MANILA – Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena could not help but reminisce about his high school glory days after watching the Blue Eaglets take on National University in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 77 juniors basketball Finals last Tuesday.
Ravena had a decorated high school career, winning three straight championships and twice being named Finals Most Valuable Player. He went on to play for Ateneo in the seniors, where he has won two championships and an MVP award.
But while watching the young Ateneo players give their all against the bigger NU Bullpups, Ravena said he had "flashbacks" to when he was still in high school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.