UPHSD Altas commences NCAA campaign

LAST year’s semifinalist University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas will start their campaign in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournament when they take on the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Thursday at the San Juan Arena in San Juan City. In the other game, opening day loser San Sebastian College Stags will attempt to bounce back when they battle the Arellano University Chiefs.

The Stags, a 69-74 loser to Letran on Saturday face the Chiefs at 4 p.m. to be followed by the game between the Altas and the Generals at 6 p.m.

The Las Pinas City-based Altas, now without veterans Jefferson Vidal and Jorge Allen, will parade new talents in their quest to improve their fourth place finish last year.

Nigerian Nicolas Omorogbe, 6’7 center Femi Babayemi and skipper Harold Arboleda will lead the Altas offense along with Justo Alano, Mark Bitoy, Chris-per Elopre, Joel Jolango, Anthony Paulino and last year’s Mythical Five and Most Improved Player awardee Earl Scottie Thompson.

On the other side, the Generals are fielding three-year veteran Jan Niccolo Jamon, sophomores Igee Bobbie King, John Mon-teclaro, Jose Morada, Elyzar Paguia and John Tayongtong to stop the Altas’ onslaught.

In the other game, the Stags after losing Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang and Ronald Pascual would test the mettle of nine rookies.

The Chiefs on the other hand, will rely on veterans Ralph Salcedo and Prince Renmer Caperal as well as sophomores Nichole Bangga, Julius Cada – vis, James Forrester, Levi Her-nandez and John Pinto.

Read more :
  • Refreshed Kuznetsova back in the big time
    MELBOURNE - Svetlana Kuznetsova, refreshed but unseeded and unheralded after being sidelined for half of 2012, announced her return to the big time in some style on Monday with a win over C...
  • Rafael Nadal loss “biggest upset in betting history”
    Ladbrokes have hailed Rafael Nadal's shock defeat at the hands of world number 100 Lukas Rosol as the "biggest upset in betting history". Nadal went a set up after a hard-fought tie-break ...
  • New boxing talents abound in N. Cotabato
    Boxer Rolando Magbanua of Pigcawayan CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Even in the din of the celebration following Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong’s historic feat of winning North Cotabato’s first world boxin...
  • For sale, one used Olympic basketball arena
    LONDON - The London Olympic basketball arena graced by NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James last year has been put up for sale. Potential purchasers have the option of buying the venue c...
  • Andy Murray to face Stanislav Wawrinka at Olympics
    Andy Murray has been handed a tough opening test at the Olympics as he was drawn to face Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round. Murray is looking to do better than his first-round defeat t...
  • Not here to improve image of Chinese football: David Beckham
    Football superstar David Beckham played down expectations he can improve the battered image of the Chinese game as officials on Wednesday unveiled him as the sport's ambassador in the count...
  • PH pugs to see action in Asian Elite Championship
    The road to the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal continues as a young, five-man Philippine boxing team leaves on Sunday to take part in the Asian Elite Championships July 1 to 9 in A...
  • Wozniacki hits out at on-court grunting
    Caroline Wozniacki has claimed that female tennis players scream loudly during tennis matches "on purpose". The 21-year-old believes that a number of female competitors grunt in order to g...