Red Warriors tame Blue Eagles

15 07 2007

It was expected to be a tough game. And a tough game it was.

The UE Red Warriors and Ateneo Blue Eagles didn’t let their everybody down from the stands as they clashed in a playoff-like game last July 15 at the UAAP Season 70 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The Red Warriors picked up their 3rd straight win with a score of 76-73, while it was Ateneo’s first defeat in three games (2-1).

A surprise performance came from UE’s Paul Lee who tallied 13 points and 5 boards. Veteran Kelvin Gregorio shared a total of 12 points and 5 boards while Hans Thiele contributed 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Blue Eagles’ Chris Tiu and Ford Arao combined for 31 points while Ken Barracoso registered 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Both teams showed great defense in the starting quarter. The 1st 10 minutes ended with UE on top, 17-12.

In the 2nd quarter, both teams continued to exchange baskets. With 5:47 remaining, Thiele missed his bonus FT while the Red Warriors were still leading by four. Jai Reyes made a shot from behind the arc that cut down the Warriors’ lead to a single point, 29-28, with 5:20 minutes left in the clock. However, Tiu also missed his bonus FT but his basket was enough to claim an Ateneo lead, 30-29.

Gregorio answered back with a three and the lead was back to UE, 32-30. Ford Arao’s easy lay-in tied the ball game at 32. But a baskets from Reyes, Al-Hussaini and Barracoso provide Ateneo with a four point lead. The first half ended with Ateneo on top, 40-36.

The 3rd quarter was UE’s, as Marcie Arellano and Mark Borboran took matters in their own hands. Arellano’s three-point basket trimmed the Ateneo lead to one, 46-45. Back-to-back-to-back baskets from Borboran helped UE take the driver’s seat, 50-48. Blue Eagles’ Barracoso and Salamat’s third quarter efforts could only cut down their deficit.

Both teams showed no signs of giving up, performed excellent defense up to the lasat minute of play. Tiu was fouled from the 3-point area and made all three charities with 9 minutes to play. Baclao’s FTs and another basket from Tiu made it a 3-point game, but this time it was the Blue Eagles turn. James Martinez made a three to tie the game at 61 with 7:13 minutes left in the clock.

Another big three from Lee and a putback by Borboran put the Warriors on top, 66-63. Laterre’s basket received an immediate response from Elmer Espiritu, 67-65 for UE. A three-point bomb from Eman Monfort made it a one-point lead for Ateneo, 68-67.

With 3:11 minutes, Gregorio converted 1/2 FT’s giving the lead back to UE, 70-68. Barracoso made a surprising 3-point shot, tallying the score with the lead back to Ateneo, 71-70 with only 1:58 minutes left to play in regulation.

Espiritu was fouled by Baclao with 1:14 minutes remaining. Although he missed his bonus FT, it was enough for the UE to take the lead, 72-71. With 34.5 seconds in regulation, Espiritu finished a beautiful fade away jumper making it a 3-point ball game, 74-71.

Tiu missed his attempt to tie the ball game but Thiele fumbled in a hustle play that brought the possession back to Ateneo. Arao’a finish could only cut the lead to one with 12 seconds remaining. Martinez was fouled and completed a 2/2 FT’s to complete UE’s conquest of Ateneo, 76-73.

“It was a big test for us,” said Coach Dindo Pumaren. “As for the next game, we haven’t talked about La Salle but definitely we’re preparing for their big guys, especially Maierhoffer.”

They will face La Salle in what could be a possible scenario of the finals on Sunday, July 22 at the Cuneta Astrodome. Ateneo, on the other hand, will meet NU on Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Individual Scores:

UE- 76

Lee1-3, Gregorio-12, Thiele-10, Martinez-9, Espiritu-9, Borboran-7, Arellano-7, Llagas-3, Linganay-2, Fampulme-2, Cañizares-2, Bandaying-0, Reyes-0.

ADMU-73

Tiu-16, Arao-15, Barracoso-12, Baclao-6, Reyes-6, Al-Hussaini-6, Nkemakolam-4, Salamat-3, Monfort-3, Laterre-2, Austria-0, Escueta-0.

Quarter Scores: 17-12, 36-40, 58-54, 76-54.

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3 responses

17 07 2007
tofi

am sick of ateneo always choking! we already brought in imports but we just keep losing. am afraid to watch dlsu vs. admu… we will lose again. ateneo sucks! arao you are the biggest choker!

17 07 2007
Charlie

Actually, Ford Arao might just be the brightest spot right now in the Ateneo lineup. He’s been a choker in the past, but this season, he’s played splendidly and, in fact, hit a crucial hookshot in the lane to trim the lead down to just one point with seconds to go, what proved to be Ateneo’s last basket, before James Martinez ended the scoring with two free throws. It’s hard for me to believe, too, but it seems Arao finally has come of age. Of course, there have only been three games for ADMU this season…we’ll see.

18 07 2007
The Dont Mind

Arao?

Come on!

His fat eats up more space in his skull than his brain.

All tall, no game.

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