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Letran ends La Salle’s run; Falcons progress

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 73 Comments

TWO teams that narrowly missed out on the finals of their respective leagues eliminated separate opponents to move up the Luzon-Metro Manila bracket of the 2011 Philippine Collegiate Champions League last November 22 at the Arena in San Juan.

In the first game, the Adamson University Falcons, who fell to the FEU Tamaraws in the UAAP Final Four despite a twice-to-beat advantage, managed to juggle their roster, buck a sluggish start and overcome the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers, 73-58.

“We’re happy na nanalo kami dito considering na yung ibang players, talagang iniisip na after this, we still have a game. In fact, half of our team, yung core namin, tumakbo na para sa Adamson [Gym],” said head coach Leo Austria after the game. Austria also coaches the Freego Jeans team in the PBA Developmental League, which draws heavily from the Adamson lineup. The match between the Falcons and the Heavy Bombers was moved up by a half-hour to 1:30 p.m to accommodate Freego’s 4 p.m. tip-off in the PBA-DL. Coincidentally, two players from JRU, John Lopez and Jeckster Apinan, play for Freego as well.

Up by a point late in the first quarter, the Falcons conceded a 6-0 run to JRU that put the Season 87 fourth placers up 18-13 after 10 minutes of play. Eight straight by the Falcons in the second period allowed them to retake the lead, 21-20, after charities by Austin Manyara. But a triple by Nate Matute and baskets by Apinan and Raycon Kabigting swung things back in favor of the Heavy Bombers at the close of the first half.

Out of the intermission, it was the combination of Manyara down low and Roider Cabera outside that clicked. Cabrera nailed Adamson’s only two triples of the game that triggered the Falcons’ offensive surge. At the onset of the final quarter, reserve big men Apinan and Ralph Monserat cut the deficit to a deuce, 48-46, only to have the Falcons counter with a run of their own that handed them a 55-49. The game-turning moment came at the 4:14 mark. With the shot clock winding down, Manyara was forced to attempt a triple but got bowled over on the shot by Monserat. Not only did Monserat get whistled for the foul, he was also issued an unsportsmanlike foul for kicking Manyara, giving the Falcons five charities plus possession. The Kenyan big man nailed three of the five freebies before a Kabigting triple managed to cut the lead down to single digits again, 60-52. But, on the next play, Jerick Cañada seemed to have stepped on the halfcourt line after being pressured by his defender. The referees let the play go to the dismay of JRU head coach Vergel Meneses, who was hit with a technical foul. The resulting four points, two from Janus Lozada free throws and two from a Manyara putback of a Cañada miss, padded the lead to 66-52 with 2:24 left in the game. A trio of steals by Allen Etrone further compounded JRU’s woes in the final two minutes.

Manyara top-scored for the Falcons, with 12 of his 16 points coming from the foul line where he missed just three of his 15 attempts. The big man also added nine rebounds and a block off the bench. Janus Lozada stuffed the stat sheet with 14 markers, 11 boards, five assists, three steals and a rejection of his own, while Cañada scored 10 in a starting role. UAAP Mythical Five selection Alex Nuyles did not play in the game despite being dressed while floor general Lester Alvarez logged just nine minutes after sustaining an ankle injury.

JRU got 17 points, seven in the fourth quarter, from Jeckster Apinan, along with six rebounds, two steals and a block. The starting duo of Kabigting and John Villarias combined for 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists. However, the Heavy Bombers turned the ball over 22 times to just 15 for the Falcons, and Adamson was able to score 25 points off those errors thanks in part to a tight zone defense Austria employed to close out the second period and entire second half.

In the other game, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights put an end to De La Salle University’s storybook run in the PCCL with a 66-61 victory in the second match.

The Green Archers, who had won their four previous PCCL matches, took the lead in the first quarter on back-to-back scores by Norbert Torres, and held it for the majority of the first half as three quick fouls on NCAA Mythical Five player Kevin Alas prevented Letran’s offense from getting into a groove.

Down 29-25 at the start of the third period, Alas and rookie forward Kevin Racal set the tone for the quarter as the duo looked to attack the rim repeatedly, combining for a 12-of-14 clip at the line while also neutralizing La Salle’s leading scorers, Joshua Webb and Torres. Down by two, 39-37, another rookie, point guard Mark Cruz, then took over for the Knights. The diminutive ex-Letran Squire scored eight of his team’s last 10 points, all of which came from jump shots. At the same time, Letran held La Salle to just three points in that 3:41 span, wresting away the lead, 47-42.

A triple by Cruz and five more points by Racal kicked off the fourth quarter, helping to extend Letran’s advantage to as much as 11, 61-50 with 5:17 left in the game. But the Green Archers took a page out of their opponents’ playbook and began getting to the foul line as well. A 7-of-8 clip at the stripe, followed by a jumper by Almond Vosotros, all went unanswered, towing De La Salle to within two points with 3:05 remaining. Both sides went silent for a minute and a half after that until a burst of speed by Alas allowed him to beat his man and score on a layup that cushioned the Letran lead, 63-59 at the 1:22 mark. Off a timeout, Torres missed down low, but Vosotros was able to swipe the offensive rebound from Alas. On the break, LA Revilla missed his shot, but the referees could not definitively rule on who touched the leather last, resulting in a jumpball. After losing the initial tip, La Salle quickly tied up Jam Cortes for another jump, which the Knights won again. This time, they found a streaking Alas at the other end of the court. Though he missed the shot, big man Raymond Almazan was there for the put-back with 24 seconds left, cushioning the lead to 65-59 and clinching the game for the Knights.

Racal and Alas both scored 14 points each. Cruz added 10 points, five boards, two assists and two steals, while Almazan, another Mythical Five selection and the Most Improved Player of the Year for 2011, hauled down 17 boards and blocked seven shots in 29 minutes. “I think the key was our rebounding,” said their head coach Louie Alas, after the game. “[Because of that] we were able to stop their transition [game].”

La Salle, which is currently retooling with a new head coach in Gee Abanilla, was led by the 16 points and nine rebounds of Torres. Jovet Mendoza, who stepped up when the other Green Archer big men fell to foul trouble, added nine points and seven boards, while the backcourt of Vosotros and Revilla had eight each.

The Adamson Falcons advance to play the runners-up of the NCAA, the San Sebastian Stags, at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, while the Letran Knights play the UAAP second-placers, the FEU Tamaraws, at 3:30 p.m. on the same day. It’ll be a tough game for the Knights, though, as both Kevin and Louie Alas are departing for Los Angeles tomorrow, November 23, as Kevin will be training for a month with the ABA’s LA Slam.

The scores:

First game

Adamson 73 – Manyara 16, Lozada 14, Cañada 10, Colina 8, Camson 7, Cabrera 6, Etrone 4, Brondial 4, Manuel 2, Alvarez 2, Olalia 0, Petilos 0, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Agustin 0

JRU 58 – Apinan 17, Kabigting 13, Villarias 10, Monserat 4, Lopez 4, Matute 3, Almario 3, Paniamogan 2, Mendoza 2, Tiongco 0, Montemayor 0

Quarter scoring: 13-18, 25-27, 48-40, 73-58

Second game -

Letran 66 – Racal 14, K. Alas 14, Cruz 11, Almazan 10, Cortes 6, Lituania 5, Gabawan 2, Espiritu 2, Pantin 2, Belorio 0, J. Alas 0

De La Salle 61 – Torres 16, Mendoza 9, Vosotros 8, Revilla 8, Tampus 6, Webb 6, Marata 4, Paredes 3, Gotladera 1

Quarter scoring: 13-15, 25-29, 47-42, 66-61

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  • fortuneteller says:

    DLSU still appears to be groaning under the new system and this was fully exposed in their game against a team with mettle. But Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    As for the forthcoming CSJL -FEU game, it would be interesting to see how the Knights perform without Kevin or the coach who only served as a kibitzer to his coaching staff.

    Both games today had the feel of an exhibition as the usual intensity and ferocity of the league wars was palpably absent. Ho hum….ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  • FALCONS HERE says:


    • toinks says:

      read dude, nuyles was there but obviously, coach leo doesn’t want to jeopardized alex performance. let it heal first okies? and for jcruz i think he still not part of team A, maybe next season.

  • muralla22 says:

    good game knights…but it would be a tall order to beat feu especially that the father and son will departing for LA

    • fortuneteller says:

      Not only that, Jun Jun, the older brother and son probably will not play due to a foot injury sustained in today’s game. Maybe the knights need to reactivate Dysam (in lieu of Kevin)and Andrei Mendoza (in lieu of Jun Jun)for thr gamer vs the Tams. Both were not on the bench today.

      • muralla22 says:

        dysam already said that he will forego o his final playing year so i dont think he will be suiting up on thurs….as for andrei, hopefully he will play

        • britt reid says:

          Sayang if he forgoes his final playing year. He was a main cog in the rotation until Mark Cruz”s star shone and Kevin become more mature and team oriented. He still has value as a role player and back-up to the PG and OF position.

          • muralla22 says:

            for me di siya gnun kalaking kwalan…by dysam’s departure, carlo lituania will be given more playing time and will become the back-up pg for mark cruz…..

      • Z says:

        let’s be honest with ourselves… Jun Jun is only good for throwing elbows. he is next to useless.

    • iceman says:

      agree with you sir M22. Lets hope for a win against the Tams ^^

  • fortuneteller says:

    I saw Nuyles on the bench. Coach Leo probably reserved him for the 4pm PBA D league game. Probably only, as we can only speculate why he was not used.

  • HatersHATE says:

    sir muralla is it for good or just to try kevin’s luck in the US again?

    • fortuneteller says:

      The scuttlebutt is Kevin will “train” with the ABA team from where he will be scouted by US colleges to play for them (ala Japeth Aguilar). The father is there to make sure he gets a “good deal”, if ever. If that does not materialize, at least the knights will get a more experienced Kevin available for their future battles.

    • muralla22 says:

      he will only train there for a month so definitely, he will comeback

  • oh well says:

    Bumawi lang Letran para sa UST, sister school daw eh!:D

    • fortuneteller says:

      Games between CSJL and DLSU happen every now and then even outside their respective leagues.

      But games between the sister schools are a rarity. It would have been nice to see a UST and CSJL game. But that did nit materialize, for again, Pido flubbed the coaching end again.

      UST has a strong team whose full potential will never find fruition under Jarencio. Yes, he did bring the Tigers a crown in 2006, but that was a fluke. I think it;s time for him to be replaced.

      • muralla22 says:

        that game was happened few days ago in a league called MBL wherein ust won over letran 77-60…the tournament was still on going so if you want to watch, just visit the LPU gym….mapua and lyceum have also participated this league….gametime was always 7 pm

  • Anti-heat says:

    Well losing to an almost complete Letran lineup isn’t that bad. Losing early might be for the best because at least now the program can start the rebuilding process. Congrats to Letran and Adamson for advancing.

  • iceman says:

    Sir Ah- thank you. For your Archers still a tough team and like what you said they are on process now and im looking for another dominant DLSU team for the coming years. Best of luck always for our teams.

    Go Letran!
    Animo Benilde!

  • knights says:

    Hi Sir AH, nice game between both our schools, although a few number of students and alumni have watched the game kung weekend game lang to kahit ako nakapanood ako sana

    looking forward for the resurrgence of lasalle team in the coming years.

    Arriba Letran!

    Animo La Salle!

  • mav says:

    off-topic, latest news is that the Semerad twins are transferring to ADMU, for whatever reasons life goes on for the RED LIONS. Good luck to the twins and thanks for giving us 2 championships under their watch. It’s just too bad that they’re abandoning us.

    • iceman says:

      Sir Mav- gulat ako sa news mo. anyway even without them your Rls are still the team to beat next season. Best of luck!

      • mav says:

        i was surprised big time myself sir Ice, don’t really know the real score why they jump ship. I guess the word “loyalty” don’t mean anything to them :(

    • muralla22 says:

      bkt nman?if they transfer then they should have to take a year or 2 of residency….so, they only have also a year or two playing years left

    • marc says:

      Yeah, I heard those rumors too. After class, my friends told me that they saw the twins walking around campus with Coach Norman Black (I think that was who they were with?). This was about 4:30pm last Friday, I think?

  • Any reason why that is? They were doing well with us weren’t they? I could hear some ADMU brat saying the reason’s obvious, but there should be an underlying reason there.

    • fortuneteller says:

      Better salary. Money moves mountain. At least there’ll be better parity next season in the NCAA. But in the UAAP, odds will be more heavily tilted towards ADMU. I think DLSU should open their vaults to buy better players if they want to keep in step with their arch rivals.

      • britt reid says:

        Better education, better exposure in a premier league… more moolah definitely… could be reasons. But I think its about money. They offered their services to various schools but they ended up at beda where the pay was better. In the world today, the reality is …pera pera lang ‘yan.

        • I might agree with the better exposure bit, but better education? Not to start anything, but the katipunan school has a better course offering, that’s it!

          If that’s what the twins are after, to go get another course, then that’s understandable. But if it’s only for the money, then I suppose that says a lot about their values. Good luck to you both.

  • Suki ni Mang Roger says:

    IMO, the twins are not in it to play ball. Imagine they will have to sit it out for 1-2 years for residency and for playing int he D-League(?). So in all, they will be left with 1 playing year after this.

    Clearly, it’s the case of the manager thinking about himself rather than his wards. I smell showbiz here…

    As well, I could not imagine the Blue will stoop down to that level where they will pirate someone from the den considering that we have the same benefactors… It’s just me though

    • mav says:

      you may be right bro, I heard the family might also be considering into showbiz bec of their good looks? Pero whatever it is it’s kinda shallow to say the least. And of course coming from the same benefactors I strongly believe MVP wouldn’t allow it. Parang kabastusan ang dating e. I am a Bedan-Atenean and I wouldn’t want that kind of fiasco to happen.

      • Z says:

        sir mav, the twins are not gonna transfer. first-hand info from sir E himself. besides, it was only their agent who wants to be in the Blue. no one was considering it wildly. i for one know of the atrocious demands they’ve put out.

  • mistah says:

    @ sir mav, is it true that the semerand twins will be transferrinf to admu? why? sayang naman yung 1 yr residency nila,

    how’s our other brothers here in ibp like sir escudo, red, red rampant, red cafe hope you’re all fine guys,

    hey could any one of you share some news nabout baste and it’s new players if they have one? thanks, hehehe it’s a little funny that i’m asking favor from my bedan friends about san sebastian, sorry guys, no news about baste, please share some, thanks

    see you at PCCL, good luck both to out schools,

    animo san beda!!!


  • mistah says:

    sorry for the typo errors

  • britt reid says:

    Hindi sayang yung 1 year residency kung patek petek ka lang, no risks of injury, and getting bigger money. I suggest for SBC to make a counter offer and double their salary immediately, ala corporate world.

  • mistah says:

    sir escudo, banned, mav, red, red cefe, red rampant and to all brothers out there,

    sorry guys, this is me, naganit ko yung isang email-ad kpo kaya npalitan yung avatar,

    animo san beda!!!

    bravo BASTE bravo!!!

  • mistah says:


  • mistah says:

    who the h@ll are you??????????

    wala kang magawa????????

  • lioness says:

    showbiz daw ang rumors why they are transferring out of SBC, baka nga DLSU pa daw. san ba ang game ng pccl ginagawa?

  • mistah says:

    sa flying v arena sa san juan

    sure na ba alis nila sa san beda?

  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    According to a bedan named makavelilives in PEX, it was the Semerad twins who pushed the whole thing/idea. So there is no absolute reason to bash Ateneo. For me personally, I hope Ateneo, the school, rejects them. Mga ingrate eh.

    • mav says:

      surely my Bedan brothers won’t bash Ateneo, obviously it’s those trolls who are dead hungry in doing so.

      I agree with you SBF that hopefully they would get rejected. Ingrate nga ang dating sa move nilang ito.

      • Spinning Back Fist says:

        @ Mav,
        Well, La Sallians are the ones who are bashing us Ateneans at PEX. Piracy at its finest daw. For the sake of winning daw, piratahin na daw namin pati sina Junmar Fajardo at Ola Adegouin.

  • fortuneteller says:

    The twins’ move leaves a bad taste in the proverbial collegiate baketball’s mouth. It finally gives credence to the claim that these kind of players who are mushrooming in both leagues are nothing but paid mercenaries, imports out to make a big buck and not the student-athletes that nincompoops say they are. I hope if ADMU rejects them, no other team picks them up to teach these unethical and money greedy mercenaries a lesson.

  • Red Rampant says:


  • Red Rampant says:

    We don’t care even if the twins will play with the eagles. They are not worthy of a lion. We will still rule the pccl with or without those clowns! F@ck all ateneo and the semerads! Animo San Beda!!!

  • mistah says:

    @ red rampant na peke,

    watch your words you id!@t!!!!!

    congrats baste and letran, see you in ormoc,


  • EL Bomba says:

    Rejection? I dont think so.. Remember, MVP manages both san beda and ateneo, so no reason for them to be rejected. According to some die-hard bedistas, their team will be at their strongest because of the new player who will be suiting up this season. Ateneo, on the other hand, might be losing some key players. So I guess the latter would be needing additional players to beef up in case that happens.

  • chieffy says:

    sscr def. adu 65-63 OT/ letran def. feu: two ncaa teams is automatically in final 4..its either csjl or sscr

  • markregi says:

    Congrats to the Knights and Stags

    Go San Beda Fight

  • YounghusbandsPLAY4SanBedaFC says:

    money. or so the twins thought. until mvp broke the news to them that they are not receiving any allowance for their move to ateneo. a father showing equality among his children (sbc and ateneo).

    as for the twins, fkkk you. sbc nourished you. took good care of you. and this is how you repay san beda? once they got their bonus, took off to ateneo the following day. no warnings. no calls or txt to coach. just classless..

  • knight with wings says:

    An Atenean here.

    The Twins playing on our side will be great addition for the BE. True enough.

    However, they had been red-marked by SBC since they entered Philippine collegiate basketball. Hindi magandang tignan yun.

    I know my Eagles need them but I feel the Ateneo wouldn’t let them in.


    • Z says:

      we don’t need the twins. period.

      it won’t be a great addition either. think about this: if recruiting here is as strict as in the US NCAA, my school would be losing the championships that are earned through hard work. would i want that? HELL NO.

      another thing is, with Capacio, Pessumal, and Ryan returning next year, where would you put Anthony Semerad? as far as i know, they were demanding starter’s minutes. where would you put David Semerad with Nico Salva, Justin Chua, Frank Golla and improving JP Erram in the fold? there’s no place for the twins and this would totally wreck the system of Norman Black coz they came in demanding starter’s minutes.

      so, how well do you know “my Eagles?”

      • Escudo says:

        if they transfer to any UAAP school they will only play a year. so sitting out two years isn’t really an option, so i surmise the agent didn’t think this thru in providing quality advise to his talents. or worse intentionally sabotaged their basketball careers so that he can have them endorse products all year round.

        they will also not be eligible to play in any ncaa school due to the d-league minutes they incurred in their first year. na carlo lastimosa doctrine din sila.

    • Spinning Back Fist says:

      @ Knight with wings,
      I don’t know if the Blue Eagles need the Semerads.
      But we do need a lot after the end of next season.
      Nico Salva, Greg Slaughter (if he stays), Justin Chua, Tonino Gonzaga, Oping Sumalinog and Jepoy Erram will all finish their playing eligibilities after season 75.
      But taking traitors leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
      At least PG Nico Elorde was left out by La Salle and Ateneo just picked him up.
      Coach Norman was even wondering why Elorde was left out.
      And Fil-Am Chris Newsome will finally play too.

      • bystander says:

        If ever Ateneo accepts them, the Semerads won’t be able to play for the Blue Eagles next year anyway as they will be required to establish residency for a year, maybe even 2 years according to some. That’s when Ateneo might find them useful—2014.

        I personally hate the way the twins left the Den. But after hearing the stories I’ve heard so far, I would not put the blame on the Semerads. I put the blame squarely on their manager who (1) prioritized his own agenda before those of the twins and (2) knows close to zero about the realities of collegiate basketball. Apparently, pang-showbiz lang sya.

        Having said that, I am still thankful to the twins for helping the Red Lions win their last two crowns. In particular, I will remember Ant for that second round win against Baste and Dave for game 2 of the Finals. Unfortunately, their not being raised in these islands meant that they are neither aware nor mindful of the way things work around here and so had to rely heavily on what their manager tells them.

        I’m a firm believer in second chances. I just hope the Semerads and most especially their manager would do a much better job this time with Ateneo. I agree with you though that the circumstances leading to their transfer have bad vibes written all over it and would certainly raise some eyebrows.

        • Escudo says:

          Btw, the twins are currently enrolled at SBC. So, its a waiting game as to what options they may pursue. The best option was the Red Lions but that got bungled big time by wrong information processing, leading to wrong decisions.

          As far as I know ADMU had only 6 viable replacement recruits for 2013 to the outgoing crop of BE’s that is why there was an interest with the twins by Paolo Trillo. However, MVP has thumbed down that possibility. This 6 was only done to let the incoming coach of ADMU have a free hand in recruiting new stars as NB was “programmed” to move to Smart Talk ‘N Text this year. But, MVP opted to let him go for the 5 peat. Thus the status quo at ADMU.

  • freeman says:

    Tallo is changing uniform too? Hmm… biglang lalakas ang mga “indian pana” – snow badua

  • drug pusher says:

    IMO whether the twins move was made by the manager or by the twins themselves we should just all respect that. Let us remember that the twins DID help us get back to back championships. Whatever the reason may it be for better education or bigger chance of getting into the pros then its up to them. The twins should think of their futures too right?

    All the best to the twins. This will just make next season more exciting. Who would have thought that even without Su we still won the championship. That’s basketball.

    • Z says:

      indeed you should respect sir, however, this is way worse than what LeBron did with cleveland.

      • Escudo says:

        Oo hindi na bumusina na nagasa pa ng mga coaches. Le Bron when you think about it had more class.

      • Escudo says:

        Oh wait that doesn’t aptly describe it, inatrasan pa.

      • Mav says:

        I’m really in dismay, never thought the twins would do this. I thought they already had good camaraderie in the Den, sayang lang talaga. Just spoke with Fr. Ben Nebres in my clinic and mentioned this to him, well, the man just nodded in disgust if this were true indeed.

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