Saturday, September 30, 2006

UAAP Basketball: UST Forces Game 2

Amidst power failure and waterless Metro Manila, UST won game 2 and extended the series against Ateneo. The Tigers blasted Ateneo with a 87-71 win. Ateneo closed in the fourth at 65-61 but that's it for them as they only managed to get 10 points in the final minutes.

Next game will be tomorrow. Here is a video of the final few moments of the game.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

UAAP Finals Cancelled

Game 2 of the UAAP Finals was cancelled due to bad weather as Metro Manila is under signal number 3. Games will resume on Saturday, Sept. 30.

In the meantime you can keep on voting in our UAAP Poll.

The PBA is Back

The college basketball season in the country is now winding down and the pro-leagues like the PBA and the NBA will soon dominate our tv screens. The PBA will have its opening day on October 1 but it will have its official game starting on Sept. 28 in Guam. It's nice to look at the schedules in the very early weeks of any league so here it is for the upcoming PBA All-Filipino Conference.

Sept. 28
Alaska vs Red Bull

Oct. 1
Welcoat vs Ginebra

Oct. 4
Coke vs Alaska
Purefoods vs Talk N Text

Oct. 6
Sta. Lucia vs Air21
Red Bull vs San Miguel

Oct. 7
Ginebra vs Purefoods

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pistol Pete -Dribbling the Flip Flap Jack

Here is our last video on the Pistol Pete Skills lessons series. In this segment he teaches the flip flop jack.

Past Pistol Pete Videos: Career, Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3, Lesson 4

Read Pistol Pete's Story

Monday, September 25, 2006

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Game 1: The Last Second Shot


Everybody expected this game to be tough but nobody expected an improbable ending! Ateneo beats UST 73 -72! Watch the last four seconds of the game!

A great example of a game about snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. But in your own life if you feel defeated or burdened someone can save you too! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006


BlueEagles VS. Growling_Tigers

VOTE on our poll on who is going to be this year's UAAP Basketball Seniors Champion!

It is going to be the Blue Eagles vs the Growling Tigers in the UAAP Finals! The two will matchup in the finals for the first time ever. They have not met in a UAAP Final ever since. UST last won it all 10 years ago while Ateneo did it in 2002.

As a historical look back we have a list of the past champions of the UAAP starting with its inception in 1938.

Enjoy the games!

UAAP Seniors Basketball Champions

1938 - FEU
1939 - UP
1940 - UST
1941 - UST
1943 - No Tournament Because of World War II
1946 - UST
1947 - FEU tied with UST
1948 - UST
1949 - UST
1950 - FEU
1951 - FEU
1952 - UST
1953 - UST
1954 - NU
1955 - UST
1956 - FEU
1957 - UE
1958 - UE
1959 - UST
1960 - UE
1961 - FEU
1962 - UE
1963 - UST
1964 - UST
1965 - UE
1966 - UE
1967 - UST
1968 - UE
1969 - UE
1970 - UE
1971 - UE
1972 - FEU
1973 - FEU
1974 - UE
1975 - UE
1976 - FEU
1977 - Adamson
1978 - UE
1979 - FEU
1980 - UE
1981 - FEU
1982 - FEU
1983 - FEU
1984 - UE
1985 - UE
1986 - UP
1987 - Ateneo
1988 - Ateneo
1989 - La Salle
1990 - La Salle
1991 - FEU
1992 - FEU
1993 - UST
1994 - UST
1995 - UST
1996 - UST
1997 - FEU
1998 - La Salle
1999 - La Salle
2000 - La Salle
2001 - La Salle
2002 - Ateneo
2003 - FEU
2004 - Vacated (No Champion)
2005 - FEU
2006 - UST
2007 - La Salle

Source: Wikipedia

Note: If you see inaccuracies in this post please point it out to us by using the comments section. Thank You.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Larry Fonacier's Story

Whether you know him or not, Larry Fonacier has a fascinating story on and off the court. He was a member of the 2002 Ateneo De Manila champion team in the UAAP ending the school's 14 year drought. He suffered a career threatening ACL injury and yet made an improbable comeback by becoming this year's PBA Rookie of the Year. Watch as he tells his story on how it all became possible during the anniversary of CCF.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

How To Make It Big in the NBA If You're Small?

I am joining Problogger's Blogging Project featuring "How to" posts. How to be a successful basketball player if you are a small guy? It is so easy you will find yourself playing in the NBA even if you are just 5 feet tall! Seriously...

1. Have Eyes on the Back of Your Head - Literally

2. Use Your Head - Again Literally

3. Develop Some Basic (Very Very Very Basic) Shooting, Passing and Dribbling Skills

4. Jump a Little Higher. Just a Little.

5. Only Take On Somebody Your Own Size

Monday, September 18, 2006

The Man with the Whistle

whistleThe most vilified character on a basketball court is undoubtedly the referee. A referee has no fans but most of all nobody really likes him. Coaches and players berate him while the spectators shout sweet nothings into his ear. In fact an indication when the referee is doing a great job is when nobody is minding him or if he is not noticed by the fans since he makes the correct call and there are no arguments whatsoever, such a lonesome profession indeed. It is funny when you think about it since fans like us can hate a referee so much that we don't stop and think that without him, there will be no game or it would be in chaos.

Referees are humans and they make mistakes.

When things aren't going right for a team or player, they usually try to find someone to blame and rightly or wrongly, the focus shifts on the referees. Sometimes in our lives, it is so messed up that we wonder what is making such things happen. We begin to be like those players and coaches that turn to the referee. We think that God is some kind of incompetent referee making bad decisions or even ruining our lives and always picking on us!

God however isn't a basketball referee... He is much more in greater control than we could ever know. God loves you and He wants to give you a wonderful life. How does God love you?

How about the times when you are in a crisis and fear grips you? Does God have an answer for that?

"I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?"

"My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2)

In the swirling and trembling facets of your life, has God seemingly abandoned or just plain forgot about you?

"He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." (Matthew 8:26)

How about that time when you feel defeated and nothing is going right? God says something about that too...

"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32)

What is man's darkest moment? When he or she feels that they don't deserve the love of God because of all the mistakes and sins they've done in their lives. The verse above shows how glorious God is and how great is His love that in our defeated moment, God sent Jesus so that when we accept Him we can go to heaven.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Referees make mistakes but God does not. How about trying God for a change…

NOW TRY GOD! (Please use Internet Explorer for this link)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ending 28 at 82

The most intriguing story right now in Philippine college basketball is undoubtedly the San Beda Red Lion's quest for a championship. It has been 28 years since San Beda tasted an NCAA crown and they hope to end this drought by winning the league's 82nd season. Former champions PCU stands in the way and are equally capable of snatching the tile. Will the five of Ekwe, Aljamal, Angeles, Menor and Escobal be enough to finally end the waiting for San Beda. This team is now lead by former FEU coach and former Red Lion, Koy Banal.

Boredtoday has created a great video about this quest. See you at the games.

See Past NCAA Champions

Take A Time Out

Basketball is more than just a game. It reflects lessons in our lives if we think hard about it. Here are some articles on how basketball teaches us about truths in life and what God has to say about it. Read my original articles, materials from CCF, some great links and watch videos.

Original Articles:
From the Clutches of Defeat
The Coach’s Playbook
The Impossible
The Man with the Whistle
The Law of Respect

CCF Articles:

Link Features:
A Shooting Star Called “Pistol”

Larry Fonacier's Story

Database of Champions

Do you ever wonder what team were champions in a specific year or who dominated a particular era? In this section of HoopsTV we have collected a list of champions for particular leagues. Hope you enjoy this section as you explore the history and legacy of your favorite teams. Please keep coming back as we add and update our list.

Philippine Leagues:
PBA Champions Through The Years
UAAP Seniors Basketball Champions
NCAA Seniors

US Leagues:
NBA Champions Through The Years

International Tournaments:
FIBA Men's World Basketball Championship

Thursday, September 14, 2006

NCAA - Philippines Senior's Basketball Champions

1924 - UP
1925 - UP
1926 - UP
1927 - San Beda
1928 - Ateneo
1929 - UP
1930 - UST
1931 - Ateneo
1932 - Ateneo
1933 - Ateneo
1934 - San Beda
1935 - San Beda
1936 - San Beda
1937 - Ateneo
1938 - Letran
1939 - La Salle
1940 - San Beda
1941 - Ateneo
1943 - No Tournament Because of World War II
1947 - La Salle
1948 - JRC
1949 - Mapua
1950 - Letran
1951 - San Beda
1952 - San Beda
1953 - Ateneo
1954 - Ateneo
1955 - San Beda
1956 - La Salle
1957 - Ateneo
1958 - Ateneo
1959 - San Beda
1960 - Letran
1961 - Ateneo
1962 - No tournament because of too much hooliganism and proliferation of ineligible players
1963 - JRC
1964 - JRC
1965 - Mapua
1966 - Letran
1967 - JRC
1968 - JRC
1969 - Ateneo
1970 - Letran
1971 - La Salle
1972 - JRC
1973 - San Sebastian
1974 - La Salle
1975 - Ateneo
1976 - Ateneo
1977 - San Beda
1978- San Beda
1979 - Letran
1980 - No Champion as Tournament is aborted by BAP
1981 - Mapua
1982 - Letran
1983 - Letran
1984 - Letran
1985 - San Sebastian
1986 - Letran
1987 - Letran
1988 - San Sebastian
1989 - San Sebastian
1990 - Mapua
1991 - Mapua
1992 - Letran
1993 - San Sebastian
1994 - San Sebastian
1995 - San Sebastian
1996 - San Sebastian
1997 - San Sebastian
1998 - Letran
1999 - Letran
2000 - College of Saint Benilde
2001 - San Sebastian
2002 - San Sebastian
2003 - Letran
2004 - PCU
2005 - Letran
2006 - San Beda
2007 - San Beda


Note: If you see any inaccuracies in this post please point it out to us by using the comments section. Thank You.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Some people say that their the year 2000 Slam Dunk Contest is one of the best for them. The contest that year featured among others Vince Carter, Tracy Mcgrady and Steve Francis. Relive hose dunks with this highlight set.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

San Beda's Sam Ekwe

San Beda is at the top of the heap and will be having a twice-to-beat advantage in the Philippines NCAA. One of their main guns is Sam Ekwe from Nigeria. College basketball in the Philippines is jsut like in the US wherein a students of any nationality can play as long as they are enrolled in the school and has passed eligibility requirements imposed by the league. See his monster slams in these series of videos!

NCAA Final Four:

(1) San Beda vs (4) Mapua - San Beda has twice-to-beat advantage

(2) PCU vs (3) Letran - PCU has twice-to-beat advantage

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Impossible

playingWhenever we hear the words… “He throws up a prayer”, “a desperation heave”, or “He beats the buzzer” in a game broadcast, we can’t help but pay attention. For what we would really want to see is someone do the impossible like someone making

• a last second shot
• a half court (or even beyond half court) shot
• rally from a 20+ point lead and eventually win the game
• an underdog team beating a powerhouse squad
• in recent times an improbable or creative jam in a dunking contest

That is why I love watching a basketball game… you’ll never know when the element of surprise will sprung upon you. Desperate times call for desperate measures. If a half court shot is the only option to win a game then you better take it.

In our lives we have seemingly insurmountable problems as well that throws us in a fit of desperation. Problems in our finances, relationships, etc drives us sometimes to desperation. Sometimes we see the worst of ourselves in these situations and compromise our values.

But just like a basketball player we can also throw up a prayer. We can pray to God to help us in our situation and see God work wonderful things into our lives. The Bible shows us stories of men who took a “desperation shot” in the face of his insurmountable problems. In order to rise to the occasion, they trust in God to deliver them from these challenges. These are two very different stories, one trusted God immediately while the other had some doubts but in the end success was achieved by their faith.

David: The Shepherd Boy

Naaman’s Story

Have faith and hope. You might just get that buzzer beater!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Steve Nash - Football Tricks

If you think that NBA MVP, Stve Nash, is only good in basketball then think again.


Steve Nash Charity Game:

Header to Amare During the Slam Dunk Contest:

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Adam Morrison - Inspiring Story

Adam Morrison was picked #3 at this year's NBA draft. He actually started as a ball boy and was a diabetic. I do hope he succeeds in the NBA since this is a very passionate and skilled basketball player. Get to know more about him in this video.

If you haven't seen him play, watch this highlight clip.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Congratulations Spain!!!!!!!

Even without Pau Gasol, you were all able to rise up to the Challenge! Viva EspaƱa!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Coach’s Playbook

playbookThink about the Coach’s basketball playbook. For sure you will see a bunch of X and O’s there. One set for defense and then another for offense. I once read that one NBA team had 100 plays for offense and the same number for defense. Two hundred plays… imagine that!

But maybe for those who understand basketball much deeper than the ordinary fan, like me, you can see much more. You’ll see the coach’s basketball philosophy, his values on the court, his goals and his vision for the team. How will the team develop in the future if they can just do these sets of plays on a consistent basis? How will they implement variations once their opponents adjust? In a sense you are viewing a part of a coach’s character.

I would like to see and understand the playbooks of great coaches like Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley, Don Nelson and the others. Do they emphasize more defense or offense? Experts say Don Nelson is a more offensive oriented coach and sometimes do not have much strategy on defense. But how can you argue with his success? Pat Riley had an offensive onslaught during the 80s Showtime Lakers but formed dramatically different teams for the Knicks and the 2006 NBA Champions, Miami Heat. How about Phil Jackson? He quietly sits there and win 9 NBA titles.

In our life the greatest coach, God also gave us a playbook… the Bible. You can find His strategy there plus the things He likes and His dislikes. Scholars have studied his words for generations. His basic strategy is to show His love for man. First He created man and gave him the freedom to think for himself. When man sinned and felt that they don’t need a God, the latter continued to pursue the former. He showed man the Ten Commandments, sent prophets to remind them of His love and also warn them of the pertinent danger ahead if man continues with his lifestyle. The rule in the playbook says that if man continues on He will be merited a punishment. This punishment was more than just a jog around the gymnasium. But God had another play in His sleeve. God sent his Son Jesus to be punished in our place. God became man so that the latter could understand how much He loves man.

Want to know all of these and understand God? Read His playbook… read the Bible. You can find the best plays for your life in His playbook

Suggested links:

How do we know the Bible is true?

How to Study the Bible by Max Lucado

Bible Gateway: Online Bible

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Pistol Pete - Shooting Skills

In this edition of Pistol Pete's basketball lessons, we now take a look at some fundamental shooting skills to improve your game.

Past Pistol Pete Videos: Career, Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3

Read Pistol Pete's Story

Friday, September 01, 2006

FIBA Shocker! Greece Beats US 101-95

What a game for Greece! How were they able to pull it off?

In this game, I think Greece was able to solve the pressure defense of the US. Take note that because of this defense, the US jumped into an early lead. It was then that the Greeks made some fine adjsutments. They saw that their main advantage here would be their height. So what they did based on my observation was to spread the floor on offense. Since the Greeks have good dribblling and passing skills, they were able to take the ball where they want to. Plus they also have a good shooting touch so they just shot over the smaller Americans. This made the game slower and very difficult for the Americans to cover since they were smaller and the driving and inside dish spaces became looser.

I still think though that it was commendable of the US to finally try to win by team play it was just that the Greeks was able to solve their pressure defense. They came to Japan to win not by talent alone but by working together but it wasn't meant to be.

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