Blue Eaglets sizzle in 37-0 run to seize UAAP 82 playoff berth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 02, 2020 05:19 PM
Eaglets sizzle in 37-0 run to seize UAAP 82 playoff berth
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STANDINGS
Bullpups 13-0
Baby Tamaraws 12-1
Blue Eaglets 8-5
Baby Falcons 7-6
Tiger Cubs 6-7
Jr. Archers 3-10
Jr. Warriors 3-10
Jr. Maroons 0-13

De La Salle Zobel landed the first blows in its rivalry game, Sunday in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre, but it was Ateneo de Manila High School that landed the decisive knockout.

Unleashing a monstrous 37-0 run bridging the first and second quarters, the Blue Eaglets dominated their archrival Green Archers for a convincing 79-52 victory that clinches for them the third-seed in the next round of the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament.

The kids from Katipunan actually fell victim to a scorching start by the boys from Alabang as the latter went up, 14-3, after three and a half minutes of play.

It was at that point, however, that Ateneo flipped the script and fired 37 unanswered points to erase the double-digit and erect a large lead at 40-14, all of a sudden.

They wouldn’t look back all the way to stretching their streak to four straight.

In the end, Forthsky Padrigao showed the way with 19 points, six rebounds, four steals, and three assists while Lebron Lopez had his own 17 markers.

Now at 8-5, the Blue Eaglets are already assured of playing in the next round no matter what happens in their matchup opposite Adamson High School on Wednesday.

There, both Adamson and University of Sto. Tomas have a chance of tying the blue and white in the standings, but Ateneo owns the superior quotient among the three teams.

Meanwhile, Far Eastern University-Diliman gave itself a shot at the top-seed after getting the better of very game University of Sto. Tomas, 81-73.

Cholo Anonuevo posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double, all while keying the final frame rush that boosted the Baby Tamaraws past the Tiger Cubs once and for all.

He was joined there by Penny Estacio who wound up with 19 points on top of six rebounds, five steals, and two assists as well as Patrick Sleat who totaled 13 markers and eight boards of his own.

Turning up the heat in the endgame, FEU-Diliman took care of business for its 12th win in a row following a season-opening loss.

They still have a shot at the top-seed if, and only if, they find a way to take down undefeated defending champion Nazareth School of National University by 16 points or more in the last game of eliminations on Wednesday.

The two teams had met in the very first game day of the season and the Bullpups won that one, 64-49.

If a repeat happens, the defending champions automatically advance into the Finals and trigger stepladder playoffs with the Baby Tams positioned at the second-seed and powered with a twice-to-beat advantage.

For UST, Bismarck Lina kept up the heat with 25 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Jacob Cortez his 15 markers and 11 boards to his name.

All of that wasn't enough, however, to prevent their second straight setback and seventh overall in 13 games. They now need to win their last assignment opposite DLSZ just to have a chance at the next round.

BOX SCORES

THIRD GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 81 - Estacio 19, Anonuevo 13, Sleat 13, Bautista 10 Saldua 9, Bagunu 7, Libago 3, Padrones 3, Mantua 2, Pasaol 2, Basilio 0, Buenaventura 0.

UST 73 - Lina 25, Cortez 15, Escoto 13, Montemayor 9, Villarez 5, Calivozo 3, Bugarin 2, Ascutia 1, Bautista 0, Maliwat 0, Oliva 0, Salazar 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-18, 38-39, 59-57, 81-73.

FOURTH GAME

ATENEO 79 - Padrigao 19, Lopez 17, Salvador M. 8, Ladimo 8, Jaymalin 6, Espinosa 6, Lazaro 4, Corral 3, De Ayre 2, Nieto 2, Rubiato 2, Salvador G. 1, Pangilinan 1, Diaz 0, Felix 0, Santos 0.

DLSZ 52 - Unisa 14, Tupas 13, Cudiamat 10, Omer 4, Macasaet 4, Del Mundo 3, Quimado 2, Reyes 2, Milan 0, Melecio 0, Luna 0, Villarin 0, Sevilla 0, Lawrence 0, Dalisay 0, Baclaan 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-14, 46-20, 64-34, 79-52

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