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NU wins Unigames plum by default

Monday, 29 October 2012 32 Comments

National University literally had no sweat capturing the 2012 University Games men’s basketball title at the University of St. La Salle gym Bacolod City last October 29.

It was a walk in the park for the Bulldogs after their finals arrangement against University of the East.  Apparently, the Red Warriors  failed to show up.

The Bulldogs snatched their second title following their triumph in 2010, while the Red Warriors were denied of a second place finish after the officials learned that the team went to Chinese Taipei for a prior engagement.

To please the spectators, the officials asked NU and University of Santo Tomas to play in an exhibition match which the Bulldogs prevailed, 54-52, in just two quarters.

Meanwhile, 2011 titlist – Ateneo Blue Eagles, which lost against UE in the semifinals, claimed the second spot after escaping Adamson University, 58-56, behind the explosion of Juami Tiongson.

Tiongson finished with 26 markers, including six triples, but it was the game-winning jumper of Kiefer Ravena sealed the win for the 5-peat UAAP champs.

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  • Together-on-three says:

    What a win. Nothing to say. ^_^

  • rrrr says:

    So someone from UE was not able to coordinate this with the unigames officials prior to the tournament? Sayang naman. Sana more clauses have been imposed. Dapat Ateneo na lang ang pumasok sa finals.

    • bystander says:

      I guess the Red Warriors did not expect to win against Ateneo in the semis. They were already booked to leave for Taiwan right after that game against the Blue Eagles.

  • Can we know the line-up of the UAAP schools who participated in the uni games….

  • Are these games played with the same intensity as with those in the UAAP?

    • Spectator says:

      I think they still play with the same intensity since some of these guys would like to impress to make the cut next year.

  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    Shame on the Red Warriors.

  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    17th University Games – Day 6 Recap

    Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Featured, News, UniGames 2012

    Men’s Basketball
    After an emotionally draining win over the University of Santo Tomas, the Ateneo Blue Eagles faced the UE Red Warriors in the semifinals of the Unigames. UE, with an intact UAAP lineup beefed up by 6’8? Cameroonian import Mustafa Arafat. It is worth remembering that UE beat the Blue Eagles in their second round encounter of a buzzer beater by Chris Javier, so the Eagles were naturally itching to get back at Warriors.

    Coach Gabby Severino, taking over on an interim basis for the UniGames assisted by former Blue Eagles Yuri Escueta, Bacon Austria, and assistant coach Jon Jacinto, started off the game with Kiefer Ravena, Von Pessumal, Nico Elorde, Kris Porter, and Gwyne Capacio. The Eagles had a fast start, courtesy of two three point shots by Pessumal and a short stab by Capacio. Ateneo would end the first quarter ahead, 20-11 behind Pessumal’s 6 points.

    24 The second half saw UE’s Chris Javier and point guard Roi Sumang repeatedly attacking the Ateneo bigs, trying to get them into foul trouble. Ravena and Juami Tiongson carried the scoring load for Ateneo however, and the first half ended with Ateneo up 34-27. The third quarter was pretty much the same as the second, as Ateneo and UE just virtually traded baskets. They entered the fourth quarter with Ateneo leading 48-43.

    UE took advantage of Arafat’s height, as he began driving and catching fouls from Ateneo big men Paul Siarot and Giboy Babilonia. UE’s Sumang, Javier and Sumido rallied the warriors, as they took the lead briefly, 55-51 with 4:30 left in the game. Tiongson and Ravena combined to tie the game at 55 with 3:49 remaining, and Pessumal, who had an excellent game with 5 three pointers, gave back Ateneo the lead, 57-55. Arafat had a layup to tie the game once more, at 59, until Kiefer Ravena hit a clutch three pointer to put Ateneo up 62-59 with 1:30 left in the game.

    Roi Sumang made a shot and three straight free throws to give UE a 1 point lead with 39 seconds remaining, and Ateneo was forced to foul to stop the clock. UE was up 62-64, and after a Ravena missed layup where he was seemingly pushed but no call was made, Ateneo fouled Sumang again. His free throws made it 62-66 for UE, but Tiongson hit a three pointer with 5.5 seconds left to bring Ateneo back to within one. Sumang’s free throws iced the game at 65-68, and Kiefer Ravena’s desperation heave from half court failed to even hit the ring.

    The Ateneo Blue Eagles were eliminated by the Warriors 65-68 but remain in contention for third place. They face the Adamson Falcons at 1030am at the USLS gym in a battle for third for Team Ateneo’s final game in the 17th Unigames in Bacolod.

  • Madz says:

    ang galing ng NU, nagchampion sa non-UAAP tournament

    • Flint says:

      Was it NU’s fault? wherein the other team decided to forfeit their game. That is why it was ruled as a default! dimwit!!!

  • anonymous says:

    UE on the defensive over UniGames final no-show

    By Reuben Terrado
    October 29, 2012, 05:23 pm

    UNIVERSITY of the East on Monday defended its decision to skip the finals of the University Games, saying it had to make the difficult choice between playing the championship game in Bacolod or making it to Taipei in time for the 4th Asian University Men’s Basketball Championship.

    In the end, the Red Warriors chose to play for flag and country.

    “We had to make a decision and we chose the AUBC,” UE team manager Jess Tanchanco told “We are representing the Philippines (in Taipei) and we are the only Southeast Asian country. It is a big tournament where Hong Kong, China, Mongolia, and Taiwan are competing.”

    The Warriors skipped the University Games men’s basketball championship game against National University on Sunday in Bacolod City, handing the Bulldogs the title by forfeiture.

    The decision apparently did not sit well with organizers, who stripped UE of the second-place finish and elevated Ateneo to runner-up after the Blue Eagles beat Adamson in what was supposed to be the consolation game for third place.

    The Red Warriors flew back to Manila on Saturday night for the flight to Taiwan on Monday. The coaching staff said the team needed to depart for Taipei on Monday in time for the opener on Tuesday.

    Tanchangco said UE did everything to make the necessary arrangements in Bacolod so that they can play the championship game. UE even sought the help of the UAAP through board member Fr. Ermito De Sagun of University of Santo Tomas, for a possible rescheduling of the finals, even before the tournament started, to no avail.

    “We were also willing to pay P6,000 per person for the rebooking but there were no flights available,” said Tanchanco.

    UE, led by the core of the UAAP squad and some foreign players in its ‘B team’ including Moustaph Arafat, earned the right to play in the Asian University Men’s Championship from October 30 to November 4 after claiming the 9th Asian University Basketball Championships held in Manila in late September.

    The Recto-based squad clinched a spot in the UniGames title game when it stunned defending champion Ateneo, 68-65, in the semifinal round.

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