Ateneo hammers FEU, sweeps first round; Growling Tigers overwhelm Fighting MaroonsGreg Slaughter wasn't able to dunk on FEU, but that's alright. He was still able to put the hurt (15 points, 11 rebounds, 1 block) on the team that led the campaign to keep him from playing in the UAAP this year. Besides, Slaughter has at least one more shot at the Tamaraws, which will come as early as this Saturday when Ateneo faces FEU in the second round.
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA—Ateneo achieved something it has not done in its past three championship seasons: Sweep the first round.
The Blue Eagles, finding their lethal form just as the Far Eastern U Tamaraws lost their composure, hammered out a 69-49 rout yesterday to cap a 7-0 romp in the 74th UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Standout rookies Kiefer Ravena and Greg Slaughter pumped in 19 and 15 points, respectively, as Ateneo, seeking a fourth straight championship, ended the first round without a loss for the first time since the Final Four format was applied in 1994.
The Ateneo-UP double victory I had hoped for didn't happen. And the less I say about the Fighting Maroons' dispiriting performance, the better.