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    Eagles nip Warriors for title
    By Joey Villar
    Monday, June 16, 2008

    Chris Tiu, doing what he does best, nailed a jumper in the closing seconds as Ateneo pulled off a gripping come-from-behind 65-64 victory over University of the East yesterday to capture the Nike Summer League crown at the Philsports Arena.

    Shackled all game long, Tiu used the screens to squeeze himself out of a defensive jam and fired that marginal basket on the top of the key with 26.8 seconds remaining. Then the Eagles watched the Warriors bungle two shots to preserve the lead and the victory worth P200,000 of Nike products.

    “That play was really for him and we executed it well,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, referring to his sweet-shooting guard who has had a number of game-winners for Ateneo in the UAAP.

    “We played it as was diagrammed by coach. They gave me screens and I got my shot and it felt good when I released it,” said Tiu.

    Defense also proved crucial for the Katipunan-based squad as it scuttled UE’s vaunted fast-paced running game in the second half.

    The Warriors, coming off a big victory over the San Beda Red Lions in the final of the Filoil Flying V Pre-season Invitational Saturday, actually had two chances to steal the win in a game they dominated in the first three quarters.

    But Hans Thiele, hobbled by foul trouble all game, missed a wide-open lay-up and Paul Lee, who exploded with 24 points, including five triples against San Beda, threw an air ball from 12 feet as the Eagles escaped with the win.

    “We played tremendous defense particularly in the fourth quarter,” said Black.

    Rabeh Al-Hussaini powered his way to 18 points, hauled down 10 rebounds, and made two assists and a shot block.

    It was the second straight game that Tiu and Al-Hussaini came up big after they sizzled with 20 and 17 points, respectively, in Ateneo’s 70-60 win over arch rival and defending UAAP champion La Salle in Wednesday’s semifinals.

  2. #112

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    Eagles bag title on Tiu jumper

    By Cedelf P. Tupas
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 03:39:00 06/16/2008

    MANILA, Philippines—Chris Tiu has a penchant for delivering game-turning plays for the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles.

    It was no different Sunday as the ace shooting guard nailed the decisive basket in a 64-63 cliffhanger by the Eagles over the University of the East Warriors in the finals of the 4th Nike Summer League at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

    Moving around the screens of Nonoy Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini before receiving Bacon Austria’s pass, Tiu drained a textbook jumpshot from the top of the key with 26.8 seconds left to give the Eagles their first taste of the lead since 6-5 in the first quarter.

    The Warriors blew two chances to reclaim the edge as Hans Thiele, bothered by Baclao’s defense, missed a point-blank jumper with 10 seconds left, before Paul Lee botched a 14-foot jumper just as the buzzer sounded.

    The final play characterized the tough-as-nails defense in the final period by the Eagles, who held the Warriors scoreless in the final 3:24.

    “This is a big win, a confidence-booster heading into the UAAP season,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, whose Eagles fell one win short of the UAAP finals last year.

    Despite the victory, the former Philippine Basketball Association coach believes the Eagles, who beat De La Salle University in the semifinals Wednesday, still have a lot of work to do to break a six-year title drought in the UAAP.

    “Our form is still at 70 percent,” said Black. “Our defense is suspect at times, but it is good that Chris (Tiu) and Rabeh (Al-Hussaini) and Nonoy (Baclao) are playing well.”

    Ranged against a UE team playing its second pre-season final match in as many days, Ateneo stormed its way back from a nine-point deficit early in the final quarter to complete a nine-game sweep of the tournament.

    The Warriors, who ruled the Filoil Invitational Cup at the expense of San Beda College on Saturday, came out smoking in the opening period, taking a 17-6 cushion in the first seven minutes with James Martinez and Toto Bandaying combining for three triples.

    UE settled for a 37-30 buffer at halftime even after shooting 65 percent from the field.

    The Warriors, whose main man Marcy Arellano played only five minutes because of a flu, seemed poised for a rare double title weekend when Gino Entone’s jumper stretched the lead, 61-52, with 6:58 left.

    Ateneo responded with Yuri Escueta draining a jumper and Al-Hussaini hitting five straight points, including a three-point play off Espiritu’s fifth foul, to trim the gap, 61-64.

    Rookie Ryan Buenafe converted his free throws with 52.4 ticks left, before a Paul Lee turnover set the stage for Tiu’s game-winner.

    Al-Hussaini finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tiu had 11 points and six assists, while tournament Most Valuable Player Eric Salamat and Baclao combined for 12.

    In the first game, Far Eastern University, led by mythical five selection Andy Mark Barroca, salvaged third with a 74-65 decision of 2007 champion La Salle.

    The mythical five also included Archers PJ Barua and Rico Maierhofer and UE’s Pari Llagas.

    The scores:

    First Game

    FEU 74—Cervantes 15, Fernandez 13, Barroca 11, Sanga 9, Adolfo 9, Cawaling 5, Cabagnot 4, Alisbo 4, Kave 0, Noundou 0, Tanuan 0, Macazo 0,
    DLSU 65—Maierhofer 19, Mangahas 11, Barua 8, Revilla 6, Ferdinand 6, Bagatsing 4, Walsham 4, Villanueva 3, Malabes 2, Webb 2, Lee 0
    Quarters: 23-16, 37-35, 57-47, 74-65

    Second Game

    ATENEO 65—Al-Hussaini 18, Tiu 11, Buenafe 9, Salamat 7, Escueta 7, Baldos 6, Baclao 5, Austria 2, Long 0, Chua 0. Salva 0, Gonzaga 0
    UE 64—Martinez 11, Lee 9, Lingganay 8, Espiritu 7,Llagas 7, Bandaying 6, Thiele 6, Zamar 4, Etrone 4, Reyes 2, Arellano 0, Tagarda 0
    Quarters: 13-25, 30-37, 47-53, 65-64

  3. #113

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    Eagles foil Warriors for title

    By Kristel Satumbaga

    Ateneo went to veteran Chris Tiu at crunch time to beat University of the East, 65-64, and rule the 2008 Nike Summer League at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.

    The 5-foot-11 Tiu produced the game’s biggest shot – a long jumper with 28 seconds left – as he capped Ateneo’s blazing windup that denied the Warriors a second title in two days.

    The Warriors, who captures the Fil-Oil Flying V pre-season tournament Saturday, had a chance to win in the game’s final possession, but were denied by the Eagles’ tough defense.

    Trailing, 52-61, midway through the payoff period, Tiu conspired with center Rabah Al-Hussaini, Yuri Escueta and rookie Ryan Buenafe in a 11-3 run to close in at 63-64 with 52.4 seconds remaining.

    After a UE turnover, Tiu came through with what turned out to be the winning basket.

    The Warriors still had two chances to salvage the win but Hans Thiele and John Paul Lee bungled their attempts that enabled coach Norman Black to heave a big sigh of relief.

    "We just took advantage of our size," Black said. "UE is quick, and we have to take the ball inside and played good defense at crunch time."

    "Defense will always be our battlecry. We still have a lot of work to do going to the collegiate games but definitely, this win boosted the boys’ confidence for the UAAP," he added.

    Al-Hussaini led the Blue Eagles with 18 points and 10 boards while Tiu finished with 11 points.

    Also a big help for the Eagles was Buenafe who tallied 9 markers. Eric Salamat, who was later named as the Most Valuable Player in the league, added seven points.

    For winning the championship, the Eagles won R200,000 worth of gift certificates from Nike.

    The Warriors sorely missed the absence of veteran playmaker Marcy Arellano due to fever.

    Only James Martinez managed to post in double figures for the Red Warriors with 11 points.

    Lee, who scored 24 points in beating San Beda in the Fil-oil Flying V Pre-Season tournament, was held to just nine points this time.

    Salamat led the Mythical Five Selection along with De La Salle’s Rico Maierhofer and PJ Barua, UE’s Pari LLagas, and Far Eastern University’s Mark Anthony Baroca.

    The scores:

    Ateneo 65 — Al Hussaini 18, Tiu 11, Buenafe 9, Escueta 7, Salamat 7, Baldos 6, Baclao 5, Austria 2, Long 0, Gonzaga 0, Reyes 0, Sumalinog 0, Salva 0, Burke 0, Chua 0.

    UE 64 — Martinez 11, Lee 9, Lingganay 8, Espiritu 7, Llagas 7, Thiele 6, Bandaying 6, Zamar 4, Etrone 4,Reyes 2, Tagarda 0, Duran 0, Alabanza 0, Acuna 0, Arellano 0, Acaibar 0, Tiongco 0, Flores 0, Wagas 0.

    Quarters: 13-25, 30-37, 47-53, 65-64.

  4. #114

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    There will apparently be a 2011 Nike Summer League, stay logged on here at Gameface for further confirmation and details.

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