Rob Ricafort to play for UP after court issues TRO on UAAP ruling

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Rob Ricafort will get to play in his first and final season in the collegiate ranks.

ELIGIBLE. Rob Ricafort will get to suit up for the UP Fighting Maroons after initially being deemed ineligible.

'A bad win': Archers struggle mightily in Mbala’s return

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Even Mbala himself, who had a career-high 32 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks, had butterfingers

BAD WIN. “We started strong, but down the stretch, we committed lots of mistakes. The players thought that after the first half, tapos na ‘yung laro.” Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ben Mbala powers DLSU to continue title defense

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:38 PM

Ben Mbala returns to fortify the reigning champions' arsenal with a UAAP career high of 32 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

THE RETURN. Ben Mbala drained a slam and a go-ahead and-1 in the dying minutes of the match. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bulldogs secure second win; Growling Tigers remain winless

Sep 20, 2017 - 4:27 PM

The Bulldogs survive a third quarter scare by the Growling Tigers led by bench player Regie Basibas

SECOND WIN. The Bulldogs bounce back with the win against the Growling Tigers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rob Ricafort continues fighting for college hoops dream

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:19 PM

‘Ball is Life’ gets thrown around pretty loosely. But for would-be Fighting Maroon Rob Ricafort, it’s more than just a saying - the sport helped save his life.

AGE ISSUES. Rob Ricafort holds out hope that his dream of playing his first and last season for the UP Fighting Maroons comes true.

UAAP Weekly wRap: Led by Ravena, Ateneo stands tall once again

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Thirdy Ravena is still the vocal and statistical leader of the Ateneo Blue Eagles

CLEAN SWEEP. The Ateneo Blue Eagles swept through their two games this week. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP’s Ibrahim Ouattara goes from ban to breakout

Sep 17, 2017 - 7:12 PM

After nearly being ruled ineligible at the beginning of the season, Ibrahim Ouattara is just happy to be on the court for the Fighting Maroons.

BREAKOUT. UP’s Malian import Ibrahim Quattara had a breakout game with 14 points, 18 rebounds and two rejections against the UE Red Warriors. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo Blue Eagles topple FEU Tamaraws to win third straight

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:39 PM

The Blue Eagles' deep outside shooting proved to be the x-factor in the victory over the Tamaraws.

THREE. Ateneo exhibits a deep talent as 7 Blue Eagles made outside shots.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Paul Desiderio lifts Fighting Maroons to convincing win over Red Warriors

Sep 17, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Paul Desiderio attains a career-high 28 points as he leads UP to a 2-1 record

COMEBACK. The Fighting Maroons bounce back from a sluggish first half to convincingly win against the Red Warriors. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Aldin Ayo praises coaching rival Jamike Jarin after UAAP clash

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Both Ayo and Jarin are known for ruling the roost in the NCAA, and they finally meet again in the UAAP

PRAISE. "“Coach Jamike is a very good coach. Kanina, di ko alam kung anong ilalabas ko pa sa bulsa ko eh." Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Adamson rookie Tyrus Hill exhibits dunking abilities vs UST

Sep 16, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tyrus Hill showcases his dunking abilities, but one of them leads to posterizing Jeepy Faundo

OUCH. Tyrus Hill debuts his ability with a painful dunk on Jeepy Faundo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Soaring Falcons bounce back from Ateneo loss to win against the Growling Tigers

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The Soaring Falcons hold the lead throughout the game against the Growling Tigers

BOUNCING BACK. The Adamson Soaring Falcons earn their first win in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Green Archers slip past Bulldogs in high-scoring affair

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The first meeting of rival NCAA champion coaches Jamike Jarin and Aldin Ayo in the UAAP ends in favor of DLSU

CLUTCH. Green Archers fend off Bulldogs' threat to their title defense. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No 'I' in team: the evolution of Ateneo’s play style in the Baldwin era

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

First it was Jolo Mendoza who stepped up in Ateneo s first game then it was rookie Tyler Tio Ateneo is shuffling their scoring options to blowout effect so far

DISHING OUT. Last season, no single Ateneo player averaged in double digit scoring, underlining the unpredictability of where their scoring came from each game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion protests EJKs, CHR budget cut in halftime show

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:27 PM

Many members of the Ateneo academic community condemn the killings through various forms of protests

STOP THE KILLINGS. Members of the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion protest against extrajudicial killings at the UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball game against University of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of @_tapsilog   STOP THE KILLINGS. The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion protests against extrajudicial killings at the UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball game against University of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of @_tapsilog  STOP THE KILLINGS. The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion staged a protest against extrajudicial killings at the UAAP Season 80 Men's Basketball game against University of the Philippines. Photo from @_tapsilog

Ateneo soars over the Fighting Maroons in the battle of Katipunan

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:19 PM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles win the battle of Katipunan by 21 points

DOMINATION. The Ateneo Blue Eagles win their second straight game by at least 20 points to open the season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Arvin Tolentino is earning Coach Racela's trust at FEU

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Coach Olsen Racela says Tolentino will play a bigger role on the team once he fully recovers from a hyperextended knee

HOT TAMARAW. After scoring 11 points in just 6 minutes in his first UAAP game for the Tamaraws, Arvin Tolentino shows he can make the most out of whatever playing time Coach Olsen Racela can give him. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU earns first win vs Red Warriors, 90-83

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:48 PM

UPDATED The Tamaraws lead in offensive output despite the Red Warriors efforts to make a comeback

SLAMMING IT HOME. Prince Orizu made three dunks in the game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP wRap: Desiderio, La Salle rule the roost

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:14 PM

DLSU wins its season opener without Ben Mbala Ateneo beats an Adamson squad that was lacking Papi Sarr and Paul Desiderio calls his game winner

WINNING WAYS. Aldin Ayo's Green Archers were dominant in their Season 80 opener. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Deep and dangerous: DLSU’s strength in perspective

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Green Archers are considering having Ben Mbala play any position between shooting guard and center and they have the luxury to do just that

OVER-ARCHING. From the looks of things, the Green Archers don’t even need Mbala in the lineup to repeat as champs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Green Archer Ben Mbala leads Cameroon in 2017 FIBA Afrobasket

Sep 10, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The UAAP Season 79 MVP is making his name known on the international stage

TOP PERFORMER. DLSU star Ben Mbala racked up an average of 18.5 points per game. Screenshot from FIBA Afrobasket Youtube.

Green Archers escape late FEU comeback to open title defense

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:20 PM

FEU Tamaraws were down by 19 in the third and sparked a late comeback that proved to be a little too late

ESCAPED. Tamaraws came close to cracking the DLSU full court press but fell short against the defending UAAP champions. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Late Desiderio 3-pointer gives UP opening win over UST

Sep 10, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Paul Desiderio s triple allows UP to escape the close opening match with a victory

DAGGER. Paul Desiderio nails a dagger three that sealed the win for the Fighting Maroons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New top Warrior Pasaol quick to move on from UE’s first loss

Sep 09, 2017 - 8:04 PM

The UE Red Warriors turn to Alvin Pasaol for guidance and leadership in Season 80 after the exodus of several veteran players

TOP WARRIOR. Early foul trouble limited Alvin Pasaol, but he showed a level of cool-headedness despite a bruising style of play in limited minutes. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo Blue Eagles exploit Sarr-less Adamson Falcons for blowout win

Sep 09, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The Blue Eagles best the Adamson Falcons by 20 points to open their season

DOMINANCE. Ateneo wins the first round of the battle of the blue birds. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU Bulldogs dominate UE Red Warriors in Season 80 opener

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:55 PM

NU Bulldogs pull away from a tight first half to earn their first victory in UAAP Season 80

BARK AND BITE. After Dave Wilson Yu's 14 point, 8-rebound performance, NU coach Jamike Jarin says 'I don’t know what he ate today but he played so well.' Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP Season 80 men's basketball team rosters

Sep 09, 2017 - 3:13 AM

Find out which players are suiting up for your favorite schools in UAAP Season 80

DLSU Green Archers Season 80 team preview – Reigning, defending, undisputed

Sep 09, 2017 - 2:41 AM

With the reigning season MVP and a deep supporting cast despite a number of high profile exits the Green Archers are still the team to beat

UNSTOPPABLE. Ben Mbala was the runaway pick for Season 79 Most Valuable Player, and is still eligible for Season 81. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Akomo, Ouattara given go signal to play for UST, UP

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:57 PM

UP’s Rob Ricafort was still said to be ineligible due to age requirements

GROWLING DEBUT. Steve Akomo will get to make his debut with the UST Growling Tigers this weekend. File photo by Delfin Dioquino

Ateneo Blue Eagles Season 80 team preview – Live in the moment, not the shadow

Sep 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With a deep talent pool and a coach with national team experience the Ateneo Blue Eagles figure to be strong challengers for the UAAP Season 80 title

WINGED. Despite losing Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal, Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles were able to make it to the UAAP Finals in Season 79. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU Tamaraws Season 80 team preview – Outside looking in

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:41 PM

For the Far Eastern University Tamaraws their red hot charge through the UAAP may just be coming to a slow halt

TAMARAW STAMPEDE. FEU has formidable young players like Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani along with prospects such as CESAFI’s Jasper Parker as they look to prove they are still contenders. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Adamson Soaring Falcons season 80 team preview – Reaching the stratosphere

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The core which led Adamson out of the cellar is back with years of eligibility to spare

FINALLY A CONTENDER. Pumaren led the Adamson Falcons to the final four after years of finishing at the bottom. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU Bulldogs Season 80 team preview – Midnight for Cinderella

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Import Gaye Issa will have the spotlight on him with the exit of Alfred Aroga

REBUILDING. After a promising start to Season 79 was ruined by a late season collapse, Matthew Salem, J-Jay Alejandro and Issa Gaye lead a Bulldogs team in search of lost glory. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UST, UP players facing ineligibilty as teams await UAAP decision

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:22 PM

The UAAP Board of Trustees are currently debating on import eligibility and age cutoff issues

INELIGIBILE. UST's star import Steve Akomo's eligibility is under the deliberation of the UAAP board. File photo by Ronex Tolin/Rappler

DLSU Green Archers possibly down to 10 men for opening game

Sep 04, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Ben Mbala is currently representing Cameroon in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament while Kib Montalbo is confined in the hospital

UNDERMANNED. The DLSU Green Archers will face the FEU Tamaraws in the opening game of the UAAP. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP Fighting Maroons Season 80 team preview – Keeping the fire alive

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:03 PM

The departure of Jett Manuel leaves a hole in the lineup but young guns like Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario give the team a fighting chance in season 80

PUTTING UP A FIGHT. Paul Desiderio was UP's all-around producer last season, leading the Fighting Maroons in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UE Red Warriors Season 80 team preview – Like a bad movie sequel

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:46 PM

UE has resisted bringing in a foreign import but looks set for a few more years at the bottom of the UAAP standings

BAD SEQUEL. A long list of departures leaves sophomore Alvin Pasaol as the team's captain. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UST Growling Tigers Season 80 preview – The mighty have fallen

Sep 01, 2017 - 7:22 PM

Coming off its worst season since 1994 UST continues its rebuilding phase

REBUILDING. Marvin Lee is one of the building blocks of a UST team seeking to return to its glory days. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Growling Tiger Akomo gives UST something to get excited about

Sep 01, 2017 - 4:18 AM

After an earlier missed connection Steve Akomo will try to help pull the UST Growling Tigers out of the UAAP cellar

GROWLING DEBUT. Steve Akomo didn't get a callback after his first tryout with UST in 2012, but after a stint in Cebu he's back on España with the Growling Tigers. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

DLSU-FEU preseason scuffle in Davao leads to double forfeiture

Aug 27, 2017 - 12:57 AM

A preseason game between DLSU and FEU turns ugly as the game is abandoned

ERUPTION. A tension-filled game between DLSU and FEU erupted into a brawl that caused a stoppage to the game. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 80 men's basketball first round

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Season 80 tips off on Saturday September 9

San Beda clinches perfect 10-0, books finals against DLSU

Jun 23, 2017 - 7:49 PM

The San Beda Red Lions and the De La Salle Green Archers will meet in the Filoil Preseason Cup finals


Kathy Bersola set to graduate summa cum laude from UP

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Bersola will earn her Bachelor in Sports Science degree with the highest honors after maintaining an overall weighted average grade of 1 18

SUMMA CUM LAUDE. Kathy Bersola is graduating with the highest honors. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo confirms Michelle Morente out of Lady Eagles lineup

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:37 PM

UPDATED Ateneo s assistant athletics director for operations Erika Dy confirms the spiker is ineligible to enroll in the university

LADY EAGLE NO MORE. Ateneo confirms Michelle Morente is out of the Ateneo Lady Eagles. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Long jumper Janry Ubas wins at Thailand Open Track and Field Championship

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Janry Ubas clears 7 78 meters to win the long jump in the Thailand Open Track and Field Championship in Bangkok

GOLD. Janry Ubas (C) is seen beside a competitor and national coach Jojo Posadas. Photo from Janry Ubas' Facebook page

San Beda Red Lions slay Letran Knights in battle of NCAA rivals

Jun 11, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The defending NCAA champions San Beda remain the only team unbeaten in the Filoil at 6 0

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blue Eagles escape Green Archers behind Ravena's clutch triple

Jun 11, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Ateneo gets away with a win to secure a 3 2 record while La Salle drops to a 4 3 card

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Arvin Tolentino's story: Beating the odds through sports

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:42 PM

There was a time when Arvin Tolentino had to wear basketball shoes two sizes smaller unable to afford a new pair Today he s in the UAAP

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Filoil: Unbeaten Red Lions devour Growling Tigers, Tamaraws claim quarterfinals slot

Jun 04, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The Red Lions lead by as many as 28 points to secure a 5 0 slate while the Tamaraws get back on their feet to book a quarterfinals ticket in the Filoil preseason tourney

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bonleon shines after leaving UST, erupts for 31 points in D-League debut

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:25 PM

In his debut in the PBA D League Embons Bonleon unleashes a massive double double of 31 points and 12 rebounds for AMA Online Education

REDEMPTION. Embons Bonleon says he has worked on cutting down his weight as he sheds pounds and the burden of his exit from UST. Photo by PBA D-League