Friday, August 15, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Eliminations: Ateneo Game 9 Results

Aaargh, this is the second win in a row I've missed!
Tiu, Al-Hussaini soar as Ateneo beats UST, 85-76
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- In another display of dominance, Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Chris Tiu controlled the game early to power Ateneo to an 85-76 victory over UST, keeping the Blue Eagles on track for the first semifinal berth in the 71st UAAP men's basketball competition Thursday at the PhilSports Arena.

"It's good for us that our two top players really played well; they really made crucial baskets down the stretch for us," said coach Norman Black after the Eagles remained solo on top with eight wins in nine outings.

Tiu knocked in 11 of his career-high 29 points in the final period as the Eagles completed an elimination sweep of the squad that stunned them for the 2006 championship.

Al-Hussaini again proved assertive at the paint to finish with 24 markers, most coming from easy lay-ups and putbacks.

Ateneo has won all two games against UST this season. And once again, the Blue Eagles kept the UST side scoreless for five minutes in the last quarter. That ought to keep the fans happy.

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