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NBA trainer impressed with UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena (February 01, 2015)
Alder Almo [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Kiefer Ravena. PHILIPPINE STAR Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- American basketball skills coach Joe Abunassar, the founder of the top NBA off-season training camp, will always have a soft spot for Filipino players.

Abunassar, CEO of Impact Basketball, is in Manila for a brief two-day visit to bring his specialized training camp closer to Filipino players and coaches in partnership with Global Link Travel and Tours.

Abunassar has helped several NBA stars from his first clients NBA champions Kevin Garnett and Chauncey Billups to first time All Stars DeMarcus Cousins and Kyle Lowrie. But aside from his high profile NBA players, Abunassar also takes pride in helping the country's top college basketball programs San Beda and Ateneo in their title runs in their respective leagues and Alaska in the PBA and past national teams.

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Warriors ax player for commercial league stint (January 25, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

ANOTHER UAAP foreign player was caught playing in a commercial basketball league and the school he plays for has already cut him from the roster for good.

University of the East’s Moustapha Arafat, a 6-foot-6 Cameroonian center, saw action in a Marikina league last December, the same month La Salle’s Ben Mbala also played in a General Santos City tournament while still serving his residency.

Arafat already debuted for the Warriors last year, but the league only allows its players to  suit up for commercial leagues after two seasons, and only upon approval of the school.

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UAAP

Guam resident James White has made his way into the Philippines' semi-professional basketball scene.

White is a point guard for Far Eastern University's Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation team in Quezon City.

The team is currently in off season, preparing and practicing for an upcoming tournament in Cebu.

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Top La Salle recruit faces full-season suspension (January 14, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

The prized recruit known for posting monstrous numbers may end up not playing for La Salle next season after all.

After serving a two-year residency, Cameroonian Ben Mbala may be slapped with a one-year suspension in UAAP basketball after getting caught playing in a provincial tournament last December.

The 6-foot-7 Mbala saw action in the Manny Pacquiao Sports Challenge or the “Pacman Cup,” an eight-team tournament organized by the Filipino icon, from Dec. 2 to 9 at Tambler Gym and Lagao Gym in General Santos City.

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Mbala, Go expected to shine for Archers (January 14, 2015)
Peter Atencio [ Source: Manila Standard Today ]

UAAP

TWO promising cagers are expected to make a splash for La Salle in the coming 78th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

Six-foot-seven Cameroonian Benoit Mbala will be coming out of a two-year residency, while Hope Christian School ace shooter and national youth standout Jollo Go will be trying to show he belongs to the big league as the two aim to seek spots in the main roster.

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UAAP

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN Corporation is looking forward to 2018 when the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) marks its 80th anniversary.

The UAAP recently signed another deal with ABS-CBN, extending their partnership for the next five years.

ABS-CBN Integrated Sports chief Dino Laurena said this will push the partnership to 20 years, which will coincide with the 80th anniversary of the league.

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Search for new UP coach continues (December 14, 2014)
Beth Celis [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

About two months ago, when UP College of Human Kinetics Dean Ronnie Dizer formed a five-man search committee to look for a head coach for the UP Maroons to replace Rey Madrid, not a few alumni questioned the inclusion of then Globalport coach Pido Jarencio to the group.

The speculation was Pido, who led the UST Tigers to the finals against the De La Salle University in 2013, was the coach Dizer had in mind to replace Madrid. But since he wasn’t sure how the UP alumni would react to having a UST alumnus as coach of the Maroons, he decided on a soft entry for the former Tigers mentor.

The other day, I called Pido to get an update on the search. He admitted that the head coach post had been dangled to him, but he begged off because he was from UST, even if his physician wife, a UP product, is a heavy supporter of the academe and the Maroons.

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