Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gilas Pilipinas Drops 2014 FIBA World Cup Debut

The Philippines lost in overtime to Croatia, 78–81, yesterday in their first game in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. But even as I rue that missed chance to win in the last possession of regulation, I couldn't be prouder of the heart and effort the 23.5-point underdog Gilas Pilipinas (ranked 34th in the world and competing in the world championships for the first time since 1978) displayed in their near-upset of the 16th-ranked Croatians. They were this close to pulling out the win after managing to rally from a double-digit second quarter deficit and keep the Croatians within sight the rest of the way.

It seems only fitting that their brave showing came on the same day as the gallant stand besieged Filipino soldiers-UNDOF peacekeepers made against Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.

Props to the loud Filipino crowd that attended the game at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo in Seville, Spain and gave Gilas virtual homecourt advantage. Their arena-shaking chants of "Defense!" gave my goosebumps goosebumps.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

How You #PlayPinoy

In time for Gilas Pilipinas' debut in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, here is Nike's "#PlayPinoy" TV commercial.

(Yes, those are the lyrics to "My Way." I half-expected a "No one was harmed in the making of this TVC" disclaimer at the end, because you know….)

Friday, August 15, 2014

To The Lady

You gave this to me at the start of the week while I stood in line at a government office. I didn't make it past the first sentence before I decided to fold and slip it in the book I was reading.

Me being me, it was only yesterday while I waited for a package to arrive that I remembered I had it. I read it all the way through this time. I'm not going to make copies to give away but I am posting it here.

Yes, I have forgotten. Thanks for the nudge. I needed that.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Mid-Eliminations Overall Statistical Points Leaders

After the first round of eliminations in the Men's basketball tournament, here are the top 20 players in statistical points, which is the sole basis for individual awards in UAAP basketball such as Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles leads the league in players who are in the Top 20 with five: Kiefer Ravena (1st), Chris Newsome (3rd), Arvin Tolentino (8th), Nico Elorde (17th), and Von Pessumal (19th). By virtue of being the only freshman on that list, Tolentino is also leading the ROY race.

On the distaff side, Danica Jose of the Ateneo Lady Eagles is currently second in the MVP race after the first round.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UAAP Season 77 Eliminations: Revised Ateneo Blue Eagles And Lady Eagles Second Round Schedule

This is the revised second round schedule of the ADMU Blue Eagles (so far):
August 17, Saturday
Araneta Coliseum

August 20, Wednesday
MOA Arena
4 PM – ADMU vs UE

August 24, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM – ADMU vs NU

August 30, Saturday
Araneta Coliseum
4 PM – ADMU vs UST

September 3, Wednesday
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM – ADMU vs UP

September 6, Saturday
MOA Arena
2 PM – ADMU vs AdU

September 13, Saturday
Araneta Coliseum
2 PM – ADMU vs FEU

[Hat tip to J.W. Payo on Twitter]

Here's the schedule of the Lady Eagles:
August 16, Saturday
Blue Eagle Gym
11 AM – ADMU vs UP

August 24, Sunday
Blue Eagle Gym
11 AM – ADMU vs. DLSU

August 27, Wednesday
MOA Arena
10 AM – ADMU vs. UE

August 30, Saturday
Araneta Coliseum
8 AM – AMDU vs. NU

September 6, Saturday
Mall of Asia Arena
10 AM – ADMU vs. AdU

September 10, Wednesday
Araneta Coliseum
10 AM – ADMU vs. UST

September 13, Saturday
11 AM – ADMU vs. FEU

[Hat tip: Team AMDG on Twitter]

[14 August 2014 Edit]

The ADMU-DLSU Men's basketball game has been moved to August 17.

[15 August 2014]

The ADMU-UP Women's basketball game has been moved to August 16.

[18 August 2014 Edit]

The revised Men's basketball schedule has been released.

Friday, August 8, 2014

UAAP Season 77: Kiefer Ravena Dagger Against UST

Kiefer Ravena just added to his sizable UAAP highlight reel by sinking the game-winning shot against UST. That explains his end-game jersey pop (which would've looked way cooler if "Ateneo" didn't sit too low on their jerseys).

That seems a good excuse as any to share the last notable jersey-popping moment from an Ateneo Blue Eagle: