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“Petiks” UAAP Saturday by _celestial
August 8, 2009, 1:14 pm
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Well, it’s actually not.

I could have slept on both games today, but thank God I didn’t because watching today actually gave me a worthwhile Saturday while it was violently windy outside and the classes our suspended in our University.

The Adamson Falcons are now dubbed as the Adamson Heartbreak Kids, suffering another close loss, this time over National University Bulldogs. It’s becoming a trend, these seriously heartbreaking losses.

Adamson is a good team. They have always been projected to enter the final four or at least be one of the serious contenders to get into the semis. I closely watched them during the pre-season tournament and they actually have a lot of talent. (I particularly like Jeric Canada and his guts. You know, pointguards.)

So, what’s wrong with them? Well, I won’t dare go to the nitty gritty of the coaching and offensive/defensive sets, I will leave my boy men colleagues dig into that. (It’s a girl thing. LOL) They just always lack fuel come crunch time. They always falter in the end game, especially in those crucial possessions (mostly under two minutes) where they usually need to up their game. They always fail to execute supposed-game winner offensive sets, either ending up 1) in overtime, which they would lose eventually, or 2) losing flat out at the buzzer. Pick your poison.

I like Adamson and Coach Leo Austria. I just hope they get out of the whammy soon. It’s the second round!

In the second game, University of Santo Tomas Tigers escaped what-could-have-been a heartbreaking loss over the surprising UP Fighting Maroons (But what’s with the black jersey?), 75-85. Don’t be deceived by the double digit lead in the final score. Four of which came from Jerica Fortuna’s trip to the line in the winding seconds. This is actually a very hard fought win for the Tigers.

The UAAP Big Three (It’s too premature for that monicker, but blah, I’m biased. LOL). Rookie Jeric Teng, top MVP candidate Dylan Ababou and Khasim Mirza posted 22, 23, 22 points respectively in today’s match, making UST the first team to have three players with 20+ points in a single game this season.

But it was Mirza’s dagger trey that sealed the win for UST. It gave them a six-point cushion entering the last minute of the contest. If not for that three point shot over Woody Co (Hah! I’ve been itching to put his name in this entry), UP could have had a good look at a win.

The Maroons held the lead all through out the ball game. Which was not totally suprising, considering that UST’s game has completely gone haywire  the last two outings and that UP’s game is actually getting better. UP was lucky that even their improbable shots came through, plus UST was seriously unlucky when it came to the long bounces.

However, I knew UST was going to come to their senses sooner or later. Their shooters just needed some good nudging. And I was right. And UP was playing UST’s game (high scoring). Those things always come as an advantage.

According to Coach Pido Jarencio, we should expect a new UST team come second round. He said that they were like a “computer that was being constantly reformatted,” in the first round. That’s good news for them. They actually have a legit chance of getting into the Final Four (realistic chances). I guess he already found a way for his boys to D up. They’re giving away too much points to the enemies. It ain’t Christmas yet, Coach. :)

P.S. I still think Jeric Teng will with Rookie of the Year. Anyone who agrees with me, say aye! That kid is wild!

Tomorrow is “Rivarly Sunday” for the UAAP! Wait for Triangle Offense’s three-way predictions!


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Aye! No doubt about Jeric Teng. He is the real deal. I don’t see any reason why they won’t name him rookie of the year.

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