Triangle Offense


UAAP Sunday (August 16) Predictions by On Point

In just a short span of time, Ateneo and De La Salle are once again set to rock the Big Dome for round two of their much anticipated showdown this season at 5pm while, the University of the East and Adamson University will try to at least emulate or surpass their double-overtime thriller back in the first-round.

In the main event, the Blue Eagles at 7-1, look to remain side by side with the Tamaraws at the hill while, the Green Archers at 4-4, need this win not only to avenge their sorry defeat in their first encounter but more importantly to stay afloat with fellow-fourth placers Tigers and Warriors.

Meanwhile, the Red Warriors also at 4-4, will now have their leading scorer and rebounder Pari Llagas back, after serving a one-game suspension while, the Falcons with a 2-6 mark, had enough heartbreaks after an impressive game against the Archers the last time out and instead have set to build on a two-game roll with a win.

Predictions:

University of the East Red Warriors versus Adamson Falcons

The Sports Minded: Adamson by six points

Adamson wants to be on a roll and I feel like they are still on a high after beating La Salle. I expect them to continue their surge tomorrow.

KC13: UE by not less than 15.

UE will seek revenge after their last setback, and with the comebacking Pari Llagas, it won’t be too hard to execute the plan.

On Point: UE by single digits

The last time these two teams met, it was a double-OT thriller won by UE, but in a game like that, it means that it could’ve gone either way. I expect this curtain raiser to be a darn good one. Don’t be deceived by the Falcons losing record. Remember that all of their losses are games that they could’ve won. On the other side, the Warriors put up a good fight against the Eagles on their last game even without their top-big man Pari Llagas. Expect a hard-fought game with UE earning a hard-fought win.

The last time these two teams met, it was a double-OT nailbiter won by UE. It could’ve gone either way. I expect this curtain raiser to be a darn good one. Don’t be deceived by the Falcons losing record. Remember that all of their losses are games that they could’ve won. For UE, it’s a homecoming for Pari Llagas. Expect a hard-fought game with UE earning a hard-fought win.

Ateneo Blue Eagles versus De La Salle Green Archers

The Sports Minded: Ateneo by 14
Round two right away after just one week. I am sure that Joshua “Super Hyper” Webb won’t have another great game like last Sunday. Without a guy stepping up, La Salle is a vulnerable team.

KC13: Ateneo by 10

It’s getting too old to predict but I will try anyway. Ateneo will dominate their archrivals in a way that will give you your thousands of money’s worth. Al Hussaini, who is fresh from a 30-point feat, will likely prevail…only if he doesn’t get intimidated with *gulps* ‘Muscle Man’ Yutien Andrada, who had a monster game for a rookie the last time against Ateneo.

On Point: Ateneo by 7

La Salle’s veterans continue to hurt this team while Rabeh just busted out of his season 72 slump with a 30, 10 output against UE. Buenafe will show up, Baclao also. Expect coach Franz to put Andrada on Al-Hussaini once again. Another block party by ‘Tayshaun’? We’ll see.

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Al Hussaini will suit up on Thursday; Joshua “Spider” Webb *probably* won’t be suspended. by _celestial
August 11, 2009, 12:30 am
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Ateneo’s Rabeh Al Hussaini will suit up for Thursday’s game against the UE Red Warriors to open the second round festivities in the UAAP.

According to Mr. Ricky Palou, Ateneo’s athletic director, Rabeh just suffered a minor sprained ankle after an awkward landing on someone’s foot in their last game against La Salle, but he says Rabeh is good to go.

Although I doubt he’s going to a be a hundred percent because he might still be a little bit shaken. (He’s gotta take care of those ankles, you know. He’s going to need those healthy), this is still great news for Ateneo. But it’s one tough assignment after the other for them.

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After being slapped with an unsportsmanlike foul because of a “kicking incident” on Ateneo’s Bacon Austria, many ask if La Salle’s Joshua Webb would be suspended for next game against Adamson. Probably not. In the case of  UST’s Dylan Ababou and Chris Camus, both were not served a one-game suspension (sneaky Dylan) because of inconsistencies in the calls of the referees. It’s this simple: for a player to be suspended, he needs to be actually thrown out of the game after a flagrant two foul. (Flagrant one would mean two free throws plus subsequent possesion.)

Since Webb’s foul was only caught on replay (which I thought wasn’t allowed, but the refs obviously didn’t catch the the actual motion), it wasn’t a sound basis for getting ejected. Webb went on playing in the game armed with his pretty face and his game high, 24-point futile efforts. So don’t worry folks. He might just extend this hot streak until next the game. :)