|"They just wanted it more," and it certainly seemed that way for UE (pic source)|
UE 72 - NU 71
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Player of the Game : Paul Zamar and his 20 points, and Biboy Enguio plus his 19 markers, can share this award, as these two scorers hit timely baskets again and again to give the Red Warriors enough separation to come out on top late. As two guy in their last season, it's great to see them have even just win and avoid a 0-14 season.
UE Stat to Watch : So what happened that allowed UE to defeat NU? A lot of big numbers, as the porous Bulldogs defense allowed the Red Warriors to get season-highs in points, field goals made, steals, turnover points, and points in the paint, plus a season-low in turnovers.
UE Player to Watch : Roi Sumang looked like a different player out there today, probing and attacking the defense relentlessly. He finished with 10 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals, his best numbers of the season yet, but Sumang still struggled with his shot, shooting 4 of 14 from the field. But game by game, you can see glimpses of the guy that drove the Fr. Martin Cup wild before his knee injury.
NU Stat to Watch : I wrote that the Bulldogs allowed the most attempts and conversions for points in the paint, and guess what? That's exactly what happened in this game, as NU gave up 22 of 42 attempts, both high points for UE. As a result, the Red Warriors 44 in the shaded area, also a high for the team.
NU Player to Watch : Denice Villamor got only 17 minutes, and predictably, he sucked, missing three triple attempts and his sole deuce, while pulling down three rebounds.
- Once again, Bobby Ray Parks opted to throw up a bunch of triples in the fourth quarter instead of attacking the rim. Though he finished with 23 points, he had just three in the final quarter, taking three triple attempts and making just one, while missing a two-pointer and of course, both free throws. Entering that quarter, he was a perfect 5/5 from the line too.
- The Bulldogs sported some nice numbers, judging by the box scores alone, 44.4% from beyond the arc, and 85% from the line. Of course, they faltered in both aspects in the end, while UE won, despite shooting 25% from long-distance and 77.8% on just 9 free throw attempts.
ADU 66 - DLSU 58
Player of the Game : Lester Alvarez nailed some huge triples, in fact, all of his field goals came from shots made from beyond the arc. He finished with 18 points, 5 of 10 three-point shooting, 3 of 4 from the line, and had two assists, but in this game, it was the shooting that mattered. Alvarez was 2 of 8 when NU went to the zone in their last game, but this time, La Salle couldn't keep their zone up, because of Alvarez's accuracy.
DLSU Stat to Watch : The Archers went from having the best three-point percentage to a 1 for 10 performance from behind the arc, the lone triple coming from, gasp, Norbert Torres. The Falcons simply suffocated La Salle, holding them to their lowest scoring output of the season so far, just 58 points, the first time the Archers registered less than 65 points.
DLSU Player to Watch : Well, it seems like Simon Atkins can only play well against the UE defense. After seemingly rediscovering his shot versus the Red Warriors, Atkins stunk it up once again, missing all three of his field goal attempts before fouling out. Normally, he can at least be relied upon to dish out some assists or get rebounds, but he had just one of each today, and nary a single steal.
ADU Stat to Watch : While you can't quantify luck with numbers, it must be said that Adamson won while shooting under 40% for the first time all season, making just 34.4% of their shots. They also won for the first time while making less than 45% of their paint attempts, making just 38.1% versus the Archers.
ADU Player to Watch : On the surface, Alex Nuyles looks like he had a great game, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds, but nine of those points came in the second quarter, with Nuyles scoring just two in the final ten minutes. He also needed 13 field goal attempts (made three) and 10 free throw looks (made five) to get to those 12 markers. A lot of those attempts that didn't go in were really bad ones too, often with the defense draped around him.
- Adamson committed all 10 of their turnovers in the second half, going through the first twenty minutes of the game without a miscue.
- La Salle's 16 turnovers led to 26 turnover points for Adamson, a huge advantage in a game decided by such a small margin. Ditto for DLSU's sudden reversion to their preseason free throw shooting form, as the Archers converted just 9 of 23 charities.
- The Falcons shut down LA Revilla, holding the spark plug point guard to just two points on 1 of 8 shooting, three rebounds and two assists. Similarly, Jarelan Tampus found himself limited, with just four points on 2 of 5 shooting and 0 of 4 free throws, along with six rebounds, an assist and a steal. While Norbert Torres and Yutien Andrada stepped up somewhat in their absence, DLSU sorely needed good guard play from anyone, and they couldn't find it.
UAAP Picking Record: 17-7