Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Sean Torculas rams this one house to downplay early dominance of UP, earlier than the Maroons needed to outsteady the Eagles within the stretch. —UAAP PHOTO

College of the Philippines was not within the temper to permit Ateneo one other ego-boosting likelihood by holding down the Blue Eagles within the wild and wooly stretch Sunday because the Preventing Maroons once more laid declare to a well-recognized place within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match.

The Maroons blew a double-digit lead early within the fourth and had been dragged to a you-or-me endgame, just for their resolve and maturity to return to play as they carved out a 65-60 win in entrance of 17,406 animated souls at Good Araneta Coliseum for the solo lead.

It was fairly a approach for the Maroons to get again on the Eagles for his or her solely lack of the season to date, one thing coach Goldwin Monteverde mentioned was borne out of sheer exhausting work and psychological toughness.

“I felt we had been extra affected person offensively and our protection held up (within the stretch),” Monteverde mentioned in Filipino after his Maroons rose to 8-1, whereas dooming the Blue Eagles to their first dropping streak of the season for 4-5, now tied with Adamson for fourth spot.

“We ready for a number of days only for this recreation,” Gerry Abadiano, who completed with 22 factors on 46.7 % taking pictures, mentioned in Filipino. “We actually gave it our all for this recreation. Everyone knows that we misplaced within the first spherical, and that was painful.”

No outright finalist

Ateneo gutted out a 99-89 extra time win final week that denied the Maroons a primary spherical sweep and doable outright passage into the finals.

Francis Lopez, Harold Alarcon and Malick Diouf contributed 10 factors every. Lopez additionally added seven rebounds and Diouf additionally pulled down 17 rebounds.

The Eagles tried valiantly to overturn a double-digit deficit within the fourth quarter utilizing a 12-0 run instigated by Jared Brown and Kai Ballungay to tie all of it up at 55.

That is the second straight shut defeat for Ateneo after Ljay Gonzales led Far Japanese to a 62-59 nipping of the Eagles final Wednesday.

Adamson, now realizing that it has to go on the remainder of the season with out star guard Jerom Lastimosa, reignited its Last 4 probabilities earlier with a 63-54 conquer Far Japanese.

“We’ve been in that state of affairs the entire yr. It’s why we’re a bit up and down,” mentioned coach Nash Racela, referring to the information that Lastimosa’s collegiate profession had truly ended with a confirmed ACL tear. “It is going to be exhausting. Jerom Lastimosa’s [role] shall be exhausting to fill, however will probably be a collective effort for the crew from participant No. 1 to No. 15. We’d like all of the constructive contributions that they may give,” he went on after his Falcons snapped the Tamaraws’ giant-killing spree.

“I’m positive our gamers are as much as the problem,” Racela mentioned after claiming a tie for No. 4 spot due to the Ateneo loss.

Lastimosa, who was given clearance to play solely to reinjure his knee in his comeback recreation towards UP, had opted to finish his collegiate profession by declining profitable gives elsewhere. However together with his final UAAP dance coming to an abrupt finish, his focus will now be solely on graduating this semester.

The spitfire guard, regardless of worsening his harm, has but to set a date for his operation.

And he has a motive for that.

“He desires to sing (the varsity hymn) contained in the courtroom in Adamson’s final recreation for this season … to sing with the neighborhood as his final dance for his collegiate profession,” Aldrin Suan, the varsity’s athletic moderator, revealed.

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Joshua Yerro and Joem Sabandal led the Falcons with 11 and 10 factors, respectively. INQ

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