Eagles survive; Archers fumbleFor the second straight game the Blue Eagles' opponent made more shots from beyond the arc. Is it coincidence, or is Ateneo's perimeter defense really suspect?
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines — Ateneo de Manila University went through some anxious moments for the second straight game but this time, the Blue Eagles hang tough to score their first win in the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball competition Thursday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
Emman Monfort shone in the homestretch to tow Ateneo to its first victory, a nail-biting 69-66 decision over the hard-fighting Adamson University Falcons.
If it were up to me, end-game honors would've gone to Emman Monfort. Nico Salva notched a double-double, but it was Monfort's tenacious rebounding and steady hands at the free-throw line late in the fourth that kept alive Ateneo's win streak against Adamson. The Blue Eagles have now beaten the Soaring Falcons in 26 straight UAAP contests since 1997.
Thanks to the tournament schedulers, yesterday was the second straight playdate where Ateneo had a game. La Salle, on the other hand, had a playdate off before their match against NU. The Green Archers probably expected a second straight win given their favorable early schedule, but fortunately the Bulldogs did not oblige.
I'm swimming in schadenfreude, I love it.