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Player of the Game : Alex Nuyles got the Falcons off to a scorching hot start, with 10 points in the first quarter, and then spread the scoring around the remaining three quarters, finishing with 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Nuyles was relentless in attacking the rim, getting 12 free throw attempts and converting 8 of them. This actually was part of head coach Leo Austria's strategy of attacking RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, especially when FEU went into their three guard line-ups.
ADU Stat to Watch : The Falcons got 5 steals and forced 16 turnovers, which they converted into 20 big turnover points. The numbers may not be as large as last season, but the idea is still there and Adamson executed it well that day.
ADU Player to Watch : Lester Alvarez had another poor showing, 2 points on 1 of 5 shooting, plus a rebound and an assist in just 16 minutes. The birthday boy wound up riding the bench in the fourth quarter, as Jerick Canada took over the floor general role.
FEU Stat to Watch : The Tamaraws brought RR Garcia off the bench and it didn't seem to bother the MVP as he still managed to churn out 20 points. The problem was with the other guys, because if you take Garcia out of the mix, the bench only scored 10 points. And after a promising first game, big men Carl Bryan Cruz and Mark Bringas combined for just 2 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes, In the end, only Garcia, Cawaling and Ramos were scoring for the Tams, with no support in sight.
FEU Player to Watch : Aldrech Ramos had a pretty passive outing. Though he scored 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting, the big man had just six rebounds and an assist. Part of the problem was Adamson's jump shooting big men pulling him away from the rim, but Flores didn't try to go down low to him on offense, and he wasn't able to space the floor better by nailing a long jumper.
- The Falcons got a 20 to 11 offensive rebound advantage, and they converted that into 18 second chance points (FEU had just 2).
- Terrence Romeo was missing all over the place again, finishing with just 5 points on 1 of 9 field goal shooting. Once again he helped in other areas, hauling down 8 boards and dishing out 4 dimes, but right now, they need him to put the ball into the hoop.
- The Falcons are deceptively deep, as their bench continues to be a huge asset. They got 29 points from it, courtesy of guys like Harry Petilos and Allen Etrone hustling for the ball and running the floor.
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ADMU 81 - DLSU 72
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Player of the Game : Kiefer Ravena reminded everyone why he's called "The Phenom," scoring 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting in 15 first half minutes, while adding 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Though he only scored 2 more points in the second half, as a result of the La Salle defense beginning to close in on him, he shifted to helping in other categories, hauling down 7 rebounds and making 2 swipes.
DLSU Stat to Watch : The Archers made 4 of 17 triples, though Ateneo didn't actually zone as much as they used to. What's pissing tons of Archers fans off this morning though is who were missing those shots: fifth-year guard Simon Atkins was 0/4 and supposed floor-spacing big man Norbert Torres was 0/5.
DLSU Player to Watch : Arnold Van Opstal stuck like glue a bit too much, allowing other Blue Eagles to attack the rim with impunity, but it's surprising that he wasn't given more burn. AVO played just 13 minutes, scoring 5 and getting 4 rebounds, but sat early due to foul trouble, and didn't return until the game was out of reach.
ADMU Stat to Watch : Coach Norman Black made the adjustment of starting Kiefer Ravena, and while that got the blue chip rookie going, it did at the expense of some scoring punch off the bench, as the reserves managed just 12 points. When La Salle started its comeback late in the third, it was an all-bench unit on the floor that couldn't keep up, on offense and on defense.
ADMU Player to Watch : Kirk Long, along with Nico Salva, took over the scoring role in the third quarter, notching six to help build a 19-point lead, and finishing with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. The fifth year guard though turned it over 4 times (though some were as a result of horrendous calls by officials), and he missed two charities in the fourth that allowed La Salle to close to 5, 75-70.
- Ateneo shut down the Archers' fast break offense, holding them to just 6 points on 4 attempts, while the Eagles scored 15 on 11 tries.
- The Archers shot horribly all game long, 27.27% in the first quarter and 11.76 in the second. Had it not been for free throws, they would have been blown out much earlier.
- Speaking of free throws, the Archers were actually exemplary from the line in the first three quarters, making 17/21 for 81%. Unfortunately, they unraveled in the fourth, getting 10 attempts and making just half.
UAAP Picking Record: 3-3