Friday, August 5, 2011

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

The Blue Eagles are now 6-0, one win away from sweeping the first round of eliminations.
Eagles soar; UP Maroons upset Tams
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Ateneo got its running game going against slumping University of Santo Tomas, hacking out a 66-53 victory Thursday that pushed the three-time champion within a win of a UAAP first-round sweep.

Rookie Kiefer Ravena put up another sensational show with 18 points, five rebounds and six assists and Nico Salva just finished a rebound-short of a double-double with 14 points and nine boards to power the Blue Eagles to their sixth straight win.

University of the Philippines pulled off the season’s biggest upset yet earlier as the Maroons stunned the FEU Tamaraws, 76-63, in the first game of the men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Because the Blue Eagles shot 23 of 68 (33.82%) from the field and 1 of 18 (5.56%) from three-point territory, I was all set on dubbing this latest Ateneo triumph an ugly win. But then I read AR Samson's latest article on the ADMU website:
I do not subscribe to that oft-repeated oxymoronic phrase "ugly win". A win by definition cannot be ugly (is a buzzer beater obnoxious?). It is always beautiful even if it moves jerkily along to its happy ending. […]
So, uh, yeah, beautiful win for Ateneo.

Yesterday was a great day for denizens of Katipunan Avenue: UP upset FEU in the curtain-raiser then Ateneo routed UST in the main game. The last time the Blue Eagles and the Fighting Maroons won on the same UAAP playdate? It was on 21 August 2008—UP routed shorthanded Adamson, 73-42, while Ateneo squeaked past UE, 61-57, in overtime. They can do it again this Sunday when the Fighting Maroons face UST and Blue Eagles square off against FEU.

I was able to catch the replay of the Ateneo-UST game on Balls, but I fell asleep during the fourth quarter. Because of that I missed Greg Slaughter's slam off a Kiefer Ravena alley-oop pass. What a bummer.

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