Friday, September 9, 2011

Round 2 - UE-DLS and ADM-UST

Aug.20, Saturday
UE-74   DLS-69
ADM-82   UST-57

- - -  Another Upset - - -

The 2nd Round has always seen the plot thicken - bringing in more surprises as teams make adjustments.

Unlike their 1st Round encounter, where the Archers schooled the Warriors, letting them eat their dust, the second meeting of DLS and UE saw a more confident UE team.  They had made their defensive adjustments and managed to stay close to Pumaren's Gang Green for three quarters.

Although he put in only 4 points, Red Warrior Lucas Tagarda
led UE in rebounds [11] and assists [4].

Once a Red Lion, now a Red Warrior, 
Chris Javier witha putback 2.

Veterans Paul Zamar and Simon Atkins
[both in their last playing year]

 in a mad scramble for the ball.

Another veteran, John Noble, charges right into the heart of the DLS defense.

DLS led [19-17] at the end of the 1st Quarter, but come haftime,
the Warriors were up by 4, and entering the 4th were still ahead [56-54].
For the UE Red Warriors then[in the last 10 minutes] it was just a matter of maintaing their composure, getting stops, and executing at the homestrech.

Tagarda again, this time with an undergoal drive versus Villanueva.

Archer Van Opstal is greeted by a phalanx

of Red Warriors.

They did finish what they started -
 eventually upsetting the favored Green Archers [74-69].

On the other hand, the following match had no surprises.
Top seed Ateneo dominated the inconsistent Tigers.
[who had just been through a heartbreaker of a loss to FEU just days before].

The Tigers domination of the boards was there [51 to Ateneo's 48] but the
Eagles fied goal and free throw percentages told the tale.
Ateneo registered a 41% in the field goal department to UST's 26%
while clipping 90% in the free throw lane to UST's 56%.

Ateneo led by 18 at the half and by 31 [68-37] entering the last quarter.
From then on it was just a matter of cruise control for Coach Norman Black
 who had the luxury of being able to give minutes to ALL his boys.
Ateneo won by 25 [82-57].

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Round 2 - FEU vs UP and AdU vs NU

Aug. 18, Saturday
FEU-59   UP-53
AdU-68   NU-53

[Had to miss the first two game dates, Aug. 13 and 14, of the 2nd Round
to shoot the 3rd Iron Man 70.3 Triathlon at Cam Sur.]
  That Saturday - NU beat UE and AM beat FEU.
The following day - UST beat UP and AdU beat DLS.

Both the Tamaraws and Falcons were able to exact revenge against separate opponents on the third game date of the 2nd Round  of the eliminations in the UAAP Season 74 Basketball Tourney.  FEU beat UP by 6 points [59-53] and Adamson followed suit by winning over NU [68-53]. 

The 1st quarter ended at 15-all.  In the 2nd and 3rd Quarters, the Fighting Maroons limited the Tamaraws to 10 points per quarter and seemd to be headed for another upset over FEU, entering the 4th with a 13 point bulge [48-53] - - -

But FEU's experienced crew held the Boys from Katipunan
to a measly 5 points in the last quarter, whilst pouring in
 24 points to win by 6 [59-53].


UP had no counter to RR Garcia's 4th Quarter savy.
Here, Garcia's floater goes over the outstreched arms of UP's Mbah.

An all too common sight after every UP match.
Tough, very tough.

In the second match, not surprisingly, the Falcons floored it early on,
ending the 1st Quarter ahead by 10.  They continued to dominate the Bulldogs in the 2nd Quarter to end the half [37-22]with 15 point lead.  The 3rd saw Bobby Parks & Coy. outscore Austria's boys 16 to 11, but Coach Altamirano's charges were still behind by 10 [38-48] going into the 4th.

Janus Lozada drills a three.
The Falcons' experience again was just

too much for the Bulldogs to handle.

They were simply outplayed by Adamson - - -

who was led by their main man, Alex Nuyles.
He, along with Lozada and Cabrera tallied double figures.
They combined for 37 points, more than half of their team's final output of 68.
Parks managed 31 points the rest of his team mates could not complement
his scoring.  After Bobby Jr., the next highest scorer for NU was Mbe,
who put in only 6 points.

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