[Blueboard] UAAP Season 67 Ateneo Blue Eagles BULLETIN #2
Arlyn R. Catubig
acatubig at ateneo.edu
Thu Jun 17 10:14:08 PHT 2004
16 June 2004
Ateneo Blue Eagles
UAAP Season 67
The Ateneo Blue Eagles finished their participation in the Cebu
invitational tournament with a 1 win – 3 loss record. The Ateneans won
their first game against Viva Safety First but lost the last three games
against General Milling Corporation, Skygo-UV and Hapee. The last loss
was a heart breaker as the game was decided only in the dying seconds.
The trip was a great learning experience for the players and the
coaches. The games highlighted the strengths of the team as well as
areas for further development. It also served as a good means to toughen
the players physically and mentally as they played games on four
consecutive days. Mr. Norman Black, Team Development Consultant, and Mr.
Ricky Palou, Director for Varsity Sports Development, joined the team in
In January, there was a roster of 30 players trying out for
slots in the team. Over the past months, the list was cut down to 18 who
joined the Cebu trip. In the previous bulletin, we promised that the
final line-up would be announced after the team’s participation in the
Cebu invitational tournament. After careful deliberations among the
coaches, led by Head Coach Sandy Arespacochaga, management and the team
consultants, we are pleased to present the Blue Eagles for UAAP Season
’67. The team is a combination of youth, experience, speed, strength,
finesse and physical toughness.
The 16 team members who will carry the blue and white colors of
our Lady, patroness of the Ateneo, are, listed alphabetically: Japeth
Aguilar, Ford Arao, Ken Barracoso, Paolo Bugia, Macky Escalona, Yuri
Escueta, Larry Fonacier, JC Intal, Doug Kramer, BJ Manalo, Magnum
Membrere, Jobe Nkemakolam, Martin Quimson, Bajjie del Rosario, LA
Tenorio, and Chris Tiu. Eleven were members of last year’s UAAP team,
one was a member of last year’s Team B while four are new to the team.
Johan Uichico has an excellent chance of making it to the 20-and-Under
Young Men’s RP basketball team that will represent the country in the
ABC and he opted to continue trying out with the team as it will give
him an excellent opportunity to develop his skills and represent the
The inclusion of BJ Manalo in the team has been the subject of
much discussion among segments of our alumni. Opinions for and against
his inclusion have been expressed in email groups, print and in small
group meetings. Serious consideration has been taken of these opinions
When it considered the question of BJ being part of the team,
the Ateneo took into account the effects of this decision on the team,
BJ and the University.
BJ expressed his desire to come back to the Ateneo for his
graduate studies and, as he has a year of playing eligibility left, to
play for the school. He tried out for a slot in the team and went
through, like all other aspirants, the different phases of try-outs and
training. In the end, the coaches, in consultation with management and
team consultants, Mr. Norman Black and Mr. Ricky Palou, decided that BJ
would be able to help the team in its drive toward excellence and our
goal of winning the UAAP championship. According to Ricky Palou, "BJ is
an experienced player with a winner’s attitude who exhibits good
BJ is an Atenean who spent most of his formative years, 12 all
in all, in the Ateneo. We are aware of his reasons for studying in De La
Salle University for college and we have taken these into consideration.
We respect his decision to return and serve the university in his last
year of eligibility.
According to BJ, "I decided to come back to the Ateneo and serve
it in the best way I can, in gratitude for the formation I received from
the school. I hope I can contribute to the team and the school during my
last year of playing eligibility in the UAAP."
Now that we have the final line-up, the team moves into the
intensive preparation phase for the individual players, the team and the
coaching staff. With less than a month to go before the UAAP, the team
has lined up several tune-up games against commercial and school teams
while continuing its daily practices. The first tune-up game will be
held on Friday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. against the University of British
Columbia team that is participating in the on-going PBA conference.
Venue will be the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center.
As always, we continue to ask for your support and prayers.
ONE BIG FIGHT!!!
Ateneo Blue Eagles
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