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Llagas, Cervantes suspended; UAAP Thursday (August 13) Predictions by _celestial
August 13, 2009, 1:54 am
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The UAAP Disciplinary board served UE’s Pari Llagas and FEU’s Reil Cervantes with a one-game suspension following a literal push-came-to-shove square off that led to eventual ejection of both bigs in the Tamaraws-Warriors game last sunday.

Cervantes, who eerily reminds me of former UST stalwart Jervy Cruz (but I’m not saying they look the same, they just strike me the same in terms of, hmm, well, physique?), will be missing in action in the UST game on Saturday. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves now. Carry on.

Meanwhile the Warriors will be without one of their towering mainstays as they battle *the* Ateneo Blue Eagles, who probably are still hung over from their big win against bitter rivals, in the main event pegged at 4pm. Speaking of rivals, *the* La Salle Green Archers will square up against the Adamson Heartbreak kids in the curtain raiser at 2pm.

Predictions:

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The Sports Minded: Adamson by six points.

The heart broken squad might just had enough. They might finally play to their full potential in the second round.

KC13: La Salle by single digits.

Like I’ve said in the past, Adamson is actually a good team but they really fail miserably at crunch time.  La Salle, on the other hand, usually starts hitting the strides in the latter part of the game, especially down the wire. That’s inversely proportional. Go figure.

On Point: Adamson by five points.

Dubbed as ‘the heartbreak kids’ this season, enough is enough. After this game, the heartbroken Falcons will now be called “Heartbreakers.” Canada-Alvarez’ play will be crucial.

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The Sports Minded: Ateneo by four points.

It is still uncertain if Rabeh Al Hussaini will play a hundred percent tomorrow. We all know he landed awkwardly and sprained an ankle last Sunday. However, the Eagles proved they can win (at least 10 minutes) without Muslim clogging the paint.

KC13: Ateneo by 10.

The loss of Llagas might hurt UE. He has the capacity to take over during clutch and he pairs up well with Espirutu to beef up UE’s  front court. Ateneo has to take advantage.

On Point: Ateneo by twin digits.

Even with Pari Llagas playing for UE, I’d still pick Ateneo to win by 8, unfortunately for the Warriors, they will be without their man in the middle. Expect the Eagles to attack the paint and that Acuna guy to hog the ball, he just shoots tooooooooooooooooo much.

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Today’s games open the second round joust (which is the crucial one. Make or break, guys!) Updated second round schedule is a gift from God. But this I ask, God, why do I have classes on Thursdays!?!?!?



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. :)