rules and conditions implemented…

    if none of the participating schools are violating it then everything is fair…

    STOP RACISM… improve on your recruitment… we only want what’s best for our school and for our talented recruits who want to play ball…

    and that’s a fact…

  • CARDINAL says:

    sayang!!!! 77-75 san beda-mapua! tsk! 2 points lang! khit pano ang galing ng mapua ngayon ah! biruin mo nkapasok pa sa quarter finals at muntik na sa semis!…..i see that next season of ncaa, mapua would be one of the strongest team other than lions

  • FoodForThought says:

    iba tlga laro ni GARCIA , parang hindi ROOKIE ..

    teka ?
    asan na ung mga tga UE ata un , na nag tratrashtalks dito against FEU ?
    ahihihihi !

    cno cno n ba mga gragraduate sa UE ?
    hmm ?

    anyways ..
    Congrats ulit ..

    ganda din ng labang SBC vs MAPUA ..
    dikit lng ang laban ..

  • golden stag says:


    uuyyyy tulo laway ni red rampant!!!! he he he
    kunwari ka pa!

  • roda amores says:

    ang kati kati ng puke ko!!!

  • Hopia says:


    walang legitimate center, isa lang ang point guard rookie pa, 10-man rotation vs. 15-man full strength team

    paano naging magaling ang Mapua mo?

  • Hellboy says:



    C’mon, let CARDINAL do the comment. The MIT did a good job.

    Yes, the disadvantage is on the Lion squad. But they (SBC team) never complained. A fight is a fight. A game is a game. The PRIDE is here (PCCL) to show them what they’ve got (I assume y’all know).

    Win or lose, We are still SAN BEDA (then follows “Who are You!?”).hehe WE LEAVE THEM A SCAR. Look around and see the comments (even in other sites).

    That’s how they remember US.


    What happened to Jonathan Banal (MIT Cardinal)? I heard he was ousted due to his academic problem or studies.

    I think RJ Jazul will not be playing later. No news nor update if he’s gonna play with LETRAN Knights.

    Later games:

    ADMU vs UST
    SSC-R vs SJLC

    Damn! Good match! Can’t wait to watch it!



  • alb says:

    Masyado naman nagyayabang mga tga-FEU ngaun. Christmas gift lang sa inyo ng UE yan. Your win in the champions league is nothing compared to your loss in the UAAP F4 against UE. Twice to beat, twice beaten. Loaded pa ang line-up pati mga foreigner pinasok na. HE HE HE!

  • come to think of it,

    this page if filled with non-sense!

    next topic please?

  • Hellboy says:


    Congrats NU Bulldogs for winning MILO League!

    Are the imports of NU be playing for the next UAAP season?


  • Hellboy says:


    Just like nigga’s said:
    Y’all judge our literary but y’all speak and sing our literary piece.


  • Red Rampant says:

    Anyone missing Tony Atayde?

  • Mang Romy The Isaw Vendor says:

    sina Mbe at Niepe mga suki ko sa aking isawan sa tapat ng NU. grabe nakaka 20 na stick iyung mga mokong, kinakabahan tuloy ako kasi akala dati mga kano iyun pala mga africans, eh di ba maraming cannibal sa africa.

  • Hellboy says:

    Wow! NU’s getting better esp with the recruits. I also heard they are using the SM’s new state of the art basketball court.

    Thanks GA.

  • Kamote says:

    nakakatuwa naman collegiate basketball next season

    kompletos recados



  • pretty_laika says:

    Greetings of Peace!

    If you are the target for racial abuse or hear or see someone making racist comments or gestures likely to cause offense, you can call Anti-Racism Incident Line on 0800 298 4999.


  • Hellboy says:


    Good job pretty_laika! Good job!


  • markthespot says:

    I think it is a UAAP Finals showdown between Ateneo and FEU, these two can buffer one another its just so happen that Ateneo got FEU’s number last UAAP season but I think Coach Glenn was able to make necessary adjustments a veteran player that he was i am pretty sure that it will be a close match between the two given that Baclao and Rabeh will not play but if the two will play then it will be more exciting to watch.

    But don’t get me wrong as well, Beda or Baste might be able to forge a final slot especially baste, this Abueva guy is awesome, one of a hell rebounder Pinoy version of “Sakuragi Hanamichi” I think Rabeh or Aldrech is the perfect match-up for this guy.

    Anyway, whoever reaches the Finals deserves it, Congratulations to the elite circle of 8 especially to FEU which gained the 1st final four slot.

  • come to think of it,

    this page is filled with non-sense!

    next topic please?

  • Hopia says:

    letran vs. baste

    dalawang war-freak schools

    ito ang ampatuan vs. mangundadatu ng collegiate bball!

  • Kamote says:



    what in your stupid brains are you talking about?

    may masabi lang!

  • Tekkie Monster says:

    Let’s sing…

    You’re a little bit racist.
    Well, you’re a little bit too.
    I guess we’re both a little bit racist.
    Admitting it is not an easy thing to do…

    Everyone’s a little bit racist
    Doesn’t mean we go
    Around committing hate crimes.
    Look around and you will find
    No one’s really color blind.
    Maybe it’s a fact
    We all should face
    Everyone makes judgments
    Based on race.

  • Tekkie Monster says:

    Everyone’s a little bit racist
    So, everyone’s a little bit racist
    Ethinic jokes might be uncouth,
    But you laugh because
    They’re based on truth.
    Don’t take them as
    Personal attacks.
    Everyone enjoys them –
    So relax!

  • mapuan says:

    i hate to admit it but the Cardinals really lack talent… kahit isang mahusay na legitimate center man lng sana… tsaka ndi ko magets bakit babad sa laro ung kumag na stevens na un… injured ba si idol mangahas? na-balot ung kaliwang kamay nya eh… ok na sana ung back court tandem ni mangahas-guillermo eh. tapos front court sila sarangay,pascual,acosta… reserve sila cornejo,tsaka ung parala steady maglaro… sentro lang… isang sentro lang…

  • feu dabest says:

    kung sino man ang makakalaban ng feu sa semi finals, baste o letran, pasok na kagad feu sa finals. easy access para sa tams!

  • Hopia says:

    mahiya naman kayo letran. di na basketball ang laro ninyo. kulang na lang bugbugin niyo ang player sa loob ng court. 2 unsportsman-like fouls in just one quarter? mga sanggano talaga ang mga knaves.

    btw, tambak ang letran. tsamba lang ang panalo ninyo sa stags 2nd round

  • Coach L says:

    basketball is a contact sport, if you don’t want to get hurt play chess or teks

  • SILANGAN says:

    nice game to both ue and feu.
    pag silangan tlga lging mganda ang lban.
    sayang ung huling shot ni acuna sana nka 87 pa ang ue.
    bket natatawa lng ung mga tga ue napanuod q?
    kainis nman ndi pa cneryoso.
    wala c lingganay at c bandaying ng ue nsa asean.
    galing ni jai flores ha.
    former san beda red cubs
    pati din ba c ayala?
    c james martinez din red cubs.
    lee ng ue at reyes nila sscr-staglets.
    c duran ue junior.
    wel sana khit mdmi mwawala lam qng final 4 pa rn ang warrior team. gudluck!

  • Talipandas says:

    @Coach L

    tama! contact sport nga naman basketball…

    kaya lang larong walang disiplina ginagawa ng Knights…

    yan ba training sa Intramuros?

    har! har!

  • Bedan Pride says:

    grabe lumaro yung batang alas, rookie pa lang sa seniors eh tirador na. idolo yata nito si distrito.

  • Hopia says:

    kapapasok palang ni alas, wala pang isang minuto yata sa court, unsportsman-like foul na! putcha! mga letranista, MAG UFC NA LANG KAYO!!!

  • G.Stag says:

    Coach L, ang ibig sabihin ba ng L mo ay LESNAR? as in kaw ba si BROCK LESNAR? harharharhar

    COACH LESNAR, Yung bata mong si alas tanggal sa game. t@ng in@ tirador si bata – siko ang paborito harharharhar

  • blu boy says:

    Sorry guys, it will be Ateneo in the end. Closed deal na MVP & game officials. Asa pa kayo!

  • @blu boy says:

    owws, talaga? sabihin mo sa sbc yan. Wawa ka namn bitter ka….

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