Ateneo overthrows UE, sets UAAP record for 13th straight Final Four stintI know moral victories don't count in the standings, but the Red Warriors can take comfort in the knowledge that on a good day, they can hang with the best of them. Twice now in Season 74 UE has given Ateneo all that it could handle, although the Blue Eagles have again found a way to win. A Final Four appearance might be out of the question, but the Red Warriors now have a well of confidence they can draw from in their remaining games.
By Mark Giongco
MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo coach Norman Black gave a warning: “They (University of the East) sneaked up on La Salle and they could do the same thing to us.”
His thoughts almost came true as the Blue Eagles needed to survive the Red Warriors, 74-70, in the 74th UAAP men’s basketball tournament Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The four-peat seeking Ateneo, which already assured itself of a Final Four spot and boosted its outright Finals bid, squandered a 72-64 lead it built 42.2 ticks left.
Also, does anyone think Ateneo center Greg Slaughter has forgotten that UE was one of the three schools that tried (and failed) to keep him off the Blue Eagles' roster this year? The big man had a good day, tallying 19 points (8-of-9 FG), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. He also added to his personal highlight reel with a monstrous alley-oop dunk off a Nico Salva pass.