MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) guard Mikee Reyes promised to be a better player next season after twice falling short in crunch time for the Fighting Maroons during the UAAP Season 77 tournament.
Reyes famously missed two potential game-winning free throws against Ateneo, and then bricked a potential go-ahead three-pointer in their last game of the season against the Adamson Falcons last Tuesday.
The loss to Adamson meant that UP ended the tournament with a 1-13 record, and failed their goal of winning at least three games.
MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo guard Kiefer Ravena, who was recently confirmed to be the Most Valuable Player of UAAP Season 77, also earned his third UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week citation after helping the Blue Eagles clinch the top seed in the Final Four.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol has not been shy about heaping praises and crediting Ravena, who steered a young team to get back on track to reclaiming the glory they lost last season.
Last week, Ravena again showed remarkable toughness under pressure, scoring 15 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to spark Ateneo's 68-64 come-from-behind overtime win over Far Eastern University.
La Salle expects star forward Jeron Teng to have fully recovered from a bout with mild dengue by Sunday, when the Green Archers clash with Far Eastern University in a playoff for the No. 2 spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Teng was discharged from the hospital yesterday, three days before the crucial match where the Archers and the Tamaraws will also dispute the remaining twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
“He’s getting better already,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler of his ace gunner. “He will play.”
MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University star Jeron Teng was hospitalized for dengue fever this week, just days before the Green Archers' crucial match on Sunday against Far Eastern University (FEU).
Both Jeron and his older brother Jeric were confined due to "mild dengue" but are now recovering, according to their manager, Paula Punla.
Their mother, Susan, confirmed that both Teng brothers will be discharged later Thursday and that Jeron has the go-signal to play on Sunday.
MANILA, Philippines—King Eagle Kiefer Ravena may have won the UAAP men’s basketball tournament’s top plum, but he has made it clear that he has bigger goals for his team this season.
“The MVP won’t mean anything if we don’t win the championship,” Ravena, who on Wednesday was named the UAAP Press Corps-Accel Quantum Plus/3XVI Player of the Week for the third time, said recently. “The MVP will be just a bonus for me.”
Ravena topped all players in statistical points (SP) to capture his first MVP plum with 77.6, besting De La Salle’s Jeron Teng, who came in second with 68.2 SPs.
With 52 seconds left to play, Aljon Mariano tried to swipe the ball off UE’s Mark Olayon, who looked to have fumbled the ball. The whistle blew and an incredulous Mariano looked at the referee (the replay showed that Mariano never even grazed the Red Warrior).
Mariano was called for his fifth and last foul. He walked off towards the UST bench not knowing what to feel. The minutes seem to flash by as he gamely battled a UE team that was fighting for its Final Four life. Mariano’s Growling Tigers had already been eliminated, thus preventing him from fulfilling a promise to make up for his finals meltdown last year by leading UST to the championship.
Then he heard the ovation from the UST gallery as teammate Louie Vigil went out to embrace him. Mariano topscored with 18 points while adding three rebounds, one assist and two steals.
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Ateneo de Manila University star guard Kiefer Ravena is the Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament after topping the statistical points (SPs) race at the end of the double elimination rounds.
In the final list of UAAP statistics courtesy of Smart Bro, Ravena averaged a league-leading 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game to lead Ateneo to an 11-3 record and the top seed at the end of the eliminations.
He was the runaway leader in terms of statistical points, finishing with 77.64 SPs after 14 games.