Even as Ateneo cruised previous yet one more hapless sufferer with a wire-to-wire present of excellence, Adamson uncovered the vulnerability of one of many Blue Eagles’ supposed threats.
The defending champion assembled a 40-minute showcase of consistency in demolishing University of Santo Tomas (UST), 101-51, within the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball match on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
“Apart from being a little bit loose with the ball [and committing] 19 turnovers, I think that it was a pretty comprehensive performance on both ends of the floor and it feels good to everybody when I think you walk off the floor feeling like you played 40 minutes of basketball as a team,” Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin stated.
Ateneo had six gamers in double figures, shot 57.6 p.c from the sector, assisted on 27 of its 38 made subject objectives and scored extra factors within the first quarter than UST coughed up within the first half. The Blue Eagles led by as many as 53 factors, logged their thirty sixth straight victory and, with their tenth straight this season, are inside 4 wins of claiming an outright championship slot.
As if that wasn’t sufficient to ship a message to the remainder of the sector that everybody is just about enjoying for second place, University of the Philippines (UP), maybe the one staff that may match Ateneo’s expertise depth, came upon how tough it’s to remain in line with the Eagles.
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“We prepared hard for UP,” stated Lastimosa, nephew of PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa. “We remember how when they beat us in the first round (73-71), it was us crying. Now it’s our time to celebrate.”
Adamson upped its document to 4-6, forcing a logjam for the No. 4 spot after Far Eastern U (FEU) shocked National University, 59-57, on a triple by hawk-eyed ahead Xyrus Torres with two seconds remaining within the sport.
UP’s loss left it at 8-2, nonetheless in second place however now trailing Ateneo by two video games.
And having been unbothered by the opposition thus far this season, the Eagles are actually trying to slay interior foes.
“I think we just need to mentally prepare ourselves for each game,” stated ahead Raffy Verano, who led Ateneo with 18 factors and 7 rebounds. “Coach Tab, the coaches have been harping on that, we have a lot of mental lapses, especially in the second half. We’re talking within the players, mentally we need to come to the game with a killer instinct. I think today, we actually showed a little bit of that. I think moving forward, it’ll just keep going up and up.”
And as a lot because the Eagles carved out the largest margin of victory for the reason that UAAP computerized its stats-archiving, Baldwin wasn’t fairly positive if this was Ateneo’s assertion sport of the season.
“I think that’s a grand thought to have and I would like for that to be true,” stated Baldwin after their blowout win. “But I think that we’ll only know whether that’s true or not if we follow it up with other games where the players really keep their shoulders to the grindstone and keep working hard right throughout the game and stick together and work with one another.”
And as catching up with Ateneo has turn into an inconceivable activity, at the very least for the classification spherical, colleges must look to rejoice no matter victories they’ll handle.
“Our mentality is just go day-to-day, game-to-game and see where it leaves us,” stated Adamson coach Nash Racela, admitting that his staff wasn’t trying on the long-term in the meanwhile. “I’m just so happy that in one month of playing, the players responded and proved they can.”
His brother, FEU coach Olsen Racela, additionally expressed optimism that his staff was shifting in the fitting route.
“The shot of Xyrus won the game for us. But [our] character of not giving up and trusting one another is very important for us,” Olsen stated, including that Torres’ shot was a results of the Tamaraws studying “to trust each other.”
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