Monday, August 29, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 2: Ateneo-La Salle Game Results

Ateneo's unbeaten streak goes to eleven.
UAAP: Fiery Blue Eagles clobber Green Archers; Growling Tigers roar
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Ateneo easily brushed fierce rival La Salle out of the way Sunday to move within three wins of a two-round UAAP sweep and an automatic title berth.

The defending champion Blue Eagles dumped the skidding Green Archers, 79-62, and clinched the twice-to-beat Final Four bonus with their 11th straight victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the jampacked Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Although seven-foot rookie Greg Slaughter rode the bench almost the entire first half due to early foul trouble, the Eagles remained in complete control with superb efforts from Nico Salva, Kiefer Ravena and Emman Monfort.

Full story…
A lot of things have to happen for this to come true, but I want Ateneo and La Salle to face each other in the Season 74 Finals. If that isn't possible, I want the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers to end up No.1 and No. 4, respectively, after the eliminations so they'll meet in the semifinals.

Yes, I know I sound off my rocker. I'm probably the only Blue Eagle supporter who's wishing for at least one more Ateneo-La Salle games this year. But remember, the Green Archers were the last team to win four straight Men's basketball championships. It's only fitting that the Blue Eagles' quest to achieve its own four-peat should involve the squad from Taft Avenue.

Friday, August 26, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 2: Ateneo-UE Game Results

The Blue Eagles are now a perfect ten-and-oh.
Ateneo overthrows UE, sets UAAP record for 13th straight Final Four stint
By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net

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.

Full story…
I 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.

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.

The Arrival Of James Soriano

Earlier today someone sent me a link to the now-infamous Manila Bulletin article entitled "Language, learning, identity, privilege" by James Soriano, a student from my college alma mater who writes a column called "iThink" in Bulletin's Students & Campuses section.

Manila Bulletin first published the controversial article two days ago. When I read it today, I immediately thought its author was merely being sarcastic. After all, how can anyone write, "[Filipino] was the language of the streets: it was how you spoke to the tindera when you went to the tindahan, what you used to tell your katulong that you had an utos, and how you texted manong when you needed 'sundo na'" and not be kidding? It only goes to show how little I knowit turns out Soriano had expressed similar sentiments as early as December 2008 and February 2009.

As can be expected, the local Interwebs has blown up. I'm surprised no one has started a Facebook page yet. And because of the widespread interest in what Soriano wrote, by mid-afternoon today the article can no longer be accessed on mb.com.ph (although Google's cache of the page is still good).

I can already see where this is going: Soriano will either claim that his statements are being taken out of context, or say "Bazinga!" In fact, the spin has already begun. But a lot of good that will do. When he submitted that particular piece Soriano must have foreseen the level of hysteria it could cause. After all, in a 19 May 2011 blog entry he wrote:
Because to write it down is to acknowledge its existence, to make it real. To write it down is to record it as part of your history. It is to create the monster, let it take shape, and bring it to life.
Very prescient.

Somewhere out there, Malu Fernandez (remember her?) and Christopher Lao are scooching over to make room for the latest Flavor of the Week.

[Hat tip to TnB, L. Castro on FB, and O. Reyes on Twitter.]


[5:48 PM, 27 August 2011 Edit]

A comment to this post reminded me of the subtitle of this blog: "One thing about bullshit, it's fertilizer, too." I must therefore concede that there may yet be something useful in what Soriano wrote. Maybe, just maybe, there's a method to his apparent madness.

For instance, a former boardmate who's now an instructor in our high school alma mater thinks that the article is a good take-off point for discussion in the classroom. Atty. Theodore Te, meanwhile, says that Soriano did a good thing by getting people to think and reflect.

[Hat tip to V. Dancel on Twitter.]


[11:28 PM Edit]

Ron Capinding, one of Soriano's Filipino teachers in high school, has weighed in and asked that everyone give the young man the benefit of the doubt. He makes a convincing case.

[Hat tip to J. Salvosa on FB.]


[12:03 AM, 28 August 2011 Edit]

Okay, what Soriano perhaps attempted to do, the daughter of a sitting Supreme Court justice did earlier (and more elegantly).

[Hat tip to TnB.]


[10:26 PM, 1 September 2011 Edit]

Soriano has written a follow-up article entitled, "Wika bilang gunita".

Sunday, August 21, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 2: Ateneo-UST Game Results

Nine games in, the Blue Eagles are still undefeated.
Blue Eagles rip Growling Tigers, nail ninth straight
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—An Ateneo squad claiming it has yet to reach its full potential dumped University of Santo Tomas, 82-57, for its ninth straight victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Blue Eagles held the sloppy Tigers to six points in the first quarter and the defending champions went on to lead by over 30 points twice to highlight their dominating show.

Nico Salva fueled the early assault and finished with 20 points and seven rebounds as the Eagles sustained their bid for an elimination sweep and an outright championship berth.

Full story…
For years now Ateneo's Kirk Long has had the well-deserved reputation of being a Growling Tiger tamer. As a rookie in 2007, he scored 9 points in the fourth quarter then sank a buzzer-beating, game-winning jumper over Season 70 MVP Jervy Cruz to beat UST in the second round. It was the victory that started the Blue Eagles' unbeaten streak over the Growling Tigers that now stands at 10 games spanning 5 seasons. Then two years ago, in yet another second round encounter Long dropped a then career-high 21 points on UST built around a 5-of-6 shooting clip from three-point territory.

With Long's UAAP career ending after this season, it looks like Ateneo center Justin Chua could inherit the mantle of being UST's tormentor. In the Blue Eagles' first round win over the Growling Tigers in Season 73 he had a breakout game, tallying then career-highs of 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. And in yesterday's blowout victory, Chua contributed 18 points (on 5-8 FG and 8-8 FT), 3 rebounds, and 1 block in only 17 minutes of action.


It was great to see Justin Chua finally have his breakthrough game of the season, especially since what I anticipated last year has come true. With the arrival of his more celebrated teammate Greg Slaughter, Chua has ridden the bench after playing major minutes in Season 73. All of his numbers (4.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 blocks in 10.1 minutes per game) are down from last year (8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks in 19.5 minutes per outing), and his body language has regressed to pre-2010 levels. Prior to yesterday's game he hasn't smiled much during their games this season.

Lately, though, it seems that Chua has started to come to terms with his fewer minutes. For instance, in Ateneo's last 3 wins he scored 4, 9, and 18 points after notching just 10 over their first 6 games. That speaks highly of Chua's level of maturity in dealing with his reduced role, and bodes well for when the Blue Eagles play the games with greater stakes.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations, Round 2: Ateneo-FEU Game Results

The Blue and White rolls on to an 8-0 record.
Blue Eagles survive toughest test, nip Tamaraws in OT
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.

Full story…
Forget 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.

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.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

An Appeal To Ateneo's 6th Man

Here's a message purportedly from Mr. Jun Dalandan of ADMU's Office of University Development and Alumni Relations:
13 August 2011

GO, ATENEO! ONE BIG FIGHT!

Our 3-peat champion Blue Eagles got the job done in the first round. But how about the Ateneo's 6th Man? Sadly not so. When our team was struggling, when we were most needed, there was hardly a peep from us. We wake up only after spectacular plays, strange calls, or non-calls, stirring runs.

Are we getting spoiled by all the titles, all the wins? Are we content to let our players leave it all out on the floor while we sit back in our reserved seats and smugly spectate? Are we there just to be entertained?

The price of admission = the privilege and the responsibility to CHEER! Our players, band, and cheerleaders need us. For we're part of the fabled Blue Babble Batallion.

The second round starts today. Our brave Blue Eagles are bracing for more spirited and physical opposition. And so much, much more is demanded of us boosters and fans. So, as we face FEU anew and in every game thereafter, wear your favorite Ateneo Blue shirt (Not just any of your weekend shirts, please! Don’t you think it’s time to buy an Ateneo shirt?) and CHEER! CHEER! CHEER! until victory is at hand.

When we are on the offense, shout out our storied one-word yell, FIGHT! When we are on defense, there's none better than GET THAT BALL!

Just like during the good ole' days, we, the Ateneo 6th Man, should show our might with thunderous and sustained Fabilioh! Halikinu! Blue Eagle Spelling! Go Ateneo! and One Big Fight!

All Out, All Heart ... that's the Ateneo 6th Man's way!
It has been years since I last watched the Blue Eagles play live. Ever since I moved here in the mountains, I have had to content myself with watching their games on TV. And from watching the Studio 23 telecasts this season I've noticed that the Ateneo Sixth Man has often been out-cheered by the opposing gallery. During those instances I find myself thinking, "If I were in Araneta for this game I'd be cheering my butt off."

But maybe that's just me.

See, my four-year stay in ADMU coincided with the last few years of the Blue Eagles' so-called "Dark Ages," which included almost all of the '90s. I learned to cheer for them at a time when Ateneo fans didn't have much to cheer for: the men's basketball program wasn't the multi-championship-winning powerhouse it is now, the team wasn't as loaded and well-coached as the competition, and the future nucleus of the 2002 champion team—players like Enrico Villanueva, Rich Alvarez, Wesley Gonzales, Paolo Bugia, and Jec Chia—hadn't hit their primes yet.

Forget about about winning the championship; the most Ateneo fans could hope for during that era was for the Blue Eagles to finish with a .500 record and maybe sneak into the Final Four. The squad's moniker "Hail Mary Team" couldn't have been more apt then—the Blue Eagles lived on a prayer and needed all the energy they could feed off from the blue side of the arena, while the Ateneo faithful had to besiege the heavens with prayers for the team to get a win.

So when my college boardmates and I used to watch games live, win or lose we never failed to cheer (and heckle) ourselves hoarse. Once that ball was tossed up to start the game, we only sat down during timeouts and at halftime.

But now, despite the consecutive championships and Final Four appearances school officials still have been reduced to practically begging the Ateneo crowd to cheer. How…sad.

[Hat tip to user true.blue on Blue Eagles' Nest.]

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations: UP Fighting Maroons 2nd Round Schedule

Here's the second round schedule for the UP Fighting Maroons:
Sunday, August 14
1 PM - UP vs. UST

Thursday, August 18
1 PM - UP vs. FEU

Sunday, August 21
1 PM - UP vs. NU

Saturday, August 27
1 PM - UP vs. AdU

Thursday, September 1
3 PM - UP vs. ADMU

Sunday, September 4
3 PM - UP vs. DLSU

Saturday, September 10
1 PM - UP vs. UE

Friday, August 12, 2011

UAAP Season 74 Eliminations: ADMU Blue Eagles 2nd Round Schedule

Here's the second round schedule for the Ateneo Blue Eagles:
Saturday, August 13
Araneta Coliseum
3 PM - ADMU vs. FEU

Saturday, August 20
Araneta Coliseum
3 PM - ADMU vs. UST

August 25, Thursday
Araneta Coliseum
1 PM - ADMU vs. UE

August 28, Sunday
Araneta Coliseum
3 PM - ADMU vs. DLSU

September 1, Thursday
Araneta Coliseum
3 PM - ADMU vs. UP

September 3, Saturday
Araneta Coliseum
1 PM - ADMU vs. NU

September 10, Saturday
3 PM - ADMU vs. AdU
Squads that will have the gall to complain that Ateneo intends to sabotage their chances by saddling them with tough schedules better look at the schedule the Season 74 host made for itself: in a span of seven days bridging August and September the Blue Eagles will play La Salle, UP, and NU on three straight playdates.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

UAAP Season 74: Ateneo First Round Recap

Tournament Standings
ADMU Blue Eagles (7-0)
AdU Soaring Falcons (5-2)
FEU Tamaraws (4-3)
DLSU Green Archers (4-3)
UST Growling Tigers (3-4)
NU Bulldogs (2-5)
UP Fighting Maroons (2-5)
UE Red Warriors (1-6)

Ateneo Game Results
Sunday, July 10 - 55-51 win over AdU
Saturday, July 16 - 81-72 win over DLSU
Thursday, July 21 - 86-62 win over NU
Saturday, July 23 - 73-61 win over UE
Saturday, July 30 - 77-57 win over UP
Thursday, August 4 - 66-53 win over UST
Sunday, August 7 - 69-49 win over FEU

Ateneo Statistical Leaders
Minutes
Kirk Long, 28.0 mpg
Greg Slaughter, 27.4 mpg
Kiefer Ravena, 26.0 mpg
Nico Salva, 25.4 mpg
Emman Monfort, 24.7 mpg

Points
Kiefer Ravena, 14.6 ppg
Greg Slaughter, 14.0 ppg
Nico Salva, 11.7 ppg
Kirk Long, 9.9 ppg
Emman Monfort, 7.1 ppg

Rebounds
Greg Slaughter, 8.9 rpg
Nico Salva, 5.7 rpg
Kiefer Ravena, 4.9 rpg
Frank Golla, 4.0 rpg
Emman Monfort, 3.6 rpg

Assists
Emman Monfort, 4.3 apg
Kirk Long, 3.4 apg
Kiefer Ravena, 3.1 apg
Nico Salva, 1.6 apg
Bacon Austria, 1.3 apg

Steals
Kiefer Ravena, 1.7 spg
Emman Monfort, 1.7 spg
Bacon Austria, 0.6 spg
Kirk Long, 0.6 spg
Oping Sumalinog, 0.3 spg
Juami Tiongson, 0.3 spg

Blocks
Greg Slaughter, 2.1 bpg
JP Erram, 0.5 bpg
Justin Chua, 0.4 bpg
Frank Golla, 0.4 bpg
Oping Sumalinog, 0.3 bpg

[Hat tip to PBFantasy.com]

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Bunch of Three-Year-Olds

Eleven days after I started The Past and the Spurious my friend ST began his own blog. From the 50 Peso Seats turns three years old today.

And come to think of it, two more of my friends' blogs—Tales of a Good Life and Kidding Aside—also started in 2008.

What was it with that year?

Monday, August 8, 2011

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

What the Blue Eagles have just done wasn't easy. But it doesn't mean they can't do it again in the next round.
Ateneo hammers FEU, sweeps first round; Growling Tigers overwhelm Fighting Maroons
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.

Full story…
Greg 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.


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.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hitler Finds Out About Christopher Lao

Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you must've heard about law graduate Christopher Lao's misadventure, which, unfortunately, was caught on tape by a TV news crew. And thanks to one of his law school blockmates, we now know that Lao actually had strong reasons for throwing caution to the wind and braving that flooded street.

After enduring days of being hammered on the Interwebs for his on-camera actions, Lao issued an official statement wherein he said "sorry and thank you to people who matter." It was a well-crafted statement (with a Filipino translation), although the apology didn't resonate with me because Lao did not identify what was it about his behavior that he needed to apologize for.


For your delectation and delight here's a Christopher Lao-themed subtitle spoof of the movie Downfall. I wouldn't be surprised if this was made by someone with ties to UP.



It's the first time I laughed this hard at a Filipino-made version of the Downfall meme since "Hitler Galit sa San Beda" from way back in 2008.

[Hat tip to M. Tan on FB.]


[8 August 2011, 10:30 PM Edit]

GMA News Online has posted the full 24 Oras news item (complete with transcripts) containing the interview with Lao.


[14 October 2011 Edit]

Lao has a commercial out that parodies the original news clip. Well played, sir,very well played.


[8 November 2011]

Lao sat down for a lengthy interview with Spot.ph. I guess he's really a celebrity now.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Obliging The Green Mind

I know that the recent post about the Ateneo Blue Eagles on The Green Mind by Tony L. Atayde is just a bald-faced attempt at trolling and driving traffic to that blog, but I'll bite.
"Ateneo Peaking Too Soon?"*
Post title pa lang, flamebait na. It's so sensationalistic people don't notice it actually doesn't have anything to do with the rest of the blog entry.
IF YOU ARE AN ARRNEO BRRUE EAGRRE, YOU MAY NOT WANT TO CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE. JUST GO TO YOUR OWN BLOGS!
"Arrneo," I get—I use it myself sometimes—but "Brrue Eagrre"? Is that supposed to be an insult? Nobody says that, apart from maybe the Japanese of caricature.
After watching the last 2 games of Ateneo, I don't believe in their so called "invicibility".
What a coincidence, I don't believe in their invisibility too! But what do I know, I only catch their games on TV. Maybe they're invisible to those who see them live in Araneta? I doubt it. The Blue Eagles are fast on the break, but they're not that fast so as to be practically invisible.

Oh, he meant "invincibility"! My bad.

I don't think Mr. Atayde and I watched the same games. Because he couldn't have missed that the Blue Eagles actually won those two games by a combined margin of 33 points, could he?
We can beat this team.
The Green Archers can, and the Green Archers did—twice, even, over the summer. But that was then. Whether they will beat the Blue Eagles in Season 74 is another story. Like Ateneo coach Norman Black said back in June, "It’s summer. Our main focus is the UAAP. We’ll stay focused, and get better in July, and get better in September." It's August now. Looking at the standings, I can say that the Blue Eagles are doing just fine.
Too bad we played them early and of course that was because the host makes the schedule and you know who the hosts are.

After that opening day fiasco where it turned out to be more a lesson in "How to Hold a UAAP Opening Day Ceremony With Rain and Mud", their manipulation will continue all throughout the season.
Yes, Ateneo is this year's host and makes the schedule for the ongoing basketball tournaments. But Mr. Atayde neglects to mention that when La Salle hosted Season 73, it did the exact same thing he implies Ateneo has done and will do in Season 74: make a tournament schedule that doesn't conform to the UAAP Rules and Regulations.

Allow me to explain.

The Men's basketball tournament employs a double round-robin format, i.e. each team plays all others twice, for the eliminations. Here is the competition pairings under the UAAP Rules:
1st Round Pairing
1 vs. 3
2 vs. 4
5 vs. 7
6 vs. 8

2nd Round Pairing
1 vs. 5
2 vs. 6
3 vs. 7
4 vs. 8

3rd Round Pairing
1 vs. 4
2 vs. 3
5 vs. 8
6 vs. 7

4th Round Pairing
1 vs. 6
2 vs. 7
3 vs. 8
4 vs. 5

5th Round Pairing
1 vs. 7
2 vs. 8
3 vs. 5
4 vs. 6

6th Round Pairing
1 vs. 8
2 vs. 5
3 vs. 6
4 vs. 7

7th Round Pairing
1 vs. 2
3 vs. 4
5 vs. 6
7 vs. 8
For the first round of eliminations, the pairings are determined using the order of finish from the previous year. In Season 72, the season-ending standings were:
1 ADMU (Champion)
2 UE (Losing finalist)
3 FEU
4 UST
5 AdU
6 DLSU
7 NU
8 UP
So for the first round of Season 73, defending champion Ateneo was supposed to face the following teams, in order:
3 FEU
5 AdU
4 UST
6 DLSU
7 NU
8 UP
2 UE
That's exactly how the Blue Eagles' schedule turned out.

Now for the second round of eliminations, the pairings are determined using the order of finish from the just-concluded first round. In Season 73, the standings at the end of the first round was:
1 FEU
T2 AdU
T2 ADMU
4 DLSU
T5 NU
T5 UST
7 UE
8 UP
Ateneo and Adamson ended up tied for second place at the end of the first round. If Ateneo was considered No. 2 its second round schedule should've been:
4 DLSU
6 NU or UST
3 AdU
7 UE
8 UP
5 NU or UST
1 FEU.
On the other hand, if Ateneo was No. 3 its schedule should've been:
1 FEU
7 UE
2 AdU
8 UP
5 NU or UST
6 NU or UST
4 DLSU.
The schedule DLSU made?
8 UP
5 or 6 NU
4 DLSU
7 UE
2 or 3 AdU
5 or 6 UST
1 FEU
Did the Ateneo side raise a hoot then? No, because it's the host school's prerogative to tinker with the tournament schedule for its own reasons, which could include scheduling "big" games on weekends so more people can watch live. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Going back to our team in comparison to theirs. I saw their game vs UST, a very small team, and their mercenary rookie Greg Slaughter looked like a walking Meralco post.. Slaughter looked like he was trained by La Salle's "big man coach". He literally stood out like sore thumb. He is weak and will back down when played physical. Van Opstal, who is progressing very well, can eat this guy and spit him out. Put Andrada along side AVO and Slaughter will be slaughtered.
First: the Growling Tigers aren't "a very small team." They only have four players—the same number as Ateneo—who stand 6 feet tall or lower, and their average height is not grossly disproportionate to that of the Blue Eagles. But since the sole 7-footer in the entire league plays for Ateneo, people (lazily) conclude that the Blue Eagles tower over the rest of the UAAP teams.

Second: I'm curious how Mr. Atayde defines "mercenary," because off the top of my head I can name more than a few La Salle "greats" whom that word would describe better than it would describe Slaughter.

Third, Slaughter will always look like a walking Meralco post and stick out like a sore thumb. He can't help it—he's 7 feet tall!

Fourth: Yes, Van Opstal (6'8" tall, 215 lbs., 6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.0 spg, 0.3 bpg, 1.7 topg) is progressing very well. But if he can eat and spit Greg out (ano daw?) in the first place, why the need for Andrada to help out?
As for the perceived "god" of the Ateneo team, Keifer Ravena, he can be neutralized if defense on him is focused. Keep him away from the ball. A box 4 zone defense with one bigger player sticking to him like a cheap suit will take away his game.
First: Ravena must be kept away from the ball? He will be ineffective if the defense on him is focused? Howobvious. The way La Salle is playing, that's one big if right there. Besides, there are so many things Kiefer can do that don't require him having the ball in his hands.

Second: Did Mr. Atayde mean a "box-and-one defense"? Because it seems to me that a "box 4 zone" would require eight people (four to make the "box," plus four more) to execute. But a team is only allowed to field a maximum of five players at a time. Where would La Salle get the three extra guys on the court?

Hey, wait a minute….

Third: Nothing would make me happier than La Salle employing a box-and-one defense. That's because that defensive formation has a built-in weak spot: the center of the "box." Ateneo has enough good passers (and the league's only 7-footer) to use and abuse that gap.
If Webb can get his act together, he can guard Ravena and if he succeeds Kiefer might end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because Webb can get into his mind and if Webb does that, Ravena may never recover.
There are three ifs, one might, and one may in that sentence. Hedging much? Hell of a way to hype his own guy.
As for Eman One Fourth, he is effective at the top of half court. Push him to the either left or right and he won't get the assists that he has.
Wait, because Emman's last name is Monfort and he's listed at 5'6" he's dubbed "One Fourth"? Wow, such wit!

In case anyone has forgotten, Emman's one-fourth has been worth two straight titles, which is more than people can say about about the one whole of any current player on La Salle's lineup.
Kirk Long is a good transition player. He should be stopped before he gets to mid court. He is a dirty player and we should give him a bath.
Let me get this straight: Gusto niyang paliguan si Kirk Long? That is just…wrong. Yet a man old enough to be someone's grandfather thought that. Published it, even. On the Internet. In 2011.

But hey, what did you expect from a self-confessed "green mind"?
Our biggest problem will be Salva, (a former Lasallian). However, he can't do anything if he does not have the ball.
We just had to mention Salva's La Salle roots, didn't we? I wonder, though, if Nico himself brings that up, especially since after his sophomore year in high school he left La Salle Greenhills and moved to San Beda College.

And don't you just hate it when people think a player has to have the ball to do something positive in-game? How about the part where Salva can draw a defender out and help space the floor? Or the part where Nico could set a pick so hard the opposing is knocked back to kindergarten?
We cannot use the full court press against Ateneo. Coach Dindo has to think up of something that Black has never seen. I also noticed that the Ateneo players knew our play signs. When one of our players would call our plays, they would make their adjustments and be ready for it. It shows that Ateneo has been diligently watching our games and is one step ahead of us.
A compliment!
As for their bench, they are no match for ours. Austria, Golla, Tonito whatever, Whammy Teongson (where do they get these monichers) and Chua dont will get nowhere with our bench.
Yes, the Ateneo reserves are certainly no match for a La Salle bench that has 13 combined championship rings fewer than the five Blue Eagles just mentioned.

And is not knowing (and misspelling) people's name supposed to sting now?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Tiongson was nicknamed Juami because his given name is Juan Miguel. "But you already know that," to borrow from the philosopher Alberto del Rio.
Dindo should slowly be preparing for the Ateneo game. Man for man, La Salle is a better team. Now show Black that he ain't got nothing on you.
I suppose that Coach Norman's three straight championships, not to mention his PBA coaching titles, don't count?

Any claim that La Salle, man for man, is a better team than Ateneo is just plain wrong. Even if it is assumed for the sake of argument that the claim is true, then that's a backhanded compliment if I ever so one—it can only mean that the Blue Eagles have succeeded more than the Green Archers this season because they're greater than the sum of their parts.

*That particular blog entry has been edited since it was first posted.

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.

Full story…
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.