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Mariano continues to be the bane for Ateneo

Saturday, 20 April 2013 54 Comments

FilOil 2013: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tigers, April 20The UST Growling Tigers atoned for their fourth quarter meltdown in their first game against DLSU by successfully executing clutch plays to rout the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 63-57, in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Arena in San Juan.

Aljon Mariano proved once more how much of a bane he is to Ateneo’s winning ways by delivering again in the clutch to give his squad their first win.

The Tigers operated on a slow start, allowing Ateneo to lead 13-3 in the 3:40 mark of the first quarter before clawing back via an 11-2 run to cap off the opening period down only 14-15.

But the Tigers still could not get past Ateneo in the second period, resulting in a 7-point advantage by the Katipunan cagers at the half, 23-30.

Tides changed as the Tigers pressed on the gas come the third canto, opening it with a 14-2 run. Mariano brought the Tigers to within one with a turnaround jumper as his squad continued to get the necessary defensive stops. Karim Abdul, who had 14 points along with 11 rebounds, then completed a three-point play that finally put UST on top. Clark Bautista, who added 8 points, capped off the pulsating run with a trey at the 4:55 mark.

The España boys continued to press to finish the third period with a 45-42 lead.

Kiefer Ravena was clearly not in his element as he only had 7 points and missed a wide open layup from the break that could have brought down UST’s lead to 1.

The first few minutes of the payoff period saw Ateneo’s Von Pessumal and UST’s Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag exchanging triples.

It was a big game for Pessumal who led his team’s scoring with 15 markers on 75% shooting from three-point range.

Forward Chris Newsome also stepped up for his Eagles to try and clasp their potential fourth win. Newsome delivered crucial baskets that kept his squad within reach of the Tigers, including a go-ahead breakaway jam to lead 53-52 with 3:48 remaining.

UST was forced to play a quick catch-up game as the Eagles posted a 4-point lead, 57-53, courtesy of a floater by Newsome with over 2 minutes left.

That was the last that Ateneo would score.

Mariano then saved the day once more.

He proceeded to scoring the next 6 points in a 10-0 final run, as Ferrer delivered the dagger trey and Teng swished in one of his final two charities to erect the final score.

“Yung sistema talaga kailangan i-follow lang namin. Kung ano ‘yung pinapagawa sa amin ni Coach Pido, tuloy lang namin,” remarked Asst. Coach Estong Ballesteros who took over the coaching duties in the absence of head coach Pido Jarencio who called in sick. “Kasi ang nangyari sa amin nung first half nagka-kanya kanya. Kaya nung halftime nag-wakeup call ako sa mga bata.”

Aljon believed that teamwork was the main key to their victory sans a resident point guard. “Nung halftime nag-usap kami. Kailangan mag-execute kami, kailangan teamwork para manalo.”

The Tigers are currently using a 3-man rotation for the point guard slot that include Robin Tan, Ed Daquioag and Clark Bautista. According to Coach Estong, Jeric Teng is the “emergency” point guard.

“‘Di basehan sa team ‘yung kung wala kang point guard basta sama-sama kayo,” he said.


Mariano- 19, Abdul- 14, Ferrer- 13, Bautista- 8, Daquioag- 4, Teng- 3, Pe- 2

Pessumal- 15, Newsome- 14, Ravena- 7, Tiongson- 7, Elorde- 6, Golla- 4, Murphy- 4

Quarter scores: 14-15, 23-30, 45-42, 63-57

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  • juwawa says:

    gone are the days at least for this specific season..Kiefer is really having a hard time ,pushing himself every game to compensate for their team lacking ceiling…ill be happy to see admu barging into the final 4 this season…more than that would be euphoria.

  • NICK says:

    I think Ateneo could’ve won. It was a close game, and wala pa si buenafe. lets wait and see

  • koffee kup says:

    the blue eagles got a lot of potential. this was a loss they could’ve easily prevented especially if Newsome had made those foul shots. i think they can beat ust during the uaap season. they show a lot of promise. remember that almost half of the team are rookies. the only thing they need to do now is gel and blend well. admu’s sixth straight uaap championship is very much a possibility.

  • Johnny Blue says:

    This game of the Blue Eagles reminded of how the Green Archers played under Dindo Pumaren. Except for fastbreak plays, their halfcourt offense looked so disorganized. There is no apparent go to guy or there is no play for the designated go to guy. A guy like Tolentino has no right taking shots from the outside. And Newsome should be more aggressive in taking outside shots if he is open.

    But I give credit for their tenacity in defense. I think this team has fight. Unfortunately they don’t have enough bigs and firepower to overwhelm teams that are stacked up.

  • zestyzeta says:

    There are 2 undeniable facts: Ateneo has not won against a UAAP team,ie, NU and UST, and secondly, they have always lost games in various leagues.

  • 123456 says:

    That was a good game! I think we did well in limiting their offensive power; 63 points is much too low for UST’s talent. But, it was far from being a UAAP game.

  • K-FERR is the new Kiefer says:

    Why is it still about Ateneo? Wala bang nakakaappreciate how good this UST team is? Malalaki at lahat may shooting. This team will be difficult to beat once may magstep up lang na point guard. #Nomore6peat

  • Anti-heat says:

    Where is Chris Porter?

  • Dear Fr Rector of UST,

    Pumayag na kau sa offer ng Jollibee so UST can be a perenial title contender in basketball and reclaim the General Championship from La Salle. What’s in a name? UST Golden Stingers does sound a bit cheesy compared to Growling Tigers but not as commercialized as UST Tiger Palabok or worse UST Chicen Joy.

    • K-Ferr>Kiefer says:

      Woah. Is this true? I believe the owner of Jollibee is a UST alumni. BS Chemical Engineering ata.. If this is true, magkakaron na tayo ng big time sponsor. No need for homegrown talents to transfer to other big time schools and lalakas na rin tayo sa recruitment.

      • Knightstrike says:

        Kakailanganin daw magsara ng Jollibee at KFC sa USTE kapag pumayag UST sa offer ng mga Tan. lol.

        Ang mga papalit eh Jollibee, Chowking at Greenwich.

      • i can just imagine the jollibee mascot prancing and leading the ust cheer during the half time break. lol.

        tony tan is one savy enterpreneur. bankrolling a uaap team costs just a fraction of what it costs maintaining a team in the pba. on second thought, imagine what the team names would be if this catches on and the schools are forced to allude to the businesses of their benefactors.

        1.ateneo blue texters salle green gins
        3.san beda red linesmen mega mallers
        5.ue red rhums
        6.baste mikeni cobra-dors
        7.up happy crocodiles

  • Pogita says:

    Don’t get to excited…

    Baka kuryente lang yan. If they really want to help, they will do it without any strings attached.

    I can almost taste the UAAP championship from here. Hmmmm.

    I hope we will have a decent pass-first and heady point guard this June 2013

  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    Ateneo beats Letran 88 – 81

    • OBF says:

      Are they worthy opponents?

      • Knightstrike says:

        We were missing Kevin Racal and John Quinto, two of our main guns for the upcoming NCAA season. Still, it was a good game especially Kiefer Ravena- 33 pts., 6 rebs., 6 assts.

      • Spinning Back Fist says:

        The Knights are last year’s NCAA Finalists. Just like Ateneo, they lost quality players and a quality coach. So are they “worthy” opponents? I’ll say worthy enough to let the eagles try something new and let the first timers wet their feet as they say.

  • 6thmanin76 says:

    Frontline… we need to grow up fast….

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