La Salle's Jason Perkins. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

Perkins explained that he was fulfilling a promise to his mother, saying: "Before I came to Manila, I promised my mom that I would graduate and I want to make her happy."

It was also his way of showing his loyalty to La Salle, who he said has been "very loyal to me" throughout his collegiate career.

"In my rookie year, we won a championship," Perkins said. "I want to end on another championship."

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National University biggest offseason catch could be someone who just sits at the far end of the team’s bench and won’t even log a single second of playing time.

The Bulldogs bolstered their coaching staff by hiring sought-after PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio as the team’s big man coach last month.

Patrimonio has been appointed to hone the skills of NU’s young big men like Matt Salem and Matthew Aquino.

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MANILA, Philippines – True sportsmanship can be seen on the core values and virtues athletes develop and live by as they relentlessly train and compete. With hard work and dedication, sportsmen also cultivate discipline, work ethic, and mental toughness, among other qualities.

Aiming to uplift the value of sportsmanship in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), Chooks-to-Go—the largest roasted chicken retail business in the country—will support the basketball sports program of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons senior men’s basketball team throughout their UAAP Season 79 campaign.

“We will support the pre-season games and training as well as the entire campaign of the UP Fighting Maroons in the 79th UAAP season. This involves full merchandising, meal provisions, life-coaching, and personal development of the team and staff as we encourage the players to be shining examples of true sportsmanship, on and off the court,” said Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) president and general manager Ronald Mascariñas. BAVI operates Chooks-to-Go.

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La Salle’s Abu Tratter wanted to get under the skin of Papi Sarr in one instance in the third quarter and he got shoved by the Cameroonian center, Kib Montalbo gave the smallest player on the court CJ Cadua a body check in the fourth period and the 5-foot-5 point guard, who crashed hard on the floor, quickly got back on his feet and knocked down two free throws as if nothing happened.

For much of La Salle’s preseason game against Adamson on Saturday, the Green Archers tried to bully their way to victory.

The Archers, hands down favorites next season, won the game but they couldn’t insert any fear into these new breed of Falcons not through the physicality nor their sheer talent. La Salle’s 98-88 win didn’t dictate how hard the Archers had to push themselves in a game they were expect to dominate from start to finish.

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Perasol brings coaching experience from Blue Eagles to Maroons (May 04, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Former Blue Eagles coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

New UP coach Bo Perasol knows that bringing the Fighting Maroons back to Final Four contention would be no easy feat.

That’s why he’s willing to be patient as he takes on the challenge of leading his alma mater back to a contention.

“The immediate goal is to improve from last season’s performance. Hopefully, we can have a fighting chance for the Final Four this year,” Perasol said, after he was formally introduced as the new head coach on Monday.

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MANILA, Philippines - The University of the Philippines gets a big shot in the arm as it primes up for UAAP Season 79, drawing Chooks-to-Go’s support in all its basketball sports program, including the Maroons’ campaign in the upcoming tournament.

“We will support the pre-season games and training as well as the entire campaign of the UP Fighting Maroons in the 79th UAAP season,” said Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), which operates the country’s largest roasted chicken retail business.

The support involves full merchandising, meal provisions, life-coaching, and personal development of the team and staff as Chooks-to-Go encourages the players to be shining examples of true sportsmanship, on and off the court.

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Is 6'9 basketball prodigy joining UP Fighting Maroons? (April 17, 2016)
Ares Gutierrez [ Source: GMA Network ]

ai Sotto, all of 6ft 9 (as of today) poses with legendary Maroons coach Joe Lipa, former Maroons standout Marvin Cruz and JB Baylon. Photo from JB Baylon's Facebook account

 Will the long wait for UP to finally light up a real bonfire to celebrate the return of the elusive UAAP basketball crown to Diliman be over in the next couple of years?

If a picture posted on Facebook on Saturday night by UP alumnus and former PBA governor JB Baylon is to be taken at face value, the state university will probably be seeing the second coming of a Benjie Paras in the person of Kai Zacharry Sotto, a 13-year-old prodigy who at 6'9 is already being trumpeted as the future of Philippine basketball.

Sotto's picture showing him holding a Maroons jersey was posted on Baylon's Facebook account Saturday night with a caption saying, "DONE DEAL! Kai Sotto, all of 6ft 9 (as of today) poses with legendary Maroons coach Joe Lipa, former Maroons standout Marvin Cruz and myself in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The future of Maroons basketball is assured."

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