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Rejuvenated Teng to return to Tigers’ lineup in 2nd half of UAAP season

After suffering a shoulder injury against the National U Bulldogs on July 10, University of Santo Tomas swingman Jeric Teng will be back with vengeance.

UST head coach Pido Jarencio confirmed that Teng will be back in action in the second round of the UAAP tournament.

Teng overstretched his should after NU’s Jeff Javillionar bumped into him as he landed hard on the floor.

Though Teng did not play in UST’s last game against the University of the Philippines, Kevin Ferrer and company stepped up for their fourth win and grabbing the second place in the standings.

For Jarencio, Teng’s injury is a blessing in disguise because other players are showing up in the absence of their leading scorer. (Chris Capulso)


Archers escape Falcons

De La  Salle University now banked in on their free throw shooting and a controversial flagrant foul that benefited them to narrowly escape a stubborn Adamson University side, 70-67, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Archers again found themselves in trouble after seeing their 15-point lead in the fourth quarter fade as the Falcons looked poised to mount a comeback.

But Archers' star Jeron Teng gave the Archers a little breathing room by sinking two free throws for a 67-65 lead.

In the ensuing play, a questionable call was made by the referee after calling a flagrant foul on Gian Abrigo.

Norbert Torres then coolly sank the two free throws to give La Salle a four-point lead.

The win leveled the Archers with University of the East, Adamson Falcons, and National U with identical 3-3 win-loss cards. (Rommel Fuertes)


UP remains winless in current UAAP season

The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons remains with a zero win in the current UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament when the University of Santo Tomas served them their sixth loss.

The UST Growling Tigers are now on the second spot with four wins.

In the main game, the De La Salle Green Archers won over the Adamson Falcons in a close match, 70-67.

The Archers were ahead with double digits during the first half of the game, but the Falcons remained unfazed and were able to close the gap up to the last few minutes of the second half.

Both teams carry a 3-3 records and are now in a four-way tie for third to sixth place in the standings.   (Chris Capulso)


Orcollo wins US open one pocket championship

Dennis Orcollo was triumphant in bagging the recently concluded U.S. Open One Pocket championship in the U.S.

Orcollo went on to beat Corey Deuel of the host country via a 5-3 score to claim the top prize of $7,500 at the Rio All-Suit Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Filipino jumped off to an early 2-0 lead of the race-to-five final before Deuel rallied back to tie it to 2-2 as the score even went to 3-3.

In the next sets, Orcollo reclaimed the lead, 4-3, as Deuel failed to keep pace with Orcollo. (Rommel Fuertes)


Long way ahead of Gilas

Philippine team Gilas Pilipinas will have to thread the needle in their upcoming campaign in the FIBA Asia championships in August which the country will be hosting.

Though Lebanon is out of the picture, other opponents like China have beefed up their lineup.

Former NBA players Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi are not in China’s lineup but were replaced by younger and faster players.

Three seven-footers will fortify China’s ‘Great Wall’ with NBA veteran Yi Jianlian leading the pack.

Yi will be backed up by 7”2” Li Muhao and teenage sensation Wang Zhelin, who is considered to be the next Yao.

Aside from the Chinese giants, Sun Yue who played for the Los Angeles Lakers will man the point for the Chinese team.

In their tuneup games, China beat strong teams in Europe, including Montenegro, Iceland and Macedonia. (Chris Capulso)


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