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The Week That Was Season 4: Week 10 (August 31-September 6)

Saturday, September 06, 2014

We are now nearing the homestretch of the collegiate basketball seasons, and I still got them covered. Here are the top stories for this past week in TWTW.

4. Stags and Cards Out

San Sebastian and Mapua became the first casualties from the NCAA Final Four contention after back-to-back wins by current fourth placer CSB. The first of the Blazers' two wins this past week was actually against the Golden Stags. The Cardinals, however, played some spoiler roles more after beating the Lyceum Pirates to put more dents to the latter's playoff hopes. More on Lyceum later on.

3. The Fight to the Top Continues

There were only two CESAFI games played this past week as the venue, the Cebu Coliseum, was used later in the week for UC's intrams. Those two games, however, involved the SWU Cobras and the USC Warriors. The Warriors trampled the UV Green Lancers, while the Cobras gave the arena hosts UC Webmasters more frustrations. The wins secured the twice-to-beat advantage for both USC and SWU. The only thing to be settled is on who will finish at the top with two games left each as both teams are still tied at 8-1.

2. No Sumang? No Problem!
Charles Mammie made up for Roi Sumang's loss as he carried UE to a season-
saving win against NU. Arvin Lim/ABSCBN
UAAP fans were surprised when Roi Sumang got a DNP-CD in UE's game against NU. The DNP, as it turned out, was a sanction slapped by Coach Derrick Pumaren after Sumang missed the team's practice after leaving his place the night before. That, however, paved the way for Charles Mammie to again unleash his inner beast as he led the Red Warriors to a huge 64-55 win against the Bulldogs, keeping their Final Four hopes alive. Things will be tougher for UE, however, as FEU and La Salle are next.

1. Losing Ground

I already mentioned above that the Lyceum Pirates are now on the brink of missing the Final Four again. However, another team's playoff quest got tainted as well. Arellano's journey to the twice-to-beat advantage in the semis got a huge roadblock as losses against Perpetual Help and CSB put the team to a tie for second with JRU, which won both its games this past week. Both the Chiefs and the Heavy Bombers will collide on Friday for the solo second spot. The last time they met? It went into triple overtime. Meanwhile, Lyceum needs to win against EAC also on Friday to keep its season afloat.

NCAA Power Rankings Week 10

Rise of the Week: JRU (+3)
Fall of the Week: Arellano (-3)

1. San Beda (10-2; took a week-off)
2. JRU (9-4; 2-0 this week)
3. CSB (9-5; 2-0 this week)
4. Perpetual Help (8-5; 1-1 this week)
5. Arellano (9-4; 0-2 this week)
6. Letran (5-7; 1-0 this week)
7. Lyceum (5-8; 0-2 this week)
8. Mapua (3-10; 1-0 this week)
9. EAC (3-9; 0-1 this week)
10. San Sebastian (3-10; 0-1 this week)

UAAP Power Rankings Week 8

Rise of the Week: La Salle (+3)
Fall of the Week: NU (-3)

1. La Salle (9-3; 2-0 this week)
2. Ateneo (9-3; 2-0 this week)
3. FEU (10-2; 1-0 this week)
4. UE (6-5; 1-0 this week)
5. NU (7-4; 0-1 this week)
6. UST (5-7; 0-1 this week)
7. UP (1-11; 0-1 this week)
8. Adamson (0-13; 0-3 this week)

CESAFI Power Rankings Week 5

Rise of the Week: none
Fall of the Week: none

1. USC (7-1; 1-0 this week)
2. SWU (7-1; 1-0 this week)
3. USJ-R (3-4; took a week-off)
4. UV (4-5; 0-1 this week)
5. CIT-U (2-6; took a week-off)
6. UC (1-7; 0-1 this week)


New KD7 Easy Money Seals Durant's Return to Nike

After a contract dispute with another sports outfitter, Kevin Durant decides to stay at home with Nike.

The company said, "We are pleased to extend our relationship with Kevin Durant, one of the most exciting players in the game."

To celebrate Durant's continued trust with the top sports outfitting brand, Nike revealed the new KD7 Easy Money.

Inspired by how Ben Franklin's contributions to meteorology, the KD7 Easy Money connects the creative narrative around weather and lightning of the KD7 line with Durant’s “Easy Money” nickname. “With the KD7 we want to build strong storytelling,” said Durant.

Personal cues on each KD7 colorway include a silhouette of Durant’s home state of Maryland embedded on the outsole; and the names of his mother Wanda, his grandmother Barbara, his father Wayne and his brother Tony on the forefoot strap.

The KD7 Easy Money launches in limited quantities globally on Sept. 10 at select retail locations and


Gilas Memories: A 50-50 Feel

Friday, September 05, 2014

Before I begin, I want to apologize to my readers for this. This is at my most honest after watching Gilas in the FIBA World Cup.

Prior to the start of the FIBA World Cup, I'm gonna be honest in saying that I didn't expect anything mystical from Gilas. Wishing for one, yes, but expecting it did not cross my mind. After all, basketball has also evolved in other countries.

But two games into the tourney, I got a change of heart. Two more games later, however, I got disappointed. I had to keep my sentiment to myself because an international journo reminded me that I have a principle to adhere as a fellow in the industry. Yes, I got disappointed because Gilas lost two more, but it doesn't mean I became a glory hunter. It's actually all because I began to believe at what the team can do.

Gilas forced overtime against Croatia, and the team also played impressively against Greece. From there, I was like, "Wow! Gilas can win." But the latter two games were heartbreakers indeed. Still, I had to keep my emotions inside not just because I had to be neutral at all times being a journo myself but also because I had to be more optimistic.

Gilas' mission in Spain is over. Up next is the Asian Games in South Korea. The moral of the story is that Philippine basketball needs a huge rebuild (I'm honest and frank in saying this), but this is the right start. I believe another bronze in the World Cup--or even a silver or a gold--is waiting for Gilas. The team needs to learn from here. I'm pretty sure the team will return stronger in five years. Congrats, Gilas.


Gabe Norwood Makes Sportscenter's Top 10

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Gilas Pilipinas may have lost another heartbreaker against Argentina, but Gabe Norwood was the big winner of that game as he made two facials against the Argentinian defense. ESPN can't get enough of those two dunks that the slams made the Sportscenter Top 10 Plays. Here's the excerpt of the Sportscenter segment where Norwood's posterizers were mentioned.


Video: Master Promo Winner Reacts After Croatia-Philippines Game

Michael Cleofe was still glad Gilas played with all heart despite bowing in
overtime against Croatia.
Master, the biggest male face care brand in the Philippines giving men that oil free look gave five lucky Filipinos, Jeiel Guarino, Clipper Besin, Michael Cleofe, Jerome Hernandez, and Andrew Penaranda, a chance to witness Gilas Pilipinas battle against Croatia at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Michael Cleofe of Laguna watched from inside the packed Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Sevilla, as members of the Gilas Pilipinas put their oil free game faces on.

The Gilas Pilipinas team gave its opponent a tight battle throughout the entire game. The Philippine team almost won during regulation time and even extended the game to overtime.

The final score had Croatia winning, 81–78, but the Filipinos still gave much pride in the Gilas squad.

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