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Player of the Game : With Jeric Teng down due to injury, this became 100% Jeric Fortuna's team and he responded well to the situation, scoring 16 points and hauling down nine rebounds. The only knock you can sort of make on Fortuna is that his assist numbers have been all over the place, and he had just two in this game. Given how much movement is involved in Coach Jarencio's Flex offense, you'd think he'd be able to hit open players a bit more for the open jumper.
UST Stat to Watch : UST is slowly morphing into a defense-oriented team, as they're now second place in field goal defense with 36.39%. They're still last in allowed fastbreak attempts, with 10.5 a game, but they gave up just seven versus UP. Considering how the Maroons came in averaging 12.2, that's some good defense right there. They also became the first team to hold UP to less than double-digit fastbreak attempts.
UST Player to Watch : Jeric Teng was well on his way to burying UP in a blizzard of buckets before his injury, scoring seven points in the game's first 10 minutes, before his ankle sprain took him out. Jarencio said he expects Teng to be ready for their game versus DLSU on Thursday, seeing as how it's just a minor injury.
UP Stat to Watch : While UST attempted just 10 triples, making three of them, their lowest number of tries this season so far, they also held UP to an abysmal 2 of 25% from beyond the arc, for 8% three-point shooting. With that aspect of their game gone, along with their fastbreak game, it's no wonder UP was held to their lowest point output in the first round.
UP Player to Watch : One of the biggest knocks on Mike Gamboa prior to this season was his inconsistency, going from All-Star in one game, to loser in the next. We have a great case example here, as Gamboa went from shutting down RR Garcia on Thursday, to being unable to stick with Jeric Fortuna on Sunday. Gamboa also hoisted up seven triple attempts, making none of them. He was 7 for 28 from downtown entering this game.
- For the second game in their six games so far, UP has been held without a scorer in double-figures. The first time this happened was against the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
- An eyesore of a second quarter saw the two teams combine for just 14 points, with UST scoring 9. The Tigers were 2/15 from the field, and 5/6 from the line, while the Maroons were a horrible 1/13 and 2/2 on freethrows.
|Heads bowed, after losing their composure, FEU also lost the game (pic source)|
ADMU 69 - FEU 49
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Player of the Game : Did you know that some people actually thought Kiefer Ravena would be unable to touch Terrence Romeo's rookie season? Worst prediction of the year? Ravena once again showed everyone what a special player he is, top-scoring in the game with 19 points on 6 of 13 shooting, 7 of 8 from the line, while also getting nine rebounds, two assists and a steal.
FEU Stat to Watch : FEU was a defensive sieve all game. Entering the match allowing just 15.33 perimeter points and 21.59% perimeter shooting, the maligned Ateneo shooting produced 20 perimeter points on 9 of 33 shooting or 27.27%. The Tams were also able to just slightly blunt Ateneo's running game, giving them 11 attempts for 13 points, though their pre-game averages were 8.5 attempts for 8.67 points.
FEU Player to Watch : Christian Sentcheu started out decently, forcing Slaughter to shoot long jumpers for most of the first half, but the problem was that he was a non-option on offense, forcing Coach Flores to field in Russel Escoto who was actually scoring at a good rate. When Sentcheu was fielded back in the second half, Slaughter was already attacking, tagging the center with two quick fouls. And with the lead growing exponentially, FEU couldn't afford to keep him on the floor, and so back to the bench he went. Overall, he finished with five points and three rebounds in a 13-minute stint.
ADMU Stat to Watch : It's so unfair that Ateneo gets so many free throws! Whatever. The Eagles entered the game averaging 25.83 free throw attempts, almost two less than DLSU's 27.5 average, so getting 28 was certainly not an alien concept, especially since the Ateneo coaching staff no doubt wanted to take advantage of the lack of Mark Bringas to bully the thin FEU frontline. The Tamaraws also concede a lot of charities, 24.5 on average entering the game, and gave up more than 30 twice before, against DLSU and UP.
ADMU Player to Watch : Greg Slaughter seems to follow a pattern in his games, spending the first half shooting jump shots, just to see if they go in. Come the second half though, that's when he's in attack-mode. Overall, Slaughter got his 15 points (in just 24 minutes) via a 3 for 9 field goal shooting performance, and a 9 for 10 freethrow clip. He also grabbed 11 boards.
- While many people will point to the fourth quarter as the turning point of the encounter, Ateneo had already blown the game wide open in the third quarter when they scored 17 to FEU's 9. FEU was just 4/16 in that quarter, with just two trips to the line in their name. Ateneo on the other hand, shot just 5/15, but was 7/9 from the freethrow line, as the Eagles pressed their assault.
- FEU simply couldn't attack inside with Slaughter guarding the shaded lane, and so resorted to outside shots, going 1 for 16 in the process on three-point attempts, a 6.25% clip.
UAAP Picking Record: 18-8