TAMARAWS  REGAIN  UAAP  68th  MEN'S  BASKETBALL  CROWN

MANILA, October 6 2005 
(MALAYA)  BY CHRISTINE MONCADA - FAR Eastern University frustrated La Salle’s gallery and King Tamaraw Arwind Santos could not ask for more.

The Tamaraws regained bragging rights from the Archers yesterday via a 73-71 win, completing a two-game sweep of La Salle in their best-of-three series for the UAAP 68th men’s basketball crown before a big crowd at the Araneta Coliseum.

Santos, who opted to stay with the Tamaraws instead of joining the pro ranks this year so he could avenge the team’s defeat in three games to the Archers last year, got away with a double-double—14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 13 rebounds. He added an assist, a pair of steals and three block shots as he fulfilled his mission.

"This is the reason why I stayed with FEU. Malaking pasalamat ko at nagawa ko ’yung purpose ko," said Santos, 23, who had earlier won the coveted Most Valuable Player award plus the Defensive Player of the Year Award, underscoring his domination of the league in his farewell stint with the Tamaraws.

The Archers managed to keep Santos in check in the stretch but failed to control Jeffrei Chan, Mark Isip and Jonas Villanueva who spelled the difference in the tightly-fought match.

With FEU staring at a 63-69 deficit with 4:35 left, the Tamaraws went on a 10-1 binge highlighted by shots from beyond the arch by Chan and Isip.

The Archers had a chance to force a reversal but Jun Cabatu’s attempt for a buzzer-beating basket was slightly deflected by RJ Rizada. Santos hauled the rebound as time expired and the Tamaraws rejoiced on the floor, giving rookie coach Bert Flores the traditional victory ride even as dejected La Salle fans streamed out of the Big Dome.

"During the crucial minutes, I told my players to stay positive and focused. Sabi ko sa kanila ’wag sila mag-doubt and believe that we can finish what we started," said Flores.

Flores, who replaced Koy Banal during the off season, steered the Tamaraws to their third title since 1997.

"The players themselves wanted this win lalo na ’yung mga veterans kasi gusto nilang mag-iwan ng memory sa school," added Flores, referring to Santos, Isip, Rizada and Eder Saldua who can no longer suit up for the Tamaraws next season, having played for five seasons already.

PBA FIESTA:  IMPORT  LAMPLEY,  NAGPASIKAT

(PilipinoSTAR)
Ang Pilipino STAR Ngayon - Bumawi si import Sean Lampley sa kanyang malamig na first half nang mag-init ang kanyang mga kamay sa ikalawang bahagi ng labanan upang ibangon ang Barangay Ginebra tungo sa 89-81 tagumpay sa pagpapatuloy ng San Mig Coffee-PBA Fiesta Conference kagabi sa Araneta Coliseum.

Matapos umiskor ng 5-puntos lamang sa unang bahagi ng labanan, kumamada si Lampley na ipinalit ng Ginebra sa kanilang mahinang import na nakuha na si Mustapha Hoff, ng 24-points sa second half upang ihanay ang Gin Kings sa opening day winner na Purefoods laban sa Red Bull, 84-77.

Dumating si Lampley noong Lunes lamang at nakadalawang practice pa lamang ito sa Ginebra na wala pa ring Fil-Am na Eric Menk na maaasahan dahil patuloy itong suspendido dahil sa mga kulang nitong dokumento.

Humataw ng husto si Lampley sa ikatlong quarter nang mag-isa nitong buhatin ang Gin Kings sa pagkamada ng 14-puntos upang ilapit ang iskor sa 62-66 matapos mabaon ng 10-puntos.

Katulong si Mark Caguioa na umiskor ng pito sa kanyang tinapos na 15-puntos sa ikaapat na quarter, kumamada si Lampley ng 10-puntos para sa Ginebra nang kanyang pangunahan ang 14-4 run para agawin ang kalamangan at lumayo sa 85-77 mula sa freethrows ni Jayjay Helter-brand.

Tumapos ang Alaska import na si Alex Carcamo ng 17-puntos, 15-nito ay sa ikatlong quarter ngunit hindi nito nasustinihan ang kanyang pananalasa sa ikaapat na quarter sanhi ng pagkulapso ng Alaska na nabaon ng hanggang 10-puntos, 89-79 bago matapos ang laro na siyang sumira sa debut game ng kanilang bagong coach na si Binky Favis. (Carmela Ochoa)

 


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