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UP Stat to Watch : UP had one of its better shooting days from the perimeter against FEU making 7 out of 24 shots from there, good enough for 29.17% shooting, which is actually their second best performance there, with their game versus UE coming out on top. More importantly, they shut down the perimeter shooters of FEU, holding them to just 21.62% shooting, a season low for the Tamaraws.
UP Player to Watch : Is anyone surprised that the gangly, awkward moving Alinko Mbah is turning out to be the best foreign big man? Tied for tops in rebounding with Karim Abdul, tops in scoring with 8.6, and second in blocks with 2.4, Mbah also is the sole legit big man for UP, and he did an excellent job discouraging drives from players yesterday, finishing with a great statline: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks.
FEU Stat to Watch : While FEU did a good job defending the three-point line again, allowing just 2 of 12 shooting from beyond the arc, they allowed UP to score 76 points, just two points shy of the 78 they conceded against Adamson. That's a far cry from their 61.6 average entering the game.
FEU Player to Watch : Chris Exciminiano was a huge disappointment against the Maroons, scoring just two points and pulling down only two rebounds, a far cry from his performances versus NU and UST. Foul trouble kept Exciminano stapled to the bench a lot as well, preventing him from guarding the free-scoring UP guards.
- Scoring for the Tamaraws has been down this season. Without a post threat like Reil Cervantes or Pipo Noundou, it's been all RR Garcia, and he's having a hard time getting used to all the extra attention being heaped on him by the stoppers of other teams. He's averaging about one more attempt per game from last season, but his percentage is down to just 35.16%, compared to the 40.59 clip in Season 73. In this game, he had 17 points but needed 18 attempts to get there.
- UP had its lowest scoring output after one half, just 28 points, but they had their highest-scoring second half output, 48 points after. Clear sign of FEU's collapse?
ADMU 66 - UST 53
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Player of the Game : Think Kiefer Ravena remembers that Kevin Ferrer won the MVP last season in the UAAP Juniors? Or that Studio 23 used "The Other K-Fer" to describe Ferrer in one of its pre-game shows? Ravena, now perhaps a lock for rookie of the year, dropped a team-high 18 points on the Tigers, making 6 of his 11 shots, and going 6 for 6 from the free throw line. He also added five rebounds, six assists and a steal to 0 turnovers, while shutting down the taller Kevin Ferrer.
ADMU Stat to Watch : Today was another off-day for the Ateneo shooters, as they finished 1 of 18 from beyond the arc, their worst performance since a 1 of 17 run against UE. The Eagles were getting good looks, but the proverbial invisible lid on the rim was in full effect.
ADMU Player to Watch : Quiet outing for Kirk Long, just six points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. The problem? A 0/6 outing from beyond the arc. Take that away, and Long was a perfect 3/3 from the field.
UST Stat to Watch : The Tigers stuck neck and neck with Ateneo in the fourth quarter, with both sides scoring 19 points each. The problem was actually earlier on, in the second quarter, where they scored a measly nine points, a huge letdown from their average of 19.25 points going in.
UST Player to Watch : Kevin Ferrer started out hot, averaging 15.5 points on 45.8% shooting and eight rebounds. Since then though, defenses have shut him down. In the last three games, his numbers have collapsed to just seven points on 18.5% shooting, and five rebounds. Guarded by the smaller Kiefer Ravena, who probably concedes four or five inches of height, Ferrer was held to only a single field goal yesterday, and didn't make a single triple.
- Outside shot not working? Start running. That's what Ateneo did, and it led to 26 fastbreak points and 14 turnover points, blowing UST out in those categories, as the Tigers got just three and six respectively.
- Ateneo made as many free throws as UST attempted, 19, another way of negating a bad shooting night, getting to the rim.
UAAP Picking Record: 16-6