Friday, August 1, 2014

The Top Five #UAAP77 Point Guards as of August 1, 2014

Wait, what?! No Roi Sumang?!

Ah, gone are the days of Jeric Fortuna, RR Garcia, LA Revilla, and Emman Monfort. All those guys have been drafted into the PBA and are playing at a higher level. In the current UAAP season, UE’s Roi Sumang rules the roost of point guards.

Or does he? Is UE’s top gun part of the current top five point guards, or is he outside looking in?

Without further ado, here they are – the top five UAAP point guards as of August 1, 2014:

*These rankings are based on average Player Efficiency (EFF) calculations.
**EFF = {[(points + rebounds + assists + steals + blocks) – (turnovers + field goals missed + free throws missed)] ÷ # of games}

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PR: KD7 GLOBAL GAME: GLOBETROTTING WITH DURANT


Presenting the all-new Nike KD7 "Global Game."
KD's love of international travel and quest for gold comes to life in the new KD7 Global Game shoe launching this Saturday, Aug. 2.

The KD7 fuses performance innovation with inspirations from Kevin Durant’s journey on and off the court.  Durant’s insights are brought to life through color blocking, graphics and textures to tell stories that are personally inspired.

The KD7 Global Game pays tribute to Durant’s worldwide travels. Basketball has provided Durant with the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and the US. Nike has been on this journey with Durant, almost every step along the way.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

PR: The adidas Crazy Light Boost and D Rose 5 Boost!



adidas BRINGS GAME-CHANGING ENERGY TO THE COURT WITH boost Basketball Shoes
NBA superstars Derrick Rose and Damian Lillard to debut Crazylight Boost and D Rose 5 Boost


PORTLAND, Ore. (July 27, 2014) – adidas today introduced its game-changing Boost cushioning technology to basketball with the all-new Crazylight Boost and D Rose 5 Boost performance basketball shoes. Boost is an industry-first cushioning technology designed to deliver maximum energy return, responsiveness and comfort to players.

The new Boost line of kicks from #trefoil will surely shake up
the sneaker landscape!
“Having the Boost cushioning in my new signature shoe makes it the most favorite of mine that we’ve ever done,” said Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. “I’ve played in them for a couple months, but every time I put them on it feels like a new shoe and it’s the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. Now, I can’t imagine playing without Boost in my shoes.”

True to adidas’ mission to make athletes better, Boost features innovative material made up of thousands of capsules that help store and release energy efficiently as athletes perform. The Crazylight Boost will be available in the Philippines on Aug. 15 for Php 6995 while the D Rose 5 Boost will drop Oct. 16 for Php 7995.
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Why Andray Blatche might not play in the 2014 Asian Games.

Andray Blatche sporting the now ubiquitous "Puso" chest-thump,
and in a Gilas kit to boot!
(screencap from InterAKTV)

Former Washington Wizard and Brooklyn Net Andray Blatche has had an up-and-down career in the the NBA. He’s had a colorful history both on and off the court. He’s also had flashes of brilliance.

Now, however, right smack in the middle of the 2014 offseason, Blatche still has no NBA team. After refusing to re-sign with Brooklyn, he has not been able to receive any satisfactory offers. 

The only team he has now, in fact, is the national team of the country that recently adopted him — Gilas Pilipinas.

AFAIK, Blatche is under contract for the 2014 FIBA World Cup and up till the 2014 Asian Games. Barring any unforeseen developments, Blatche should be a go in Spain, but his presence in Incheon may not be as guaranteed.

It doesn’t really have anything to do with his not having an NBA team yet. I’m pretty sure someone like him has a fair chance of landing a contract, especially if he performs well for Gilas.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The UAAP: Season 77: Blue Eagles caught by the Bulldogs

Kiefer Ravena was ready to play the Bulldogs.
However, so were the Bulldogs
(Image by: Rolly Mendoza)
Hard to imagine that it was only over a week ago when King Eagle, Kiefer Ravena bombarded the De La Salle Green Archers with five (5) threes in the 4th quarter. Ravena was hot and unstoppable in that game. He couldn't miss. Others like Arvin Tolentino, Von Pessumal, Nicho Elorde and Fonzo Gotladera also helped. That was a team win.

Well, a mere ten days after and things were different for Kiefer and the Blue Eagles during their last game. Ravena couldn't buy a basket versus the NU Bulldogs and his 13 points were not enough to give Ateneo a hot 4-0 start to Season 77. Tenacious defense from NU and Ateneo's abysmal shooting led to the Eagles' demise. The Bulldogs won 64-60 as they dominated the glass and out-rebounded the Blue Eagles by a total of 48-33. The smaller Eagles could not contain Alfred Aroga and Glenn Khobuntin who combined for 27 boards. Even the seldom-used Kris Porter was inserted into the starting lineup to see if he could slow down the daunting front-line of the Bulldogs. That tactic didn't work. Porter only played 8 minutes but finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Things We Learned in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup - Part 2

By all intents and purposes, our third place finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China was historic. It was the first time a Philippine team finished on the podium in the biennial event, after all. We finished with a 5-1 record, losing only to eventual champions Iran in the semifinals. We swept the group stage, beating Taiwan, Singapore, and Jordan, defeated India in the quarterfinals, and then pulled the rug from under the Chinese in the dying seconds of the battle for third.

It was definitely a memorable ride for Gilas, and a fitting send-off (yes, I am NOT counting the Last Home Stand farce as a send-off) as the team embarks on a momentous trek to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

That’s not to say everything was fine and dandy, of course. In each of our wins, even against historical minnows like Singapore and India, we had to grind it out. We generally leaned on fourth quarter runs to get each of our victories, and the team was definitely far from the form it flashed in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament. This isn’t entirely unexpected, since the team missed a handful of key players and some guys were fresh from the 2014 Governors’ Cup Finals. Conditions were definitely far from ideal, but that didn’t make it easier to watch Gilas commit turnovers and brick its shots on more than several occasions.

Upon reflecting on Gilas’s campaign, I came up with the following points — things we learned from the tournament and can, hopefully, address or keep in mind moving forward. All these, of course, are for the continued improvement of Philippine hoops.

(This is the last of two parts)

National teams past and present!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Things We Learned in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup - Part 1

Despite Gilas's historic third-place finish, there is still a
lot of room for improvement.


By all intents and purposes, our third place finish in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China was historic. It was the first time a Philippine team finished on the podium in the biennial event, after all. We finished with a 5-1 record, losing only to eventual champions Iran in the semifinals. We swept the group stage, beating Taiwan, Singapore, and Jordan, defeated India in the quarterfinals, and then pulled the rug from under the Chinese in the dying seconds of the battle for third.

It was definitely a memorable ride for Gilas, and a fitting send-off (yes, I am NOT counting the Last Home Stand farce as a send-off) as the team embarks on a momentous trek to the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

That’s not to say everything was fine and dandy, of course. In each of our wins, even against historical minnows like Singapore and India, we had to grind it out. We generally leaned on fourth quarter runs to get each of our victories, and the team was definitely far from the form it flashed in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament. This isn’t entirely unexpected, since the team missed a handful of key players and some guys were fresh from the 2014 Governors’ Cup Finals. Conditions were definitely far from ideal, but that didn’t make it easier to watch Gilas commit turnovers and brick its shots on more than several occasions.

Upon reflecting on Gilas’s campaign, I came up with the following points — things we learned from the tournament and can, hopefully, address or keep in mind moving forward. All these, of course, are for the continued improvement of Philippine hoops.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

THE TOP FIVE PBA CENTERS OF THE 2013-2014 SEASON

 
June Mar Fajardo leads a curious cast of big men in this list
of the top 5 centers in the PBA.


There are several good centers in the PBA, but only a select few are in the upper echelon. In fact, there are three centers among the league’s five most efficient players. Naturally, all three are on this list. Strangely enough, though, two of those centers are still among the league’s up-and-coming cagers, while the other one is among the elder statesmen. Add two other bigs already past their primes and this, indeed, makes for a very curious list. The interesting thing here, however, is how the future of the league will most likely be shaped by this position, mainly because of how #s 1 and 3 will probably dominate in the very near future.

Without further ado, here they are – the top five centers of the entire 2013-2014 PBA season (as always, this is based on the PlayerEfficiency ratings of PBA-Online.net):
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The UAAP: Season 77 - Ateneo vs La Salle Round 1


A sea of blue and white welcomed me at the Ateneo side of the Araneta
(All photos by: Rolly Mendoza)

What's better than writing about basketball? Watching LIVE basketball!

I haven't been to a live UAAP Mens' Senior Basketball game in years. I think my last game was 10 years ago, maybe more. Fortunately, I was able to watch the first round game between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University last Sunday. The coliseum was packed and loud! Nothing beats cheering for your alma mater!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Games That Play Us: Well That Was Fun

It was a great weekend of UAAP action again as Ateneo, NU, and UE, remained
unbeaten while UST defeated FEU.


The De La Salle Green Archers might just be the most fun (or at least most interesting) team to watch this season. 

0-2? Sure, but consider the following:

- Last weekend, their coaching staff wore apple green pants that would make green apples scream, “APPLE GREEN!”
- In their loss to Ateneo, Arnold Van Opstal thought Ren Ren Ritualo was his teammate and, of course, threw the former King Archer a baseball pass from the low block.
- Admittedly, Jason Perkins is a beast, and that smirk after every made basket reminds me of DLSU players of old (Hello, Mac Cardona!).
- And, again, AVO provides some entertainment even after the game by possibly getting himself penalized for a forearm (closed fist?) to the back of former teammate Ponso Gotladera’s head. (http://www.rappler.com/sports/university/uaap/dlsu/63974-uaap-considering-suspension-arnold-van-opstal)

Man, these Archers might be staring at the other teams from the bottom of the barrel, but there isn’t any dull moment with them.

But on to the games now.
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