UAAP 2018:

FEU Tamaraws thumps DLSU Green Archers, 68-61

September 9, 2018 – MOA Arena

UAAP News 2018: FEU Tamaraws thumped the DLSU Green Archers, 68-61 in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 basketball at the MOA Arena this Sunday in Pasay. Arvin Tolentino lifted the Tamaraws with his 13 markers, while Kenneth Tuffin copped 11 points for the Morayta-based dribblers.


Far Eastern University trailed to the Archers in the third by as much as 7 points, but the Tamaraws balanced offense halted DLSU‘s advance.

Santi Santillan led the losing De La Salle University with his 19 points, while Aljun Melecio added 11 buckets.

➤ The Archers are playing their first UAAP game minus coach Aldin Ayo who now mentors the UST Growling Tigers. They also lost ace star Ricci Rivero who will play for the UP Maroons next year. Additionally, former DLSU players Brent Paraiso and Prince Rivero will come back to play for UST Growling Tigers next season.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 11-14, 25-26, 48-48, 68-61.

feu: 68

Tolentino 13, Tuffin 11, Iñigo 10, Stockton 9, Comboy 9, Cani 7, Parker 5, Ebona 2, Escoto 2, Orizu 0.

dlsu: 61

Santillan 19, Melecio 11, Caracut 9, Baltazar 8, Montalbo 5, Serrano 3, Bates 2, Samuel 2, Dyke 1, Manuel 1, Capacio 0, Go 0, Corteza 0.

Posted on September 9, 2018 - MOA Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

UP Maroons masters UE Warriors, 87-58

September 8, 2018 – MOA Arena

UAAP News 2018: The UP Fighting Maroons mastered the UE Warriors, 87-58 to open their 2018 UAAP Season 81 basketball campaign with a win this Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay. Last year’s UAAP Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liano paced the Maroons with his 16 markers, 7 boards and 6 assists, while Nigerian Bright Akhuetie added a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds.


➤ The 6’7 Akhuetie was a former University of Perpetual Help Altas star in the NCAA but opted to suit-up for the Maroons this year after satisfying the residency restriction. He was released by UPHD prior, and was also reported to have had a heated argument with coach Nosa Omorogbe of the Altas during a practice.

➤ Other incoming ace players for the Maroons include former Creighton baller Kobe Paras, and former Green Archer Ricci Rivero. Both will sit out this UAAP season to satisfy the collegiate league’s residency requirements.

➤ University of the East burly bruiser Alvin Pasaol led the losing Warriors with 14 points. He was the lone Warrior who finished in double digits, but scored only 3 points in the second half.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 18-13, 33-33, 58-45, 87-58.

up: 87

Gomez de Liano Ju. 16, Akhuetie 15, Manzo 13, Desiderio 12, Gomez de Liano Ja. 10, Vito 7, Murrell 6, Prado 2, Gozum 2, Tungcab 2, Lim 2, Spencer 0, Dario 0, Jaboneta 0, Espanola 0, Longa 0.

ue: 58

Pasaol 14, Antiporda 9, Beltran 8, Varilla 6, Manalang 6, Maloles 4, Bartolome 4, Cullar 3, Acuno 2, Conner 2, Lacap 0, Gallardo 0.

Posted on September 8, 2018 - MOA Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP Finals 2017

Ateneo eclipses La Salle, 88-86, grabs championship

December 3 – Araneta Coliseum

UAAP Finals 2017: Ateneo Blue Eagles wrested the crown from defending champion La Salle Green Archers, 88-86, in UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball this Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Isaac Go‘s clutch play with 24.7 seconds left in the game sealed the win for the Blue Eagles. Thirdy Ravena ably steered Ateneo with 17 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and earned him the Finals MVP award.


Matt Nieto also contributed 14 markers for ADMU as he made 6 of 6 in three point shooting, while Chibueze Ikeh registered a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

UAAP MVP Ben Mbala led the losing DLSU Archers with his own double-double of 19 buckets and 14 boards, while Aljun Melecio, Ricci Rivero and Andrei Caracut dropped 16, 14 and 13 points apiece respectively.

It was a bitter sweet victory for Ateneo who finally bagged the UAAP crown after five years. The last time the Blue Eagles won in the Finals was when they recorded a historic five peat championship reign in the UAAP Men’s basketball.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 24-14, 45-38, 66-66, 88-86.

ateneo: 88

Ravena 17, Matt Nieto 14, Ikeh 12, Asistio 11, Tolentino 9, Go 7, Verano 6, Mendoza 5, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Mike Nieto 0.


Mbala 19, Melecio 16, Ricci Rivero 14, Caracut 13, Santillan 11, Tratter 4, Go 3, Montalbo 3, Prince Rivero 2, Tero 1, Baltazar 0.

December 03, 2017 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan

UAAP Finals 2017:

Ateneo draws first blood, defeats DLSU 76-70

November 25, 2017 – MOA Arena

UAAP Finals 2017: Ateneo draws first blood, defeats DLSU 76-70
Ateneo Blue Eagles
UAAP Finals 2017 News: Ateneo Blue Eagles took Game 1 of UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals over the De La Salle Green Archers, 76-70, this Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Thirdy Ravena and the Nieto brothers led a balanced Blue Eagles attack to upset the breakout game of Archer Aljun Melecio, who dropped 24 points in Game 1. Ravena powered ADMU with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Mark and Mike Nieto contributed 11 respectively.


Ateneo de Manila University now holds a 1-0 advantage over DLSU in their best-of-three UAAP finals series. Four Blue Eagles scored double digits with Ravena making 12, Mike and Mark Nieto with 11 each and Anton Asistio donning 10 markers.

Isaac Go was the accidental hero for Ateneo, sealing the victory for ADMU with an and-one play off the foul by Archer Kib Montalbo, pushing Ateneo to 76-70 within the last 10 seconds.

➤ The highly physical contest saw Mark Nieto falling to the floor from a wayward elbow courtesy of Ben Mbala. Both Mbala and Chibueze Ikeh were assessed technical fouls for unnecessary taunting in the second quarter. Likewise, Melecio got the unsportsmanlike foul in the same quarter.

➤ Melecio led the spirited Green Archers with 24 points on 5-of-13 shooting from rainbow country, while Rivero gave 10 markers and three caroms for DLSU. UAAP two-time MVP Mbala was held to only 8 points as he nursed his early foul woes throughout the game.

➤ De La Salle University and Ateneo will go at it again in Game 2 this Wednesday, November 29 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Filipino: UAAP Finals 2017 Balita • Pinabagsak ng Ateneo Blue Eagles ang De La Salle Green Archers, 76-70, nitong Sabado Nobyembre 25 sa SM Mall of Asia Arena upang itala ang unang tagumpay sa Game 1 ng UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals. Sina Thirdy Ravena at magkapatid na Nieto ay nanguna sa balanseng atake ng Blue Eagles upang hadlangan ang puwersa ni Aljun Melecio na gumawa ng 24 puntos sa Game 1. Nagtala si Ravena ng 12 puntos, 6 rebounds at 4 assists, maging sina Mark at Mike Nieto na nag-ambag ng 11 buslo bawat isa.
Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-14, 43-39, 60-58, 76-70.

ateneo: 76

Ravena 12, Nieto Ma 11, Nieto Mi 11, Asistio 10, Tolentino 9, Black 7, Verano 5, Go 5, Ikeh 4, Tio 2, Mamuyac 0, Mendoza 0, Porter 0.

la salle: 70

Melecio 24, Rivero R 10, Mbala 8, Tratter 7, Santillan 7, Rivero P 7, Baltazar 4, Montalbo 3, Caracut 0, Go 0, Tero 0, Paraiso 0.

Posted on November 25, 2017 - MOA Arena - Pasay

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team