Basketball

Introduced recently as the man taking the head-coaching duties for CSB’s men’s basketball team next season at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Mr. Tang, now 32, said it is a “natural progression” for him to now be a coach following a noted career in high school all the way to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) playing the point guard position.

“I didn’t really close my doors on coaching and I wanted to try it at one point. I think it’s natural for me. Being a champion and competitive athlete as I am, I wanted to share that kind of mind-set and passion with others,” said Mr. Tang in an intimate gathering with a small group of media at the CSB compound last week.

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IN ONLY his first year in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), coach Aldin Ayo did not waste time making a name for himself, leading the De La Salle Green Archers to another UAAP men’s basketball title.

Sweeping archrivals Ateneo Blue Eagles in their best-of-three finals series, Mr. Ayo and the Archers notched the school’s first seniors hoops crown since 2013 and its ninth overall for solo fourth place all time.

The feat, incidentally, was in follow-up to the championship Mr. Ayo won last year while coaching the Letran Knights over at the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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 VANCOUVER, CANADA-   One of the Filipinos’ favorite sports is basketball. And Filipinos in Canada are no different.

                In the recently concluded ICSA Filipino Basketball League in Vancouver, the Sto. Nino team successfully defended their title against Ron’s team 47-40, cementing their legacy as one of the most successful Filipino basketball teams in Vancouver.

“It is a satisfying victory,” said team manager and coach Michael Castro.

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THE Ateneo Blue Eagles advanced to the finals of University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 79 men’s basketball after beating the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in overtime, 69-68, yesterday in their Final Four rubber match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Needing to come out triumphant to set a finals date with rivals and already-qualified De La Salle Green Archers, Ateneo got the better of FEU in their do-or-die on a balanced attack.

The Eagles struggled early, finding themselves trailing behind, 20-15, at the end of the first period.

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THE second of the Final Four matchups in Season 79 of University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball fires off this weekend with second seeds Ateneo Blue Eagles battling the defending champions and number three team Far Eastern University Tamaraws at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Following the semifinal tiff between tops seeds De La Salle Green Archers and fourth-seeded Adamson Soaring Falcons, which the former won, it is now time for Ateneo and FEU to dispute the other semifinal seat beginning with their 4 p.m. encounter tomorrow. Incidentally, the Eagles (10-4) hold a twice-to-beat advantage over the Tamaraws (9-5).

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FOUND themselves in a battle all game long in their University Athletic Association of the Philippines semifinals, the De La Salle Green Archers stood their ground and eventually staved off the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 69-64, yesterday to claim the first finals seat in Season 79 men’s basketball.

Holding a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four, the Taft-based Archers saw no need to use of as they dispatched the Falcons at the first instance, with import Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng showing the way, but not after being made to sweat by their opponents.

La Salle started the game strong with a 7-0 run, five coming from Teng.

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THE defending champions Far Eastern University Tamaraws bucked a sluggish performance yesterday to come from behind and beat the University of the East Red Warriors, 64-61, and snap their losing streak in the windup of the eliminations round of Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.

Riding on the stepped-up play of guards Wendell Comboy and Axel Iñigo down the stretch, the Tamaraws completed a turnaround in a game that saw them trail for much of the contest. The win halted FEU’s slide to three games while also keeping its slim top two hopes alive.

FEU trailed early in the match, surrendering a 20-11 advantage to UE at the end of the first quarter before getting its bearing in the second canto to outscore its opponent, 23-14, to knot the game at 34-all by half time.

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Played their last game on Sunday against the University of the East Red Warriors, the Maroons ended their season with a 5-9 record for a share of fifth spot with the National University Bulldogs.

The five wins were the highest for the Diliman-based team since Season 68 of the UAAP when they finished their campaign with a 6-8 card.

While they failed to advance to the next round anew, graduating members of the UP men’s basketball team said that all told, as the popular adage goes, it was more of the journey for them not the destination.

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