Saturday, November 29, 2008
Now, after watching a slew of Sweet Sixteen games earlier this week then comparing it to the early energy and play of the Tamaraws and Bombers there's only one thing to conclude: Good games are made by good match-ups of good teams. No offense to the likes of the Dragons, Stallions, Pirates and the likes but at this level only the real good programs will have a chance to advance (save an upset miracle or two, say every other year)... Both FEU and JRU are showing that right now in the first quarter of the final round of 16 match-up. FEU holds the early lead though, a 12-point bubble with under 4 minutes to go..
Blame the rather big lead on FEU's better shooting--- JRU just can't make the easy ones. Both teams however are challenging every single shot and defense is already the premium in the first 12 minutes... i smell a JRU run in the 3rd, all for a close affair by crunch time.. We will see...
24-9. End of 1st. FEU leads.
Cagoco opens the scoring in the 2nd quarter... Cuts the lead down to 12 points... And just when they wer making a run, Bombers coach Ariel Vanguardia gets called for a pair of technical fouls! Some gentlemen behind the JRU bench (if i am near their spot, i will take a picture of them) actually threw a plastic bottle! Talk of class!
Back to the game... Bombers cut the lead to single digits once again but Barracael responds from the other end.. Pushes the lead back to double digits, 40-29.
After Sena hit a jumper in an earlier play, he's at the line for two freebies. And makes both. If the Bombers want a comeback they will have to do it via Sena in the 2nd and the 3rd.. Nocom hits a long 2 (stepping on the line) to cut the lead to 7 points.... However, Barracael responds once again. This time with a threee. Back to double digits lead for the Tamaraws, 43-33.
And that's the score for the half.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The Mapua Institute of Technology Cardinals had trouble early on against the Manuel L. Quezon University Stallions before taking control in the 3rd quarter and eventually winning the game therefore taking the 3rd Elite Eight spot where they will meet the
Second game: Green Archers vs. Warriors
USC came out of the gates with defensive intensity, choosing for a half court press but La Salle slowly came back (Maierhofer and Casio DID not start the game)--- the last one a power slam by Rico off an assist from JV. End of first quarter, 17-10 in favor of the Archers.
Sidenote: #13 from USC had a break away layup.. Stared off PJ Walsham and shows a little bit of the tongue (a little jordanesque so to speak)... and misses the lay-up.. Walsham returns the favor (a wider smile and tongue) as the Archer got the rebound.
And then, Smartbro died on me... Which brings me to the final score: 71-51. Picture paints a thousand words even in basketball games so i might as well post the available images in a bit... (Uploading from S'BRO is slower than Gregory Slaughter--- ok, i hope that is an absolute wrong statement because i want him used in our future national team.)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Abaya for the first shot off the game misses point blank… Ateneo for a quick basket at the other end but a steal by #11…
Back to back defensive gem by Lyceum to start the game
3-0 - #11 converts on a three point basket
3-2 – Al Hussaini converts from the midrange
6-2 – Joseph Abaya pulls up from the three
6-5 Kirk Long answers a three
8-5 - #18 for theshort jumper. Nice range for the bulky bigman
8-7 – Rabah answers (Assist: long)
8-8 (Long converts 1-2 on FTs)
8-10 Ateneo starting to press converts on a fastbreak
8-12 Salamat on a press of his own gets the steal, and the fastbreak layup (fouled)
8-13 – Salamat convertes on the And 1
8-15 Salva with the nice hang time conversion on the baseline
10-15 #17 converts off an offensive board
12-15 nice assist by #20 to their “big” guy
14-15 yet another nice assist on the fastbreak by #20 to cut the lead to a single point
ATENEO LEADS 15-14 after the end of first quarter.
First quarter thoughts: Ateneo is not playing like the Blue Eagles at all, while Lyceum is gaining confidence by the minute. Ateneo has to continue to press and pressure the Pirates’ wings or can be a close game.
18-14 - Escueta makes three
19-14 FT conversion by Salva
21-14 Off a nice pass-fake athen hangtime….
23-14 Salva on the break for another highfly act. Not bad for a rookie.
23-15 Ong makes FT (1/2)
24-15 Sumalinog makes FT (1/2)
24-17 ‘#6 offensive rebound and putback
24-19 Abaya off lyceum steal on the break
27-19 Austria 3 points
27-20 #11 makes FT (1/2)
27-22 #6Santiago on the break… fouled! (misses bonus)
27-24 Abaya misses on the layup but Santiago with the put back
29-24 Salva converts off an assist from Rabah
29-25 lyeum FT
32-25 Reyes 3 points
32-27 Abaya 2 points
END OF 2nd QUARTER: ATENEO 32, LYCEUM 27
32-29 Abaya lay up (challenges Al HUssaini)
32-32 #11 with the three for the tie
34-32 – Rabah putbacl
34-34 fade away jumper by Abaya
37-34 Reyes three
37-37 Santiago three
39-37 Salamat hides the ball (midair) makes shot
41-37 Rabah easy basket on the 3-1 break
43-37 Bankshot (ho hum) by Rabah
45-37 Baclao off a steal, makes basket and got hacked
49-37 Raban off a spins makes semihook
51-37 Salamat spins, fakes and makes shot
51-39 Lyceum makes layup
53-39 Rabah slams on the break
END OF 3RD: ATENEO 53, LYCEUM 39
53-41 Ong lay up on the break (assist: abaya)
55-41 Ateneo converts on technical free throw (Unsportsmanlike foul)
55-43 Lyceum converts FT (2/2)
55-44 Lyceum converts technical FT (1/2) Unsportsmanlike foul
55-45 Lyceum FT
58-45 Reyes three points
58-48 Abaya three points
60-48 Rabeh crashes on three people. Fouled. Makes two free throw (just too big for the Pirates)
63-48 Somewhere an Ateneo three was made
65-48 Salamat steal. Salamat soars. Salamat scores.
68-48 Salamat.see above.
68-50 A Pirate scored (now bit boring because of the blowout )
70-50 Salamat dishes this time,
70-52 lYceum offensive rebound
70-54 lyceum easy two on the break. Eagles are relaxing on both ends now
73-54 That said. Salamat makes an easy-looking three
73-56 Abaya has the stroke. But doesn’t have much height for the 2 spot
77-56 Austria power (and too slow) underneath for 2
FINAL SCORE: ATENEO 77, LYCEUM 56
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
That said, the next couple of weeks will be obviously very busy for myself and the team. Adding insult to that injury is the fact that i will be the game prod for this weekend's URCC, which means that the long two-week busy schedule actually begins with a long weekend.Am i whining? Probably. But heck, we've seen worse days during the Desk times and well the Olympics was something else... But then these are high times for a total basketball addict. Imagine this (ideal day) option (Meaning if you were jobless, at the comforts of your home and you have BTV):
8 am - Breakfast + NBA game (if it's East games)
11:30 am - Lunch + NBA game (if it's West games, and you can sleep past 10.)
2:00 pm - Snack + PCC or PBL game
5:00 pm - Snack 2 + PBA game
7:00 pm - Dinner + PBA game
10:00 pm - BEER + Replays or delayed telecast of any games for that day!
(i haven't mentioned the fact that somewhere in between you can plug that old PlayStation 2 and play NBA Live or 2K, or be online just to check the boxscores for fantasy purposes)
So there, sometimes you wish they fire you or something. Or maybe not.(Because how do you pay for the cable, breakfast, lunch, snack 1, snack 2, dinner and beer?)
Monday, November 17, 2008
For One U's episode tomorrow, Mico, Krissy and the rest of the guys will be discussing what happened in the Visayas and Mindanao Zonals--- the latter offering the highlight of the week! An unfortunate, ill-advised incident between the Ateneo de Zamboanga 'Blue Eagles' and Xavier University Crusaders (Ateneo de Cagayan) for some Jesuit-flavored, "men for others" (In tagalog, bigayan on the hardwood) brawl! Will be posting the some pictures (or video, if i have time) as soon as they are available from editing... If i can't, don't fret because you can watch the entirety in tomorrow's One U!
PCC Sweet Sixteen is indeed around the corner and One U will be slicing and dicing the match-ups... Early schedule released earlier today by the way: Ateneo de Manila faces Lyceum and San Beda takes on one of Cebu's finest, University of San Jose-Recoletos on opening day. The first one will probably be a blowout (take offense, Pirates because i see you stand NO chance because Ateneo apparently is sending the champion team. We will see.) but the other game might just be a close affair since those Cebuanos take serious pride in their basketball programs.
In other segments, Honor Roll gives credit to the Zonal heroes including Fajardo of University of Cebu, Daroya of Arellano University, Justiniani of USJR among others... Plus a scouting report on a certain rookie Knight.
ONE U, 6:30PM on CS/9 and 7:00PM on BTV!