UP rookie Gomez de Liaño continues to surprise Perasol (October 28, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

UP's Javi Gomez de Liano (22) scores a lay-up against the defense of NU's Michael Pate. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) rookie Javi Gomez de Liaño does not often get heavy minutes, but whenever he is sent in to games, he makes an immediate impact for the Fighting Maroons.

The rookie out of UP Integrated School has the height and wingspan of a collegiate power forward, but he already has a smooth perimeter game and a solid handle. He can bring the ball down court whenever the UP guards are pressured, and he spaces the floor with his shooting ability as well.

Gomez de Liaño flew under the radar at the start of the UAAP Season 79 tournament, but as UP began to rack up victories in the second round, more and more fans have started to take notice of the lanky forward.

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Why La Salle fielded in 'supersized' lineup vs UST (October 25, 2016)
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 La Salle center Ben Mbala grabs a rebound while teammate Abu Tratter looks on. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle University Green Archers insist they meant no disrespect when they trotted out a line-up composed of mostly big men in the fourth quarter of their UAAP Season 79 game against University of Santo Tomas last Sunday.

La Salle was comfortably ahead, 78-40, with seven minutes to go when Ben Mbala, Jason Perkins, Abu Tratter, Mark Dyke, and Julian Sargent were all fielded in at the same time. Of the five, only Sargent was a true guard, while Dyke played as a forward in high school before transitioning to the guard positions as a collegiate player.

UST coach Boy Sablan was not all too pleased with the supersized line-up, although La Salle assistant Louie Gonzales made it clear that they were not showing off.

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Sablan hoping for a miracle in UST's last three games (October 25, 2016)
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 UST coach Boy Sablan. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – University of Santo Tomas (UST) head coach Boy Sablan is not giving up on their UAAP Season 79 campaign even as he continues to lament the Growling Tigers' sub-par roster and inconsistent performances.

The Growling Tigers slumped to their worst loss in a decade on Sunday, when they bowed to De La Salle University, 56-99, in a game that was all but over by halftime. UST shot a paltry 27.54% from the field, committed 26 turnovers, and were outrebounded 35-66.

"Wala eh, wala talaga eh," a clearly disappointed Sablan told reporters after the game. "Unang-una, sabi ko nga sa inyo, uulitin ko – lahat ng mga players ng UST ngayon, puro bench players 'yan."

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 FEU's Raymar Jose (6) passes to a teammate against UP. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) big man Raymar Jose earned UAAP Player of the Week honors after he powered the Tamaraws to a come-from-behind win over University of the Philippines (UP) last Saturday.

The Tamaraws were down by 20 points at the end of the first quarter, 8-28, but Jose helped them claw their way back from the deficit en route to a 63-60 victory that extended their winning streak to seven games.

Jose scored two crucial baskets in crunch time to put FEU on top, 63-57, with 1:30 left, then the Tamaraws showed their defensive intensity in the final possessions to pull out the victory.

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FEU head coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Whatever happens in the next several days or even weeks, Nash Racela will finish his coaching duties with Far Eastern University this season.

FEU athletic director Mark Molina assured the Tamaraws that Racela, who is reportedly on his way to becoming head coach of TNT in the PBA, will stay at the team’s helm through the end of UAAP Season 79.

“Our only concern with FEU is to make sure that Nash will finish the season with FEU. There is no doubt we know that Nash will not leave the team in the middle of the season,” Molina told reporters after FEU’s comeback win over University of the Philippines on Saturday.

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 Papi Sarr scored 25 points and 15 rebounds for Adamson. Josh Albeda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- Adamson University maintained its hold on the fourth spot by vanquishing University of the East (UE), 71-79, and snap a two-game slump in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday.

Papi Sarr powered the Falcons past the Red Warriors, firing 25 points to go with his 15 rebounds.

Jerrick Ahanmisi also had a good game for Adamson, tallying 17 points including four treys.

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 Far Eastern University now has eight wins and two defeats. Josh Albeda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA -- (UPDATED) Far Eastern University (FEU) clawed its way out of a double-digit deficit to hack out a 63-60 win over the University of the Philippines (UP) in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

FEU trailed UP by 20 points before rallying in the fourth quarter to register its seventh straight victory.

Skipper Toto Jose led the Tamaraws with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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