UP Fighting Maroons A little over a year ago, a bonfire was held at the UP Sunken Garden. It wasn’t a celebration of the school’s first title since 1986, but rather, a celebration of the first win for the Fighting Maroons since Season 75. The team had a chance to add to that victory in the second round, but simply...

Wins by the skins of their teeth, losses by a mile, a couple of game-winners, a team that won despite committing 36 turnovers, a 19-point lead that was erased in a little over six minutes, a 20-minute power interruption brought by torrential rains, an emphatic block that completed a stunning upset, a game-winning three that sent one half of...

As expected, the UAAP board barred Ben Mbala from playing in the upcoming UAAP season. Early this year, it was reported that Mbala played in a pocket tournament down south last December. His participation was a direct violation of the UAAP ruling for players serving residency. The actual residency rule for redshirting players is just one year. Mbala played one year...

It has been reported that Arnold Van Opstal will not be playing this coming UAAP Season to rehabilitate his foot injury. https://twitter.com/live_scores/status/623467381243785217 He also confirmed this in his Instagram post. He no longer plans to return to the team as he intends to turn pro next year. https://instagram.com/p/5bFJaYB1Zv/ Last season, Van Opstal averaged close to 8 points and 6 rebounds in 13 games....

Last season was the best chance for the De La Salle - College of St. Benilde Blazers to finally break through after years of wallowing in the cellars. After years of patience we are finally witnessing the program built by previous coach Richard Del Rosario and continued the incumbent Gabby Velasco come into fruition. The Blazers started the season sluggish...

Another title to defend. Another championship lost. Two years ago, the Green Archers picked up successive championships after winning the UAAP, PCCL, and Filoil. This past year, the Archers had another type of run – they failed to defend all three titles. That’s consistency for you, although not of the desirable kind. The Green Archers fell 53-79 in the titular game, yielding...

The Green Archers have been dethroned three times in the last nine months. After failing to defend the UAAP and PCCL titles late last year, the Green Archers were once again unseated, this time in the FilOil Preseason tournament via a 53-79 beatdown at the hands of San Beda in the championship match. Jeron Teng scored 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting...

This time, Jeron Teng didn’t need to drive past two defenders for a lay-up with the time winding down and the game on the line. Jason Perkins didn’t need to use his left hand to score under the basket against a towering import to give his team the win. In La Salle’s past couple of games, they raced to...

Jeron Teng dribbled at the top of the key, Perpetual Help’s Gab Danganon in front of him. The clock read six, five, four seconds. He drove past Danganon, as if going straight to the basket. Only four days, ago, he had driven past a couple of UST defenders for a lay-up with the time expiring to send La Salle...

The De La Salle Green Archers return to action tomorrow on the opening day of the Fil-Oil Flying-V Preseason tournament. After an unsuccessful title defense in last year’s UAAP and PCCL, the team addressed their lack of depth in the backcourt and consistent outside scoring by recruiting crack guards from the high school ranks in Andrei Caracut of San Beda,...
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