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Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez I File Photo
Updated Saturday December 19, 2015 - 4:58pm

Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez team up for charity in FASTBR3AK - a volleyball exhibition game for victims of typhoon Nona on December 23 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

PLDT HOME Ultera Family Barkada members and brand ambassadors Alyssa Valdez of the Ateneo Lady Eagles, Mika Reyes of the DLSU Lady Spikers are among the crowd-drawers in the highly ancitipated UAAP Volleyball Championship. File Photo
Updated Thursday December 17, 2015 - 3:18pm

The prestigious UAAP Volleyball Championship is poised to return for its 78th season in 2016, with the Women's Division to be presented by no less than PLDT HOME Ultera, the Ultra-Fast LTE for a Happy Family.

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By Richard Dy, contributor | Updated Tuesday December 08, 2015 - 5:00pm

Newly-appointed Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin felt his gold-medal stint with the Gilas cadet team last year may have convinced the university's officials to tap him as the successor of erstwhile coach Bo Perasol.

FEU's Mac Belo, UAAP Mythical 5 member and eventual Finals MVP, drives past UST's Jamil Sheriff during the 2nd half of the UAAP Finals Game 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wednesday. The Tamaraws kept the Tigers at bay late in the fourth, copping their 20th championship in the league. | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Thursday December 03, 2015 - 12:00am

In the final, frantic seconds of the game that must've felt like an agonizing wait to end a string of frustrating years, Mac Belo stood in the middle, looking to script a perfect ending to his collegiate career.

FEU senior guard Mike Tolomia attacks UST defense in Game 3 of the UAAP Finals. EC Toledo IV
By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday December 02, 2015 - 6:15pm

The FEU Tamaraws exorcised the ghost of their heartbreaking Finals loss last season by capturing their 20th men's basketball title, extending their winningest record in the UAAP, after outlasting the UST Growling Tigers, 67-62, on Wednesday before a huge sea of yellow-clad shirts numbering to 23,124 at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Tigers' Ed Daquioag maneouvers midair against Tamaraws' Mike Tolomia  Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file
Updated Wednesday December 02, 2015 - 4:00pm
Live updates on Game 3 of the UAAP Season 78 finals between the UST Growling Tigers and the FEU Tamaraws.
Ed Daquioag and Karim Abdul provided ample support to Kevin Ferrer's career-high tying 29-point performance in Game 2. File Photo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Sunday November 29, 2015 - 3:39pm

I had six thoughts following Game Two of the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals.

Kevin Ferrer brings back his famed "tongue gesture" which was a no-show in the eliminations and the Final Four round. He singlehandedly tore the Tamaraws apart in the 3rd period, where he fired for 24 points--18 of which, from downtown. | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Saturday November 28, 2015 - 8:00pm

"I was just hoping that he miss,"  a stunned FEU coach Nash Racela told the reporters Saturday shortly after his Tamaraws were taken aback by the UST Growling Tigers in their UAAP Finals series.

The University of Santo Tomas takes their UAAP banner game to another level, gives a nod to a popular movie starred John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. | EC Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By EC Toledo IV | Updated Saturday November 28, 2015 - 7:00pm

Pip the top snapshots of Philstar.com's coverage of the UAAP Finals Game 2 at the Araneta Coliseum, where the UST Growling Tigers rallied in the second half, forcing a rubber match against the FEU Tamaraws.

Kevin Ferrer willed the UST Growling Tigers back into contention with a big performance in Game 2. EC Toledo IV
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday November 28, 2015 - 6:20pm

The UST Growling Tigers rode on the hot shooting of Kevin Ferrer in the third quarter then pulled the necessary stops in the closing minutes to force a winner-take-all Game 3. 

Caption: FEU Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela flanked by wards Russell Escoto (left) Achie Inigo and Mike Tolomia | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Friday November 27, 2015 - 6:05pm

 It's one foot in the championship door for coach Nash Racela and his Tamaraws.

FEU Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela flanked by wards Russell Escoto (left) Achie Inigo and Mike Tolomia | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Friday November 27, 2015 - 5:41pm

It's a foot in the door, for Nash Racela and his Tamaraws.

UST's Karim Abdul (left) being guarded by Game 1 FEU Tamaraws' x-factor Prince Orizu | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Thursday November 26, 2015 - 1:11pm

How big was that Game One win by FEU over UST?

FEU Tamaraw point guard Mike Tolomia puts up a shot against UST defenders. | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Wednesday November 25, 2015 - 7:46pm

After 40 minutes, it was the Tamaraws who stayed true to their team's slogan.

Mike Tolomia stars in the FEU Tamaraws' conquest of the UST Growling Tigers in Game One of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball finals. EC Toledo IV
By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday November 25, 2015 - 5:45pm

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws finished just like how they started.

The Growling Tigers gather in a huddle during a timeout. | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com File
By Denison Rey Dalupang | Updated Wednesday November 25, 2015 - 2:35pm

Back in April 2015, the UST Growling Tigers looked nothing near special.

Former De La Salle University Green Archers head coach Juno Sauler. Phlilstar.com/AJ Bolando
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Tuesday November 24, 2015 - 4:22pm

he De La Salle University finally broke the ice surrounding men's basketball team head coach Juno Sauler's resignation from his post.

THE CAST IS SET. FEU Tamaraws' Mac Belo (second from left) and UST Growling Tigers' Louie Vigil -- the two heroes of the UAAP Final Four. Flanking them are their respective coaches: Nash Racela (left) and Bong dela Cruz (right). | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com Photos
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Tuesday November 24, 2015 - 2:32pm

It seems only right that the best two teams in the UAAP this year clash for the title. The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers was somewhat not expected to be here yet they are and are massive favorites to win their first championship since 2006.

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers singing their school hymn shortly after booking their UAAP Fianls ticket at the expense of the National University Bulldogs. Philstar.com
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang | Updated Sunday November 22, 2015 - 7:11pm

In the end, it was the Tigers - and not the Bulldogs - who bit harder.

Updated Saturday November 21, 2015 - 5:56pm

Mac Belo did it again.

Kiefer Ravena I File Photo/EC Toledo IV
By Alder Almo | Updated Thursday November 19, 2015 - 11:35am

Kiefer Ravena officially bagged his second straight UAAP MVP serving as another motivation for him to show up in the big stage as he tries to lead the Ateneo Blue Eagles to the Finals against no.2 seed Far Eastern University Tamaraws. 

By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday November 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

Far Eastern U slammed the door hard on De La Salle University after eking out a a come-from-behind 71-68 win on Wednesday at the end of the double round elimination in the Smart Araneta Coliseum and set the Final Four cast in the UAAP Season 78. 

Updated Sunday November 15, 2015 - 5:37pm

University overcame its biggest challenge of the UAAP Season 78 women's basketball tournament, hacking out a 81-74 win over a gritty De La Salle side to gain an outright Finals slot Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday November 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

The defending champion National University Bulldogs survived a late FEU Tamaraws' fightback to eke out a 70-68 win on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena to get a hold of the fourth spot and assured themselves of at least a playoff for the last Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball. 

By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday November 14, 2015 - 5:06pm

The University of the East Red Warriors shot down the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 74-69, on Saturday to stay alive in the Final Four race of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Kiefer Ravena hit 15 points in what could have been his final game against La Salle in the UAAP. EC Toledo IV 
By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday November 08, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Ateneo Blue Eagles came back to torment their arch-rival De La Salle Green Archers and stay in the hunt for a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four with a 73-62 win on Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday November 08, 2015 - 3:24pm

The National University Bulldogs picked up a big win against the already ousted UP Fighting Maroons, 75-69, on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to boost their UAAP Season 78 Final Four bid.

By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday November 07, 2015 - 7:00pm

The UST Growling Tigers ended the Far Easter U Tamaraws' nine-game win streak and assured themselves of at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four with a huge 85-76 win Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

 
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday November 07, 2015 - 5:00pm

Adamson U played as spoiler when it ward off University of the East, 74-71, Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ateneo import Chibueze Ikeh (no.99) is in hot water following his arrest for domestic violence. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Thursday November 05, 2015 - 2:19pm

Ateneo player Chibueze Ikeh is already out of police custody after his lawyer posted a bail of P24,000 on Thursday afternoon.

Ateneo's Nigerian import Chibueze Ikeh (no.99) is in hot water following his arrest for domestic violence at the Smart Araneta Coliseum right after their win against UP Fighting Maroons. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Thursday November 05, 2015 - 11:15am

Ateneo player Chibueze Ikeh is still under police custody following his arrest on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum right after the Blue Eagles defeated the UP Fighting Maroons, 74-65, for their fourth straight win to clinch a Final Four berth.

Kiefer Ravena I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday November 04, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Ateneo Blue Eagles continued their steady rise in the second round of the UAAP Season 78 as after claiming their fourth straight win at the expense of their Katipunan rival UP Fighting Maroons, 74-65, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Clark Derige (11) upstages Ed Daquioag (8) of UST to power UE to a big upset win in the UAAP Season 78. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday November 04, 2015 - 4:18pm

Clark Derige exploded for a career-high 26 points as the UE Red Warriors brought down a giant in the UST Growling Tigers, 91-77, on Wednesday and fanned their Final Four hopes in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball.

By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday October 28, 2015 - 7:20pm

Defending champion National University stayed in the hunt for a Final Four spot after extending De La Salle University's woes, 81-73, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday October 28, 2015 - 5:22pm

Far Eastern U moved closer to clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four after a methodical win over Adamson, 82-69, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena.

By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Tuesday October 27, 2015 - 3:30pm

In a conversation with Yeng Guiao a long time ago, the veteran coach told me that when he gets the stat sheet, the first thing he looks at are the assists. 

Kevin Ferrer (#14) gestures to the crowd during University of Santo Tomas' first round conquest of the University of the Philippines | Philstar.com File/Efigenio Toledo IV
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Monday October 26, 2015 - 4:20pm

After watching UST's Kevin Ferrer on Sunday, I couldn't but help and think of his days as a Tiger Cub where he was known more for his scoring especially from three-point range and from those years when some pegged him as a rugged player who liked to taunt foes.

Kevin Ferrer logged in a double-double effort to lead UST past UP. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday October 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

The UST Growling Tigers got back on track but not without a scare from the UP Fighting Maroons in eking out an 83-76 win Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Kiefer Ravena I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday October 25, 2015 - 5:00pm

Kiefer Ravena waxed hot early on to set the tone of the Ateneo Blue Eagles' 68-59 taming of the defending UAAP champion NU Bulldogs on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Mac Belo led the FEU Tamaraws with 16 points. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday October 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Far Eastern U clinched the first Final Four seat but not after fending off a big scare from UE Red Warriors, 71-67, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball nightcap at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Joseph Nalos (far right) returned to the Adamson Falcons lineup after serving his one-game suspension to lead the team to a big win over De La Salle Green Archers. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday October 24, 2015 - 4:30pm

Point guard Joseph Nalos returned from a one-game suspension with a big game while Papi Sarr provided the marginal basket as the Adamson Falcons shock the De La Salle Green Archers,  75-74, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

Adamson University Soaring Falcons head coach Mike Fermin | Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Thursday October 22, 2015 - 10:29am

Adamson Falcons head coach Mike Fermin lamented the late calls that saw his hard-fighting team succumb to National University, 85-79, in overtime.

By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday October 21, 2015 - 8:00pm

The Ateneo Blue Eagles brushed off the latest off-court distraction as they stopped the UST Growling Tigers, 80-74, Wednesday in the nightcap of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday October 21, 2015 - 5:12pm

Defending champion National U Bulldogs snapped their three-game slide after escaping past Adamson Falcons, 85-79, overtime on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to pump up their sagging Final Four bid alive in the UAAP Season 78.

Ateneo Blue Eagles' second string forward John Apacible was slapped with a disciplany sanction by the team management following his involvement in a road rage accident. video screengrab 
By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday October 21, 2015 - 12:00am

The erring Ateneo Blue Eagle who is in the middle of storm following a drunken road rage incident over the weekend has issued a public apology. 

Ateneo Blue Eagles' second string forward John Apacible was slapped with a disciplany sanction by the team management following his involvement in a road rage accident. video screengrab 
By Alder Almo | Updated Tuesday October 20, 2015 - 11:48am

The Ateneo Blue Eagles management has suspended erring player John Apacible for his outburst during a drunk driving incident caught on video on early Sunday morning along Timog in Quezon City. 

Javier, left, jockeyeing for position against Ateneo's Alfonzo Gotladera | File Photo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Monday October 19, 2015 - 3:15pm
 
There are five games left in Chris Javier's five-year career with the University of the East Red Warriors. Unless his squad makes the Final Four that is all he has left.
Satellite image of Typhoon "Lando" as released by PAGASA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday October 18, 2015 - 8:59am

Both the PBA and UAAP have canceled their schedules Sunday due to the bad weather brought by typhoon Lando. 

Ed Daquioag I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday October 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

The UST Growling Tigers survived a big scare from the defending champion National University Bulldogs before scoring a vengeful 65-57 win on Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Kiefer Ravena I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday October 17, 2015 - 5:00pm

Kiefer Ravena sparkled with a near triple-double as the Ateneo Blue Eagles arrested a two-game slide with an 87-72 rout of the Adamson Falcons on Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Kevin Ferrer I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday October 11, 2015 - 7:30pm

The UST Growling Tigers continued their amazing run in the UAAP Men's Basketball after scoring another epic come-from-behind win against De La Salle Green Archers, 81-79, Sunday at the Big Dome. 

Mac Belo I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Sunday October 11, 2015 - 4:30pm

The league leader Far Eastern University Tamaraws extended the Ateneo Blue Eagles' woes with a 66-61 victory on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

UE's Chris Javier I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday October 10, 2015 - 7:30pm

Chris Javier went one rebound shy of a double-double as he led the UE Red Warriors to a repeat of its first round win against the defending champion NU Bulldogs with a grind-it-out 52-47 win on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

Henry Asilum I File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday October 10, 2015 - 4:25pm

The Fighting Maroons survived a pesky Adamson Falcons team, 89-84, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena to get back on the winning track after losing five in a row. 

Jeron Teng outduels Kiefer Ravena as De La Salle took the first round in their UAAP rivalry. File Photo
Updated Sunday October 04, 2015 - 7:00pm

De La Salle Green Archers bucked a slow start to clip their arch-rival Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, 70-66, Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday October 04, 2015 - 4:00pm
Jerome Garcia fired a career-high 26 points as Adamson broke through with its first win at the expense of slumping University of the Philippines, 73-68, Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the MOA Arena.
The National University took home its third straight title in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Philstar.com/Emjae Villarey, file
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday October 03, 2015 - 6:12pm

National University Pep Squad  came up with a flawless routine to retain the title in the 2015 UAAP Cheerdance Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

Ed Daquioag and the UST Growling Tigers rained triples on a hapless De La Salle Green Archers team to hike their record to 5-1 and a share of top spot in the UAAP men's basketball. File Photo
Updated Thursday October 01, 2015 - 7:07am

Relieve the scorching hot shooting of the Tigers in the dizzying third quarter run where they scored 29 points, 21 coming from beyond the arc, that turned things around for them.

Kevin Ferrer (right) scored 17 points in 16 minutes to lead the UST Growling Tigers to their fifth win in six games. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Wednesday September 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

University of Santo Tomas once again showed its ability to come out of huge holes, unleashing a series of spurts in the last three quarters to rally past La Salle, 77-61, and gain a share of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball lead Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Monday September 28, 2015 - 12:00am

Far Eastern U flirted with disaster before scoring a 64-60 escape act over a surprisingly tough Adamson side yesterday to wrest the solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Kevin Ferrer (right) explodes for 27 points as the UST Growling Tigers score an epic come-from-behind win against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Saturday September 26, 2015 - 6:30pm

Kevin Ferrer fired six triples en route to a career-high 27 points as he powered the UST Growling Tigers to a come-from-behind 68-58 win over Ateneo Blue Eagles Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena to grab a share of the top spot in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball.

Perlas Pilipinas' Afril Bernardino starred in National U's fifth straight win this season and extending the Lady Bulldogs streak to 21 games dating back to last season. File Photo
Updated Thursday September 24, 2015 - 5:35pm

Reigning champion National University survived University of the East, 66-63 to make it five in a row in the UAAP Season 78 women's basketball Wednesday at the Blue Eagle gym.

Updated Thursday September 24, 2015 - 12:00am

Defending champion National University and De La Salle trounced their respective rivals to stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 78 men's badminton action yesterday.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Thursday September 24, 2015 - 12:00am

Far Eastern U shifted to high gear in the fourth quarter as it rallied past University of the East, 92-81, to grab the solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the MOA Arena yesterday.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 7:38pm

Defending champion National University nipped Adamson, 75-54, to pick up its second straight win after a 0-3 start in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

Updated Wednesday September 23, 2015 - 12:00am

Surging Far Eastern University Tamaraws trains its sight on the solo lead today as it tangles with University of the East in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the MOA Arena.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Tuesday September 22, 2015 - 12:00am

UAAP Season 78 basketball commissioner Rebo Saguisag yesterday slapped Adamson Falcons coach Mike Fermin a one-game suspension for his action during the team's 71-88 setback to La Salle last Sunday.

FEU Tamaraw Russel Escoto takes a shot against Cheick Kone of UP in their UAAP game yesterday at the Big Dome.  JUN MENDOZA
 
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Monday September 21, 2015 - 12:00am

Far Eastern U uncorked a 12-0 run to set the stage for a 75-58 drubbing of University of the Philippines as the Tams grabbed a share of the lead in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

Raymar Jose (12) comes up big for the FEU Tamaraws in a big win against the UP Fighting Maroons as they caught the UST Growling Tigers on top of the standings. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday September 20, 2015 - 8:00pm

Far Eastern U detonated a lethal 12-0 bomb in the payoff period to set the stage for a 75-58 drubbing of University of the Philippines and grab a share of the lead in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jeron Teng had an all-around game to pace the De La Salle Green Archers. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday September 20, 2015 - 6:04pm

La Salle stormed to a wire-to-wire 88-71 rout of Adamson to snap a two-game skid Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Updated Sunday September 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Defending champion National University took the solo lead after a 76-62 conquest of Adamson University in a duel of unbeaten teams Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 women's basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.Defending champion National University took the solo lead after a 76-62 conquest of Adamson University in a duel of unbeaten teams Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 women's basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle gym.

Updated Sunday September 20, 2015 - 5:00pm

Defending champion National University and La Salle gained a share of the lead in the men's division after beating their respective foes Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Defending champion National University Bulldogs finally showed their bite and broke through with a hard-earned 55-54 victory over erstwhile unbeaten University of Santo Tomas Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the MOA Arena.

 
Updated Saturday September 19, 2015 - 6:13pm

National University opened title-retention bid in style with a 4-1 victory of old nemesis Ateneo in the men's division of the UAAP Season 78 badminton tournament Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 19, 2015 - 5:00pm

Von Pessumal got things going with his torrid shooting then Kiefer Ravena delivered the finishing touches as Ateneo drubbed University of the East, 77-72, to race to its third straight win in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney Saturday at the MOA Arena.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Friday September 18, 2015 - 12:00am

National University coach Eric Altamirano said the Bulldogs remain positive despite digging themselves a 0-3 hole at the start of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney.

Blue Eagles' Kiefer Ravena (left) and Bulldogs' Gelo Alolino. | Composite Image/Philstar.com File Photos
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Thursday September 17, 2015 - 12:54pm

Ugly reared its head once more as Ateneo climbed up to 2-1 with a pulsating, riveting, nervy, agonizing and maddening 74-70 win over defending champions National University in double overtime.

NU Bulldog Alfred Aroga goes to the basket against Blue Eagle Gideon Babilonia in their game yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Thursday September 17, 2015 - 12:00am

Ateneo finally broke out of the stranglehold of defending champion National U, carving out a hard-earned 74-70 double overtime victory last night in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Bonbon Batiller | Efigenio Toledo IV/Philstar.com
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Wednesday September 16, 2015 - 5:10pm

Rookie Bonbon Batiller delivered a solid all-around performance as University of the East stormed to an 89-78 disposal of Adamson and grabbed a share of second in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Updated Wednesday September 16, 2015 - 12:00am

Ateneo seeks a long-due payback as it tries to put struggling defending champion National U into a deeper hole when they clash today in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Jason Perkins of the De La Salle University Green Archers dives for ball posession during their recent game against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Mall of  Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Archers lost,  | Philstar.com/Izzy Toledo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Tuesday September 15, 2015 - 12:51pm

 People are wondering why La Salle isn't playing well. They are at 1-2 but could have been 0-3 had not NU bungled its late game chances even as the Green Archers faltered down the stretch.

UST's Ed Daquioag and UP's Diego Dario. | Philstar.com/Izzy Toledo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Monday September 14, 2015 - 3:02pm

The showdown for solo first place was everything it was projected to be. TIght, intense, and down-the-wire but UST pretty much handled UP for a 67-59 win to stay undefeated in three matches. The Fighting Maroons in the meantime crashed down to earth (with some concern seeing their next opponent, FEU, rebound from a loss with a 93-75 demolition of La Salle).

Kevin Ferrer of UST grabs the rebound ahead of Cheick Kone of UP while teammate Karim Abdul provides support.
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Monday September 14, 2015 - 12:00am

Ed Daquioag put up another stellar performance as University of Santo Tomas snapped the merry run of University of the Philippines, 67-59, to grab the solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the MOA Arena yesterday.

FEU playmaker Mike Tolomia hit 20 points to lead the Tamaraws against De La Salle Green Archers. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday September 13, 2015 - 8:00pm

Far Eastern U detonated a lethal 20-0 bomb in the third quarter to set the foundation to a 93-75 rout of La Salle and get back on track in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney Sunday at the MOA Arena.

Ed Daquioag fires a career-high 27 points to lead UST past UP and on top of the UAAP Season 78. Efigenio Toledo IV
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday September 13, 2015 - 5:00pm

Ed Daquioag put up another stellar performance as University of Santo Tomas spoiled the merry run of University of the Philippines, 67-59, Sunday to grab the solo lead in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the MOA Arena.

UE coach Derrick Pumaren piloted the Warriors to an upset win against defending UAAP champion NU Bulldogs on Saturday. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 12, 2015 - 8:00pm

University of the East continued the giant-killing trend in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney, thwarting defending champion National U, 76-71, Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Kiefer Ravena leads Ateneo Blue Eagles to their first win of the season. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 12, 2015 - 5:30pm

Ateneo regained its confidence as it bounced back from its 24-point opening-game blowout with an 84-60 demolition of Adamson Saturday in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the MOA Arena.

La Salle’s Julian Sargent (8) drives through UP’s Cheick Mohamed Kone (13) and Joseph Gallarza during their UAAP clash at the Big Dome. |  (The STAR/Joey Mondeoza Jr.)
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Thursday September 10, 2015 - 3:43pm

It has only been three playing days thus far in the UAAP men's basketball tournament, but the UP Fighting Maroons are already looking not only like contenders for a Final Four slot but also like heir to the NU Bulldogs as the feel-good story of the season.

La Salle’s Julian Sargent (8) drives through UP’s Cheick Mohamed Kone (13) and Joseph Gallarza during their UAAP clash at the Big Dome. JOEY MENDOZA JR.
 
By Joey Villar | Updated Thursday September 10, 2015 - 12:00am

University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas pulled off decisive victories but all the focus and attention were trained on the Fighting Maroons, who snapped a 10-year spell for back-to-back wins in the UAAP.

Ed Daquioag and import Karim Abdul step up big as the UST Growling Tigers stave off Far Eastern U's late rally. File Photo
By Alder Almo | Updated Wednesday September 09, 2015 - 6:30pm

Ed Daquioag came to the rescue as the UST Growling Tigers pulled off a 72-71 squeaker over pre-season favorite Far Eastern U Tamaraws in the nightcap of the Wednesday double header in the UAAP Season 78 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

By Joey Villar | Updated Wednesday September 09, 2015 - 5:16pm

University of the Philippines played inspired basketball as it pulled off a shock 71-66 victory over a heavily favored La Salle to seize the lead and accomplish many firsts in the 78th UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Updated Wednesday September 09, 2015 - 4:13pm

The UP Maroons sustained their promising bid in the 78th UAAP men's basketball tournament, stunning the fancied La Salle Archers, 71-66, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday to post their first 2-0 start in 10 years.

Updated Wednesday September 09, 2015 - 12:00am

Far Eastern U Tamaraws train their sights on dangerous University of Santo Tomas today when the opening weekend victors aim to make it two-in-a-row in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

FEU's Mac Belo and UST's Ed Daquioag | Composite Image/Philstar.com via AJ Bolando, Izzy Toledo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Tuesday September 08, 2015 - 6:13pm

FEU looked like a team on a championship mission following their 88-64 demolition of Ateneo last Sunday. They played as flawless a match as there ever was in getting past their longtime rival.

Updated Tuesday September 08, 2015 - 2:50pm

National University routed De La Salle, 90-78, to open its bid for a second straight championship on a high note Tuesday in the UAAP Season 78 women's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

By Rick Olivares | Updated Tuesday September 08, 2015 - 12:53pm

La Salle had problems containing NU's two guards - Gelo Alolino and JJ Alejandro - who conspired for 31 points between them and nearly finished off a comeback. While in several instances, their players were lost in the maze of switches and screens scrambling to get a hand on either Alolino or Alejandro, they generally played good defense.

By Rick Olivares | Updated Tuesday September 08, 2015 - 12:35pm

This match between Ateneo and FEU … this was like that fourth match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. The Tamaraws couldn't wait for this and boy did they land a haymaker. They probably wish though this was for the championship because it is only one game.

Skipper Kiefer Ravena erupted for 25 points but other than Gwynne Capacio’s 14, there was hardly any help in production. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Monday September 07, 2015 - 6:00pm

Off to disappointing starts in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball wars, holder National U and aspirant Ateneo look back at what went wrong in the opening weekend and try to make quick corrections before they take the court again.

Mac Belo delivered 16 points as FEU Tamaraws zoomed to a hot start in their UAAP Season 78 campaign. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday September 06, 2015 - 6:05pm

Far Eastern U flaunted its offensive firepower and defensive might in a ghastly rout of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-64, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena to set in motion its championship drive in the UAAP Season 78. 

Updated Sunday September 06, 2015 - 4:56pm

University of Santo Tomas downed last year's second placer Far Eastern University, 65-58, for a winning start in the UAAP Season 78 women's basketball Sunday at the Blue Eagle gym.

Jeron Teng fires 18 points to lead the De La Salle Green Archers past defending champion NU Bulldogs to kick off its UAAP title bid. File Photo
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Sunday September 06, 2015 - 4:35pm

La Salle fired a warning shot to the rest of the field, outclassing defending champion National U, 67-63, Sunday in a marquee match-up in Day Two of the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 05, 2015 - 8:08pm

Ed Daquioag sizzled with career-high 28 points while Kevin Ferrer added 24 as University of Santo Tomas turned back Adamson, 70-64, to join opening game winner University of the East in the early lead of UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday September 05, 2015 - 6:12pm

Proving that the "fight" is indeed back, host University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons beat University of the East, 62-55, to get off to a winning start in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.

Jerie Pingoy, an Ateneo transferee from FEU high school, will make his much awaited debut in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament. File Photo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Saturday September 05, 2015 - 5:16pm

This match that has blood ties and deep-rooted sentiments.

One of the performances by host school UP during the opening ceremony of UAAP Season 78 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday. | Photo by Norman Riego, posted on the UAAP's official Season 78 Twitter account (@UAAP78)
By Richard Dy, contributor | Updated Saturday September 05, 2015 - 4:41pm

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines' 78th season unfurled on Saturday behind a colorful backdrop, depicting the country's proud heritage and history as prepared by host school University of the Philippines.

UST got Karim Abdul, Ed Daquioag, and two people who will be counted on heavily. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Friday September 04, 2015 - 6:02pm

UST. They couldn't have asked for a better first game opponent. While it is presumptuous to say the game is in the bag, they are heavy favourites to win. To lose means they were upset by a team that is far from their caliber and an ugly loss could find this team unravel even before the season is in full swing.

Former Batang Gilas stalwart Diego Dario hopes to turn UP Maroons fortunes around in the UAAP Season 78. File Photo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Friday September 04, 2015 - 5:53pm

 A team that can score (UP) versus a team that can defend (UE).

Members of the 'Smart Elite' | Photo by Joey Villar
By Joey Villar | Updated Wednesday September 02, 2015 - 5:04pm
Coaches of UAAP member schools join hands during the launch of UAAP Season 78 at the Gloria Maris Gateway in Quezon City. They are (from left) La Salle’s Juno Sauler, FEU’s Nash Racela, UP’s Rensy Bajar, NU’s Eric Altamirano, UE’s Derrick Pumaren, Adamson’s Mike Fermin, UST’s Bong dela Cruz and Ateneo’s Bo Perasol. Joey Mendoza Jr.
By Olmin Leyba | Updated Wednesday September 02, 2015 - 12:00am

The National U Bulldogs embrace the high expectations and hope to buck the pressure as they set out for defense of its crown against seven equally determined challengers in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball wars unfolding Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Controversial transferee Hubert Cani (no. 20) can finally play for the Ateneo Blue Eagles this season after the UAAP Eligibility Board finally cleared him. File Photo
By Rick Olivares, contributor | Updated Tuesday September 01, 2015 - 6:00pm

After the UAAP Board decided to allow Ateneo's Hubert Cani to suit up this Season 78 (National University was the only school to vote against their former high school standout from playing), we spoke with the Blue Eagle point guard over the phone.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Tuesday September 01, 2015 - 12:00am

Host University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons enter the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament confident of making a major turnaround from their one-win, 13-loss card the previous year.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Saturday August 29, 2015 - 12:00am

UAAP Season 78 secretary-treasurer Ronnie Dizer of host University of the Philippines said the ball is in the hands of Ateneo if it will seek reconsideration on the eligibility case of Hubert Cani following the signing of the Student-Athlete Protection Act.

By Olmin Leyba | Updated Tuesday July 28, 2015 - 12:00am

Host University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, their confidence boosted by a successful summer, will kick off action in UAAP Season 78 against University of the East on Sept. 5.