Blue Eagles survive toughest test, nip Tamaraws in OTForget about the comeback from 7 points down in the fourth period against Adamson. Forget about the wire-to-wire annihilation of archrival La Salle. Forget about the 24-point rout of NU, or even the 20-point beatdown of the same FEU squad just six days prior.
By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA—Ateneo used another strong finish to survive its toughest test yet.
Finding their rhythm in the second half, the Blue Eagles completed a come-from-behind 74-67 overtime victory over the Far Eastern U Tamaraws last night for their eighth straight win at the start of the second round of the 74th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pushed to the wall by an FEU side determined to avenge a week-old defeat, the Eagles responded to the challenge with a workmanlike effort in the last two quarters, before finishing the Tamaraws off with another solid defensive display in the extension.
Yesterday Ateneo earned its signature victory of the season—so far.
Playing catch-up almost the entire game, down by as much as 16 points in the second quarter and by 6 with 61 seconds to play in the fourth, the Blue Eagles battled back to force overtime and prevail in the extra period.
It's already a day later yet I'm still too overcome with pride and jubilation I can't write a coherent recap except to say that it was a beautiful, beautiful victory.
The Ateneo crowd at yesterday's game responded—and how!—to the appeal for them to cheer louder at games. All throughout the telecast I could hear the Sixth Man's "Get that ball!" whenever FEU had ball possession.