THE last seniors match in the 2011 FilOil Flying V Pre-Season Premier Cup will be the same one that kicked off the entire tournament.
Seven-foot University of the Visayas transferee and national team member Greg Slaughter scored six of Ateneo de Manila University’s last eight points to keep the Far Eastern University Tamaraws at bay and out of the tournament, 82-74 in the semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan last June 10.
The victory sets up a rematch of last April 9′s season opening encounter between the Blue Eagles and San Beda College, a game that Ateneo won, 90-87, behind 26 points from Slaughter. The title game will be played at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.
Remarkably, it will be Ateneo’s first crack at the FilOil Flying V trophy since the tournament’s inception as a postseason affair in 2006. “The last four years, coming back from the US, we had quaterfinals games and lost,” noted Ateneo coach Norman Black. “When we came back this year, we still had an elimination game versus La Salle, which we lost. If that was a quarterfinals game, we would have [been eliminated]. We played much better tonight.”
In this game, Slaughter led all scorers with 24 points, part of a double-double with his 14 rebounds. Veteran Blue Eagle guards Emman Monfort and Kirk Long broke out of shooting slumps and combined for 26 points, five triples, six rebounds and eight assists. Kiefer Ravena added nine markers.
Up two, 35-33 near the end of the second quarter, Ateneo scored eight unanswered to stretch its lead to double-digits. The celebration was short lived, though, as Russel Escoto made a wide open basket to pull FEU to within eight, 43-35 at the break.
After halftime, the Blue Eagles came out still looking to score, jumping out to a 6-2 run. At the 6:52 mark of the third quarter, two technical fouls were slapped on FEU mentor Bert Flores for excessive complaining. Flores was ejected from the game, paving the way for Monfort to troop to the line for four charities. The Ilonggo guard made them all and extended the Ateneo lead to its highest, 53-37.
In the final canto, FEU had multiple chances to seize the advantage. A put-back off a Pipo Noundou miss by Aldrech Ramos cut the lead to four, 70-66, but a hook shot from Slaughter and a triple from Ravena increased it to nine. The Tamaraws responded with six unanswered to get within a triple, 75-72, only to convert just one more score, a long deuce by Terrence Romeo, as the stingy Ateneo defense held them to just those two points in the last 3:23 of the game.
Ramos, Slaughter’s teammate on the National Team, and last season’s UAAP MVP, RR Garcia, had 15 points each. Former Rookie of the Year recipients JR Cawaling and Terrence Romeo added 11 apiece for the erstwhile undefeated Tams.
Tournament MVP candidate Pipo Noundou left the game early at the 2:18 mark of the fourth quarter as he fell down awkwardly after a layup attempt. After the game, the Cameroonian was diagnosed with a mild sprain on his left ankle.
Aggressive play by the Blue Eagles got them a 30 to 11 advantage at the line, with Ateneo converting 23 of its 30 foul shots. The Tams’ perimeter defense also made a normally poor-shooting three-point team look spectacular, allowing the blue shirts seven makes on 14 tries.
When asked about their chances against San Beda, Black said, “[They are] one of the best teams in the country. They have the size to match us. We’ll just have to rely on our defense.”
Before they play the Red Lions, however, the Blue Eagles take on the National University Bulldogs in the semifinals of the parallel Father Martin Summer Cup at 2 p.m. at the San Beda gym along Mendiola. W5
Tamaraws blank Adamson to bag third
Sunday, 12 June 2011 Views / Be the first one to comment ALDRECH Ramos halted a spirited Adamson Falcons comeback with a booming triple, clinching a third place finish for his Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the 2011 Fil-Oil Flying V Pre-Season Premier Cup last June 12 with a 65-57 victory at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The national team big man showcased his improved range by hitting three triples and leading all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The versatile center also hauled down nine rebounds, issued two assists, and added a steal and a block. UAAP Season 73 MVP RR Garcia had 13 points and five dimes, while last year’s Rookie of the Year Terrence Romeo fired in 10.
For the majority of three quarters, the two teams went back and forth until a 12-6 burst by last year’s UAAP runners-up closed out the third period and saw them lead, 50-44.
Smelling blood in the water, FEU went on a 10-0 blast at the beginning of the fourth to grab its first double-digit lead, 60-44, with back-to-back jumpers by Romeo capping off the run.
Adamson replied with a 10-0 blast of its own and took advantage of FEU’s penalty situation from the 5:51 mark onwards. But with the score at 60-54, Ramos rose up and nailed that long bomb, giving the Falcons a nine-point deficit to climb out of with 1:45 left.
On the ensuing possession, Garcia hit Lester Alvarez on a triple attempt. But the normally steady Falcons floor general could only convert the last of his three charities, making it 63-55 and essentially ending the Falcons’ charge.
Birthday celebrant Eric Camson was the only Falcon in double-digits, finishing with 10 points and four boards. Three Falcons finished with nine points: Alex Nuyles, Jerick Cañada and Alvarez, with the latter adding five rebounds and seven assists as well.
Despite getting a huge advantage in foul shot attempts, 24 to 9, Adamson simply couldn’t piece togther a strong enough comeback, due in part to the team’s 18 turnovers. W5
Hey folks dont be saddened if we get third placer for the concluded fil-oil 2011 tops by Ateneo Blue Eagles and second placer San Beda Red lions..Congratulations. for Feu there's a positive sign that were not fall behind despite we dont have the so called Blue chips recruits and training abroad nevetheless i like our chances we strive hard.... See Ya all July Seasons74 Uaap Wars !!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D