NU limits Adamson to 25 points to take solo lead (July 31, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

NU's Jeth Rosario (17) follows up on a rebound against Adamson. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) The National University (NU) Bulldogs thoroughly demolished the hapless Adamson University Falcons, 62-25, to take the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bulldogs stamped their class on the Falcons, holding Adamson to the lowest scoring output in a UAAP game since 2003. The University of the Philippines in 2013 and NU in 2011 had set the previous marks with 39 points in losses to the University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo, respectively.

With their victory, the Bulldogs now have a 4-1 record, taking the solo lead in the league. Adamson slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat.

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Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters must adjust games for LeBron James (July 31, 2014)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

LAS VEGAS -- The period of congratulating and backslapping for the Cleveland Cavaliers organization is drawing toward a close. The realization of what their incredible offseason means is starting to sink in.

LeBron James is back, Kevin Love may be on the way, and expectations and pressure are about to arrive right on their heels. It's what would be considered a happy problem -- one the team's principals have already started considering.

"Our team, we have a lot of work to do," Cavs All-Star Kyrie Irving said this week during Team USA training camp. "Everyone is going to be coming for us, and that is what you want as a competitor, especially in the NBA. When it comes to that point, I'll be prepared."

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NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are considering signing free-agent forward Michael Beasley and brought in the six-year veteran for a workout at their El Segundo, California, practice facility Wednesday, according to multiple sources.

"[Beasley] looked very good and he has been working out," one source said. "A tiny rust from layoff, but [he] did a good job."

The former No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game for the Miami Heat last season. While Beasley showed improvement from his previous season when he played with the Phoenix Suns, upping his shooting percentage from 40.5 to 49.9 percent and his 3-point percentage from 31.3 to 38.9 percent, he was out of Miami's rotation by the playoffs, appearing in just four of the Heat's 20 postseason games on their run to the NBA Finals.

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FEU hands UE second straight loss (July 31, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

FEU's Mac Belo (R) drives to the basket against UE's Moustapha Arafat (L). Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws recovered from a flat start to overcome the University of the East (UE), 73-63, and hand the Red Warriors their second consecutive loss of the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament.

The Tamaraws were down by 13 points in the first period after struggling against UE's full court press, but they cleaned up their act in the second period and in the second half, and eventually took complete control of the game in the final period.

"There were no adjustments," said FEU coach Nash Racela after the game. "We just did the things that we were doing in practice. Of course, we had some preparation, and we talked about the press of UE."

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International Basketball

The PBA style of play may be a hindrance to Gilas Pilipinas when it competes in next month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Gilas Coach Chot Reyes told his players during their ongoing training camp in Miami that they must capitalize on their speed and quickness instead of the physical play they have been accustomed to in the PBA for them to produce a solid showing.

[caption id="attachment_169249" align="alignleft" width="240"] Chot Reyes[/caption]

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Is Iran unbeatable in Asian caging? (July 31, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

FIBA Asia Championships

Only the winner of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championships to be held in China will gain an outright ticket to represent the continent at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and from the looks of things, Iran is the popular choice to make it.

There will be 12 countries competing for basketball gold in Brazil with Asia allocated just one slot which is reserved for the team that tops next year’s FIBA Asia tournament. However, the second and third place FIBA Asia finishers will be invited to participate in a 12-team Olympic qualifying meet where the top three placers advance to compete in Rio de Janeiro so the window is open for more entries.

The nine guaranteed slots for the 2016 Olympics are allocated to the host country Brazil, the 2014 FIBA World Cup champion, the African champion, the Asian champion, the Oceania champion, the two finalists in Europe and the two finalists in the Americas. In the event the US wins the FIBA World Cup in Spain and is a finalist in the Americas Championships, the next highest finisher in the Americas qualifiers claims the ticket to Rio. Three slots will be given to the top three placers in the Olympic qualifying tournament where 12 teams are to participate. The 12 teams are the Oceania runner-up, the second and third placers in Africa and Asia, the next three finishers in the Americas and the next four finishers in Europe.

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ABL

Despite an 8 point deficit early in the fourth quarter, Hi-Tech Bangkok City rallied and pulled off a 59-51 win over JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers for their third straight win.

“We played within our system in the last five minutes of the game and our local players showed their best efforts,�? said Hi-Tech assistant coach Raha Mortel on keys of their comeback.

Chris Charles continued his hot start in the 2014 AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League with a 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 block shots performance. Jerick Canada added 11 points for Hi-Tech who are 3-0 now.

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Tony Parker is sitting out the FIBA World Cup out of respect. (USATSI)

Tony Parker is the most important basketball player in the history of France. He's been their greatest winner and most successful player, while also being a great ambassador for the country's basketball program. In 2013, he played in the FIBA EuroBasket tournament, winning MVP for France as he led them to the gold medal. However, after winning his third NBA championship for the San Antonio Spurs, he won't be leading France in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News tells us Parker's decision to sit out the World Cup is a tough thing for Parker to do, but it's the correct decision for him. He also says it's a way to give back to the Spurs after they've been so understanding with him playing internationally in so many summers over his career.

    So as much as Parker would love to be with Les Bleus getting ready for the World Cup, he's more than happy to have some time off.

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DeMarcus Cousins.  Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

DeMarcus Cousins could be on the verge of creating an international incident at the FIBA World Cup this summer, a thought that both intrigues and terrifies Team USA, the NBA and fans of the volatile, talented big man.

Now in special demand after Kevin Love and Blake Griffin pulled out of camp, Cousins is the most experienced interior player on Team USA's roster. Suddenly, a guy who has twice been invited to camp as a polite afterthought is a key piece of the USA's basketball fortunes.

With the hulking, experienced Spanish team looming as serious competition, Cousins is someone Team USA badly needs.

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International Basketball

MANILA – So far, so good.

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said naturalized NBA player Andray Blatche is getting along well with his team mates after three days of training camp in Miami, Florida.

“[He’s] starting to assimilate guys playing with him,” Reyes said in Ronnie Nathanielsz’s report to Philboxing.

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