Bobby Ray Parks put on a fourth quarter offensive display as the former memphis star scored 13 points in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter to outscore fellow rookie Kiefer Ravena 20-13 in the battle of talented rookies in the 74th UAAP. But then again it was not a one on one battle, it was a game between the league leading Ateneo Blue Eagles and the equally talented National University Bulldogs which the three time defending champs won 86 – 62 for their third straight win. The Bulldogs dropped their second game and are now 1 and 2 and are bunched in sixth place in the early goings of the UAAP.
Parks, The flamboyant forward who dropped 30 points against the Maroons scored only three first half points and four third quarter points as five year Blue Eagle veteran Kirk Long put the cuffs on the high scoring Georgia Tech recruit. The 13 fourth quarter outburst of Parks was when the rest of the third string Blue Eagles were already on the floor and the game was already beyond recall with the Ravena and the rest of the starting unit already resting on the bench.
Before the game, there were talks that the Bulldogs will most probably give the three time champs a big scare since the champs were eliminated by the Bulldogs in the Fr. Martin’s Cup. Unfortunately, the settings were different and the Blue Eagles were all business as rookie center Greg Slaughter patrolled the middle with much authority as the Bulldogs failed to score outside and tried to go inside but were either thwarted by the Ateneo big men or were forced to turnovers by the guards. At the end of the third quarter, the final score was the only thing unsettled as the Blue Eagles raced to a 69 – 37 lead.
Greg Slaughter scored 15 points, Kiefer Ravena 13, Nico Salva 12 and Kirk Long 11 as the balanced attack of the Blue Eagles spelled the difference as the inexperience of the Bulldogs showed. Former youth campaigner Gelo Alolino sank two three pointers enroute to 11 points while last year’s Mythical 5 selectee Emmanuel Mbe added 10 points but all of them were in the first half. The Blue Eagles were so sharp in this game that comebacking Oping Sumalinog scored 7 points, point guard Juami Tiongson sank two three pointers for 6 points and second year center JP Erram scored 6 points, and blocked 2 shots all in the last three minutes of play. Just in their third game the Blue Eagles are gelling which just shows that there are better thigns to come.
ADMU 86 -- Slaughter 15, Ravena 13, Salva 12, Long 11, Sumalinog 7, Monfort 7, Erram 6, Tiongson 6, Capacio 2, Gonzaga 2, Chua 2, Austria 2, Pessumal 1, Cipriano 0, Estrada 0, Golla 0
NU 62 -- Parks 20, Alolino 11, Mbe 10, Celda 7, Javillonar 6, Celiz 2, Khobutin 2, Magat 2, labing-isa 1, Terso 1, Villamor 0, Rono 0, Eman 0, Ignacio 0
Quarter scores: 16-11, 38-20, 69-37, 86-62