Ranidel de Ocampo. 2014-2015 Commissioner's Cup Finals MVP. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Talk ‘N Text star Ranidel De Ocampo took home the Finals Most Valuable Player award of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after leading the Tropang Texters to a championship in a pulsating double overtime Game Seven thriller against Rain or Shine on Wednesday night.

During the seven-game series, De Ocampo averaged 24.3 points and 6.6 rebounds as well as shot an impressive 40 percent from deep.

De Ocampo saved his best performance for last, scoring a career-high 34 points while sinking clutch baskets for Talk ‘N Text during the title-clinching Game Seven.

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UAAP Season 78 kicks off Sept. 5 (April 13, 2015)
Olmin Leyba [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines - The UAAP has adjusted its schedule in line with the shift in the school calendar, setting a Sept. 5 opening for the Season 78 hostilities instead of the usual July kick off.

“We’re moving the opening to September due to the shift in academic calendar,” said University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Dr. Michael Tan after formally accepting hosting chores during Saturday night’s Season 77 closing ceremonies at University of the East Theater.

“Four of the eight member schools – UP, UST, Ateneo and La Salle – are starting in August. This is the reason we’re opening in September.”

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Jeron Artest meets Jeron Teng. Photo from @therealdeanquinito instagram account

The son of former LA Laker Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) is open to play college hoops someday in the Philippines, according to veteran sportscaster Joaquin "Quinito" Henson.

Henson said the 14-year-old Jeron Artest is in the Philippines and is set to attend the La Salle Green Archers' practice on Monday.

Henson posted on Instagram photo collages of the younger Artest with his Filipina mother Jennifer Ruth Uy and his father World Peace.

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UP ‘optimistic’ of its chances for UAAP 78 (April 12, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

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Long considered the league’s sleepers, University of the Philippines (UP) will make the 78th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) their personal concert stage.

It helps that they are the hosts for Season 78.

“I am optimistic,” UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said after the closing ceremonies of UAAP Season 77 on Saturday evening at University of the East Theater.

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Despite having one more playing year left in his UAAP career, University of the Philippines guard Mikee Reyes will not be suiting up for the Fighting Maroons next season.

Reyes made the announcement on his Twitter account on Wednesday night.

Newly-appointed head coach Joe Ward also confirmed the development to GMA News Online.

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Former Ginebra skills coach Joe Ward confirmed on Wednesday his appointment as the head coach of the University of the Philippines men's basketball team.

"Two days ago they came up and gave me the news, the chancellor. They told me, 'Congratulations you're the new coach,'" said the American, who was involved with the UP Maroons as a trainer and skills coach.

Ward is different from "Jumping" Joe Ward, the former NBA player who played with Ginebra in the PBA in the late '80s.

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American coach Joe Ward, currently the acting coach of the UP Fighting Maroons, has no plans of a repeat of last season, when the university’s community threw a bonfire celebration to honor the team’s breaking of a two-year losing streak in Season 77.

He doesn’t want a bonfire next season, but not because he has anything against the festivities itself.

“I’ve heard UP had two consecutive winless seasons, so when the team got its first win, there was a bonfire celebration and a lot of people within the community felt so happy,” Ward told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

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