BACK in August 2020, right smack into the high point of the pandemic, the University of the Philippines (UP) community got a shot in the arm with awesome news regarding their basketball program.
THE collegiate season is off to a hot start. The National Collegiate Athletic Association of the Philippines (NCAA) opened last weekend in a burst of hoopla and color, starting business with a gem of a game between defending champions Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Jose Rizal University.
IT’S been called the soap opera for men, a great must-watch that totally engages spectators and draws them into the action. Never mind that the whole thing is a scripted act with timed blows, falls, deadly kicks and punches.
BOSTON and Los Angeles fans were already looking forward to a National Basketball Association (NBA) Classico Finals. A good ol’ Celtics-Lakers series that would not just bring back the hoopla and nostalgia of this rabid and classic rivalry, but would also decide which team gets more Larry O’Brien trophies in its trophy room.
WITH the Milwaukee Bucks already out of the running in the ongoing National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs, the supposedly clear path to the Finals has forked out in many different directions, thanks to the unexpected turnout of things and teams fighting for survival.
REMEMBER that grand Toyota basketball team reunion that happened last February? It came to be because the stars aligned in January when Toyota luminaries Mon Fernandez, Francis Arnaiz, Ricky Relosa, Rino Salazar and longtime import Andrew Fields had a serendipitous meeting in the US of A.
WITH the football, softball and baseball tournaments of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) all taking place at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, athletes, school officials and fans of the other universities can’t help but notice the spanking new sports facilities at UP.