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The Blazers, after the 1st round

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After their first eight assignments, the College of Saint Benilde Blazers pretty much look like what they were last season with a 2-6 mark. It hasn’t been pretty, but there were good signs that CSB can take into the next phase.

The Good

Carlo Lastimosa. NCAA’s leading scorer and arguably the most exciting guard in the league. After so many years of digging deep for talent, CSB finally landed an ace, one who can light up the scoring for the usually offense-deficient Blazers. Uncle Jolas must be proud.

Recruits from winning HS programs. Aside from Lastimosa, CSB struck gold acquiring kids from championship-caliber programs like Luis Sinco (Ateneo), Ralph Nayve & Al Amin (San Beda), Anton Sevilla (DLSZ) and JR Ongteco (Letran). This only means that the coaching staff can count on these guys to rub off a winning attitude to a team that has yet to add up to their first and only title in 2000.

Sophomore step-up. Second-year guards Mark de Guzman and Jan Tan has been steady on most occasions for CSB. MDG is the “energy guy”, excellent in terms of hustle and, of course, the nakaw plays. Tan, on the other hand, is a big man with range. What he lacks in terms of rebounding and size (more on that later), he makes it up through his silky jumpshots.

Why the 2-6 record??

The Blazers looked good in their two victories: their opening win against Arellano U and yesterday’s beating of Perpetual Help. In those two games, Lastimosa — with help from de Guzman, Tan and Tim McCoy — outplayed their opponents from start to finish.

In between these two victories, however, holes were exposed:

Turnovers. Against teams such as JRU, Letran and San Beda, the Blazers flaked in the face of tough defensive pressure. Usually resulting to 8-second violations and easy fastbreak points for the opposing squad, CSB was not able to keep up.

The Letran game was the most heartbreaking of all three, as it was a very winnable contest, what with Knight Kevin Alas out with an injury. Instead, kuya Junjun Alas came through and torched the Blazers.

Speaking of keeping up… in exciting contests against JRU, Mapua and the defending champs San Sebastian, the Blazers faced slow starts that saw them fall behind early, and in the process, had to play catch-up the rest of the way.

At the end of each of these games, the Blazers rallied but fell short. They lost to JRU by 9, to SSC-R by 1 *WOAH* and then to the Cardinals by 2 in OT. Ouch.

Rebounds. CSB is the worst rebounding team in the league. Even bigman-deficient Perpetual beat them in that category. It’s a shame, but it was evident from game one that the Blazers’ bigs are more comfortable hoisting up J’s rather than doing the yeoman’s work inside.

Them “veterans”. Seriously lacking are the veteran leadership that’s supposedly provided by captain Robbie Manalac and MC Abolucion. Manalac had his moments, but he has been largely inconsistent and looked lethargic on the defensive end. While Abolucion has contributed some timely scoring these past few games, his propensity to turn the ball over (via his And 1-like dribbling) has become a setback.

I hate to call out both guys. Knowing them personally, these guys are great people overall. However, I can’t help but point all these out as they are expected to be of great help for this young Benilde squad. Fortunately, there’s still time for them to do this.

What’s looking up?

If there’s anything worth taking through the Blazers’ foray into the second round, it’s their heart. No one thought that this squad would be able to push top-4 teams like JRU and Mapua to the scariest limit. No one thought that Lastimosa and co. rallied and almost defeated San Sebastian. Heck, even the terms “rally” and “CSB Blazers” ain’t never been associated up until this year.

The second round is the perfect way for CSB to channel their inner “Mr. Clutch” and actually win ballgames. They should put into mind that the old days of back-to-back 20-point losses are over. Now that they’ve experienced coming up short in contests, it’s now time for them to actually get over the hump.

In short, the next round is definitely looking up for Benilde. With some hole-reparation, as well as some good ‘ole muni-muni, I’m sure CSB still has that upset-mindedness in them.

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Causes for excitement

I am stoked for stuff that’s coming out in the next few weeks/months. I hope these would be an indicator for a great “rest of the year”. Of course, we’re already half-past 2010.

AND the great-upcoming-stuff are:

Machete. B-movie ambassador Danny Trejo‘s first starrer. Robert Rodriguez is at the helm, with a supporting cast of Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and the ever immortal Steven Segal (yes, this guy). Not to mention the lethal mouthful of blood, guts and tittays!

NBA 2K11. Can’t say nothing about “OMG! PLAYABLE MICHAEL JORDAN!!”

Street Fighter vs Tekken. First gameplay vid was released at Comic-Con 2010. Two of the best fighting games ever, coming together. Makes perfect sense.

The Green Hornet. I never imagined Seth Rogen and Jay Chou playing the legendary sidekicks TGH and Kato (respectively). Trailer looked great, though. Will watch this for I was a fan of the TV series way back.

Oh, and I am also happy that I am able to run again. Although my legs did hurt for about 2 days after my initial try.

Hopefully I’d be able to join events by next month. For now, I’d like to take my time and, bit-by-bit, get back into the lifestyle that helped me a lot in terms of health, as well as in different all aspects of my life so far.

Basketball, you’re next!

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My UAAP (Season 73) Predictions

My NCAA predictions right here

The heirarchy:

1. FEU Tamaraws

2. Adamson Falcons

3. Ateneo Blue Eagles

4. DLSU Green Archers

5. (Tie) UE Red Warriors, UST Growling Tigers

6. UP Fighting Maroons

7. NU Bulldogs

Finals: FEU vs Ateneo

Champs: FEU

MVP: Paul Lee (UE)

ROY: Luigi De La Paz (DLSU)

Mythical Five:

C: Aldrech Ramos (FEU)

PF: Nico Salva (ADMU)

SF:      —–

SG: Mike Silungan (UP)

PG: Paul Lee (UE), RR Garcia (FEU)

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Miami Heat: The Team of Three Kings?

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Gatorade Heroes (UAAP/NCAA )

Cool ad from Gatorade for the current college basketball season (click photo to enlarge).

via Bleacher’s Brew:

The UAAP players: Kirk Long (Ateneo), RR Garcia (FEU), Jeric Teng (UST), Alex Nuyles (Adamson), Kokoy Hermosisima (NU), Nico Elorde (DLSU), and Mike Silungan (UP).

The NCAA players: Pamboy Raymundo (San Sebastian), Borgie Hermida (San Beda), Nate Matute (JRU), Kevin Alas (Letran), Jett Vidal (Perpetual Help), Carlo Lastimosa (CSB), Isaiah Ciriacruz (Arellano), and Andretti Stevens (Mapua).

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My NCAA (86th Season) Predictions

I wouldn’t be officially covering the NCAA no more. Doesn’t mean I ain’t going to watch anymore, though. I love college hoops, and the NCAA has that unique energy that sets itself apart from its rival tournament, the UAAP (though I watch ’em too).

Anyways, here are my predictions:

1. San Sebastian Stags

2. JRU Heavy Bombers

3. San Beda Red Lions

4. Perpetual Altas

5. Letran Knights

6. CSB Blazers

7. Mapua Cardinals

8. Arellano Chiefs

9. EAC Generals

*I know pundits are putting the Blazers way down to about 8th or 9th, but I believe they’re better than that. I think the six-spot is just right.

Finals: SSC-R vs JRU (w/ a healthy Joe Etame)

Champs: SSC-R

MVP: Etame (JRU) OR Calvin Abueva (SSC-R)

ROY: Luis Sinco (CSB)

Mythical Five (still a toss-up. I think a player would have a bigger chance if his team ends up with a better record):

C: Etame/Sudan Daniel (SBC)

PF: Abueva

F: John Njei (JRU)/Isaiah Ciriacruz (AU)

SG: Jett Vidal (UPHDS)/Garvo Lanete (SBC)/Carlo Lastimosa (CSB)

PG: Borgie Hermida (SBC)/Argel Mendoza (EAC)/Pamboy Raymundo (SSC-R)

I’d have to alter this a bit, but I think I’ll just do it after the first round.

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RIP Manute Bol

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