College of the Philippines was not within the temper to permit Ateneo one other ego-boosting probability by holding down the Blue Eagles within the wild and wooly stretch Sunday because the Preventing Maroons once more laid declare to a well-recognized place within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match.
The Maroons blew a double-digit lead early within the fourth and have been dragged to a you-or-me endgame, just for their resolve and maturity to return to play as they carved out a 65-60 win in entrance of 17,406 animated souls at Sensible Araneta Coliseum for the solo lead.
It was fairly a means for the Maroons to get again on the Eagles for his or her solely lack of the season to date, one thing coach Goldwin Monteverde stated was borne out of sheer exhausting work and psychological toughness.
“I felt we have been extra affected person offensively and our protection held up (within the stretch),” Monteverde stated in Filipino after his Maroons rose to 8-1, whereas dooming the Blue Eagles to their first dropping streak of the season for 4-5, now tied with Adamson for fourth spot.
“We ready for a number of days only for this sport,” Gerry Abadiano, who completed with 22 factors on 46.7 % capturing, stated in Filipino. “We actually gave it our all for this sport. Everyone knows that we misplaced within the first spherical, and that was painful.”
No outright finalist
Ateneo gutted out a 99-89 additional time win final week that denied the Maroons a primary spherical sweep and potential outright passage into the finals.
Francis Lopez, Harold Alarcon and Malick Diouf contributed 10 factors every. Lopez additionally added seven rebounds and Diouf additionally pulled down 17 rebounds.
The Eagles tried valiantly to overturn a double-digit deficit within the fourth quarter utilizing a 12-0 run instigated by Jared Brown and Kai Ballungay to tie all of it up at 55.
That is the second straight shut defeat for Ateneo after Ljay Gonzales led Far Japanese to a 62-59 nipping of the Eagles final Wednesday.
Adamson, now understanding that it has to go on the remainder of the season with out star guard Jerom Lastimosa, reignited its Last 4 possibilities earlier with a 63-54 conquer Far Japanese.
“We’ve been in that state of affairs the entire 12 months. It’s why we’re a bit up and down,” stated coach Nash Racela, referring to the information that Lastimosa’s collegiate profession had truly ended with a confirmed ACL tear. “It will likely be exhausting. Jerom Lastimosa’s [role] shall be exhausting to fill, however will probably be a collective effort for the crew from participant No. 1 to No. 15. We want all of the constructive contributions that they may give,” he went on after his Falcons snapped the Tamaraws’ giant-killing spree.
“I’m positive our gamers are as much as the problem,” Racela stated after claiming a tie for No. 4 spot due to the Ateneo loss.
Lastimosa, who was given clearance to play solely to reinjure his knee in his comeback sport in opposition to UP, had opted to finish his collegiate profession by declining profitable provides elsewhere. However together with his final UAAP dance coming to an abrupt finish, his focus will now be solely on graduating this semester.
The spitfire guard, regardless of worsening his damage, has but to set a date for his operation.
And he has a motive for that.
“He needs to sing (the college hymn) contained in the court docket in Adamson’s final sport for this season … to sing with the group as his final dance for his collegiate profession,” Aldrin Suan, the college’s athletic moderator, revealed.
Joshua Yerro and Joem Sabandal led the Falcons with 11 and 10 factors, respectively. INQ