UAAP WEEKEND RECAP 2: Of heroes and martyrs
Anthony Divinagracia on Sep 19, 2015 10:11 AM
...the tri-striped creature who’s been last season’s rag cat has gone tired of eating Whiskas. Now it has snacked on opponents with the ferocity of a tiger, (say that again?) munching a bird-full, horn-full, and fist-full in its last three outings.
UAAP WEEKEND RECAP 2: Of heroes and martyrs
Week 2 is history. Moving on though, we still can’t help but remain flustered, given the drip of unpredictability that has reached every wrinkle and crinkle of our game faces. It sure is a young season. But age hardly matters now for a league that continues to ripen as teams break out in the open. The roller-coaster has yet to make a pit stop. Why should it? Care to be re-hitched?
Umabante Sa Tuktok
Did anyone see this coming? Somebody just nailed and mailed a 3-0 card and it’s not colored (nor shaded) blue or green. It’s rather black, white and gold. Yeah the tri-striped creature who’s been last season’s rag cat has gone tired of eating Whiskas. Now it has snacked on opponents with the ferocity of a tiger, (say that again?) munching a bird-full, horn-full, and fist-full in its last three outings. They say three is a crowd. But the lair doesn’t mind having three kings on the prowl, namely Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and what have you, Ed Daquioag. In complete videogame mode, “King Dacs” has nonchalantly terrorized the racks, eluded defenders off their socks and filled the scorer’s box for the Tigers as of late. Asked what has made him ticking and kicking nowadays, Daquioag said: “Injury-free lang ako ngayon. Sinu-suwerte lang din.” Just imagine if the Ilocos Norte spitfire stays healthy – and lucky – for the rest of the season. MVP? Possibly. Four-and-oh? We’ll see.
Na-Usog nang Na-Usog
Has anybody expected this? NU, last season’s champion, moving the kennel back to the cellar? A-NU daw? Talk about early migration. It’s just simply hard to fathom why the Bulldogs are biting their own tails right now. With a 0-3 slate alongside rookie-laden Adamson, one of the season’s title, if not Final Four, favorites are starting to underachieve. Team morale is down. Averages frown. How do you retain the crown? Pardon the irony, but losing to Ateneo in double overtime last Wednesday was the best the Bulldogs managed to do against an opponent thus far. Eric Altamirano’s wards are simply “not playing the kind of defense that we want to.” Defense is always good. But it’s time to bite back. Loose the noose.
Rising star from the East
Just who exactly is this Edson "Bon" Batiller? The soft-spoken General Santos City hotshot would rather answer that on the court. After debuting with a loss, Batiller re-armed the killer switch with a few more clicks, to ambushing NU and slay Adamson. In those two wins, Batiller the Killer normed 23 points on 55 percent shooting in less than 30 minutes of play. Derek Pumaren sure is grinning from ear to ear, with his siopao-and-mami-powered combo guard showing his worth to put UE at 2-1. Really not bad for an introduction. Now, who’s missing Roi Sumang?
The Raven among the Eagles
Kiefer Ravena is Ateneo and vice-versa. One cannot go without the other. They are interchangeable. But the King Eagle is simply irreplaceable – and in pinpoint situations unstoppable. With 17 ticks left in the fourth and the Eagles down, 54-57, on Wednesday, Ravena caught the ball from Hubert Cani off a steal to nail an overtime-sending three that extended Ateneo’s lifeline. The Phenom’s only triple in ten tries turned out to be the game-changer that put Nico Javelona’s Kiefer-stopper reputation in question. Yes, Ravena will always be Ateneo’s premier leader and redeemer. But redemption is not a one-man happy party. The others should now feel the rush. Gate-crash.
Asan and suppor-Teng cast?
There’s a monkey wrench stuck in the league’s mean, green (washing) machine. Like their Katipunan rivals, the Archers are missing a reliable suppor-Teng cast. Para-Teng siya at isa o dalawa lang kasi ang gumagawa. Kati-Teng lang tuloy ang pahinga nung isa. Nakaka-miss tuloy ang da-Teng La Salle. We can go on with these pun-intended allusions on Jeron Teng, whose been carrying La Salle on his shoulders from Day 1. But the stain on La Salle’s luckluster start won’t easily wash off unless the Archers help Teng do the laundry. Getting swabbed and rinsed by UP and FEU is no clean-up job. It’s high time for Juno Sauler’s boys to get their hands dirty. Don’t let one person do every-Teng.
A new week is about to unfold. Enjoy the games.