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UAAP: Eagles stay perfect

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Wednesday:

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m. -- FEU vs. NU (M)

4 p.m.  -- Ateneo vs. UST (M)

ATENEO continued to rout the opposition to stay perfect, while Adamson forced a three-way tie in fourth
place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena yesterday.

The Blue Eagles posted their fourth straight double-digit win, as the last season’s runner-up
plummeled University of the East, 83-65.
    
A team still looking for consistency, the Falcons rediscovered their winning ways with an 83-76
tripping of National University.
    
Ateneo has an average winning margin of 17.75 points in four contests, but assistant coach Sandy
Arespacochaga stressed that the team can do better that by being consistent on both ends of the floor.
    
“There are still things that we can improve on. Coach Tab (Baldwin) is a stickler for details.
He will look things that we didn’t do well,” said Arespacochaga.
    
The Eagles gave up 29 points in the third quarter that kept the Red Warriors in the game before
dominating the last 10 minutes of play.
    
“We knew they are a tough team. They put a lot of effort everytime they play. In the third, we
had the lead but we can’t have control of the game because UE kept us within distance,” said
Arespacochaga.
    
“In this league, you really can’t take any team for granted. It’s a good thing the players
responded, especially putting the clamps on UE in the fourth quarter. We played well defensively and the
same time, efficient offense in the fourth.”
    
Adamson improved to 2-2 to tie its victims and Far Eastern University, just behind joint second
placers University of the Philippines and La Salle.
    
The Falcons rebounded from a 73-85 loss to the Archers, as coach Franz Pumaren endured his worst
three-game start in his checkered collegiate coaching history.
    
“We learned from our mistakes already. If we looked from the two games that we lost (against
Ateneo and La Salle), we really had a bad start. I guess we played smarter basketball than in the past
two games,” said Pumaren.
    
Thirdy Ravena paced Ateneo with 21 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
    
The scores:
    
First game
    
Ateneo (83) -- Ravena 21, Nieto Ma. 11, Black 10, Nieto Mi. 10, Tolentino 9, Asistio 8, Verano
4, Porter 3, Ikeh 2, Go 2, Mendoza 2, Tio 1, White 0, Mallillin 0, Mamuyac 0, Andrade 0.
    
UE (65)  -- Pasaol 22, Abanto 10, Maloles 9, Derige 6, Acuno 5, Bartolome 4, Olayon 4, Conner 3,
Varilla 2, Manalang 0, Cullar 0, Armenion 0, Gagate 0.
    
Quarterscores: 18-11, 32-23, 60-52, 83-65.
    
Second game
    
AdU (83)  -- Sarr 19, Ahanmisi 13, Espeleta 13, Pingoy 12, Manganti 5, Ochea 4, Camacho 4,
Bernardo 4, Mustre 3, Manalang 2, Lojera 2, Zaldivar 2, Paranada 0.
    
NU (76)  -- Alejandro 25, Gaye 8, Bartlett 7, Lastimosa 7, Aquino 6, Mosqueda 6, Salem 3, Joson
3, Yu 3, Morido 2, Rangel 2, Diputado 2, Tibayan 2, Abatayo 0, Cauilan 0, Flores 0.
    
Quarterscores: 19-19, 43-32, 60-50, 83-76.