Best yet to come for Eagles after dominant win over Maroons

MANILA, Philippines — Two games. Two blowout wins......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

NU claims breakthrough men s taekwondo crown

National University virtually clinched its first-ever men's title with a 6-1 win over traditional powerhouse University of Sto. Tomas Friday in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.        Undefeated in five bouts, the Bulldogs will still emerge as champions even if they drop their final elimination round assignment. NU is still fighting Far Eastern University as of posting time.      University of the Philippines wound up with a 4-2 record following a 7-0 blanking of a shorthanded University of the East side.      The Fighting Maroons can still savage second place if the Bulldogs beat the Tamaraws in their final elims bout.  The Growling Tigers fell at 3-2 with one bout remaining against the Red Warriors.  Even with a win over UE and ends up in joint second with UP, UST will finish third by virtue of winner-over-the-other rule.      The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, moved closer in claiming a back-to-back crown after a 6-1 victory over the Tigresses.      Also sporting a spotless 5-0 card, NU can wrap up the crown with a victory over UP.      The Lady Maroons, who hold a 4-1 card, will clinch the title if they topple the Lady Bulldogs, while a loss will give the Diliman-based jins a runner-up finish.      UST fell in a tie with Ateneo, a 6-1 winner over FEU, at 3-2, as the Tigresses and the Lady Eagles were fighting for third place. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Eagles go 13-0

ATENEO zeroed in on an outright championship berth but not without weathering a gritty University of the Philippines side, 96-82, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles built a 79-68 lead on back-to-back triples by Isaac Go when the Fighting Maroons… Source link link: Eagles go 13-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Eagles ward off Maroons to preserve unbeaten record

MANILA, Philippines — They were not undefeated for nothing. Source link link: Eagles ward off Maroons to preserve unbeaten record.....»»

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Coach Bo rallies UP for last shot at Final Four

With the UP Fighting Maroons’ Final Four chances hanging in the balance with their 96-82 loss against the Ateneo Blue Eagles, UP head coach Bo Perasol said that the team must find ways to keep the team’s energy going and stay the course in what could be their most crucial match against the NU Bulldogs on Sunday.  “Tinanong ko nga sa kanila, kailan ba tayo nagkaroon ng playoffs para sa Final Four? Palagay ko 'di pa for the longest time. What's in our hands right now is to have a victory against NU,” Perasol said after the game. “It's not going to help us if we're going to lose.” Although it was a very positive sign that rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño led the way in scoring with 21 points and six rebounds, the UP tactician hopes that his other players step up for their next game on both ends of the floor. While Perasol cited the team’s overall defensive effort against Ateneo, he also praised the effort made by Ateneo’s deep bench, particularly Isaac Go and Gian Mamuyac who were instrumental in the crucial run in the tail end of the game that sealed Ateneo’s 13th victory.  “Kapos talaga. Sayang because, well because that's a mark of a very good team. Very good, especially in the end. Their composure is there. It's not just their composure, but the depth, yung depth nila.” In what was the defining call of the game, officials may have missed an eight-second call on Ateneo and instead called a foul on Maroon Jun Manzo. From there, Jolo Mendoza was awarded two free throws to break the 79-all deadlock. Perasol downplayed the missed call, instead requesting the referees to make better judgment in making crucial calls. “That's something they decided on, and can't reverse that, we have to find a way on how we can play through that, but then again I'm hoping the officials will have a better job, because we exert a way to find the win.” While UP might be missing the Final Four again for the 20th straight time, the former Maroon expressed his elation on his young team’s effort and confidence, which even led to a 12-point lead against the Blue Eagles in the third quarter. However, with the effort and confidence that comes with young players, the same goes with their immaturity and inexperience in crunch time. “[The effort] is what I wanted. But I told them, that the lesson there, it's not enough. We want to get ahead, we need to beat the best teams, and if we beat the best teams, we have to beat them in the end game.  And I think that's where we failed in the end.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Manzo on crucial call: ‘Kung sa amin yung bola, siguro mag-iiba yung laro’

The University of the Philippines had a 12-point lead in the third quarter against Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Fighting Maroons were unable to sustain their hot shooting, however, and saw the Blue Eagles battle back and then build up a 79-68 advantage inside the last six minutes. Still, State U kept fighting and went on an 11-0 run to tie the tally at 79-all with 4:19 remaining. In the ensuing possession, Jolo Mendoza was pressured in the backcourt but was able to get a foul from Jun Manzo. For Manzo, that should not have been a foul. “Ang labo (nung tawag) kasi siyempre, nawala na yug bola sa kanya so ni-dive ko. Feeling ko bad call talaga dahil eight seconds na rin,” he told reporters post-game, after UP lost to Ateneo, 96-82. Indeed, replays showed that Mendoza was in the backcourt for nine seconds and could have also been called for an eight-second violation. Instead, as the Fighting Maroons were already in the penalty, Mendoza was granted two free throws and made both. From there, both the lead and the momentum stayed with the Blue Eagles. Looking back at what happened, Manzo said that was, most likely, the most crucial call in the contest. “Kung sa amin yung bola, siguro mag-iiba yung laro. Nung nakuha nila yung bola, naka-shoot sila e kaya tuloy-tuloy yung momentum nila,” he said. The State U point guard, however, was quick to point out that he respected the referees’ decision. As he put it, “Wala tayong magagawa kasi ganun yung tawag e. Breaks of the game e.” For his part, head coach Bo Perasol also said that not one call decides a game. “Sobrang crucial yun, but it happens. You cannot delve into that,” he said. He then continued, “It’s something they decided on and they can’t reverse that. We have to find a way to play through that.” Perasol also added, however, that there is much room for improvement when it comes to officiating. “Then again, I’m hoping the officials will do a better job kasi nage-exert kami ng effort to find a way to win,” he expressed. In the end, UP only acknowledged that it was them who failed to close out the win. “Parang yun talaga yung sakit namin e, pag sa dulo na, bumibitaw kami. Kailangan naming makabawi dun,” Manzo said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Blue Eagles lock down the Fighting Maroons to remain undefeated

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Blue Eagles are still unbeaten in the league as they triumphed over the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 96-82, on Wednesday, November 8, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Javi Gomez de Liano tied the game at 79-all with 4:11 left in the ........»»

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Eagles ward off Maroons to preserve unbeaten record

MANILA, Philippines — They were not undefeated for nothing......»»

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Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep

Ateneo moved a win away from an elimination round sweep after holding off University of the Philippines, 96-82, in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The No. 1 Blue Eagles, who will shoot for a 14-0 record against defending champion De La Salle on Sunday, went on a 17-3 run in the final four minutes and 11 seconds to break away from a 79-deadlock. "We showed a lot of character in the end. It was a tough game, we were challenged from the start and I'm happy that the players stepped up to the challenge," said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga. READ:Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: 'It pressure us to deliver' M...Keep on reading: Blue Eagles fend off Maroons, close in on UAAP elims sweep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go

University of the Philippines head coach Bo Perasol admitted that the missed 8-second violation late in the fourth quarter of the Fighting Maroons loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles was crucial. The referees failed to call an 8-second infraction on Ateneo point guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court near the four-minute mark with the game tied at 79. Instead, UP playmaker Jun Manzo was whistled for a foul. It was an obvious head-scratcher but Perasol isn't the type to cry over spilled milk. "It was really [crucial]. But it happens and I can't delve on that," Perasol told reporters after the Maroons' 96-82 loss. "It's something they've decided on and th...Keep on reading: Perasol rues missed 8-sec violation, but lets it go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Eagles go 13-0

ATENEO zeroed in on an outright championship berth but not without weathering a gritty University of the Philippines side, 96-82, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles built a 79-68 lead on back-to-back triples by Isaac Go when the Fighting Maroons….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Dominant Sarr a sight to see for Adamson fan Justin Brownlee

For the first time in quite a while, Justin Brownlee was at the Araneta Coliseum and he didn't have to drain multiple clutch shots to save Brgy. Ginebra from trouble. The two-time PBA champion with the Gin Kings was with his agent Sunday at the Big Dome, taking time to watch the UAAP Season 80 showdown between the Adamson Falcons and the UP Fighting Maroons. And just like in the pros, Brownlee walked away from the Big Dome with a win as the Falcons locked up the no. 3 seed by handing the Maroons a sound beating. You see, Brownlee is a fan of the Falcons. There is legit connection here but we'll let you, our readers, figure it out. "I'm actually a fan of Adamson and Papi," Brownlee said, talking about Franz Pumaren's crew and Papi Sarr in particular. With a crucial game at hand, Adamson played like a true Final Four team and Sarr didn't disappoint. The towering reinforcement was good for 25 points and 17 rebounds in the Falcons' statement victory. Brownlee was impressed, of course. "I like him [Papi] as a player. I think he's an incredible rebounder and when he gets the ball around the basket, you might as well say it's two points," the Ginebra import said. While it wasn't the first time Brownlee watched a Philippine collegiate game live, he still marveled at the incredible atmosphere the games have. "Comparing to the US, it's a lot similar. The college atmosphere, for me it's a lot of excitement especially with the band playing and the fans they get really into it," he said. "I'm familiar with it and it's exciting," Brownlee added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Coach Bo on UP vs Ateneo: Malay mo, malasin sila

Although caught between a rock and a hard place in their final two matchups against Ateneo and FEU, the UP Fighting Maroons are entering both games with a very positive mindset, according to head coach Bo Perasol. Perasol, referring the herculean task of giving the 12-0 Ateneo Blue Eagles their first loss, said that whatever happens, the Fighting Maroons must be aware of their ongoing experiences in order to utilize them for the future.  "What a way for us to end our season with a win against a team without a loss. That's a very tall order, but then again, lalaruin pa rin namin eh. Malay mo, malasin sila," Perasol said on his team's mindset for the next two games. Though they have an uphill climb in qualifying for the Final Four for the first time since 1997, the UP tactician mentioned that each and every game this season has been a learning experience for the young and feisty Fighting Maroons. "Ang importante is we have to be conscious, we have to be aware of what's happening so that kung ano man ang matutunan namin sa mga games na ito, sa mga crucial games na ito, baka mai-share namin sa mga susunod na seasons. Matuto kami (how to play) collectively, playing with pressure, playing with so much at stake."  The former Powerade coach was not satisfied with UP's performance on Sunday, which he called not worthy for the postseason. Though the UP crowd had blamed officiating for the crucial Adamson run in the third quarter, Perasol did not agree with their opinion. Instead, he pointed out that his young players were not defending properly, particularly against MVP candidate Papi Sarr who dominated the paint and finished the game with 25 points and 14 rebounds. "...We had to field in people who are really not defensive players, but are offensive players. We cannot score eh. We can't score. That was really our dilemma at the time. Nahirapan kami sa rotation namin." The Maroons, who have a mixture of very young players and several veterans, got the worse of the chippiness in the game which had several stoppages due to flaring emotions. "In a way, nagkaroon din kami ng konting run, but it wasn't enough. Kasi konting girian, sila 'yung nakaka-shoot eh. Doon kami nadadali nang todo. We have to be better and we have to take something out of that." Though the injury bug had bitten UP, sidelining star rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño with an ankle sprain and hampering starters Jun Manzo and Ibrahim Ouatarra, the former Maroon expects his players to be available for their biggest game of the season thus far. "Sabi ko nga we cannot fight if we're not complete. We have to fight complete and we have to finish this season na todo ang aming force. "  -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Ateneo rules men's, women's swimming

Ateneo de Manila University tankers ruled the 80th UAAP swimming tournament after completing a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s divisions after four days of action at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. The Blue Eagles led by two-time Olympian and Most Valuable Player Jessie Khing Lacuna completed a four-peat Sunday after accumulating 567 points. Trailing far behind Ateneo, which bagged its fifth overall men’s crown, at second place was De La Salle University with 328 points while University of the Philippines completed the podium cast with 191 points. University of Sto. Tomas placed fourth (84) followed by National University (38), University of the East (27) and Adamson University (18). Ateneo’s Miguel Karlo Barlisan snatched the Rookie of the Year recognition. In the distaff side, the Lady Eagles reclaimed the throne they ceded last year to the Lady Maroons after collecting 483 points. UP was close behind with 437 points for a silver medal finish while University of Sto. Tomas finished third with 105 points. DLSU landed at fourth (92) while National University took the last spot (28). Ateneo’s Kirsten Chloe Daos of Ateneo was named Rookie of the Year and MVP.        In the juniors division, UST brought home its second straight boys division title while DLSU completed a repeat in the girls division. UST earned 405 points just six points ahead of closest pursuer and boys second placer DLSU-Zobel (399) while Ateneo bagged third (191) followed by NU (110), UE, (97) and UP (58). Maurice Sacho Ilustre of DLSU was named MVP while UE’s Terrence Delvo bagged Rookie of the Year.  DLSU collected 419 points to beat UST (298). UP (234) took the third spot (234) followed by Ateneo (137), NU (92) and UE (21). Nicole Pamintuan of DLSU captured her second straight girls MVP award while UP Integrated School’s Maria Consuelo Neri, daughter of ABS-CBN S+A director Al Neri and executive producer Malou Neri, was awarded Rookie of the Year.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

UP shocks Ateneo, sets up badminton Finals date versus NU

University of the Philippines ended Ateneo's streak of five consecutive men's championship appearances with a 3-1 victory in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Friday.        The Fighting Maroons also solved the Blue Eagles' puzzle in the last three playoffs, going 0-4 including last year where they lost twice despite having a twice-to-beat semifinals incentive.               Up next for UP is a best-of-three championship date with four-peat seeking National University starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.        JM Bernardo defeated Keoni Asuncion, 21-14, 21-18, in the first singles to put the Maroons ahead.        Ateneo's leveled after Carlo Remo made quick work of Vincent Rafael Manuel, 21-15, 21-19, in the second singles.         UP then swept doubles matches, as CK Clemente and JM Bernardo rout Clarence Filart and Sean Chan, 21-7, 21-11, and Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales nipped Asuncion and Remo, 21-18, 21-18.        The last time the Eagles missed the men's badminton Finals was in 2011, where they placed fifth. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Rondina, Viray power UST to outright finals berth in UAAP beach Volleyball

UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas' Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray hacked out a 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 win over Far Eastern University's Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza in a back-and-forth clash to claim the outright championship berth in the women's division yesterday in the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM By The Bay. With Rondina playing second fiddle in the endgame, Viray scored her team's last three points to send the Tigresses back to the best-of-three title round via a 7-0 elimination round.        The Lady Tamaraws rallied from a 2-6 hole in the deciding set to grab the lead briefly at 8-7 and last took the upperhand at 10-9 on a Viray error. FEU was trailing 10-12 before taking advantage of UST's errors to force the game's last deadlock at 12-12. The Lady Tamaraws wound up second in the elims with a 6-1 card and will hold the twice-to-beat advantage in the second step-ladder semifinals. De La Salle's Tin Tiamzon and May Luna, meanwhile, made quick work of Ateneo's Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to clinch the remaining semis berth and will face Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines in the first step-ladder.    The Lady Maroons ended up third at 5-2 following a 21-12, 21-18 win over National University's Roma Doromal and Audrey Paran. 'Siyempre mas maganda kung makuha namin ang gold,' said Rondina, who had all praises on her first time partner Viray. 'Kinakailangan pang trabahuin.' The UST-FEU clash featuring two of the best players in the sand court in Rondina and Pons truly lived up to the hype. It was a back-and-forth first frame as the Lady Tamaraws came back from a 7-14 hole to move closer to set point, 20-19, before the Tigresses scored the next three points capped by a Pons net touch to claim the set. UST rallied a 5-10 second set deficit and closed in at 15-16 on Viray's back-to-back kills before FEU displayed tremendous composure to tie the game at one set apiece.  The Lady Spikers finished the elims at 4-3, while the Lady Eagles bowed out with their fifth loss against two wins.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Ateneo, UP stake titles as UAAP 80 swimming begins

Ateneo de Manila seeks a fourth straight men's title, while University of the Philippines eyes a back-to-back women's crown at the start of the four-day UAAP Season 80 swimming competitions today at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool. Behind season MVP Aldo Batungbacal, the Blue Eagles dominated last year, collecting 603 points for a fourth championship overall. De La Salle was in far second with 340 points while UP came through in third place with 194 points.     The Eagles failed to complete a championship double as their women's team yielded the throne to the Lady Maroons, who captured their 15th tiara overall.        UP came from behind to finish with 444 points, defeating Ateneo, which settled for second place with 411, and La Salle, which has 129 points in third place.       As a consolation for the Lady Eagles, Hannah Dato bagged her third straight MVP award after winning six golds. Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas and De La Salle-Zobel stake their championship in the boys and girls divisions.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension

em>By Dan Gelston, Associated Press /em> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed on a maximum contract extension. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) because the contract has not been officially announced. The person said Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the seven-foot center reaches certain incentives. The Sixers are betting it all one of the more talented, yet more injury-prone players in the league. Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season. He was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal. With his social media savvy and dominant offensive game, Embiid has become an instant fan favorite in Philadelphia. He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis. But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season. Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since his he was hurt. Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!” The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

Bulldogs, Lady Maroons claim outright Finals berths

Men’s title-holder National University cruised to a 5-0 victory over University of the East to gain an outright passage to the championship round in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Thursday.         Singles players Alvin Morada, Keeyan Gabuelo and Alem Palmares and the doubles tandems' of Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan and Morada and Palmares were in the zone as the Bulldogs went undefeated in six ties at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.       Winners of 33 consecutive ties dating back from 2014, NU will have a luxury of a weeklong rest before going into the best-of-three championship series.         Women's titleholder University of the Philippines, meanwhile, turned back Adamson University, 4-1, to jump straight to the Finals.      The Lady Maroons also completed a six-tie sweep of the elimination round. UP nailed the twice-to-beat bonus in the men's stepladder semis after a 4-1 conquest of De La Salle.       The Fighting Maroons, who drew the best from aces JM Bernardo and CK Clemente and doubles specialists Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales, finished second with a 5-1 slate.       University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, scored an emphatic 5-0 win over Ateneo in the last elimination round tie to secure the third semis berth.       The Growling Tigers actually tied the Green Archers and the Blue Eagles at 3-3, but the España-based shuttlers took the No. 3 ranking by virtue of a better quotient.         De La Salle and Ateneo will dispute the remaining semis slot at 8 a.m. Saturday the same Malate venue.       The Lady Archers clinched the twice-to-beat semis incentive bonus following a 4-1 conquest of the Lady Bulldogs, while the Lady Eagles blanked the Tigresses, 5-0.          Ateneo and NU will face off in the first stepladder on Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

UST begins UAAP beach volleyball title-retention bid

University of Sto. Tomas begins its title-retention bid in the women's and men's division as the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament blasts off Thursday at the Sands SM By The Bay.      The Tigresses, gunning for a record fifth crown, will take on De La Salle at 3:00 p.m. before returning in the night session against National University at 7:00 p.m.       UST, which has three men's championships along with Far Eastern University and NU, will set in motion its drive opposite University of the Philippines at 5:00 p.m.      Bannered by Cherry Rondina and Jem Gutierrez, the Tigresses needed three games to overcome the Lady Tamaraws' Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza to reclaim the women's throne last year.        UST's KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto ruled the men's division by going perfect in nine games last season capped by a two-game Finals conquest of FEU's Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica.        Reigning MVP Rondina will lead the Tigresses, who will have the Pons-led Lady Tamaraws as their biggest threats.        From being Philippine teammates that made it to the quarterfinals in the recently-concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball championship, Rondina and Pons will be rivals again.      FEU will take on Ateneo at 3:30 p.m., followed by NU-Adamson University at 4:00 p.m. and UP-University of the East at 4:30 p.m.        The Lady Tamaraws will be back in the evening session to face the Lady Maroons at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Lady Spikers-Lady Falcons tussle at 8:00 p.m. and the Lady Eagles-Lady Warriors match to cap opening day action at 8:30 p.m.      Other men's opening day matches are FEU-NU at 5:30 p.m., Adamson University-De La Salle at 6:00 p.m. and Ateneo-UE at 6:30 p.m.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

By the Numbers: Blue Eagles take flight

Everybody's busy handing trophies already to La Salle that one particular contender has been unfairly forgotten. However, it's about time to give the Blue Eagles, the other finalist last season by the way, the respect they deserve in 2017. An actual contender, Ateneo has been on a rather quiet rampage in the first round, winning six straight games to start and will head to its annual rivalry game against the Green Archers undefeated. It's amazing how the only undefeated team in the field has received little attention. Well, let's start changing that right about now.   br /> strong>96 /strong> Number of point scored by the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their win against the NU Bulldogs, most in the Tab Baldwin era. Big Bad Blue continues to impress this season so far and only rival La Salle stands in the way of a perfect first round.   br /> strong>6 /strong> Number of wins so far for Ateneo, no. 1 in the league. The Blue Eagles are the team we should be talking about, they're basically dominating the entire league. All wins by Ateneo so far came in double digits. Amazing. How is this team flying under the radar?   br /> strong>12 /strong> Number of wins by FEU against UP since the second round of Season 74, the new longest active streak in the league. After the Tamaraws' impressive 78-59 win over the Fighting Maroons, it can be safe to say that FEU owns this 'rivalry' as well.   br /> strong>4 /strong> Number of three-point shots made by UP in the loss to FEU. This is coming from State U's record shooting performance against defending champion La Salle when the Maroons drained 16 triples. The Law of Averages caught up to UP.   br /> strong>6 /strong> Number of categories where UP had a season low against FEU. The Tamaraws literally gave the Maroons their worst game in Season 80 so far. FEU held UP to a season low in points, field goal percentage, three-point field goals made, two-point field goals made, bench points, and second chance points.     --- br /> Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017