UE 10-0 and still Counting

23 08 2007

THE streak continues.

University of the East overcame an ugly game to defeat National University, 70-66, to remain unscathed in 10 consecutive games on last August 23 in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Despite committing an unforgiving season-high 27 turnovers, the Red Warriors were able to stretch their amazing winning streak to 10.

Even head coach Dindo Pumaren was frustrated.

“NU played well, we played bad and we lost our concentration,” he said. “We committed a lot of turnovers. This is the hardest challenge so far for us.”

Parri Llagas, who only had seven points and seven rebounds, scored a crucial put-back in the last 21.2 seconds to regain the advantage, 67-66, and the Bulldogs collapse in the ensuing play that allowed the Red Warriors to win.

With their 10-0 slate, the Red Warriors are not only enjoying the twice-to-beat privilege but also experiencing their best start ever since joining the league in 1952.

The Bulldogs last tasted the lead, 66-65, after a Michael Salvado lay-up, but Llagas scored a go-ahead put-back to regain the driver’s seat.

Red Warriors iced the game when Marcy Arellano sank three of his four free throws in the last 10 seconds of regulation.

Arellano finished with a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds, for UE, while Kelvin Gregorio and Mark Borboran added nine points each. Mark Fampulme and Paul Lee contributed eight apiece.

“They were determined to beat us,” said Arellano. “But we kept everything in control especially when it mattered most.”

The Red Warriors’ rebounding prowess was the major factor in their victory. They out-rebounded NU, 66-47.

Jonathan Fernandez scattered 21 points and while Edwin Asoro added 13 points and nine boards for the Bulldogs.

The loss was a big blow in NU’s ‘Final Four’ bid, as it fell to sixth place with a 4-5 mark.

UE – 70

Arellano 14, Gregorio 9, Borboran 9, Lee 8, Fampulme 8, Thiele 7, Llagas 7, Martinez 3, Canizares 3, Espiritu 2, Lingganay, Jr. 0

NU – 66

Fernandez 21, Asoro 13, Salvado 9, Catamora 6, Ponferrada 4, Jahnke 4, Aguilar 2, Galapon 2, Luy 2, Lingao-Lingao 2, Malaqueno 2

Quarter Scores: 13-all, 35-30, 46-45, 70-66

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10 responses

23 08 2007
jules

i thought UE’s gonna lost against NU..because it was a very crucial game..a classic either.
if they could make it until the last remaining games…it’s a very good sign of having the crown after struggling for 22 years.Back to the game,it was a very heart pounding experience.I never left the television screen unwatched.for the remaining 20 seconds of the game.It was a heavy responsibility left for arellano to take the lead again against NU.

NU is a tough team…they made the warriors work hard and almost beat the warriors.
But the solid team work and effort of the warriors proved their strength.
And that they will once again achieve victory.

23 08 2007
LEIGH

I freaked out when I thought NU will erase the momentum of UE. Akala ko matatalo na sila, TOUGH game, I might say.

NU played well. Their defense is so strong.

TIRA UE!

23 08 2007
paul

Though a sweep is a tall order, 10-0 is already a record for UE.

23 08 2007
whamos

Honestly, the Red Warriors stole this game from NU. The Bulldogs were in a way lucky because they faced UE today in which the latter ‘woke up at the wrong side of the bed’; stats for UE earlier was really at low levels, as if the UE team that NU faced earlier wasn’t the team that has a 9-game winning streak. UE gave a lot of fouls earlier but the Bulldogs didn’t capitalize on this as they threw away a lot of charity shots. Moreover, UE had a lot of turnovers (esp. in the 4th) that resulted in an 8-0 run for NU in the final 2 minutes. Looking at UE earlier, you could really feel that the odds were really against them.

NU had a great strategy against UE earlier; on offense, NU pounded the ball inside at once and made sure that UE’s defensive line isn’t ready yet, making UE give a lot of fouls. On defense, they made sure that Asoro, Aguilar and Lingao-lingao are providing help defense in the perimeter and constantly pressing the guards of Coach Dindo. Compared to their previous games, UE had narrower looks at the passing lanes earlier, thanks to NU’s good defense.

Also, Jay Jahnke’s 5-fouls was a big blow against the Bulldogs. It could have been a different ending if Jahnke was able to finish the game.

The pressure is now mounting against UE. Eventhough they say that they take it one game at a time, they can’t ignore now the possibility (and the privileges that comes within it) of a sweep. How sweet will it be for a team that has a 1-12 record in the Final Four to have an early ticket to the Big Dance. The game earlier shows that UE is now feeling the pressure that all the other teams are now after their heads. UE should realize that 20-point blowouts are now a thing of the past. They should ready themselves for more close games against their last 4 opponents. They should even be ready for UP and Adamson because it’s hard to play against a team that now has nothing to lose.

24 08 2007
The Dont Mind

The game was about composure.

Arellano’s composure made the game turn around.

24 08 2007
The Green Mind

UE has not been playing as decisively as they have in the first round. The Ateneo game was close and now the NU game was close again. Peaking too soon?????

25 08 2007
the streak strikes back

UE has created a lot of heartaches on other teams.But there’s nothing we can do about it.It’s just a game,a game which can turn even the most ordinary day into a day of doom or glory.But that’s life.I wish that the winning streak will still continue until the end of season 70.

The so called close games made by NU and ADMU were the lesson learned very well by UE.

25 08 2007
the streak strikes back

UE has created a lot of heartaches on other teams.But there’s nothing we can do about it.It’s just a game,a game which can turn even the most ordinary day into a day of doom or glory.But that’s life.I wish that the winning streak will still continue until the end of season 70.

The so called close games made by NU and ADMU were the lesson learned very well by UE.
The UE red warriors can survive any attack.Any crucial game,but there’s still more to come.And UE still needs to play hard for the crown..

25 08 2007
whamos

You’re right The Green Mind! UE hasn’t played as decisive as they were in the 1st round. I think they’re now feeling the pressure of the possibility of making a sweep and the fact that all teams are now after them. Also, their close games against Ateneo and NU (and also their lopsided win vs. UST) give an idea to their last 4 opponents on what strategies would work against UE. Just like what Ateneo and NU did, all teams should stay close to UE the WHOLE game and they could have a fighting chance. As they say, ‘bilog ang bola’.

25 08 2007
uaap fan

@The Green Mind

the ateneo game and NU game was close..but they massacre the defending champs UST…

wala pa kayong natatalong powerhouse this 2nd round…natalo na kayo sa UST..meron pang UE, NU at ADMU…

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