Friday, July 22, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 1: Ateneo-NU Game Results

The Hail Mary Squad's season-opening win streak is now at three games.
UAAP: Ateneo goes 3-0 with NU rout
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Ateneo treated National University like the whipping team of old Thursday as the Blue Eagles blasted the Bulldogs, 86-62, to claim the solo lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Nico Salva powered the Blue Eagles to an early double-digit cushion before prized rookies Kiefer Ravena and Greg Slaughter took over to expose the Bulldogs as an inexperienced crew.

Showing that it’s team effort that wins games, the Eagles dished out 30 assists to tie the record Far Eastern University set against the Bulldogs on July 28, 2005.

Full story…
In 2007 the Bulldogs upset the Blue Eagles in their last elimination round game in UAAP Season 70. It was a major, major loss: Ateneo dropped to a tie for second place against La Salle and lost the outright twice-to-beat advantage against its archrival in the Final Four. The two were made to play a classification game that the Green Archers won to snatch the twice-to-beat bonus, which they then took full advantage of to eliminate the Blue Eagles in the semifinals.

As they say, an elephant—or in this case a proud Blue and White squad—never forgets.

Since that Season 70 heartbreak the Blue Eagles have never underestimated NU, never eased up even when the game was already won, never lost to the Bulldogs in the UAAP. The three-year unbeaten streak has coincided with Ateneo’s three championship runs; yesterday’s victory hiked the win streak to seven games, all of them double-digit routs.

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