Saturday, April 21, 2012

FilOil 2012 - Why Has Ateneo Looked Off?

After steamrolling through much of the UAAP tournament last year, Ateneo has yet to find their groove in the FilOil tournament. A combination of new personnel, the loss of Emman Monfort and Kirk Long (the two guys mostly responsible for setting up the table for their teammates), and minutes being spread throughout the line-up has seen the Eagles' numbers plummet. As a result, they've been having a hard time putting away sub-par competition (they beat a Kevin Alas-less Letran squad and a Perpetual Help Altas team by a combined six points).

UAAP S74 ADMU Averages FilOil 2012
72.29 Points 58.50
21.67% (2.59 / 11.94) Three-point percentage 18.75% (3.00 / 16.00)
46.48% (22.94 / 49.35) Two-point percentage 39.13% (18.00 / 46.00)
41.65% (25.53 / 61.29) Field goal percentage 33.87% (21.00 / 62.00)
72.54% (18.65 / 25.71) Free throw percentage 60.00% (13.50 / 22.50)
43.00 Rebounds 53.50
17.53 Assists 16.00
15.65 Turnovers 19.00
14.53 Fast break points 10.50
16.76 Bench scoring 20.00

One Blue Eagles whose shot has been particularly off in the early-goings of this tournament is Kiefer Ravena. While he's made some crucial scores (in particular, a triple right after Letran had tied things up in the fourth quarter), he's been unable to hit the mid-range jumper so far. That said, he's been compensating in other aspects, which is what you'd want from your star when his attempts aren't falling.

UAAP S74 Ravena Averages FilOil 2012
27.60 Minutes 26.50
13.60 Points 11.50
52.29% Two-point percentage 29.41%
44.85% Field goal percentage 26.92%
4.20 Rebounds 5.50
3.00 Assists 4.00
1.50 Steals 2.00
1.70 Turnovers 0.50

Can the Eagles bounce back and post an impressive win against the NCAA champions, the San Beda Red Lions? We'll find out later at 5:15pm at the Arena in San Juan.

EDIT: Ravena's averages versus San Beda (two games in last year's Fil-Oil, one game in the PCCL) are pretty amazing. In 28.33 minutes, he norms 18.33 points on 61.11 percent shooting, four rebounds, 3.33 assists and 0.67 steals to just 1.67 turnovers. If he's going to snap out of his funk, San Beda's a good a time as any.

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