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Ateneo, San Beda, NU rip FilOil 2012 opening day foes

Saturday, 14 April 2012 5,154 Views / 39 Comments

Ateneo 55, Letran 51

After leading by as much as 11-points midway thru the final quarter, the Ateneo Blue Eagles thwarted a late 4th quarter rally by the Letran Knights to capture their 1st win of the tournament.  After a stalemate at 49 with 4:57 minutes left in the final stretch, Kiefer Ravena quickly answered with a 3-pointer to push the Blue Eagles back in the driver’s seat at 52-49 with 4:39 minutes left in the 4th quarter.  Greg Slaughter’s 2 crucial free throws gave Ateneo a 3-point cushion, 54-51, with seconds remaining in the clock including 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Keifer Ravena had 13-points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Tonino Gonzaga had 7-points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Eagles.  Jam Cortes top scored for the Knights  with 15-points and 8 rebounds, followed by Kevin Racal and Mark Cruz with 10-points each.  The Blue Eagles had 53 rebounds and 22 turnovers while the Knights had 38 rebounds with only 14 turnovers.

San Beda 69, De La Salle 63

After trailing the Green Archers, 0-6, early in the 1st quarter, the Red Lions had a 13-0 run for a 7-point lead, 13-6, with 6:06 remaining in the 1st quarter. It was only until the final moments of the 4th quarter that the Red Lions were threatened when Almond Vosotros, Norbert Torres and LA Revilla combined for 6-points to cut the deficit to just 4-points, 67-63, with 16 seconds left in the final quarter.

Then Red Lions leading scorer with 15-points, Anjo Caram, with 2/2 from the 3-point area, made both of free throws to seal the game for San Beda. Julius Armon had 11-points and 4 rebounds while Ola Adeogun had 10-points and 13 rebounds for the Red Lions.  Norbert Torres led the Green Acrhers with 12-points and 10 rebounds, followed by Jeron Teng and Jopet Mendoza with 8-points each.  San Beda had 57 rebounds and 14 turnover points compared to De La Salle’s 47 rebounds and 6 turnover points.

NU 99, JRU 48

In a lopsided affair, the NU Bulldogs asserted its might to demolish the JRU Heavy Bombers on both ends of the floor.  Emmanuel Mbah led all scorers including a double-double performance with 22-points and 13 rebounds plus contributions from Bobby Ray Parks and Kyle Neypes with 17-points and 12-points each to lead NU.

Nate Matute, the only double digit scorer from the Heavy Bombers with 11-points, also had 4 assists with a 40% shooting clip from the 3-point area.  NU finished the game with a commanding 43 rebounds compared to JRU’s 25.  NU had 23 turnover points with only 4 from JRU.

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Mike is a former NCAA Game analyst under Studio 23. He was also a former Game Analyst for the 2005 Collegiate Champions League (CCL), 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championships (PCC), 2005 and 2006 National Basketball Conference (NBC) and 2005 Global Destiny Basketball League (GBDL). Started writing about College Basketball with Follow me on Twitter: michaelabasolo


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