Over time, Eagles overpower Archers
By Abac Cordero
Friday, July 27, 2007
Ateneo waited 22 long months to get back at La Salle.
Yesterday, before a huge, boisterous crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, the Blue Eagles didn’t lose that chance as they dealt the Green Archers a stinging 80-77 loss in overtime.
The last time the two teams met was in Sept. 25, 2005. It was the Final Four, and the Green Archers won, 74-57, to reach the finals. La Salle beat Ateneo in all three meetings that year.
For Ateneo coach Norman Black, it was his first win over La Salle and its coach Franz Pumaren, his former assistant in the PBA
“Yes, that’s right. This is my first win over La Salle as a coach. It feels good,” said Black, who never ran out of heroes in the 45-minute ballgame played as if the world was at stake.
“We dedicate this win to the school, to our supporters who stayed behind us even if we didn’t do well against La Salle in the last few games,” said Black.
The victory pushed Ateneo up in the standings at 4-1, just barely behind unbeaten University of the East at 4-0. The loss, meanwhile, was the second straight for La Salle, which took a bad loss to UE last Sunday.
Ateneo, from its big men to the little ones, was just more determined to win this one, holding their ground against JV Casio’s one-man show in the final quarter.
“We just showed a lot of desire, and a lot of hunger to win. We did a good job rebounding, too. We ran into a team that’s very difficult to beat,” added the Ateneo mentor.
Cliff Arao, Jobe Nkemakolam, Rabeth Al-Hussaini manned the paint for Ateneo while Kurt Long, Jai Reyes and Chris Tiu provided the spark, the latter sinking the clincher, a triple from left wing with just 9.9 ticks left.
But still, it was Reyes, nephew of former Blue Eagle and now RP team head coach Chot Reyes, who carried the fight for Ateneo. He had 18 points, two rebounds, six assists and a steal in just 26 minutes.
Casio, a member of the previous teams that won the title for La Salle, scored 15 points in the third period, all of them coming in a 21-16 run that tied the game at 65-all late in regulation.
Arao sent the game into overtime with a short stab.
Completely overshadowed was the 83-72 win posted by defending champion Santo Tomas over National U earlier. It was the third straight win after two straight losses for the champions.
Ateneo Dials Long Distance To Beat La Salle
by JP Abcede
The Philippine economy halted for the second day this week as the capital went into a state of UAAP men’s basketball at the Araneta Coliseum on July 26. Chris Tiu flew high to score the final five Blue Eagle points on overtime to strangle De La Salle University, 80-77.
Jai Reyes circled the top of the arc twice before zeroing in on a wide open Tiu at the left hand corner for a three-point shot, 78-74, :21.1 to go. He then sealed the count with two freethrows from TY Tang’s fifth foul.
“It feels good,” described ADMU head coach Norman Black, winning his first UAAP game against the Archers. “The guys had a lot of desire today.”
Reyes topscored for the Eagles with 18 points, shooting 8/16 at the field, along with six assists. Tiu made 15, 3/6 from the three-point area and 4/4 from the line, while grabbing six rebounds. Ford Arao had 14.
“I like to compliment their offense,” Black praised on his guards. “(Reyes) was in the moment.”
Joseph Casio scored 21 points, going 9/19 on the field. Rico Maierhofer had a double-double with 19 and ten boards, two steals, and a block. Cholo Villanueva made 14 markers on 5/10 shooting.
The Green Archers were just 2/21 from the three-point country, in contrast to Ateneo’s 6/17. The blue and white grabbed more rebounds, 55-44, and passed the ball more, 17-8.
Ateneo takes solo second with a 4-1 standing.
“It is hard to celebrate too much because we have to play FEU on Sunday,” Black mentioned.
The Archers fell to a tie with University on Santo Tomas at 3-2. The two would break the deadlock on July 29 at the Araneta Coliseum.
It was a no quarter given in the first period with DLSU only managing a mini-breakaway with inside shots coming from Maierhofer and Casio, 19-15.
De La Salle was able to increase it to five with Casio recovering a looseball for a fastbreak lay in, 30-25, 3:04 of the second quarter. Tiu tied it up with a three-pointer from the side, the assist coming from Eric Salamat, 30-all.
After the Taft-based squad scored the first four points of the second half, it was all Ateneo de Manila as Reyes released a teardrop just in front of PJ Walsham to finish a 7-0 rally, 45-38, 4:36. The “Jainamite” supplied the Katipunan-based squad’s largest margin with a long shot, 53-44, 9:10 of the fourth.
Casio went on fire as he threw a three then rebounded a Jobe Nkemakolam miss at the other end and popped a jumper over Rabeh Al-Hussaini, 1:25, to even things up, 65-all. Arao, however, posted Walsham from near after Villanueva laid up in transition to set up the overtime period. Casio had a chance to win it for his team but his pass to Maierhofer was deflected by Al-Hussaini as time expired.
Arao hooked Ferdinand at the corner and split at the line off a Villanueva foul to go ahead, 74-69, 1:41 in extension. Tang took control of the leather from a scramble to feed Casio a fastbreak lay, 73-74.
After Kirk Long and Maierhofer exchanged splits from the 15-footer, Tiu took his corner three. Casio missed his attempt from outside as Arao and Maiehofer had a staredown on the rebound play. The lanky forward made his two charities but it all became moot when Tiu sank his.