Boy Sablan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

University of Santo Tomas coach Boy Sablan said he respects Renzo Subido’s decision to skip the Growling Tigers’ campaign in the UAAP Season 80, but made it clear that the door is always open for the point guard.

“It’s up to him,” Sablan said on Friday. “We’re always open for his return. Why would we not take him if he improves in the D-League and he decides to come back in the next season? But again, it’s his decision.”

Subido on Thursday announced that he will sit out this year, citing displeasure over his performance through his first three years in UST and would rather hone his skills in the PBA D-League with AMA Online Education.

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 UST's Renzo Subido will not play for the Tigers in the upcoming collegiate season. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA – University of Santo Tomas point guard Renzo Subido has decided to skip the upcoming college basketball season, including the UAAP Season 80 tournament, citing dissatisfaction with his performance in his first three seasons with the Growling Tigers.

"After much reflection, I have decided to sit out this year of college basketball," Subido said in a statement.

"I have spent the last few weeks reassessing my performance during my first three years in the UAAP and I've arrived to the conclusion that I am not satisfied with how I've played," he added.

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 Jerie Pingoy

 MANILA, Philippines — Jerie Pingoy prayed in front of the Cross. He spent a good two minutes before he made the sign of the cross to signify the end of his prayer and entered the Adamson dugout… to applause.

It was the first time in what… years? It seems like an eternity since he was lauded for his efforts on the basketball court that led to a 61-58 overtime win over the Arellano University Chiefs on opening day of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup last Labor Day, May 1.

In truth, Adamson, harried by the terrific and physical defense of the Chiefs, labored for every point. Gunner Jerrick Ahanmisi only found an ounce of daylight twice. Every other time, he had a hand or two in his face. Even Pingoy, once spry and quick of feet seemed to be playing in slow motion. But he drove hard and adjusted on the fly.

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Big Ben Mbala towers in basketball-mad Philippines (March 02, 2017)
Ceceil Morella, Agence France-Presse [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Cameroon basketball player Benoit Mbala poses at the De La Salle University in Manila.Photo by Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA, Philippines -- "Big Ben" cuts an imposing figure, dominating college basketball in the hoops-crazy Philippines as the best of a wave of African imports on unlikely Asian journeys in search of their NBA dreams.

Cameroon's Benoit Mbala scooped up MVP honours as he led one of Manila's top colleges to last year's University Athletic Association of the Philippines championship.

To the 22-year-old, who played only football until a tremendous growth spurt forced him from pitch to hardcourt as a teenager, the fervour of a nation that treats basketball almost as a religion has been overwhelming.

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Juniors MVP Juan Gomez de Liano commits to UP (February 27, 2017)
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 UPIS standout Juan Gomez de Liano (9) committed to play collegiate basketball for the UP Fighting Maroons, where he will reunite with older brother Javi. Photo by Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- Make that two GDLs staying home in Diliman.

A day after being hailed as the MVP in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament, King Junior Maroon Juan Gomez de Liano is set to move up and become a Fighting Maroon.

“Yes, I have committed to UP,” he told ABS-CBN Sports.

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Recruitment coup: Maroons Final 4 bid suddenly turns Bright (January 23, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]


Bright Akhuetie has already boosted University of the Philippines’ goal of making the Final Four in the men’s basketball tournament.

And he won’t even officially don a Maroons uniform until the 2018 season.

“Even right now, he’s already going to make us better,” said UP coach Bo Perasol Thursday night in Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live omni platform sports talk show.

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Salem, Alejandro tabbed as NU's co-captains (January 06, 2017)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Matt Salem (11) and J-Jay Alejandro have been named as NU's co-captains by incoming head coach Jamike Jarin. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – There are still nine months to go before the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament, but as early as now, incoming National University head coach Jamike Jarin has already selected J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem as the co-captains of the Bulldogs.

Jarin was tapped by NU to replace Eric Altamirano, who resigned after a disappointing Season 79 campaign that saw the Bulldogs miss out on the Final Four just two years after winning a historic UAAP championship.

Jarin, who led San Beda to the NCAA Season 92 title before making the move to the UAAP, inherits a talented line-up that lost only big man Alfred Aroga, the defensive anchor of the Bulldogs and the Finals MVP in Season 77.

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