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UAAP 76 Finals Series: A Classic and a Fallen Tiger

Monday, 14 October 2013 32 Comments

UAAP Season 76 Finals Game 3: DLSU Green Archers vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 12So we have a UAAP seniors basketball champion not named Ateneo.  In Game 1, the odds weren’t in favor of the Green Archers.  They fumbled in the final minutes.  They lost their composure.  UST was the better team in Game 1.  Even without pole position, I was still confident that DLSU can pull it off by declaring it on the air during the ANC news segment of Hardball with Boyet Sison.

In their 2nd encounter, the Green Archers, pushed the ball, used their size advantage, pounded on the glass and were in full control all the way to the finish.  In their final colossal series,  the Green Archers captured their 8th UAAP Basketball title since joining the league in 1986 and their 1st since Season 70.

Organized Chaos

The Green Archers are a very patient team.  The Growling Tigers finished the half with an 8-point lead,  with an 8-2 advantage in turnover points, a 10-5 edge on turnovers and a 13-8 disparity in the Offensive Rebounding department.  It looked like the Green Archers were doomed but not quite.  DLSU mounted a late 3rd quarter surge that spanned 4 minutes until the early 4th period.  A 13-2 spark led by Jeron Teng with threes from Thomas Torres and Almond Vosotros, taking advantage of Karim Abdul’s misses for 5 defensive rebounds to ignite their early offense.

The 4th quarter had 7 lead changes and 3 deadlocks.  At this point, it had the word classic written all over it.

Jeron Teng also had his share of blunders at crucial junctures.  With 6.1 seconds left, he elected to pass to a streaking Van Postal who was about to go the rebound in case he missed but eneded up throwing the ball away for another UST possesion and then another involving a failed post feed with the DLSU center at the 1:19 mark in overtime.

Jeric Teng also tried to carry his team’s weight on his shoulders as he muscles his way at the post for a turn around, pull up jumper over the out-stretched arms of Vosotros, giving them a slight 2-point cushion at the bottom of the extra period.

Later, Aljon Mariano fouled Jeron Teng but split his free throws for a 1-point UST lead.

Almond Vosotros was 3 of 7 from the field including 1 of 4 from beyond the arc but was not discouraged. He was the final recipient of another Jeron Teng bait but this time he bailed him out.

Vosotros faked for a three, had one dribble to escape Bautista and Jeron Teng at the wing, for that pull up midrange jumper to put them in the driver’s seat 70-69 with 10 seconds left.   He had nothing going for him  in the 4th quarter and had only 2 field goals in the extra period including that shot attempt that mattered.

Abdul took matters into his own hands by twice by challenging this season’s most improved player to no avail.

The other was his coast to coast dribble for a lay-up attempt after a split from the stripe by LA Revilla that went out-of-bounds when the ball was slapped away by Jeron Teng.

It looked like it hit Abdul’s knee before it went out-of-bounds with 2.3 seconds remaining when the officials ruled that UST will regain possession.

On Mariano’s debacle

UAAP Season 76 Finals Game 2: DLSU Green Archers vs. UST Growling Tigers, Oct. 5With 40 seconds left in the final quarter, Mariano’s strong left hand move towards the basket solicited a foul from Jeric Teng in the act of shooting.  He made both pressure packed free throws that iced the game at 65-all.

At the bottom of the overtime period, after Jeron Teng’s split from the free throw line, Mariano committed a disastrous turnover when confronted by Van Postal in the backcourt after defensive rebound off a loose ball.  Once you freeze the action, you can dissect he had two options, he can hold the ball and wait for a point guard, in this case either, Clark Bautista or Jeric Teng, to bring the ball down towards their front court, remember, the Green Archers have the option here to foul and stop the clock or dribble the basketball himself to create space then make a pass to an open teammate.

The veteran that carried the Growling Tigers in crucial turns thru much of their Season 75 campaign, had a mental lapse that eventually led to an errant pass towards a moving Kevin Ferrer.  That was crucial.  In my opinion, it was an honest mistake made by a player under duress.   We’ve seen him make those plays especially at the clutch.  Everybody would want Jeric Teng to have final say, Mariano had space and could’ve win it for the Growling Tigers.  His shot had good line but didn’t have the trajectory to make it thru the rim.

UST also became desparate, they fell in love with the three and hoisting at will instead of taking it strong to the hoop. In the 4th period, they were 1 of 5 from 3-point range then went 0-4 in overtime.  So Mariano is not the only player to blame for UST’s collapse, they play together, the fail together.  It’s just not fair.

Amidst the controversy and social media bullying, this game was a down the wire, gut-wrenching, cardiac finish we’ve all wanted.

The Green Archers deserved the accolade. They were very patient, methodical and was the more potent team.  Coach Juno Sauler has done a great job in controlling the emotions of his players in times of adversity.  If you recall, history didn’t favor DLSU when they lost Game 1.

Their 1st game of the series was their first and only loss since the start of the 2nd round.

The silver lining, a Championship.

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Mike is a former NCAA Game analyst under Studio 23. He was also a former Game Analyst for the 2005 Collegiate Champions League (CCL), 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championships (PCC), 2005 and 2006 National Basketball Conference (NBC) and 2005 Global Destiny Basketball League (GBDL). Started writing about College Basketball with Follow me on Twitter: michaelabasolo


  • chip aguilar says:

    Sir Mike I’m sorry but ang gulo ng article mo.

  • sampalok kid says:


  • boy_USTe says:

    Congrats to dlsu!

    Go USTe!!!


  • Nagsalita ang matatalino. says:


  • Nagsalita ang matatalino. says:

    Wala man lang nagpost dito?

    • kalif_rnia says:

      Pasensya ka na brod kasi hindi na namin kailangan ipa-mukha sa lahat ng tao na nag-champion kami. We don’t need to go to online forums to post our greatness and bash the other schools just because they didn’t win it all. Everybody now knows what we accomplished :)


      • Reader says:

        Agree to that! Dlsu won, we celebrate, and that should be the end of it. Everybody saw the finals, no need to rub it in. Btw.. we all had enough of bragging these past few yrs don’t you think?

        • kalif_rnia says:

          Right on brother! Winning the championship doesn’t give us, or any team for that matter, the right to brag. We only carry our pride and.. we celebrate on Thursday! Animo!

        • M. Reyes says:

          Ouch! Your comments shows DLSU has more class than the previous champion team. Galing nyo archers. Sana may natutunan sa inyo ang mga taga katipunan.

  • Spectator says:

    Mariano tried to become the hero but unfortunately became the goat. Don’t mind him taking that shot if he was shooting well or had a rhythm going during the game but I think he was 0 of 9 from the field before that shot. Worse he elected to take a three instead of driving hard to the basket. Similar with Abdul instead of going hard to the basket or taking a jump shot which is within his range he elected to step back and take a three in OT. Jeric Teng should have taken the last shot in regulation and OT. Also sad to say but I think DLSU wanted it more. With both teams tired I felt UST elected to rest and slow down allowing DLSU to come back. Visibly very tired, in OT UST elected to take a lot of threes trying to win the game the easy way but wasn’t DLSU more tired as two of their key players already suffered from cramps.

    • Doug* says:

      It was too crowded inside the paint that’s why Karim had to go farther finding himself in the perimeter instead. JTeng was the one inbounding the ball since he’s the best passer among the Tigers on the floor at that time. It’s a gamble on Pido’s part. Sadly, the play didn’t materialize. Tama na brad, masaket na masyado. Hehe.. Move on nalang.. Go USTe parin!

    • In regular time, it was Pido’s mistake!

    • Anti-heat says:

      Those who should be banned are those board members who make up these silly rules just because they don’t have what it takes to recruit.

      • Not everyone can afford it truly, not us! You and ADMU only!

        • Anti-heat says:

          Recruiting is more than just “incentives”. Talent and character development is part of it to, guys like Jervy Cruz, Roy Sumang, Raymond Alamazan were not heavily recruited out of high school. It’s not just about being able to afford, you should also be able to bring out the best in your players, look at Coach Pido. When you have a team that isn’t able to motivate and bring out the best out of your players then that is not something that you can blame on budget restrictions, that’s what you call an excuse.

          • We are talking foreign players here, right??? Before you can develop and train you need money, more than others, because you are competing with other schools/recruiters/talent/scouts too. After you recruit then you can talk talent, skills and character development.

          • Anti-heat says:

            What’s the difference between the basketball facilities of DLSU or ADMU against the other schools? Sure the schools with more funding might have better equipment, facilities but at the end of the day they still have to put the work in. Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard. Motivation to become the best shouldn’t come from a need to have money. Some will work on their game based on their own motivation to become the best and clearly that is what’s lacking in some of the players. It’s silly to recruit without looking for a specific character or talent first. You think Ateneo didn’t see something in Pingoy when they were recruiting him?

          • zestyzesta says:

            From the outset your players are the best already. Yes, they become better, but they are the cream of the crop already.

          • zestyzesta says:

            Jervy and Almazan do well precisely because they had all the exposure; they didnt play together with any foreign player.

          • Doug* says:

            Admit it or not, one of the factors in the current recruitment system is the “perks” that these athletes can receive. UST almost had the likes of Ford Arao, Arvie Bringas and Marty Pearce before but when offered allowances (and other perks)by other schools way more than what our school could only offer, it’s an easy pass decision for them. What saddens me is that a lot of times, the talents of these recruits are put into waste since we just see them sitting at the bench almost the whole season. Ilang players naren ang bumalik nalang sa pinangalingan nila due to no opportunity to play.

        • Spectator says:

          Hi greatness…I think limiting the number of foreign players like for example max of only one per team would be better. Low budget teams will really have a hard time competing with teams like Ateneo and La Salle in recruiting high profile local stars coming out of HS. Most of the NCAA and UAAP stars from the junior ranks are recruited by these schools and to add NU the rest have to contend with under the radar players. The addition of a foreign player somehow equalizes the field because these foreign players are under the radar. A perfect example is Abdul. Recruiting a foreign player does not necessarily means it is more expensive. Some of these players come from poor countries and a simple scholarship plus board and lodging would do. When I was still a student only sons of diplomats and those from royal families can afford to study here. Some of the foreign players now playing in different collegiate tournaments are actually only walk ins. If you will watch less popular collegiate tournaments you will be surprise that some schools have their own foreign players, I don’t think these teams are spending that much considering that most of the players in these leagues are only picked from open try outs.

          • Spectator, Good idea! Maybe, limit it to one foreign player and only for center.

            Maybe, we should set limits on playing time to ensure local centers develop too… ala Pingris.

            Doug*, if there is any org above College Basketball who can regulate perks, incentives etc…, maybe that’s possible??? However, as of now that would be like asking Congress to abolish the PDAF..

            AH, recruiting is all about ‘incentives’…. in the first steps.

            This is Rick’s thoughts, hopefully to generate mire ideas and arguments for or against….


    • You are right and maybe that tis the whole point. That indeed is good news for Philippine Basketball. It has been a battle for foreign recruitment rather than a quest to improve local players. It will also give a chance for high school bred recruits to shine in the college league instead of being overshadowed by imports from the U.S., Canada and the African Countries.

      • Anti-heat says:

        Foreign recruitment has nothing to do with player development. It’s either you have a player who is able to work to be the best on his/her own or you have a good staff who is able to push the athlete to bring out his or her potential. The only thing that will “shine” here is when these local athletes get to the next level or when they compete internationally, they will be exposed. In the pros and in international competition, there will be no ban on foreigners regardless of height so will they be able to keep up? Who knows but we could’ve seen signs as early as college. Ask Calvin Abueva if he cared if San Beda had recruited all those behemoths.

  • Tax says:

    Better late than never but congrats La Salle!

  • solid_lock says:

    Sir Mike, how come AVO always has mail on him when you type his name? Does your computer auto-correct even surnames? Ha-ha-ha!

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