Basketball takes center stage on ABS-CBN Sports + Action (S+A) as the UAAP and ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) go back-to-back this weekend to give local hoops fans a dose of the Filipinos’ trademark “pusong palaban.”
The UAAP Finals between bitter rivals De La Salle Green Archers and Ateneo Blue Eagles starts on Saturday (December 3) at 3pm LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and ABS-CBN while Alab Pilipinas resumes their ABL grind on Sunday (December 4) at 8pm LIVE on the country’s leading local sports channel.
Also happening on Saturday (December 3) is Game One between the NU Lady Bulldogs and DLSU Lady Archers for the UAAP women’s basketball crown that will air LIVE at 11am on S+A HD. All games can also be viewed online via livestreaming at sports.abs-cbn.com.
De La Salle entered the season as a surefire finalist with a powerhouse lineup anchored on hulking Cameroonian MVP Ben Mbala and bull-strong forward Jeron Teng. The Green Archers steamrolled anyone in their path en route to an almost unblemished record, inspiring fear using rookie coach Aldin Ayo’s “Mayhem” style of defense. However, the Archers faltered against Ateneo, which prevented a sweep, which eerily reminded people of the Archers’ 2002 season. Is this the year La Salle will finally win it all after three years?
Ateneo, on the other hand, defied all odds, and stopped a hard-fighting FEU Tamaraws, the defending champions, led by yeoman Raymar Jose. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Blue Eagles after losing Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal to graduation, and eight other players due to academic deficiency in the offseason. There was no true star for Tab Baldwin and Sandy Arespacochaga, but they saw a unit headed by Aaron Black, Thirdy Ravena, and Isaac Go mature and tow the team to a surprise appearance against their archrivals. Can the Blue Eagles conquer the mighty Archers for two more games to notch their first title since 2012?
Meanwhile, Alab Pilipinas looks to bounce back after its opening-day loss against the Singapore Slingers as they resume ABL action at the Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan against the Kaohsiung Truth from Taiwan this Sunday (December 4). After a strong debut in their 66-71 loss, where he posted 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, Bobby Ray Parks is upbeat to lead his team, which coach McC Cuan promised to do things differently when they face the troika of Cedric Oliver, Wesley Hsu, and Derek Hall.
Catch all the hot hardcourt action this weekend starting on Saturday (December 3) with NU Lady Bulldogs and DLSU Lady Archers at 11am on S+A HD, “UPFRONT at the Finals” at 2:30pm followed by Game One of the UAAP S79 Finals between De La Salle and Ateneo, which will air on S+A, S+A HD, and ABS-CBN at 3pm. Then on Sunday (December 4) at 8pm, it’s ABL basketball featuring Alab Pilipinas and the Kaohsiung Truth. For more information and stories, go online visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com, and follow their official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@ABSCBNSports).
UAAP at ABL back-to-back sa weekend
BLUE EAGLES, GREEN ARCHERS, AT ALAB PILIPINAS IPAPAMALAS ANG
‘PUSONG PALABAN’ SA S+A
Babandera ang basketball sa ABS-CBN Sports + Action (S+A) sa darating na weekend sa magkasunod na playdate ng UAAP at ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) para magpamalas ng trademark na “pusong palaban” ng Pinoy sa paboritong sport nito.
Magbabanggaan na ang magkaribal na De La Salle Green Archers at Ateneo Blue Eagles sa Game One ng UAAP Finals sa darating na Sabado (December 3) simula 3pm ng LIVE sa S+A, S+A HD, at ABS-CBN habang magpapatuloy naman ang season ng Alab Pilipinas sa ABL pagdating ng Linggo (December 4) sa ganap na 8pm ng LIVE sa nangungunang local sports channel sa bansa.
Eere din ngayong Sabado (December 3) ang Game One ng Women’s Basketball Finals sa pagitan ng NU Lady Bulldogs at DLSU Lady Archers ng live sa parehong araw ng Men’s Basketball Finals ng 11 AM sa S+A HD. Mapapanood lahat ng laro sa pamamagitan ng livestream sa sports.abs-cbn.com
Bago pa man magsimula ang season, kasado na ng mga eksperto na makakapasok ang De La Salle sa Finals dahil nariyan ang Cameroonian MVP na si Ben Mbala at ang superstar forward nilang si Jeron Teng. Isama na diyan ang “Mayhem” defense ng baguhang coach na si Aldin Ayo, at meron ka nang maghahari sa UAAP. Ngunit, sa elimination round, natatakan ng Ateneo ang De La Salle ng kanilang kaisa-isang talo, na parang katulad sa nangyari noong taong 2002. Pagkatapos ng tatlong taon, maiaangat na ba ng Green Archers ang korona?
Sa kabilang banda naman, walang nag-akala na makaka-abot ang Ateneo sa Finals bilang nawala ang dalawang star player nito na sina Kiefer Ravena at Von Pessumal sa graduation at nalagasan pa ng walong player dahil sa academic deficiency. Ngunit may nakita si coach Tab Baldwin sa kanila Aaron Black, Thirdy Ravena, at Isaac Go, na nagmature sa tamang panahon para sa koponan mula Katipunan. Ito na baa ng unang pagkakataon ng Ateneo mapanalunan ang kampeonato mula 2012?
Samantala, babawi naman ang Alab Pilipinas sa kanilang pagkatalo laban sa Singapore Slingers ngayong Linggo (December 4). Kahit na natalo sila ng 66-71, maganda pa rin ang paunang laro ni Bobby Ray Parks na nagtala ng 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Nangako ang coach ng Alab na si McC Cuan na mas huhusayan pa ng team sa pamumuno ni Parks sa kanilang pagharap sa “Big Three” ng Kaohsiung Truth na sina Cedric Oliver, Wesley Hsu, at Derek Hall.
Huwag palampasin ang mainit na hardcourt action simula ngayong Sabado (December 3) sa banggaan ng NU Lady Bulldogs at DLSU Lady Archers ng 11am on S+A HD, “UPFRONT at the Finals” ng 2:30pm, at susundan naman ng Game One ng UAAP S79 Finals sa pagitan ng De La Salle at Ateneo, na eere sa S+A, S+A HD, and ABS-CBN at 3pm. Pagdating naman ng Linggo (December 4) pagpatak ng 8pm, mapapanood ang sagupaan ng Alab Pilipinas at Kaohsiung Truth sa ABL. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, bumisita lamang sa online sports hub ng ABS-CBN Sports na sports.abs-cbn.com, at sundan ang social media accounts nila sa Facebook at Twitter (@ABSCBNSports).