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Newbie Gaming: Basketball Own Goals

Sunday, September 28, 2014


A bizarre move by Marcus Douthit had him shooting the ball at Kazakhstan's
attack zone. Nuki Sabio (file photo)
Every time we watch soccer, we sometimes get mad at our favorite club's defender if he mistakenly clears the ball and shoots it to the goal he is supposed to defend. We call this an own goal. However, such cases can also happen in basketball. In fact, an own goal was converted in Gilas Pilipinas' do-or-die game against Kazakhstan earlier.

Needing to win by 11, Gilas saw its 11-point cushion with two minutes chopped to two in just 90 seconds. And then, in a bizzare move just to rebuild the needed winning margin, Marcus Douthit made an intentional own goal just to force overtime.

However, the Iranian referee officiating the match nullified the basket and just gave the ball to Kazakhstan, which later intentionally missed two free throws to officially eliminate Gilas from gold medal contention despite a 67-65 win. However, cameras saw Jimmy Alapag chatting with the Korean referee also calling in the game to ask whether an own goal can be made. The Korean said yes, and so is the third official, a Japanese. So, who made the right call?

Guess what! The Iranian ref made the right call. Articles 16.2.2 and 16.2.3 of the FIBA Rules discuss the cases of basketball own goal. In Article 16.2.2, it says that accidental own goals will be counted and will be credited to the nearest player from the rim. A well-known Youtube video about an accidental own goal saw Vince Carter tipping the ball in despite going for the defensive rebound. It was accidental because the ball slipped off his hands.

However, Douthit's own goal falls under the intentional own goal category. Article 16.2.3 disallows intentional own goals. An occurrence of such intentional own goal will just give the opposing team the ball back instead of giving the team the two or three points.

To cut the long story short, Douthit's shot should not be counted, and the Iranian referee called it right.

But here's my PS. Yes, Gilas fell out of Asian Games contention, but this is not the right time to point people. The Road to Rio begins for Gilas. Assuming Chot Reyes stays (since many of you want him out now), let's just continue supporting him. The fight continues. Ako si Ivan Saldajeno, patuloy na sumusuporta sa Gilas Pilipinas. Laban Pilipinas!

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My take on the Mapua-EAC brawl

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


From this simple getaway try, the Mapua-EAC game turned nastier than expected.
Screencap from a Youtube video of the said brawl.
I just found out after a gym session that the Mapua-EAC match ended in the worst way possible: a brawl. From a simple ward-off, things got out of control. Even the referees could not handle the issue. Just like that, almost all the players got "red cards" and even got suspended for as much as five games.

Here are my two coins on the brawl. First, I don't think the referees are to be blamed for not clearing the smoke unlike what many thought. The officials made an effort to pacify everything. It's just that things went uglier.

Second, I just can't believe that someone needed to shrug off an opponent after the latter just got past his defender in probably the wrong way. OK, I'm not gonna judge if the ward-off was a foul or not, but the reaction of the defender's teammate is simply atrocious.

As of this writing, everyone is still talking about the brawl in the four corners of the media world. However, I think it's time to move on. The damage has been done. The NCAA season is nearing its homestretch. Honestly, although I still laugh at memes related to the brawl, I'm now getting sick of it. It's time to set aside the rumble issue and continue supporting the NCAA.

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The Week That Was Season 4: Week 12 (September 14-20)

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Just when I thought NU's UAAP cheerdance win will headline this week's TWTW, a shocking event in the CESAFI stole the show! More a bit later, but first here are the other top stories of the week.

5. A Stormy Week

The NCAA had to postpone all but one basketball playdate due to tropical cyclones Luis and Mario. In the only doubleheader that pushed through, San Beda and Arellano hacked out wins to strengthen their bid for the twice-to-beat advantage come the Final Four.

4. A Sweet Ending

It was an "all's well that's ends well" ending after all for Adamson after nailing its only win of the season against UP, 67-63. Coach Kenneth Duremdes was seen teary-eyed after the breakthrough win that could spark the bright future ahead for the Soaring Falcons.

3. A Wildcard Berth
The NU Bulldogs complete the UAAP Final Four cast!
The tail-end of NU's double victory this past week saw the men's basketball team nailing the last UAAP Final Four berth against UE. Defense, as what Coach Eric Altamirano told the press after the match, was the key in the game that sealed the Bulldogs a date with the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the semis.

2. A Prelude to a Dynasty
The NU Pep Squad remains as the UAAP Cheerdance Champ! Gab Victorino/Dugout Philippines
Of course, everyone will still talk about NU's cheering team's win in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition. A near-flawless American-Indian inspired performance by the NU Pep Squad bested the gender equality-themed dance by the UP Pep Squad for its second straight title. But guess who's third: the Salinggawi Dance Troupe of UST

1. A Balkmania Encore

But as I mentioned above, an incident in the CESAFI semifinal game between USC and UV stunned the college sports world too much. According to a report by Spin's Jay Panerio, in the crucial part of the game, Jeff Aguara lost the ball to Shooster Olago, who he just let score the slam. The let-go triggered Franz Arong to shove Aguara for not even exerting the effort to block the dunk. Aguara retaliated, and a near melee similar to that of Arwind Santos and Renaldo Balkman broke out. Even the rest of the players and the spectators could not believe what they just saw.

Final UAAP Power Rankings

1. ADMU (11-3)
2. La Salle (10-4)
3. FEU (10-4)
4. NU (9-5 plus playoff win vs. UE)
5. UE (9-5 plus playoff loss vs. NU)
6. UST (5-9)
7. Adamson (1-13)
8. UP (1-13)

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The Week That Was Season 4: Week 11 (September 7-13)

Saturday, September 13, 2014


The CESAFI elimination round draws to a close, while the UAAP regular season also nears its end. Here are the week's top stories.

6. Sweeps Ahoy!

We kick off the weekly recap with a bunch of season sweeps in the UAAP badminton games. The NU Bulldogs and the UP Lady Maroons completed 9-0 season dominations to rule the UAAP badminton wars. For the Bulldogs, it's their second title in three years. For the Lady Maroons, it's their first title since 2000.

5. Back on Track
Jio Jalalon and the Arellano Chiefs got past the JRU Heavy Bombers
To regain solo second in the NCAA. Ver Marquez/Interaksyon

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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)

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