UAAP By the Numbers: Streak Busters
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 07, 2016 01:14 PM
NO SWEEP. We will have a Final Four this year all thanks to the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
Not a good week for streaks in the UAAP.
After a lengthy break, Season 79 resumed last weekend and some records, both good and bad, fell.
Let's start with the bad shall we?
National University finally arrested its six-game losing skid Saturday as the Bulldogs beat the UE Red Warriors, 64-52.
Since sharing second place early last month, the Bulldogs have suffered an epic free fall this season and their latest win revived what is left of their Final Four hopes.
Now on to the good stuff.
Ateneo finally stopped La Salle's mayhem with a convincing 83-71 victory also last Saturday while UP ended almost a decade of futility against UST with an impressive win a day later.
Oh and Adamson also broke their dry spell against FEU with a dramatic two-point win. Crazy right?
Let's dig deeper on all of those in this comeback edition of UAAP Season 79 By the Numbers.
Number of days it took National University to get win no. 5 this season.
Since climbing to 4-2 and looking good last October 1, the Bulldogs went cold for over a month, putting their playoff hopes this year in great danger.
Number of wins by De La Salle University before suffering its first loss this season.
And it came courtesy of Ateneo de Manila University. How great of a story is that?
Fresh from a break, the Blue Eagles appeared to have solved "Mayhem" as the boys from Katipunan stifled the mighty Archers all game long all the way to an 83-71 win.
We have a Final Four this year folks, put those brooms away.
Speaking of 71, that's La Salle season-low in points scored this season.
The Ateneo defense came through against the Green Archers in the big win, forcing La Salle to shoot only 28.7 percent, also a season low.
Number of steals recorded by Kib Montalbo, the most in the UAAP since 2003.
Montalbo was probably the one person to cause Mayhem for La Salle Saturday, albeit doing it in a losing effort.
The previous high in steals was six recorded by Montalbo and UST's Jon Sheriff this year.
Five different players also recorded six steal in five different seasons, the earliest coming in Season 68 courtesy of NU's Edwin Asoro.
Straight wins recorded by UST against UP before the Fighting Maroons finally took one home last Sunday.
Espana lorded over Diliman for nine years before State U fought back, ending the UAAP's longest active streak of one team winning over another with a 74-69 victory.
Ironically, the last time UP won over UST was back in Season 69, also the last time the Grownling Tigers won a championship.
The Fighting Maroons swept the season series back in 2006.
Number of wins by FEU over Adamson before the Soaring Falcons finally clawed the Tamaraws.
With their 61-59 decision Sunday, the Falcons won over Morayta for the first time in five years.
That last time Adamson won over FEU was in July of 2011.
Number of attempts the young Falcons have in order to punch their return trip to the Final Four.
BY virtue of their crucial win against the reigning UAAP champions, the Falcons climbed to 6-5 and only need one more win to book a playoff berth for the first time since Season 74.
As it stands, Adamson (6-5) holds a huge lead over NU (5-8) and UP (5-8) for the last spot in the Final Four with three games to go in their schedule.