Thursday, July 30, 2009
The streak is still intact, the Ateneo Blue Eagles beat the Adamson Soaring Falcons once again as the unbeaten run of the Eagles against the Falcons which dates back to September 18,1997 is still intact as the real blue beat the other blue 61-51. The Adamson Falcons, featuring its revitalized line up and patient coach Leo Austria actually found a way to shut down the Big Ateneo Machine, but unfortunately for them, stepping up is one word that the Ateneans learned from their loss four days ago.
The first quarter was like a chess match with neither team wanting to budge. Leo Canuday waxed hot as he scored 7 first quarter points. The Blue Eagles took the first quarter with a slim 16-15 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s fourth point came from a jumper from the elbow. The second quarter saw both teams tighten their defense more as both teams battled to stay on top. Ateneo drew first blood as they scored 6 points to go up 21-18. Adamson countered through Jan Colina and Jerrick Cañada to go up 22-21. Then the Blue Eagles tried to bring the momentum all the way back to Katipunan as they finished the quarter with a 7-0 run courtesy of Eric Salamat and Jai Reyes to go on top after two quarters 28-22.
The first half was so tight that the two teams had 4 deadlocks and 13 lead changes. Adamson was on track to meet their quota of 22 turnovers as they ended the half with 12 while the Blue Eagles were just 4 turnovers away. Then the third quarter happened for the Blue Eagles and they broke the game open for good.
Eric Salamat opened the third quarter with two free throws after Leo Canuday was whistled an unsportsmanlike foul. In the next play Kirk Long drained a three from the side while Salamat scored on a drive and then sank another three pointer from a Rabah screen and before you know it the Eagles were up 38 -24 with 7:43 to go. This was the spark the Blue Eagles needed to give some distance to them and the Falcons. After that run, the Blue Eagles held off countless Falcon rallies to secure the win.
The MVP, Rabah Al- Husaini, scored only 6 points on 3 of 13 shooting as he was continually hounded by the Adamson big men as he was always double or triple teamed which resulted in bad shots. Good thing that back up center Justin Chua took up the slack of Rabah by scoring 8 points. Eric Salamat topscored with 16 points while Ryan Buenafe and Jai Reyes ably backed him up. Next stop for the Blue Eagles, the NU Bulldogs.
Ateneo (61) Salamat 16, Reyes 10, Chua 8, Al-Husaini 6, Monfort 5, Buenafe 5, Baclao 4,
Adamson (51) Canuday 11, Colina 11, Cañada 8, Alvarez 8, Nuyles 7, Santos3, Margallo 3, Galinato 0, Camson 0, Lozada 0, Cabrera 0,
16-15, 28-22, 47-39, 61-51
Monday, July 27, 2009
Team Chemistry is a big factor in making a solid team and the defending NAASCU Juniors champions Informatics Junior Icons showed that as they won against one of the new kids of the NAASCU Juniors, the STI College Junior Olympians 56-51 at the University of Manila Gym. It was a sorry loss for the Junior Olympians who rallied from 12 points down to within 1 point 52-51 with a minute left in the game but ran out of steam in the homestretch.
The Icons started hot as they converted on several fastbreaks after forcing the Junior Olympians to commit 13 first quarter turnovers that the Icons converted to fastbreak points. The Junior Olympians had a hard time attacking the full court pressure defense of the Junior Icons as the Olympian five of Ivan Moreno, Jason Intong, Axel Nolasco, Eric Sanchez and Paul Sabacahan seemed lost after the Junior Icons breezed past the Olympians with a 20-8 first quarter lead.
Mark Dulalia scores off the dribble
The Junior Olympians came back as their half court defense forced their counterparts to take poor shots that enabled the Olympians to get back. Ivan Moreno, Mark Dulalia and Eric Sanchez combined to drop a 12-4 bomb capped by the three pointer by Sanchez that suddenly cut the Junior Icons lead to 1, 52-51 with 30 seconds left. Unfortunately, their unfamiliarity showed as the Junior Olympians were forced to two more turnovers that the Icons converted to four points that put the game beyond recall and send the Junior Olympians packing.
Eric Sanchez twists and scores
It was a bitter pill to swallow since the Olympians shot 7 of 21 from the line and had 35 turnovers. In the last play of the game, the Icons were lucky to get away with a technical foul as they unknowingly fielded in six players. Unfortunately for the Junior Olympians, the three erring referees did not even notice it and there was no penalty whatsoever. Next stop, the University of Makati Junior Herons.
Paul Sabacahan hangs in mid air
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Renz Cruz scores two
The Olympians never knew what hit them, as the team self destructed in the first quarter because of the scarcity in offense, their defense was non existent in the second quarter as the Hawks raced to a 43-22 halftime lead. This is the first time in years that the Olympians allowed that much in a quarter. This is the second straight game that the Olympians started slow and paid dearly on their poor showing as league leaders San Sebastian College Cavite and Informatics remain the only unbeaten teams.
Mark Orias on the fastbreak
John Matubang, UM’s newest find showed his unique basketball sense and skills as he orchestrated the crippling run that made the Hawks eat the Olympians defense. Everytime the Olympians would threaten to bring down the lead , Matubang would douse cold water on their rally. Matubang and the rest of the Hawks flexed their muscles in the first half as they torched the Olympians with 23 and 18 points in two quarters as the STIers never recovered from that lethargic start.
Maclean Sabellina leads the way
Maclean Sabellina tried to bring back the Olympians as he scored 15 third quarter points to breathe life to the Olympians hopes of a fourth straight win. Unfortunately there was not enough help from the rest of the Olympians as their 16 first half turnovers proved to be so costly that the nearest the Olympians came was at 9 points 62-53. Jerald Bautista was a non factor after getting ticky tacky fouls and most of his points came in the fourth quarter. Bull strong center Martin Antonio missed a lot of field goals, some were even at point blank range and even the free throws awarded him were muffed. That struggle underscored the poor play of the Olympians. Next stop..The
Cedrick Ablaza on the drive
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Maclean Sabellina and Mark Macalindan battling for position
The diesel powered STI College Olympians proved that they have enough firepower to finish off rival school AMA Computer University in their first encounter this year as the Olympians beat the Titans 80 -70 at the resumption of the 9th NAASCU Basketball tournament at the Centro Escolar Gym in Mendiola. The Olympians, together with defending champion San Sebastian College Cavite and Informatics International College, are the only remaining teams unbeaten with identical records of 3 wins and zero losses.
Maclean with a break away dunk
In this game, the Titans started like a house on fire as they raced to a 5-1 lead in the first four minutes of the game as the hapless Olympians started throwing the ball and firing blanks against the Titans. The Olympians regrouped and finally sank a field goal after the stingy AMACU defense allowed them to score to cut the lead to one 7 -6 with less than 5 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. Rookie forward Jerald Bautista and center Martin Antonio energized the Olympians as they kept the Titans at bay with their timely hits. Bautista’s lane incursions gave the Olympians some breathing room as the quarter ended with the Titans on top 15-13.
Macky Macabasco drives to the hoop
Two new faces in the Olympians roster are two 6-3 power forwards from STI College Balagtas, Cedric Ablaza and Paulo Villadoz. Both players underscored their strength underneath as they battled the Titans big men when regular starters Maclean Sabellina and Martin Antonio were on the bench. The second quarter was a see-saw battle for both teams as the Olympians and Titans would not give each other room to break away. The Olympians finally caught up with the Titans as the inside plays of Bautista, Antonio and rookie Cedric Ablaza gave the Olympians their first taste of the lead at 19 – 18.
Unfortunately for the Olympians, when they were trying to break away after scoring four straight baskets, the Titans battled back by scoring on two break away fastbreaks to seize the upperhand again 24-23 with 3:27 left to play in the half. The Olympians shock troopers then took control once again as Tom Washington scored three points after sinking a free and scoring on a field goal off his own free throw miss that energized the STI five anew. The Olympians then went ahead again 26-24 with less than two minutes left. Then the Titans dropped a 7-2 bomb to take the half 31 – 28.
Jen Reyes drives to the hoop
By this time the Olympians have had enough with their poor first half showing. After coasting through the first 20 minutes of play, STI suddenly put their gears to overdrive to catch up with the Titans and level the score at 31 – all after one and a half minutes. After that it was an all STI show as the Olympians five on the floor consisting of Jerald Bautista, Martin Antonio, Norman Ihalas, Maclean Sabellina and Macky Macabasco punctured the hoops to give the Olympians a 42 – 36 lead with 3:10 to play in the quarter. The vaunted half court zone defense of the Olympians produced wonders as the Titans faltered from beyond the arc. This time around it was the Olympians turn to give a fiery wind up as Norman Ihalas put the icing on the cake when he scored on a three pointer after barely crossing the half court that gave the Olympians a comfortable 53 – 46 lead.
Jerald Bautista with a left handed lay up
The fourth quarter started with a three pointer coming from Mark Orias that gave the Olympians their first double digit lead at 56- 46. After that, the Olympians were not yet satisfied as they made another 10 -2 run that gave them their biggest lead of 18 points at 66-48 with less than 7 minutes left in the game. After that, the Olympians and Titans exchanged baskets as the STI team was poised to put the game beyond recall with 4 minutes left. But then again, the Titans refused to buckle as they proved that they have one last push in them.
Jen Reyes fouls Jed Maravilla
With the Olympians comfortably ahead 68 – 54 and 3:37 left in the ball game, AMACU guard Sander Salvador suddenly caught fire as he brought back the Titans single handedly. Salvador scored 15 points as he hit three 3 pointers, two field goals and two free throws inside three minutes to rally the Titans as they came to within six points 76-70 with a little over 30 seconds left in the ballgame. Unfortunately for them, Martin Antonio and Jerald Bautista conspired to give the Olympians a fiery wind up as they ran away with the 80 – 70 win. The Olympians outscored the Titans 52 – 39 in the second half and if not for the hot hands of Salvador the Titans would have been blown away. Top scoring for the Olympians is Martin Antonio with 17 markers.
Martin Antonio scores on this lay in
STI COLLEGE (80)
Antonio 17, Bautista 14, Ablaza 13, Ihalas 12, Sabellina 6, Cariño 4, Villadoz 4, Reyes 3, Orias 3, Washington 3, Po 0, Macabasco 0,
Salvador 19, Maravilla 12, Bernardo 11, Nicolas 8, Mangalindan 7, Regala 5, Tan 2 Cabico 2, Masigan 0, BOnifacio 0, Abjear 0,
Quarterscores: 13 -15, 28 – 31, 53 – 46, 80 - 70
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monfort 20, Salamat 14, Buenafe 14, Al-Husaini 13, Salva 8, Tiongson 7, Long 7, Baclao 4, Golla 2, de Chavez 2, Chua 2, Sumalinog 0, Reyes 0, Gonzaga 0, Burke 0, Austria 0
Maliksi 20, Ababou 17, Mirza 13, Teng 6, Bautista 6, Afuang 5, Mariano 4, Green 2, Fortuna 2 Camus 2, Ungria 0, Feliz 0, Cam 0
Quarter scores 30 -21 , 52-35, 68 -49, 93 -77
St. Clare College (69)