Ateneo rolls on, tears Adamson streak to pieces; UP sews up No. 2 spot


Zavier Lucero (left) powers UP to a victory that clinched twice-to-beat protection in the Final Four. —UAAP MEDIA

Zavier Lucero (still left) powers UP to a victory that clinched two times-to-defeat security in the Remaining 4. —UAAP MEDIA

When Ateneo and Adamson tipped off their match on Tuesday, a single profitable streak was confident to appear to an stop. Nobody was kidding by themselves whose run was that.

And anybody nevertheless guessing would have arrived at a summary soon after 10 minutes.

The Blue Eagles drive-fed the Falcons with their brand of defense, forcing turnovers and restricting their foes’ scoring possibilities to hammer out a 91-57 blowout at Shopping mall of Asia Arena—a 12th straight victory that put the defending champions inside two online games of an elimination round sweep.

“The next quarter was telling in this video game,” mentioned Tab Baldwin of Ateneo. “Adamson came in ready and determined. Tactically they attacked us ideal from the start out and we did not hope that.”

Adamson’s shock was exemplified by a 3-pointer by Lenda Douanga that gave the Falcons a 15-12 lead late in the very first quarter. The Eagles managed just a slim guide at the finish of the initially quarter, generating similarly slender hopes that Adamson could maintain a 4-sport winning operate.

Alternatively, the Falcons hurtled back to the ground with their first defeat in the 2nd spherical for a 5-7 file.

“Until we received some rhythm at the finish of the 1st quarter, it was a contest for confident. But we type of set up the mentality that we are hunting for in protection and rebounding,” claimed Baldwin.

That protection compelled Adamson into 6 straight turnovers in the second quarter as Ateneo raced to a 40-24 cushion. The Falcons wound up with 24 mistakes for the activity. The Blue Eagles? Just seven. That gave Ateneo a 28-4 edge in details off turnovers and a 38th straight victory relationship back again to 2018.

Potent bench

Ange Kouame scored 18 factors for Ateneo even though Matthew Daves highlighted a powerful bench effectiveness with yet another 18 details.

“Credit to our guards, they just took place to find me at the appropriate position,” explained Daves.

Before, College of the Philippines (UP) whipped College of the East, 81-68, for its 2nd straight victory, with Zavier Lucero coming out potent with a 20-stage, 14-rebound efficiency.

It was the Maroons 10th victory in 12 video games, while the Warriors absorbed their 12th setback in as numerous online games.

That victory, coupled by Much Jap U’s upset of La Salle, 67-61, in one more sport, handed UP the No. 2 place and armed the Maroons with a 2 times-to-defeat edge in the Ultimate 4, irrespective of the structure. INQ

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