Blue Eagles soar for 2nd win

13 07 2007

THE Blue Eagles have no intention of taking this game into ovetime. THe Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles played like last year’s contender to score a lopsided 79-55 win on Thursday over the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and register its back-to-back win in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Using their height advantage, the Blue Eagles easily crippled the porous defense employed by the Fighting Maroons. The Blue Eagles are in a bind with the Red Warriors with an identical 2-0 mark. The Fighting Maroons are now 0-2.

“I just wanted to take advantage of our size,” said ADMU coach Norman Black. “The game plan is to pound the ball inside.”

Ateneo won its first game against Adamson in overtime, 69-63, last Sunday. Rabeh Al-Hussaini scored 21 points and collected 11 rebounds, while Clifford Arao had 16 points and hauled down 10 boards. Jose Reyes made nine points. The third best big guy for Ateneo – Jobe Nkemakolam – had eight markers and ten boards.

Al-Hussaini gave Ateneo its highest lead, 73-44, from a Kirk Long drop pass with 5:28 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Ateneo de Manila, as expected, had command of the boards, 68-38. They also had 24 second chance points and 29 offensive rebounds. Suprisingly the smaller Fighting Maroons had more blocks, 8-2.

Ateneo battles University of the East on July 15 at the same venue and UP will see action versus NU on the same playdate.

UP took the lead in the early going, 15-12, after Julius Wong scored for four consecutive points, but the honeymoon didnt last.

From a 24-17 lead in first period, the Blue Eagles went to their big men in the next quarter as frontliners Arao, Nkemakolam, and Michael Baldos combined for an 8-0 rally to stretch the bubble, 38-24.

The first time the Eagles reached the 20-point mark was from a Nkemakolam turnaround midway thru the third quarter, 56-36 – Ateneo’s biggest lead of the ball game. Ateneo led the rest of the way.

Scores:

ATENEO 79 – Al-Hussaini 21, Arao 16, Reyes 9, Nkemakolam 8, Barracoso 7, Austria 5, Tiu 4, Monfort 3, Baldos 2, Salamat 2, Laterre 2, Long 0, Baclao 0, Sumalinog 0, Escueta 0.

U.P. 55 – Wong 12, Rivera 9, Co 9, Serios 8, Gamboa 6, De Asis 5, Dela Victoria 2, Epres 2, Agbayani 2, Marfori 0, Lopez 0, Rosales 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 44-31, 63-41, 79-55.

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4 responses

13 07 2007
jstd

chris tiu should be more aggressive or defensive at this moment since battle of the year maybe against la salle is nearcoming…

14 07 2007
Bitoy

seems like UP is really heading to damnation this season.

14 07 2007
Jayvee

Puro pa kasi bata. But I see Da Nose’s kids on the block be the men that they should be next year.

14 07 2007
Bitoy

Jayvee,

hindi na excuse yung pagiging bata o puro rookies ang players. what the Maroons showed in the game against Ateneo was pure lack of heart and confidence. oo nga at talagang mismatch pagdating sa height pero ni hindi man lang ipinaglaban ng Maroons ang mga sarili nila against the Eagles.

isn’t it frustrating to see sore losers dishonoring the name of the University of the Philippines by not living up to the meaning of the word “fighting” in their team’s name?

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