Sunday, July 31, 2011

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

Ateneo's tournament-opening win streak is now at five games.
UAAP: Ateneo Blue Eagles crush UP Fighting Maroons;
Tolomia hits game-winning triple to lift FEU over UST

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Ateneo win bragging rights in a battle of Katipunan-based squads yesterday, squeezing out double figures from all of their starters to demolish the University of the Philippines, 77-57, in Season 74 of the UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Rookie-sensation Kiefer Ravena pumped in 15 points and had four steals, and Greg Slaughter added 14 points and 13 rebounds in a potent inside-outside performance that propelled the unbeaten Blue Eagles to their fifth straight victory.

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A little over two years ago the Fighting Maroons upset the Blue Eagles, 68-58, in the first round of UAAP Season 72. That turned out to be Ateneo's only loss in the eliminations, and kept it from the joining UST and UE in the record books as holders of 14-0 records entering the playoffs.

Since then Ateneo has whaled on UP, winning four straight contests by an average margin of 19.75 points. Maybe it's time the Fighting Maroons went back to what worked the last time: they must wear their "Fighting Blacks" jerseys.

[7 PM Edit]

There was a rousing ovation as usual when the UP Pep Squad came out to perform at halftime. The cheers grew even louder when they assumed this, uh, very interesting opening position. Too bad Studio 23 did not air the entire routine, which was set to The Dawn's "Salamat." It's one of the drawbacks of cheering for an also-ran—UP Pep almost always goes on second at the half and gets limited airtime.

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