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'March Sadness': NCAA basketball event closed to public

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:24 PM

There won't be any loud cheers and school band music as the 'March Madness' of NCAA basketball plays minus the fans

POWERHOUSE. Joel Ayayi (left) of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after hitting a three-pointer against the Saint Mary's Gaels during the championship game of the West Coast Conference. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Letran's Batiller blames self for missed championship-winning layup

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Letran sees its chance to pull off a stunning finals sweep against San Beda figuratively and literally slip away as the ball slides off Bonbon Batiller's hands

BOUNCE BACK. Despite the slip up, Bonbon Batiller feels blessed as his teammates did not blame him. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Oftana named Player of the Week as San Beda nears NCAA sweep

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Calvin Oftana wins his second NCAA Player of the Week award, the only player to achieve such a feat in Season 95

FRONTRUNNER. Calvin Oftana continues to make a strong case for the MVP plum. File photo by Josh Albelda

San Sebastian erases 19-point deficit, ends Lyceum's streak

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:57 PM

Down 19, Allyn Bulanadi scores 28 points to lead San Sebastian's comeback over Lyceum

KEY PLAYER. Allyn Bulanadi tallies 28 points to lead San Sebastian in its stunning win over Lyceum. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda 3rd quarter rally buries rival Letran, Lyceum cools down Mapua

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:49 PM

NCAA defending champion San Beda remains undefeated with 15 straight wins

MVP CANDIDATE. Calvin Oftana leads San Beda with 20 points over Letran. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lyceum's Jaycee Marcelino named NCAA Player of the Week

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Despite being stricken with flu and being unable to join practices, Jaycee Marcelino powers Lyceum to a big victory over Letran

TWO-WAY FORCE. Jaycee Marcelino proves his worth anew for Lyceum. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

San Beda stays unblemished as Letran, Mapua extend win streak

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Defending champion San Beda cruises to its 13th straight win of NCAA Season 95 basketball

FIREPOWER. James Canlas flashes a perfect 5-of-5 shooting in the 1st half and finishes with 20 points, 4 boards and 5 dimes. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Arellano's Kent Salado slashes way to NCAA Player of the Week plum

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Kent Salado continues to make up for lost time for the Arellano Chiefs in Season 95

WINNING TRACK. Graduating Kent Salado delivers a win for the Arellano Chiefs. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blazers keep historic streak alive, Mapua continues resurgence

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The Blazers remain perfect with 5 straight wins in the NCAA Season 95 basketball tournament

RETURN. High-flying forward Justin Gutang (#18) returns from his injuries with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the CSB Blazers fifth straight win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA: CSB wins 4th straight, Letran and Perpetual escape

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The CSB Blazers continue to make history with a perfect 4-0 start

PERFECT. CSB Blazers’ Unique Naboa closes the score gap in the last quarter to retain their winning streak. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

NCAA: Pirates ride comeback wave to drown Stags, JRU, Letran keep rolling

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:05 PM

The Lyceum Pirates close out the game with a 4th quarter surge over the San Sebastian Stags

SCORING LEADER. Jayvee Marcelino leads Letran's balanced scoring effort with 12 points. Photo by Kyle Janremy Bustos/Rappler

San Beda to 'fill shoes' left by Bolick, Mocon amid 4-peat bid

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Head coach Boyet Fernandez is tasked to develop a contender without trusty stars Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon

4-PEAT. The San Beda Red Lions aim for a 4-peat championship in the NCAA. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Louisville Cardinals stripped of 2013 U.S. NCAA men's basketball title

Feb 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The penalty is the result of an NCAA probe that found that a former Louisville assistant coach had organized "sex parties" for recruits, rendering them ineligible

STRIPPED. The Louisville Cardinals are stripped of their 2013 NCAA basketball title. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Greenies a win away from completing Cinderalla run to NCAA Jrs. title

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:12 PM

La Salle Green Hills takes down defending champs Mapua in the opener of their best-of-3 title playoffs

La Salle Green Hills can wrap up the NCAA Jrs title on Sunday.

Finals-bound Bolick dismisses Stags’ rough play

Nov 07, 2017 - 9:46 PM

Bolick says San Sebastian's toughness was a matter of "wanting it more"

INSPIRED. Robert Bolick says that the way San Sebastian played today had the fire of their Calvin Abueva-led days. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda arranges finals clash with Lyceum, turns back San Sebastian in semis

Nov 07, 2017 - 6:46 PM

The San Beda Red Lions head towards their 12th straight finals appearance

CSB Blazers end losing streak, EAC Generals claim solo 3rd in NCAA

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The Blazers improve to a 2 4 record while the Generals hold on to a 3 2 card

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lyceum escapes pesky San Beda to earn back-to-back NCAA victories

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:43 PM

The Pirates move to 2 0 after taming the Red Lions

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Estrella's clutch trey saves Mapua against Letran

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:08 PM

Andoy Estrella is too much for the Knights to handle as he scored a total of 12 points in the 4th period

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Altas defeat Blazers, but face protest for wearing 'wrong uniform'

Jul 11, 2017 - 4:42 PM

Perpetual Help plays with maroon jerseys on but Benilde argues the Altas should have worn their white uniform

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Arellano topples Mapua for first win without Jalalon

Jul 08, 2017 - 7:44 PM

Kent Salado contributed 24 points 7 rebounds and 4 assists to help the Chiefs clinch their first win in Season 93

GOOD START. The Arellano University Chiefs struggled at times but managed to finish strongly against the Mapua University Cardinals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SCHEDULE: NCAA Season 93 men's basketball first round

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:05 PM

NCAA Season 93 hosted by San Sebastian College Recoletos kicks off on Saturday July 8

'Ambitious' Kobe Paras says NBA still the goal

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:25 PM

The 19 year old basketball star shares his future plans and dreams which include playing for the Philippine team getting into the NBA and even putting up his own restaurant

Next CSB head coach likely down to 3 choices – source

Nov 09, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Two former champion head coaches and a former UAAP player are said to be on the final list

Jio Jalalon after NCAA Finals defeat: Arellano's time will come

Oct 12, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Arellano lost to San Beda all season long 5 0 and its future next season remains uncertain as Jalalon mulls the next step in his basketball career

NOT JUST YET. Jio Jalalon believes Arellano's time to become NCAA champion will come soon enough. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: San Beda reclaims NCAA crown at expense of Arellano

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:15 PM

See photos of the San Beda Red Lions championship victory over the Arellano Chiefs

THRILL. Robert Bolick and Davon Potts revel in the thrill of the NCAA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda sweeps Arellano for record 20th NCAA title

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:59 PM

UPDATED San Beda cements its legacy with a record 20th NCAA title to remain the winningest school in NCAA basketball

CHAMPIONS AGAIN. Amiel Soberano helps the San Beda Red Lions win their 20th NCAA championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Arellano eliminates Mapua, advances to NCAA Finals

Sep 30, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Jiovanni Jalalon fills up the stat sheet to lead Arellano past Mapua

Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

Bolick on loss to Perpetual: ‘We didn’t come to play’

Sep 30, 2016 - 5:41 PM

San Beda s Robert Bolick is tight lipped on the team s next adjustments

NCAA: Perpetual wins thriller; San Beda, Arellano score big wins

Sep 09, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Two teams secure slots in the NCAA Final Four while another earns at least a playoff

San Beda still undefeated after trouncing Perpetual Help

Jul 19, 2016 - 6:28 PM

San Beda improves to a league best 5 0 after winning its latest game

Arellano coach Codiñera explains why Jalalon is college ball's best PG

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Codiñera also believes his starting point guard has a better chance of clinching the NCAA MVP award this year

Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Andy Jao appointed NCAA Commissioner for Season 92

May 04, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Jao has experience as a college basketball commissioner holding the job for the UAAP basketball tournaments in 2011 and 2014

Villanova reaches NCAA title game after record rout of Oklahoma

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Villanova wins by the biggest margin of victory in the history of the national tournament s Final Four

FINALS-BOUND. The Villanova Wildcats reach the NCAA Finals after routing the Oklahoma Sooners. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

San Sebastian edges JRU in overtime

Jul 14, 2015 - 8:01 PM

San Sebastian entered the win column for the first time this season by outlasting JRU in overtime

Perpetual Help guns for solo NCAA lead

Jul 06, 2015 - 3:56 PM

With two triumphs in a row Perpetual is currently tied with San Beda College and Colegio de San Juan de Letran but can break away with a win over Mapua

Reigning MVP Earl Scottie Thompson and Perpetual Help are aiming to break away from the NCAA pack. File photo by Josh Albelda

Should the UCLA vs SMU game have been decided by this goaltending call?

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:43 AM

A hotly debated goaltending call with 13 seconds remaining sends UCLA to the next round of the NCAA men s basketball tournament

UCLA celebrates sweet victory while SMU reacts to a bitter defeat. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

The Dynasty Continues: San Beda wins 5th straight NCAA title

Oct 22, 2014 - 4:26 PM

San Beda completed their 5 peat as NCAA men s basketball champions with a two game sweep of Arellano

CHAMPIONS AGAIN. San Beda celebrates after winning their fifth straight title. Photo by Josh Albelda

NCAA Commissioner thinks referees handled EAC-Mapua brawl well

Sep 22, 2014 - 10:17 PM

NCAA Commissioner Bai Cristobal stood by the referees’ handling the bench clearing brawl while promising suspensions for culpable players

NCAA cancels all events due to #MarioPH

Sep 19, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Inclement weather forces NCAA to postpone 4 basketball and table tennis games for Friday September 19

Agovida powers Arellano past Letran

Aug 04, 2014 - 5:54 PM

Keith Agovida scored 14 plus the go ahead basket to push Arellano University past the Letran Knights

Keith Agovida puts up two of his 14 points en route to a close victory. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA: CSB hands San Beda their first loss of season

Jul 28, 2014 - 5:59 PM

The team known as The Heartbreak Kids of the NCAA defeated the four time defending champions to improve its record to 3 3 while giving the Red Lions their first loss in Season 90

UAAP, NCAA cancel games ahead of Glenda

Jul 15, 2014 - 7:26 PM

Both the NCAA and UAAP have canceled all games on Wednesday as the nation braces for Typhoon Glenda

Letran coach Garcia calls for ref Borbe's NCAA ban

Jul 15, 2014 - 5:17 PM

After NCAA Commissioner Bai Cristobal handed out the punishments for the Letran JRU post game incidents Knights coach Caloy Garcia says his team will appeal the suspension on Mark Cruz and ask for referee Ian Borbe to be banned

HOT-HEADED HOOPS. Mark Cruz (L) of Letran was allegedly challenged to a fist fight by referee Ian Borbe. Photo by Josh Albelda

Arellano wins in Codiñera's coaching debut against Lyceum

Jun 30, 2014 - 6:03 PM

The Arellano Chiefs defeated the Lyceum Pirates while UPHSD easily dispatches Mapua by 34 points

Jiovani Jalalon of Arellano University lays in two points against Lyceum. Photo by Josh Albelda

Racism, security top NCAA agenda for Season 90

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:36 PM

NCAA s policy board will address the shift to the K 12 educational system racism and security when they convene ahead of the leave s 90th season

Ola Adeogun (L) of San Beda has had to deal with racism issues since coming to the Philippines as an import. Photo by Josh Albelda

Fifth title will be tougher than previous for San Beda, says Fernandez

Jun 17, 2014 - 11:17 PM

After coming in second place to La Salle in the past FilOil tournament the San Beda Red Lions seek out their fifth straight NCAA seniors title

PRIDE OF LIONS. From left: Baser Amer, Ola Adeogun, Anthony Semerad anchor a San Beda team that has most of its cast from last year returning. Photo by Josh Albelda

San Beda confident of 5th straight NCAA title

Jun 11, 2014 - 9:59 PM

Fernandez and his Red Lions will be gunning for a fifth straight title and eighth in the last 10 seasons after finishing second in the Filoil tournament

LIONS ROARING. Ola Adeogun will be counted one to anchor San Beda's interior defense in the upcoming NCAA season. Photo by Josh Albelda

EAC, LPU seek NCAA membership in Season 90

Jun 03, 2014 - 5:29 PM

Emilio Aguinaldo College and Lyceum of the Philippines University seek to become regular NCAA members when the league opens its 90th season on June 28

NCAA 6-peat, PBA stint next in line for Palaro champ Diputado

May 11, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Marc Joper Diputado came up big for Calabarzon when they needed big shots in the Palaro 2014 tournament Now the third year high schooler is looking to add another NCAA title to his list of accomplishments

Marc Joper Diputado of Calabarzon shoots a jumper with an NCR defender in his face during the Palaro 2014 championship game. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler