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UAAP: Bulldogs crush Blue Eagles in Bo’s debut

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Sunday, 30 June 2013 31 Comments

by JOSEF T. RAMOS

Nationsl University (NU) gave debuting Ateneo De Manila University head coach Bo Perasol a rude welcome by posting a convincing 64-54 win Sunday in Season 76 of the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Knowing what the reigning champion are Blue Eagles capable of doing, the Bulldogs wasted no time in starting hot in the first two periods, establishing a double-digit lead before halftime and negating Ateneo’s fourth quarter run to post a 1-0 win-loss start.

NU also snapped a 10-game losing streak to Ateneo that started way back in 2007.

Small forward Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who dedicated the game to his late father and Philippine Basketball Association seven-time Best Import Bobby Parks Sr., piled up 22 points along with nine rebounds and four assists.

Cameroonian Emmanuel Mbe scored on a breakaway dunk for a 29-19 lead with a minute left in second period. Denice Lee Villamor drained a long two at the buzzer off a Robin Rono pass to provide the Bulldogs with a sizable lead, 33-21, at the half.

Parks, who already tallied 15 points, six rebounds and two assists in the first half, delivered a pass to Villamor for an open three-pointer that stretched the Bulldogs’ advantage to 59-35 with 5:33 left in fourth quarter.

The Blue Eagles narrowed the gap to 44-59 after hitting three triples with under four minutes left in the payoff quarter, but the Bulldogs were not bothered even though they came within 10 (51-61) in the last two-minute mark.

Parks nailed a three-pointer with only 1:41 remaining to extend NU’s lead to 64-51 and the Bulldogs were never threatened the rest of the way.

“Somehow our defense relaxed, and we allowed them to get their bearing with their outside shots,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano. “But I felt we did a good job stopping that momentum.”

“We had 23 turnovers and most of them happened in the fourth. We really want to correct this, it’s one of the things we want to correct this season,” he added. “Ateneo just committed just 16 turnovers.”

Mbe finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds and Villamor added 13 points.

The Bulldogs shot 23-of-61 (37.7 percent), while Ateneo registered 20-of-72 (27.8 percent). Ateneo also shot 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) from the three-point area in contrast to National U’s 7-of-21 clip (33.3 percent).

National U also won the rebounding battle, 53-29.

Alfred Aroga, the other Cameroonian recruit of NU, decided to sit out the game due to the lack of original documents that will make him eligible this season. The NU management, however, said original documents will be submitted next week.

Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena, who scored only two points, played limited minutes and sat out the entire second half due to an ankle injury.

Juami Tiongson finished with 13 points for Ateneo. (EF/Inboundpass.com)

NU 64- Parks 22, Mbe 14, Villamor 13, Javillonar 5, Alolino 4, Rosario 2, Khobuntin 2, Alejandro 2, Rono 0, De Guzman 0
ADMU 54- Tiongson 13, Elorde 10, Buenafe 10, Newsome 9, Erram 4, Ravena 2, Pessumal 2, Golla 2, Capacio 2, Tolentino 0, Babilonia 0
QS: 15-10, 33-21, 48-32, 64-54


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31 Comments

  • bubuchacha says:

    “National U also won the rebounding battle, 53-29.”

    Enough said.

  • Oh well says:

    Pero idol si nico elorde!

  • Jorf Lasfar says:

    We won against Blue Eagles… finally!

    Congrats bulldogs!..

    Mabuhay Nacinal!.. One big bite!..

  • Idol ko si Frank Golla says:

    The Bulldogs cannot be denied this time. Congrats na lang.

  • julius says:

    aim
    high national u!keep going guys….bite!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 123456 says:

    Bo, why did you have to let Kiefer play?
    Were you guys imitating any team, anyone? You are a coach!

    • uaapadik says:

      it was Kiefer who decided to play not coach Bo. in fact, he made the decision to suit up while watching the first game.

      • Lucky Luciano says:

        Seriously? Ang labong usapan naman nito. Does that mean Kiefer can veto the decision made by his own coach?

  • 123456 says:

    Nico Elorde, ONE BIG FIGHT!!!

  • Nico has the genes of a fighter!

  • predictor says:

    Grats NU. Job well done. Keep things in perspective:

    School Last championship Years ago
    NU 1954 59
    AdU 1978 35
    UE 1986 27
    UP 1987 26
    FEU 2005 8
    UST 2006 7
    DLSU 2007 6

    If there’s gonna be a changing of the guard as it were this season, my sentimental favorite will be NU. They deserve this after a massive build-up. Sana nga last year pa noong host sila pero…as long as magbunga lahat ng gastos ni Sy bago mag-gradweyt o umalis si Mbe at Parks.

  • EJY says:

    ateneo must shoot those balls if they want to win , kulang din sa bigman

    nu if they want to win championship, must limit turn overs

  • KJ says:

    Ateneo shot really badly but that was not why they lost. There wasn’t enough ball movement and execution was poor. Shooting is definitely important for them but without ball movement and execution, you can’t get the open looks that you want.

    If Parks wins MVP again and a championship this year, he should just go pro. Class and talent.

    • Hitman Hearns says:

      But heart and the remnants of Norman Black’s system that are instilled in these players kept the team alive. If the deficit was not that big, Ateneo might have even stolen that game.

      • king archer says:

        agree! having Norman Black as a coach is really something…until now you can still see the system that Black instilled in ateneo…

  • rrrr says:

    This was the fault of Bo.

    1.) Sayang ang time na nakapasok si Kiefer. Panakot lang pala siya.
    2.) They should have prepared the day before without Kiefer.
    3.) In the 4th quarter, the eagles proved that they could win without Kiefer. It was just a tad too late. Again, Bo should have pushed a practice without Kiefer.

  • This is the first time I saw the Blue Eagles play wishy-washy pa cute, wishful thinking that their 3s will go in.

    The 4th qtr does not say anything!

  • bigf9779 says:

    Great start! long way to go, just remain FOCUS!!!
    Sulong National-U! Bulldogs Bites! next on line will be against UE…Goodluck sa game!

  • Tax says:

    Congrats NU

  • USTGTFTW says:

    Where are the Ateneans? Congrats NU!

  • Aric says:

    1 game down 13 elimination games to go, 2 games for the semis and 2 games for the finals.

    My point: Too early to celebrate, Ateneo is Ateneo they are still the 5-peat defending champions of the UAAP Basketball.

    NU on the other hand if they want to win it all then don’t celebrate on a single win they may have the best player on the UAAP now but they are not the best team yet.

    Almost forgot there are at least 6 other teams who has equal capability of beating one another.

  • 123456 says:

    When we bled, we fought!

    I am truly happy with Nico; he is a fighter and a Leader! He never tired defending; the 3s were simply a bonus to his disposition.

    Where was the 6th Man??? If we were not cheering, lets encourage the players now; I know the confidence is still there!

    Can the Phenom play on Wednesday??? If he cant, I hope we dont force it again!!! Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

  • truth says:

    IMO the lead could have been bigger without the missed point blank shots of NU and turnovers. NU really is a strong team this year but I don’t know if they are the best. We need to see things unfold because everything is too early to tell.

    On the part of Ateneo, it’s no doubt that Slaughter and Salva are really huge losses in all departments. Just look at the rebounding department alone. Golla is no star and Erram seems to be feeling things out for now. The offense of ADMU last game was stagnant and the shot clock kept on winding down. There were a lot of lob passes that would have made NU’s lead bigger if only they made all of them.

    Newsome showed promise and sort of reminds me of JC Intal. What’s good is that he can drive explosively using a one leg launch..something JC wasn’t comfortable with. Elorde showed heart and Juami showed that he has the moves to get the ball close to the basket. Buenafe needs to learn to be a go-to-guy again. He has embraced the role of a silent killer the past few years, but with the absence of any star as of the moment or with Kiefer in the bench then he should learn how to create more efficiently or at least get some shooting.

    It’s too early to label Ateneo as weak because we know Kiefer can average at least 15-20 ppg on a healthy day plus the other intangibles he provides. One thing is for sure though..without Kiefer, Ateneo could possibly end up with at least 6 losses this season.

    It was hard to watch last Sunday’s game but it is what it is. NU made their outside shots while Ateneo did not. NU rebounded well and Ateneo did not. NU played better overall with both its stars providing their usual numbers. Congrats NU.

  • Shhhh says:

    we all know that ateneo are good at bouncing back. kaya wait lang dahil first game pa lang.

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