Blog Posts by Jude Roque

  • Red Lions witness live Euroleague game, shown on big screen

    San Beda guard Baser Amer poses from the VIP Skybox section of the Zalgiris Arena before the start of the Euroleague match between Zalgiris and Real Madrid.

    Red Lion center Ola Adeogun in a "selfie" snapshot with Rel Madrid star Rudy Fernandez (Photo by Ola Adeogun)

    The San Beda Red Lions got more than what they bargained for during their first week of training in Lithuania.

    On Friday, the four-time defending NCAA champions experienced first-hand being in a live Euroleague game, as the home team Zalgiris Kaunas shocked powerhouse Real Madrid, 87-80, at the packed Zalgiris Arena.

    The Euroleague is the equivalent of the NBA in Europe and most of its games are well attended by the fans of the home squads. The Zalgiris-Real Madrid game was attended by close to ten thousand fans, including the visiting Red Lions.

    Real Madrid’s defeat to the Lithuanian club put the Spaniards in second spot to face dangerous Olympiacos Piraeus of Greece in a best-of-five quarterfinals starting today.

    Real Madrid is arguably the best club team in Europe today with former NBA players Rudy Fernandez, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull on its roster, plus fellow Spanish superstars Felipe Reyes and Dani Diez.

    The Lithuanians were led by former NBA D-League MVP Justin

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  • Ray Ray Parks to apply for NBA Draft after stint with NLEX

    Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is expected to suit up for NLEX versus Cafe France today. (Photo by Jude Roque).

    Two-time UAAP MVP and former National University Bulldogs star Bobby Ray Parks Jr. has his eyes set on playing in the NBA. His late father Bobby Parks Sr. was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round of the 1984 NBA Draft but was cut just before the regular season. Ray Ray is looking to apply in the next NBA Draft and is hoping to see action in the sport’s biggest stage.

    Parks is expected to suit up with the NLEX Road Warriors against the Café France Bakers later today in their PBA D-League match-up.

    “I’m going to the US in the end of April to try out in the NBA. I’m going to join the NBA Draft,” said the 6’4” guard from Memphis, Tennessee. He joined the Road Warriors’ practice on April 4 and looked sharp during a tune-up game with San Beda’s Team B.

    Parks’ inclusion in NLEX’s roster came at the right time as the Road Warriors will be missing five players in their next three games, namely Baser Amer, Arthur Dela Cruz, Kyle Pascual, Ryusei Koga and Ola Adeogun, who are all

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  • Paul Lee ecstatic about joining Gilas pool

    Paul Lee during his first Gilas practice. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

    Rain Or Shine star guard Paul Lee was taking a much-deserved retreat in Boracay with his family the day after his team suffered a heartbreaking loss to San Mig Super Coffee in the finals of the PLDT-myDSL PBA Philippine Cup when he learned of his inclusion in the 17-man training pool for the Philippine National Men’s team, known as Gilas Pilipinas, to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this year.

    “I can’t express how happy I was when I got the news. I was having a short vacation with my family in Boracay. I still felt down because of our loss in the finals. But then, Coach Aboy (Castro) called me and told me about the good news,” said an ecstatic Lee moments after Gilas’ first practice on Monday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. The former University of the East ace playmaker admitted that he read in the Internet that he was being considered in the pool but did not take the news seriously until a team official got in touch with him. Castro, the Gilas team manager, made

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  • Boyet Fernandez “adopted” in San Beda alumni homecoming rites

    Since 2006, the San Beda Red Lions have won seven NCAA men’s basketball titles but under four different head coaches. Koy Banal owns the first championship in 2006 that snapped a long 28-year dry spell for San Beda in the NCAA. The next four titles were amassed during Frankie Lim’s five-year tenure as chief bench tactician. In 2012, Ronnie Magsanoc took over from Lim and brought the Red Lions to the Promised Land. Last year, it was Boyet Fernandez’ turn to steer the school to a fourth straight NCAA crown.

    But of the four mentors, only Fernandez is not a San Beda product. He played college ball for the Colegio San Agustin of Bacolod City. Banal and Lim donned the red and white jerseys of San Beda in the NCAA seniors division, while Magsanoc was a star Red Cub before he suited up for the UP Fighting Maroons. The last non-Bedan to coach the Red Lions before Fernandez was Nash Racela in 2004.

    During the San Beda College’s Grand Alumni Homecoming celebrations on February 1 however,

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  • Pido Jarencio’s legacy at UST will be hard to match

    Pido Jarencio certainly had fun during his UST tenure. (George Calvelo/NPPA Images)

    Alfredo “Pido” Jarencio will be leaving the UST men’s basketball team as head coach after eight seasons with the Growling Tigers. He was recently named new head coach of the GlobalPort Batang Pier team in the PBA. The 49-year old fiery hoops guru will be bringing his winning ways in UST with the Mikee Romero-owned pro team.

    It surely is a bittersweet feeling for Jarencio to be moving on with his young coaching career. Not only has he brought glory to his alma mater as a coach and former cager but also as a respected basketball personality. Although he will finally realize his dream of being at the helm of a PBA team, Pido should be leaving his UST family with a heavy heart.

    Last year, he was also reported to be taking over the coaching chores at Barako Bull but it was not consummated.

    UST is a proud institution that can boast of a colorful sports tradition in the UAAP. The men’s basketball team alone has 18 UAAP crowns to show. But before the Jarencio era, the Growling Tigers had

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  • House Bills to naturalize NBA players McGee, Blatche filed

    The move to beef up the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the coming 2014 FIBA World Cup has been bolstered with the filing of House Bills 3784 and 3783 by Antipolo City representative Robbie Puno, which are intended to naturalize NBA players JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche.

    National team head coach Chot Reyes stated in his twitter account: House Bill #3784 McGee; #3783 Blatche. He was set to meet the PBA Board of Governors today to discuss plans for the preparations of the national team for the World Championships in Spain this coming August.

    McGee, the seven-foot Denver Nuggets center, is only 26 years old and is notable for his athleticism. In 2011, he joined other NBA stars during the league’s lockout in an exhibition series here with a PBA Selection and the Smart Gilas national team dubbed the Ultimate All-Star Weekend. His impressive showing prompted talks about a possible naturalization, which was later on pursued by Puno. McGee expressed his desire to be part of the Philippine

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  • Philippine wheelchair cage team bags bronze in ASEAN Para Games

    The Pilipinas Warriors pose with their bronze medals in the 7th ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar (Photo by Vernon Perea).

    Despite skipping this tournament the last five years, the Philippine national men’s wheelchair basketball team made a respectable comeback by annexing the bronze medal in the 7th ASEAN Para Games held from January 11 to 21 at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium B in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

    The Filipinos made mince meat of host Myanmar, 82-39, in the battle for third spot. Thailand beat Malaysia for the gold.

    Marcos Rabasto topscored for the team known as the Pilipinas Warriors with 21 points. But it was Jefferson Legacion who stole the show with an almost triple double game after tallying 18 rebounds, 16 markers and eight assists. Juanito Mingarine, who was selected to the Mythical First Team, added 16 points. Freddie Magdayo chipped in 13 markers.

    From a narrow 35-26 halftime lead, the Nationals pulled away in the third period to enter the last quarter with a comfortable 55-34 advantage. And in the final ten minutes, the Pinoys showed no mercy to the home team as they limited Myanmar to

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  • Kiefer, Ola, Amer, Newsome wow Iloilo crowd in Dinagyang Fest charity game

    Blue Eagles and Red Lions pose with Iloilo City officials after the charity game dubbed Dinagyang Classico (Photo by TeamLegends Legends).

    What a way to kick off the famous Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo.

    Last January 17, a charity game was held in Iloilo City that featured reigning four-peat NCAA champion San Beda and former five-peat UAAP king Ateneo at the packed University of San Agustin gym. Although the event was put together in no more than two weeks before the target date, tickets were sold out in just days. The sports-loving people of Iloilo City would not miss the rare chance of seeing two collegiate basketball giants colliding before their very eyes.

    And the Blue Eagles and Red Lions certainly did not disappoint. They battled to a sizzling 40-minute explosive game that San Beda won, 106-104.

    King Blue Eagle Kiefer Ravena was prepared to put on a show in the home province of his father Bong. He was, after all, the most recognized personality among all the participants. After the first half, the Sinag Pilipinas ace guard already tallied 18 markers. He was unstoppable with his fade away jumpers, “contra-tiempo”

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  • Red Lions, Blue Eagles clash in Iloilo’s Dinagyang Fest

    Good buddies Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo and Baser Amer of San Beda face off in a friendly game in Iloilo City on January 17 (Photo by Joseph Nebrida).

    Collegiate basketball heavyweights San Beda Red Lions and Ateneo Blue Eagles measure swords in a charity game dubbed as “Dinagyang Classico, the Epic Battle,” to be held during the famous Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City on January 17 at the University of San Agustin gymnasium, for the benefit of the typhoon Yolanda victims in Ajuy, Iloilo. Tip off is set at 6:30 p.m.

    This early meeting between the two powerhouse teams should be a welcome treat for the people of Iloilo as both Ateneo and San Beda have been among the most popular teams in the country after ruling their respective leagues for several years. The Red Lions won their fourth straight NCAA title late last year and will be bringing the entire triumphant roster in Iloilo, including outgoing skipper Rome Dela Rosa. On the other hand, the Blue Eagles, which saw their five-year UAAP reign come to an end last year, will be parading some prized recruits in the exhibition game, including sensational former UAAP juniors MVP Jerie

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  • The Year in Sports: Gilas Pilipinas enters FIBA World Cup

    Gilas Pilipinas skipper Jimmy Alapag raises the runner-up trophy in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship awarding ceremony (NPPA Images).

    (Editor's note: The Yahoo! Philippines Sports team looks back at 2013's memorable moments in sports with a series of year-end articles on the topics and events that had the biggest impact on our readers.)

    Undoubtedly the biggest achievement in Philippine sports this year was the amazing feat of the Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Basketball Team in the 27th FIBA Asia Championship held at the Mall of Asia Arena last August. Not only did the Nationals annex the silver medal in the tough Asian jousts, a gigantic accomplishment by itself, but also qualified for the first time in 35 years in the FIBA World Cup. Defeating archrival South Korea in the semis made it even sweeter, after years of bowing to the Koreans in the sport Filipinos love the most. The last time the Philippines qualified in the World Championship was when it hosted the event in 1978.

    This time, inspired by over 20,000 screaming fans at the MOA Arena, Gilas poured their hearts out in the scintillating contest with the deadly

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