Rabah was a tower of power scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds while Nonoy Baclao backed up Rabah with 11 points, 6 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Blue Eagles raised no doubts as they come out infirst place with a 13-1 slate. Both Rabah and Nonoy gave the Green Archers a hard time with their drives and post up plays that made the Archers settle for jumpers. Incidentally, in the Juniors Division, the Blue Eaglets also whipped their co-leader, the DLS-Z Junior Archers 69-64 to end the eliminations also at no.1 with at 12-2 slate.
Franz: Wag ka maingay di ko pa alam paano irereimburse pamasahe ko!
Rabah Al-Husaini scored on a post up play to give Ateneo its first two points of the quarter.
If the 2008 Ateneo Blue Eagles move on to capture their fourth UAAP Title then we can say that this season can be judged as one of the best if not the best UAAP elimination round romp of any ATENEO UAAP team. Thirteen wins and one loss, the only other Ateneo team to have the same record is the 1987 Champion Team which lost its first game against the defending champion UP Maroons and then won 14 straight games enroute to the school’s first UAAP Title in any sport.
"...We pray you'll keep us Mary Faithful to you!"
Yes that team was 14-1 but unknown to many is that the team actually lost two games, the other one a 91-89 first round loss to UST which was overturned when one of their players, Federico Oblina, was found to be ineligible and then their win was forfeited in Ateneo’s favor. So this means, this team is on a mission to establish itself as the best Ateneo UAAP team ever. I myself can’t wait it to happen!!! GO ATENEO!!!
Al-Hussaini 18, Baclao 11, Reyes 10, Tiu 9, Salamat 8, Baldos 4, Escueta 3, Buenafe 2,
De La Salle (57)
Maierhofer 16, Atkins 9, Barua 8, Malabes 7, Casio 5, Mangahas 4, Villanueva 4, Ferdinand 2, Walsham 2, Bagatsing 0, Revilla 0, Webb 0.
Quarter scores: 21-12; 36-28; 54-41; 65-57