Aug. 4, Thursday
Tigers Losing Their Bite ?
Ateneo buried the Growling Tigers from Espana with 26 fastbreak points on route to a 66-53 win. Surprisingly, UST outrebounded Ateneo [53-42] but in field goal and free throw percentages, turnover points, and bench scoring Pido's boys were beaten by Black's.
Salva and Ravena combined for 32, almost half of Ateneo's
final count of 66 points.
Karim Abdul outrebounded Slaughter, 10-7.
Half of the Cameroonian's rebounds were offensive.
Coach Pido wasn't hard on his boys. this time around. [I've seen him get furious in the huddle] Unlike other coaches, this guy occasionally uses his
sense of humor to motivate his team.
The Defending Champs are always quick on the help defense.
It's always a treat to watch great clutch shooters take on each other.
Fortuna knows he has the smarts to outwit Ateneo big, Greg Slaughter.
Jeric contributed 18 points while Greg only had 6.
Jeric Teng, again, topscored for his team, bringing in 18 points.
It is easy to say how fearsome Ateneo's offense is with three years of Championship Ball and 2 star rookies to more than make up for the absence of Buenafe and Salamat . . .
but the Eagles' D has ALWAYS been the key, which has kept its opponents'
field goal percentages down and has always created opportunities for the
Ateneo to score in clusters.
Jarencio's team slid down to 40% with a 2-3 win-loss slate. But he is putting his faith on the likes of inexperienced rookie, Karim Abdul, and former UAAP Juniors Mythical Five member Kevin Ferrer , to help UST make the Final Four.
Seeing V-League Champs -->Bea Tan, Mona Bagatsing, and Amy Amohiro way up in Upper B brightened my Thursday afternoon even more.