UAAP: Ateneo blasts NU; UE wins one vs UPIt didn't look pretty early on—at one point in the second quarter the Bulldogs had twice as many points as the the Blue Eagles, 28-14. But with blue-collar play Ateneo trimmed the deficit to one at the half before putting the game away in the third. Rudy "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion!" Tomjanovich would've been proud.
By Mark C. Giongco
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) The Ateneo de Manila University used a furious third quarter rally to defeat National University, 82-65, Saturday in the 73rd UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The Eagles, who are now lodged in a three-way tie with De La Salle University and the University of Sto. Tomas at 3-2, started out slow in the first half but broke out of the slump in the third quarter as they started connecting from the outside.
Eric Salamat's excellent outing ought to silence—for now—those who have been calling for his head or worse, accusing him of shenanigans. I wish those so-called fans would drop it. Being the "King Eagle" can't be that easy.
In their last two games the Lady Eagles bowed to the Adamson Lady Falcons, 82-43, and the UST Tigresses, 72-66, and dropped to 2-3.