Adamson ends Ateneo agony, trashes rare 14-game sweepThe Soaring Falcons were simply the better team in this game. After holding a slim lead at the half, Adamson blew the game wide open in the third quarter, the stretch of the game the Blue Eagle almost always dominated this season, outscoring Ateneo, 23-7.
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA—Adamson hammered out a historic feat in a game where Ateneo tried to make history.
Coming out in full throttle from the get-go, the Falcons foiled the Blue Eagles’ bid to complete a rare 14-game sweep with a surprise 62-46 rout Saturday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.
Aside from playing spoiler to Ateneo’s bid of jumping straight to the Finals, the Falcons secured the No. 2 spot, which comes with the remaining twice-to-beat semifinal advantage. Moreover, the Falcons snapped their 14-year losing skid against the Blue Eagles.
The 2011 Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles thus missed a golden opportunity to become only the third UAAP squad to sweep the eliminations after the 1993 UST Growling Tigers and the 2007 UE Red Warriors, and with it, automatic entry to the Finals where they would've held a thrice-to-beat edge. The Sixth Man shouldn't be too broken down about the loss, though. By topping the eliminations with a 13-1 card, the Blue Eagles still met one of head coach Norman Black's goals for the team year in and year out: enter the Final Four with a twice-to-beat advantage.