Fast and Furious 6 is a high-octane action-packed ride that will make the most hardened action movie fans blushread more
The ADMU Lady Eagles displayed championship cool as they ripped the NU Lady Bulldogs in 3 sets in game 1 of the finalsread more
Join now and get a chance to win advanced screening tickets to The Hangover 3!read more
The highest fan and issue threads will be posted weekly. Check out the gorgeous female celebrities that came out on top this week!read more
Twelve of the best brains across Asia compete to be hired in the ultimate job interview in The Apprentice Asiaread more
Daming haters ng FEU ah, ano'ng meron teh?
GJ to NU Bulldogs! Remain Humble...
Go USTE, tau naman!
Rosario did a solid job being the muscle of the team this team...which their lack.. Rosario and Javillonar maybe too young to be their muscle..
props to NU for humbling their fans who are so way over their head.
well NU is still a contender, live the hype bulldogs and finally nagising din kayo.
Yes. Rosario over Javillomar.
Season 74 history lesson:
• Round 1 - FEU beat NU 62-59, July 24, 2011
• Round 2 - FEU beat NU 84-82 in double overtime, August 27, 2011
(Anyare? Nganga! )
Bulldogs bounce back strong, send Tams back to earth
NATIONAL University coach Eric Altamirano strode into the press room holding a plastic cup half-filled with water. After sitting beside ace forward Bobby Ray Parks, he took a needed gulp.
For the Bulldogs, it was a perfect refreshing sight.
Leaning on the gutsy Parks in the stretch, the Bulldog pulled the rug from under erstwhile unbeaten Far Eastern University 61-57 yesterday and bounced back into contention in the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball action at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The reigning league MVP, Parks drilled in eight of his team-best 17 points in the payoff period, spiked by a defensive gem on FEU star Terrence Romeo in the crunch, as the Bulldogs clawed back from 13 points down and showed poise under duress.
Bulldogs hand Tamaraws first loss
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) -- The National University (NU) Bulldogs rallied from a double-digit deficit to give the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws their first loss of the UAAP Season 75, 61-57, Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
“That was a breakthrough for us,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano. “The key was really our composure.”
The Tamaraws came into the game undefeated with a 4-0 record, but their first three wins came by a combined winning margin of six points. Their penchant for close contents finally came back to haunt them as they failed to execute in the final minutes of the game.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, rebounded from a two-game losing streak, after succumbing to the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles and the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers.
“I think that’s one of the things that is lacking in our team, since our team is young. I know we’ve been through a lot of tests, and I think these tests will make us a better and more mature team,” Altamirano said.
Last season’s MVP Bobby Ray Parks struggled from the field but was solid on the defensive end while ably setting up his teammates all night. He finished with 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
The Tamaraws led by as much as 13 points in the second quarter, 29-16, and came into halftime with a 30-24 lead.
Terrence Romeo provided much of the scoring for the Tams as he had 11 points in the first half alone.
FEU’s strong play continued in the third period, as they led by double digits, 45-33, with 3:47 to go in the quarter thanks to a lay-up by Arvie Bringas.
But Emmanuel Mbe and Parks led the Bulldogs on a 10-0 run, five points of which came from the free throw line, to make it a 45-43 game. A Gryann Mendoza lay-up briefly stemmed the Bulldogs’ rally, but Dennice Villamor hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds to go to make it 47-46 going into the final canto.
In the final quarter, the Bulldogs took the lead for the first time since the first period when Parks drained a difficult fadeaway jumpshot – his first field goal of the contest – to make it 52-50. John Rosario added a lay-up to make it 54-50 with 3:32 to go.
But RR Garcia, who also struggled from the field all game, drained a three-pointer, and Mark Bringas converted a lay-up to put the Tams back in front, 55-54.
Parks gave the Bulldogs the lead again with a three-point play with 1:36 to go, but Romeo tied the ball game with a jumper, making it 57-all.
The Bulldogs would take the lead for good on Parks’ free throw with a minute to go.
“This afternoon, we showed a lot of character,” said Altamirano. “We were behind by more than 10, and I just commend the boys for their resiliency to come back.”
The Tamaraws actually had a chance to tie the ball game, but Romeo, who was well-guared by Parks, fumbled the last possession and threw up a three-pointer that fell well short of the rim.
“Every game is a tough game, and we definitely have to move along after a loss, and even after a win, we forget that game,” said Parks.
“You’re only as good as your last game so I had to motivate the team,” he added.
Mbe and Rosario both had 12 points for the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, Romeo finished with 18 points, but no other Tamaraw scored in double figures.
Bulldogs Bites Tamaraws' Winning Streak
The Bulldogs just reminded everyone why they are indeed contenders.
After coming off a lackluster performance in the first half, the National University Bulldogs surged in the second half to end the FEU Tamaraws winning streak and hand them their first loss at 61-57.
Reigning MVP Bobby Ray Parks also had a less-than-stellar start at the first half, who got his act together during the second half and finished with 17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds that swung the momentum to the Bulldogs during the game and improving their standing at 3-2. It was also the Bulldogs' first win against FEU after 4 years, making their victory a lot sweeter.
The Tamaraws were leading by double-digits for most of the game, but Bobby Ray Parks woke up at the third quarter and sparked a 10-0 run, closing the Tamaraw lead to a single point at the end of the 3rd Quarter. Jeoffrey Javillonar and Jeth Rosario then scored put the lead in favor of the Bulldogs, but the Tamaraws kept countering and guard Terrence Romeo sank a 3-pointer for the Tamaraws that tied the game at 57-all.
What followed was errors committed on both sides, with Mike Tolomia missing a 3-pointer for FEU, Bobby Ray Parks losing possession and committing a foul on Rey Belo, who missed his free throws for the Tamaraws. Bobby Ray Parks then stepped up to the free throw line and sank both shots, giving the Bulldogs the lead at 60-57 with just 16.8 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. FEU had the chance to tie the game, but feisty guard Terrence Romeo missed his trey, giving the Bulldogs the victory.
“It’s a breakthrough win for us. It will help us in boosting our confidence. I’ve been saying this is a young team but on this day, the boys showed character." said NU coach Eric Altamirano.
Bobby Ray Parks had 17 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds, center Emmanuel Mbe gave an impressive performance with a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeth Rosario added 12 points for the Bulldogs.
Terrence Romeo added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists for the Tamaraws, and he was the only player to exceed 10 points for FEU.
Follow us on Twitter @Pex_UAAP
Banned by Admin
The Games That Play Us: Landmark
NU BULLDOGS over FEU TAMARAWS, 61-57
A landmark win on one end, and a landmark loss on another. That’s the story here.
But not for nearly 30 minutes.
For nearly 30 minutes, the FEU Tamaraws looked firmly in control of the ballgame. For 30 minutes, it looked like NU would, again, be destined for scrutiny as a team who could beat the long shots, but not the contenders. For 30 minutes, Terrence Romeo’s hot hand seemed good enough to make up for the anemic shooting of the rest of the Green & Gold squad.
Unfortunately for Coach Bert Flores, a basketball game in the UAAP doesn’t end anywhere close to 30 minutes.
And perhaps for the rest of the league, NU’s message was clear – you can spend most of the game building a comfortable lead, but we only need a quarter or so to erase it.
Victim number one? FEU.
For most of the game, FEU seemed poised to come out winning, what with the way their defense seemed to stifle NU, and with Romeo scoring almost at will.
With under 4 minutes left in the third period, Arvie Bringas received a Mike Tolomia pass and promptly converted it, helping FEU erect a solid 45-33 bulge. Yes, a 12-point lead with more than a quarter left is hardly game over, but the way FEU was playing suggested they weren’t going to let this slip.
But they did.
And it’s not like they changed anything from their game plan. They continued to go to Romeo. They continued taking their outside shots. In the last 13 minutes, however, these just didn’t fall.
That’s the double-edged reality for a predominantly jump-shooting team like FEU. That’s reason why jumpers are called low-percentage attempts. That’s the reason FEU choked here.
After putting up that 12-point lead, the Tams just failed to convert their perimeter attempts. Romeo, who had made 4 triples and scored 16 points up to that juncture, went cold, making just 1 of his last 8 shots, including missing all of his next 5 attempts from rainbow land. His backcourt mates didn’t fare too well, either. RR Garcia, who was already having a terrible shooting afternoon, Mike Tolomia, and Roger Pogoy combined to shoot just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc thereafter. Not enough? How about Anthony Hargrove, Mark Bringas, and Mark Belo missing a combined 6 of their last 7 free throws?
Things couldn’t have been much worse for FEU, and things couldn’t have been much better for NU.
After going down by 12, the Bulldogs unloaded a 21-5 run bridging the third and fourth periods to snare the lead, 54-50, with about three minutes to go.
The keys for Coach Eric Altamirano? His supporting cast hitting timely shots, and free throw volume
In that decisive run, Robin Roño and Denice Villamor each hit a big three and back-up bigs Troy Rosario and Henri Betayene each scored inside. When FEU made a final mini-run to tie the count at 57, Ray Parks and Mark De Guzman made 4 points from the line for the final margin.
A look at the stats gives two glaring and defining factors -- NU attempted 22 MORE shots from the charity stripe, a testament to their penchant for taking it strong to the hole and getting hacked in the process, and FEU attempted 11 MORE shots from three, a testament to their penchant for living and dying on the perimeter. The Bulldogs converted 23 of their 33 free throws, while the Tamaraws made just 5 of their TWENTY EIGHT three-point tries.
In the end, the percentages caught up with FEU, and they paid for it. In the end, the Bulldogs’ aggressiveness in attacking the basket helped them stay within striking range, and it paid off.
In the end, FEU realized they couldn’t escape all the close games Season 75 had to offer. They had to lose one someday, and today was that day.
In the end, NU finally got over the hump and beat a legitimate contender. They had to win someday, and today was that day – a landmark day.
NU 61 – Parks 17, Rosario 12, Mbe 12, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Javillonar 4, Roño 3, Betayene 2, De Guzman 1, Singh 0
FEU 57 – Romeo 18, Belo 8, Bringas M 8, Garcia 5, Bringas A 5, Mendoza 4, Cruz 4, Hargrove 3, Escoto 2, Tolomia 0, Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0
QS: 12-15, 24-30, 46-47, 61-57
Ray Parks (NU) – 17pts, 7asts, 6rebs, 1stl, 1blk
Emmanuel Mbe (NU) – 12pts, 12rebs, 1ast, 1stl
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 18pts, 8rebs, 4 treys, 3asts, 3stls