Thursday, December 8, 2011

PCCL 2011 - SBC vs UC

Three Up
  • A day after getting held to a mere two transition points, San Beda exploded for 27 in this game versus the University of Cebu, trampling them into the ground. That was important because the Webmasters were in a zone defense for most of the game, which they couldn't set up when they were lagging behind the run and gun Red Lions.
  • As the game went on (and the minutes piled on for the Webmasters on the short end of their tight rotation), the UC zone began to loose its effectiveness, as the NCAA champs adjusted and began to find the gaps where they could hit outside shots. After the team went 3 for 14 in the first half, they rebounded by hitting 9 of their 18 outside shots in the last twenty minutes.
  • After an abbreviated performance versus Ateneo in the previous day, Junemar Fajardo logged 38 minutes and produced a 24-point, 14-rebound assist, as the Red Lions were powerless to stop the big guy down low (save for a few stray blocks, that is). Despite not having the same lift and explosiveness he possessed in the CESAFI tournament, Fajardo showed some nice footwork, although he could have used a few more touches late in the game.

Three Down
  • San Beda's big men turned in a sub-par game, with Kyle Pascual and Dave Marcelo combining for six points and 12 rebounds. A combination of the zone and the intimidating Fajardo definitely played a role in the game, but you would have liked them to try to assert themselves down low, possibly by attacking Fajardo's defense and getting him into foul trouble.
  • Despite having the size advantage thanks to Fajardo (who played 38 minutes), UC oftentimes settled for the long-ball, attempting 30 triples and making just 11 of them. While Fajardo got 20 attempts, he only had one look at the foul line the entire game which says a lot about the aggressiveness of this UC squad.
  • Playing a depleted San Beda team, the University of Cebu opted against showing their depth by playing point guard Brian Heruela 40 minutes, and Fajardo and Edward Pao 38 minutes each. Ultimately, you could say the fatigue got to them, especially the outside shooters, as the Webmasters' percentage from outside fell from 9 of 20 in the previous three quarters, to just 2 of 10 in crunchtime. 

Random Notes
  • The win over UC keeps San Beda alive, while eliminating the CESAFI champs from the Finals. If San Beda can upset Ateneo on Friday, it will forge an all-NCAA PCCL Finals, which would result in the first NCAA National Champion. 

PCCL 2011: SBC vs UC

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