Sunday, July 24, 2011

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

The Blue Eagles are now at 4-0.
Slaughter powers Eagles
Ateneo holds off UE; La Salle ends slump, clips UP
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA — Greg Slaughter keyed Ateneo’s decisive breakaway from a winless University of the East side that stubbornly refused to go away.

The Blue Eagles, backing up Slaughter’s heroics with a tight defense in the second half, eventually downed the Warriors, 73-61, to notch their fourth straight victory and keep the solo top spot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Slaughter dropped 18 points, seven in a pivotal run in the third quarter that gave the Eagles their first double-digit lead, 41-31, from a slim 28-25 halftime advantage.

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I got my little wish again: very early in the game Ateneo center Greg Slaughter dunked against UE, the second of three teams that voted to declare him ineligible to play this year. Then in the fourth quarter, a bonus: fellow rookie sensation Kiefer Ravena scored on a breakaway jam.

Time sure flies. Two years ago the Blue Eagles and the Red Warriors were the Season 72 Men's basketball finalists. Now the two teams are at opposite ends of the tournament leaderboard.

Here's an unsolicited advice for UE fans (and for supporters of the other UAAP teams with new head coaches, for that matter): keep the faith and be patient.

They say that Rome wasn't built in a day. If Ateneo had fired Norman Black after his second year as head coach ended with that 2-1 loss to UST in the Season 69 Finals (a series where they won Game 1), or after his third year and that "2 > 3" showing against La Salle in Season 70, who knows if the Blue Eagles would've still won three straight in 2008–2010?

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