MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) veteran Aljon Mariano has now moved on from a difficult UAAP season that saw him struggle with his health, keeping him from consistently contributing to the Growling Tigers’ cause.
Mariano played the entire season with bone spurs in his left ankle, robbing him of his movement and explosiveness. This culminated in a poor performance in their best-of-three Finals series against De La Salle, which saw him miss a potential game-winning jumper in regulation of Game 3.
“Okay na naman ako ngayon,” Mariano told ABS-CBNnews.com during the launch of the UAAP-themed watches from Tomato Time this week. “After the season, nagpa-opera na ako sa ankle ko for bone spurs. Nagre-recover na ako ngayon.”
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) forward Russell Escoto is working hard to become fit again as he looks forward to helping the Tamaraws in their campaign in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament.
Escoto did not play during the entire Season 76 tournament after suffering an ACL injury in May, and could only watch as the Tamaraws stumbled out of the competition after sweeping the first round of the tournament.
“Akala ko noong una, magtu-tuloy-tuloy na ‘yung laro nila, tapos sa huli parang bumaba sila,” Escoto said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBNnews.com. “Nakakalungkot lang.”
If plans do not miscarry, Bobby Ray Parks will not be returning to the National University Bulldogs next season.
In a phone conversation with GMA News Online, Parks replied, “No sir,” when asked if he would still be suiting up for the Bulldogs come UAAP Season 77. “It sucks that I wasn’t able to bring a championship to NU but I’m doing this for my own personal career and growth.”
He also added, “My first priority was getting a degree and I’m graduating in March.”
MANILA, Philippines — Forward Louie Vigil has recommitted himself to University of Santo Tomas after missing the Tigers’ UAAP season 76 men’s basketball campaign.
Vigil, a former NCAA juniors’ MVP, left the Tigers’ lair last season due to scheduling conflicts and largely because of academic deficiencies.
But Vigil, who also suited up for Foundation champion Blackwater in the PBA D-League, said that his entire focus is now on the Tigers.
The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) kicks off its second-semester action with a turnover of its donation for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda next month at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
On November 30, Season 76 host Adamson University will partner with the Malolos City government through Mayor Christian Natividad for a fund-raising exhibition basketball match between the Soaring Falcons and the Philippine Basketball Association legends headed by ex-Adamson stars Kenneth Duremdes and Marlou Aquino.
The proceeds of the event, set at 6 p.m. at the Malolos City gym, will also be for the Yolanda victims.
MANILA – Ateneo Blue Eagles star Kiefer Ravena is organizing a charity game to raise funds for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” which has killed thousands in the Visayas region.
Ravena plans to hold “Fastbreak Charity Game II” on November 30 at Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo de Manila in Quezon City.
“We're planning a celebrity game and we’re already finalizing all the details,” the 20-year-old Ateneo sensation told ANC Hardball.
MANILA, Philippines – Fast food giant Jollibee paid tribute to Season 76 UAAP Most Valuable Player Terrence Romeo by naming him as the league’s “Champ of the Season.”
The 5-foot-11 Far Eastern University guard was cited for his strong performance which saw him posting season averages of 21.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 blocks per game.
Romeo helped FEU reach the Final four before the Tamaraws succumbed to the De La Salle Green Archers in the semis.