UST coach keeps hopes up despite short preparation time (July 18, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]


DESPITE the short preparation time he had, University of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan still considers the Growling Tigers’ runner-up finish in the 1st Recoletos de Cebu Cup in Cebu a success.

“Yung preparation namin was very short, but we were still able to beat the top three teams dito sa Cesafi,” he told on Sunday.

UST swept the elimination round, downing Cebuano heavyweights USJ-R, USC, and UV before falling to the Jaguars in the championship game.

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MANILA, Philippines – Former Ateneo de Manila University players Hubert Cani and Arvin Tolentino have transferred to Far Eastern University (FEU) after up-and-down stints with the Blue Eagles.

Cani suited up for the Blue Eagles in Season 78 after serving a one-year residency period. He confirmed to ABS-CBN News that he has transferred to FEU.

Tolentino was the UAAP Rookie of the Year in Season 77, but saw his playing time and performance take a nosedive in Season 78. The former San Beda Red Cub confirmed to Rappler that he also transferred to the Tamaraws.

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Jerie Pingoy is leaving the Ateneo de Manila University to join another UAAP school.

Pingoy, whose transfer from Far Eastern University to Ateneo created a stir in the UAAP years ago, bid Ateneo goodbye after playing a season for the Blue Eagles.

In his Instagram post, the 5-foot-9-inch point guard thanked Ateneo for his three years with the school.

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MANILA - De La Salle University star Jeron Teng on Thursday confirmed that he is now dating courtside reporter Jeanine Tsoi.

In an interview on morning talk show "Magandang Buhay," Teng gamely opened up about his personal life months after his breakup with young actress Jane Oineza.

"Dating, yes. As of now, wala pang (official girlfriend)," Teng said.

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Ayo warns: La Salle only at 70-80% (June 22, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 The De La Salle Green Archers celebrate their FilOil title. ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle University Green Archers were utterly dominant in the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup, winning all 10 of their contests by an average margin of 15.5 points.

Although many of their games were won in blowout fashion, La Salle also proved that they can battle through adversity and come out on top. The Green Archers best showed this in the Finals, when they overcame a gritty, determined Arellano team, 86-74, to take the crown.

Ben Mbala was dominant, Jeron Teng was consistent all throughout, and Abu Tratter was much improved. La Salle seemed tailor-made for the House of Chaos style that coach Aldin Ayo brought to Taft, and the players had clearly embraced the system.

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Green Archers look robust for UAAP season (June 14, 2016)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Ben Mbala of DLSU. Tristan Tamayo/

WITH the way they dominated the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup, the La Salle Green Archers quickly installed themselves as the heavy favorite heading into UAAP Season 79.

The scary thing for the rest of the UAAP is the fact that the Archers, who went on to post a 10-game sweep of the preseason tournament, feel they can still get better when the season opens in September.

“We still have our lapses,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, who was plucked out of Letran after leading the Knights to the NCAA title last season using a vaunted full-court press. “We’re going to work on that. Whatever we achieved in the preseason, we will not be satisfied.”

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 Members of La Salle, led by MVP Ben Mbala (inset), celebrate their championship run in the Filoil Flying V, capping their 10-game sweep with an 86-74 romp over Arellano U at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. | Jun Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines – Fresh from topping the Filoil Flying Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan City Sunday, La Salle is looking to spend the next three months before this year's UAAP season playing a series of tune-up games including some against PBA teams.

La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, who steered his team to an 86-74 win over Arellano U to clinch the title, said he already asked top school patron Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, Jr.  permission to play clubs under the San Miguel group like Brgy. Ginebra, Star Hotshots and San Miguel Beer.

Ayo has also talked to Globalport team owner Mikee Romero, who also won a seat in Congress as a Partylist Representative, to allow La Salle to compete against the likes of Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and the Batang Pier.

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