UST Tigers finally get to growl at expense of Perpetual Help (May 22, 2017)
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Steve Akomo, shown in this file photo, has remained a force down low for UST. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- University of Sto. Tomas (UST) is on the board in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

And lifting them there is the very same guy expected to bring them back to great heights.

Cameroonian Steve Akomo posted another big-time double-double to fuel the Growling Tigers to a 63-55 triumph over University of Perpetual Help at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Sunday.

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Balanced FEU piles onto woes of winless Arellano in FilOil (May 22, 2017)
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 FEU is on a winning streak just as Arellano is on a losing skid. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- With back-to-back wins to begin the 2017 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament, Olsen Racela is off to a strong start as the new head coach of Far Eastern University’s (FEU) storied program.

Five Tamaraws connived to keep their mentor’s slate spotless thus far as they overwhelmed luckless Arellano University, 87-81, on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Prince Orizu topped the scoring column with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks, but had more than enough help.

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Desiderio powers UP to back-to-back wins (May 22, 2017)
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 With Paul Desiderio taking his place as UP's top gun, coach Bo Perasol is challenging his other wards to step up. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- Now University of the Philippines’ (UP) undisputed main man, Paul Desiderio is showcasing all of his wares in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

Posting a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, Desiderio did the heavy lifting as UP warded off competitive De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, 77-70, on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

With back-to-back wins in the preseason, Desiderio and company have lived up to their billing as a team to watch.

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Philippine Hoops

Trailing 54-61 after the third quarter, UP’s guards took over when it mattered the most, with Jun Manzo, who had 13 points in the game, scoring two quick layups to give the Maroons a 68-65 lead halfway through the fourth.

Prized rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño had 12 points in his FilOil debut, including a tough fadeaway jumper to give the Maroons a 72-68 edge with 3:30 to go.

Paul Desiderio added 10 points and a pivotal steal, which led to the breakaway layup for Manzo with 7.4 seconds to go, to give UP its first win.

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Stags submit Generals in blowout (May 18, 2017)
Mark Escarlote [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 San Sebastian College snatched its second straight win. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

San Sebastian College steamrolled past the hapless Emilio Aguinaldo College, 79-54, Wednesday for its second straight victory in the 2017 FilOil Flying V Pre-season Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Stags already had the game in the bag right after the opening quarter as SSC-R choked the Generals with stinging defensive display. The Stags improved their record to 2-1.

The Recto-based squad limited EAC to only six points in the first 10 minutes of play before heading into halftime with a commanding 44-25 lead. SSC-R was in total control all throughout the second half.

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 La Salle and UST players engage in a bench-clearing incident during a Filoil Filoil Flying V Premier Cup in San Juan on Sunday night. | Photo from Filoil Flying V Premier Cup Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – The Filoil Flying V Premier Cup cracked the whip on La Salle's Ramil Tero and Santo Tomas' Marvin Lee for fighting late in their elimination round game the Archers eventually won, 109-81, Sunday night.

Tero was assessed a two-game suspension for instigating the fight while Lee was slapped a one-game ban for retaliating in a fracas that resulted to their ejection and sparked a bench-clearing incident with 20 seconds remaining and the match already decided.

"Tero is suspended for two games while Lee one game. Tero received the more severe punishment because he instigated the fight," league commissioner Ato Badolato told The STAR on Monday.

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NU uses big 3rd quarter, rallies past Arellano (May 13, 2017)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

NU. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

National University launched an offensive onslaught n the third quarter to shock Arellano University, 82-79, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Bulldogs were down, 53-37, in the third quarter when they eventually went into overdrive and got loose to the tune of a 26-5 run to take a 63-58 lead to finish the period.

This eventually became the Bulldog’s foundation to hold off the Chiefs in the final period.

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