Joel Orellana

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Beermen vs NLEX

DEFENDING champion San Miguel Beer seeks the solo leadership as it battles struggling NLEX, as the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup travels to Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday.

Persuading Fiba gods

BASKETBALL patron Manuel V. Pangilinan will be a man on a mission when the powerful International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Central Board meets on January 27 at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.

Work begins

THE search for Gilas Pilipinas’s next naturalized player is on as returning Head Coach Chot Reyes maps out the team’s four-year plan with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the ultimate goal.

Quite an achievement

ALTHOUGH Ateneo de Manila was swept by its archrival De La Salle in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action, Blue Eagles Head Coach Tab Baldwin stressed that the Blue Eagles have already overachieved this year.

Credit ‘Mayhem’

ALDIN AYO did not have much time savoring the championship with Letran last year after he was called by De La Salle’s basketball patron, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., to change the fortunes of the Green Archers who just came from a disappointing Season 78.

TNT tests Meralco

TNT Katropa tries to extend its winning run to three games when it battles sister team Meralco on Friday in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Batang Pier target win No. 3

GLOBALPORT tries to stretch its unbeaten start to three games against winless Alaska in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The hero, the goat

JERON TENG and Thirdy Ravena were contrasting figures in Game One of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball finals last Saturday.

Mbala hoists UAAP MVP trophy

AS expected, De La Salle big man Ben Mbala was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball competition, becoming the first foreigner to hoist the trophy since Anthony Williams of Far Eastern University ( FEU) in 1981.

Eagles to soar higher

ATENEO de Manila Head Coach Tab Baldwin said enough of the lessons his Blue Eagles are learning in the playoffs of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball.

Let the war begin!

BITTER rivals Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle begin a finals showdown no one thought would happen in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

Ayo: We are motivated

MOTIVATION is no longer an issue every time archrivals De La Salle and Ateneo de Manila clash in any sport in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (Green Archers).

Eagles vs Tams

ATENEO de Manila Head Coach Tab Baldwin is prepared to face a monster as the Blue Eagles shoot for the second finals slot and arrange a “Dream Showdown” with archrival De La Salle in the finals of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

Overachieved

ADAMSON’S magical run in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) ended on Wednesday after bowing to title-favorite De La Salle in their Final Four match.

Go Archers!

DE LA SALLE eluded the upset ax Adamson University wielded and scored a 69-64 victory to return to the finals of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Belo makes PBA debut

MAC BELO, the top pick in the Gilas cadets special draft, debuts for Blackwater against Phoenix, while NLEX begins a new era under a proven coach as it battles Alaska in an interesting double-header in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Twinkle, twinkle…

STAR failed to twinkle last season with Jason Webb calling the shots. Now, the Hotshots are gambling with a new coach who left a young team in the Philippine Basketball Association also last season.

‘Nothing to lose’

FRANZ PUMAREN believes Adamson University has little to lose but everything to gain in its Final Four duel against erstwhile unbeaten leader De La Salle.

Tams survive Red Warriors

FAR Eastern University (FEU) denied University of the East (UE) a graceful exit in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball action on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Avoiding complications

ATENEO de Manila is expected to go all out against overachieving Adamson University on Wednesday to avoid going through the complications of a playoff for the No. 2 seed in the Final Four of the Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

Potential Success

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) kicks off its 42nd season on Sunday but even before the first basket is made at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the league eyes a potential higher level of success built around the national men’s basketball team program.

Eagles soar higher

ATENEO de Manila brought down another heavyweight in defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU), 74-59, to catch its victims at No. 2 on Wednesday in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Tab happy of progress

ATENEO de Manila Head Coach Tab Baldwin commended the Blue Eagles’ composure in taking down the previously unbeaten De La Salle on Saturday.

Making room for Jio

STAR kept itself busy during Halloween and went on to make another bold move by sending off RR Garcia and Alex Mallari to accommodate collegiate star Jiovanni Jalalon in an effort to regain its competitive form in the coming Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Knicks pick Ray Parks Jr.

BOBBY RAY PARKS JR.’S chase for his National Basketball Association (NBA) dream continued after he was picked last in the National Basketball Association (NBA D-League Draft by the Westchester Knicks on Monday morning.

Mbala, Green Archers go 12-0

DE LA SALLE and Ben Mbala put up another dominating performance to move closer to an elimiantions sweep for an automatic Finals seat in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday.

NLEX acquires Elite’s Lastimosa

AFTER acquiring Yeng Guiao as its new head coach, NLEX landed high-scoring Carlo Lastimosa from Blackwater in exchange for James Forrester and the Road Warriors’ second-round pick in Sunday’s Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft.

Fighting for survival

WHILE De La Salle is safely perched atop the heap, three teams try to fan their fading chances for a Final Four spot in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action.

Tams triumph

FAR Eastern University (FEU) management insisted that Nash Racela’s coaching offer in the pro ranks won’t be a distraction in its campaign in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

Nash’s not talking

NASH RACELA’S reported transfer to TNT Katropa in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) won’t distract Far Eastern University’s (FEU) campaign in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

Lights out for Meralco

MERALCO’S Cinderella run turned into a nightmare after Allen Durham missed a potential game-winning drive that could have forced a Game Seven.

Blue Eagles snap skid

ATENEO de Manila snapped a two-game slide to get back in the hunt for a Final Four slot after turning back University of the East (UE), 75-61, on Wednesday in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

La Salle eyes Final Four slot

DE LA SALLE tries to formalize its entry in the Final Four as it goes for a tenth straight win against the skidding National University (NU) in the main game of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.

Yap to Rain or Shine, Lee goes to Star

JAMES YAP’S era with the Star has ended on Wednesday, after the Hotshots agreed to deal the two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) to Rain or Shine for another star—fellow former University of the East standout Paul Lee.

Maroons on a roll

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) shot down another Final Four contender and, in the process, also matched its total wins last season.

Tamaraws face skidding Tigers

FAR Eastern University (FEU) tries to tighten its grip at the No. 2 spot against skidding University of Santo Tomas (UST) when they clash in the main game of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Arong saves Tamaraws

FAR Eastern University (FEU) reasserted its mastery over National University (NU) with a thrilling 57-56 escape on Monbert Arong’s game-winner to strengthen its hold of the second spot with 6-2 win-loss mark on Sunday in the Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Red Warriors on a roll; U.P. wins

UNIVERSITY of the East (UE) notched its second straight win against its first-round nemesis University of Santo Tomas (UST), 71-61, in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Red Warriors seek ‘W’ No. 2 in UAAP

UNIVERSITY of the East (UE) begins its stiff climb to a possible Final Four berth when it battles host University of Santo Tomas (UST) at the start of the second round of eliminations of the Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

La Salle big man Mbala dominates 1st round

AS expected, De La Salle’s Ben Mbala dominated the Most Valuable Player (MVP) race in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament after leading the Green Archers to a first-round sweep.

Falcons, Tamaraws triumph

ADAMSON University ended the first round the way it started Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament—with a victory.

Bulldogs, Tams eye solo No. 2

DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University (FEU) and National University (NU) clash for the solo second spot in the main game of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Beer-Gin do-or-die game five

SAN MIGUEL Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel clash in a do-or-die Game Five on Tuesday in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup semifinal series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sweep for Archers

DE LA SALLE played minus its head coach and resident star but hardly missed a beat in dismantling archrival Ateneo de Manila, 97-81, to sweep the first round of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Bolts eye first-ever Championship stint

MERALCO guns for its first-ever finals appearance with a win against TNT Katropa in Game Four of their best-of-five semifinal series of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Bulldogs, Tamaraws prevail

NATIONAL University (NU) and Far Eastern University (FEU) survived the late-game rally of their respective foes on Saturday to gain a share of the second spot in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ginebra eyes finals stint vs San Miguel

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel eyes a return trip to the finals with a win in Game Four against defending champion San Miguel Beer in their best-of-five semifinal series on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

FEU, NU seek share of No. 2

DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University (FEU) and National University (NU) hope to join Ateneo de Manila at second spot as they battle separate foes in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Beermen, Kings clash in crucial Game 3

SAN MIGUEL Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel face off in a critical Game Three of their best-of-five semifinal series in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ginebra Kings seek 2-0 semifinals lead

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel shoots for a commanding 2-0 lead against defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game Two of their best-of-five semifinal series in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Beermen, Kings begin semis clash

DEFENDING champion San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel begin their best-of-five semifinal showdown of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Archers unstoppable

DE LA SALLE remained unbeaten after five starts, easily disposing the challenge of Adamson University, 91-75, on Saturday in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Weird Feeling

THE feeling will be weird, according to Adamson University Head Coach Franz Pumaren, but the motivation will be as intense, as the Soaring Falcons get the chance to hand De La Salle its first loss in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Governors’ Cup semis on

SAN Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel seek the easier route to the next round to set up their semifinal clash as they battle separate foes at the start of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup quarterfinals on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

U.P. snaps skid

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) finally showed end-game poise that was lacking in its first three games as the Fighting Maroons turned back the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 75-71, to nail their first win in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Falcons, Bulldogs face off for solo second

ADAMSON University and National University (NU) face off for solo second place, while University of the East (UE) and University of the Philippines (UP) try to barge into the win column in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Painters square off with Fuel Masters

RAIN OR SHINE and Phoenix battle for the remaining quarterfinal slot, while Meralco and Mahindra clash in a virtual best-of-three series in a pair of playoff matches in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Falcons soar higher

ADAMSON University rallied from 10-point deficit entering the final period and banked on Dawn Ochea’s game-winner to shock Ateneo de Manila, 62-61, in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Colisuem.

Kings, katropa eye top seed

TNT Katropa and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Beer battle for the No. 1 seed as they clash in the main game of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City.

Eagles shoot for 3rd win against Falcons

ATENEO de Manila shoots for its third win against Adamson University while University of Santo Tomas (UST) and University of the Philippines (UP) try to bounce back from terrible losses in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Eagles soar past Tams

ATENEO de Manila survived a late comeback by Far Eastern University (FEU) and banked on Thirdy Ravena’s free throws in the closing seconds to score a 76-71 victory in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Jordanians add to Gilas 5.0 woes

WITH its fate already decided, the Philippine men’s basketball team played with little fire and surrendered a 99-105 decision to Jordan in the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Asia Challenge on Wednesday in Tehran, Iran.

Green Archers seek solo lead

DE LA SALLE shoots for the solo lead while three other teams eye their second victories in a slam-bang double header in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball action on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Gilas yields to China Team B

THE Philippine men’s team put up a gallant stand against China but still yielded a 65-75 decision to remain winless in Group E in the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) Asia Challenge on Monday in Tehran, Iran.