Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Faith Academy bounces back, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets figure in a pair of squeakers, and San Beda stays undefeated


Faith Academy bounces back, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets figure in a pair of squeakers, and San Beda stays undefeated
by rick olivares

Faith Academy bounced back from a loss to National University in the 30th Metro Manila Basketball League with a thorough 64-43 trouncing of overmatched UNO High School last Saturday at the San Beda College Gym.

With Neil De Cleene and Mark Lovatt shutting down the lane on the defensive end, point guard Nick Dalafu presided over the FA Vanguards’ first quarter onslaught with 11 points to take a 22-9 lead. Star swingman TJ Hardeman, who will be going to college in the United States after this season, then picked up the scoring chores from Dalafu by scoring 15 of his 17 points after the first quarter to complete the rout.

In a battle between the Xavier School Team C and Faith Academy Team B, the Stallions, behind the exploits of Alrich Lam broke open a close first half for a 64-36 mauling. The Vanguards trailed early on but closed the gap 31-27 behind center Toby Lim who finished with 12 points. But Xavier countered with a stifling full court press that sucked the life out of Faith Academy who only scored nine points in the second half of play.

Rich Golden Montessori School bucked a late rally by Trinity University of Asia to take a 70-64 decision. Guard Rodel Bilar topscored for RGMS with 17 points.

In the girls’ division, Faith Academy had no answer for the inside-outside play of UNO High School to fall 48-34. The Velez sisters, Alexis and Yvette combined for 20 points to make short work of an overmatched Faith squad that featured Jackie Long, the youngest sibling of former Ateneo Blue Eagles’ star, Kirk Long.

Long scored tallied five points, two assists, and five rebounds to back up Victoria Choi who led her team with 11 points.

UNO forced the ball out of primary ballhander Sonya Hagberg to her teammates who had a difficult time bringing down the ball more so executing. Pint-sized point guard Grace Jung tried her best to assist Hagberg but UNO was the deeper and more talented squad.

Ateneo de Manila figured in a pair of squeakers as the Blue Eaglets slipped past San Sebastian College 80-79 behind Matthew Nieto’s 19 points and Thirdy Ravena’s 22 points in a second match against Malayan Institute of Technology, 65-64.

Defending NCAA Juniors champion San Beda kept its unbeaten streak going with a 99-65 laugher over Chiang Kai Shek College. Rev Diputado and Arvin Tolentino top scored for San Beda respectively with 16 and 14 points.
Here are the full results of the weekend’s matches:

MMBL GAME RESULTS

08 December 2012 @ San Beda College Gym

De La Salle Zobel def. Faith Academy 54-27 (girls)                                    
            DLSZ: Nuñez 14 pts

Faith Academy-A def. UNO High School 64-43                 
            Faith: Hardeman 17 pts

UNO HS def. Faith Academy 48-34  (girls)
            UNO: Velez 19 pts

Xavier-C def. Faith Academy-B 64-36         
            Xavier: Lam 12 pts                                                                          

Xavier School-A def. Malayan Institute of Technology 78-58
            Xavier: Kyle Lao 36 pts

Faith Academy-B def. Our Lady’s Angels School 66-28
            Faith: Lim 15 pts

Ateneo def. San Sebastian College-A            80-79
            Ateneo: Matthew Nieto 19 pts


09 December 2012 @ San Beda College Gym

San Beda-A def. Chiang Kai Shek College 99-65
            SBC: Rev Diputado 16 pts, Arvin Tolentino 14 pts

Ateneo def. Malayan Institute of Technology 65-64
            ADMU: Thirdy Ravena 22 pts

NU def. FEU-B 77-51
            NU: Dyke 17 pts

De La Salle Zobel-A def. FEU-A 79-61
            DLSZ: Banzon 17 pts

Chiang Kai Shek College def. De La Salle Zobel-B 61-56
            CKSC: Bait 13 pts

San Beda-B def. Arellano University 65-52
            SBC: Norrish Marc Decapia 26 pts

San Beda-C def. Gymnazo Christian School 103-45
            SBC: Addie Velasquez 24 pts

San Sebastian College-A def Hope Christian HS 86-80
            SSC: Costelo 22 pts

San Beda-D def. The Seed Montessori 71-41
            SBC: Shawn Velarde 15 pts

UST-B def. Xavier School 67-61
            UST: Reyes 17 pts
            Xavier: Tyler Tio 29 pts

NU-A def. Xavier School-A 83-79
            NU: Morido 22 pts
            Xavier: Kyle Lao 39 pts

Xavier School-C def St. James Academy Malabon 60-47
            Xavier: Tansiongkun 14 pts

National University-C def. Espiritu Santo Parochial School 78-48
            NU: Penano 18 pts

College of San Benildo-Rizal def. Southridge School-A 60-28
            CoSB-R: Sta. Ana 16 pts

La Consolacion College Manila def Dominican College Sta. Rosa 39-16
            LCCM: Falcis 13 pts

Hope Christian HS def. Univ of the Phil Integrated School 58-33
            HCHS: John Apacible 58-33

Chiang Kai Shek College-A def. Our Lady of Fatima University 59-55
            CKSC: Salim 18 pts

Rich Golden Montessori School def. Trinity University of Asia 70-64
            RGMS: Bilar 17 pts

UST-A def. Adamson University 60-55
            UST: Ungria 16 pts

La Salle College Antipolo def. Quezon City Science High School 60-51
            LSCA: Oliva 12 pts

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