Monday, 15 July 2013 28 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
Defending champion Ateneo De Manila University finally stopped the bleeding with a convincing 71-59 win over host Adamson University on Sunday in Season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Shooting guard Juami Tiongson and 6’7 JP Erram, who posted 15 and 12 points respectively, connected in the second half, particularly in crunch time, to help the six-peat seeking Blue Eagles snap a three-game losing streak for a 1-3 win-loss log.
“I’m so thankful to coach for trusting me,” said the soft-spoken Erram, who is still not fully recovered from his ACL injury.
After a close first half (32-28), the Blue Eagles outscored the Falcons in the third quarter, 25-19, to get a 57-47 advantage entering the payoff period. Adamson just managed to come within only eight points in the fourth period.
“It’s a good win, at last,” said newly-installed Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol, who briefly fielded Ateneo skipper Kiefer Ravena (he scored four points in 11 minutes). “We just need to play tough to overcome the challenge each game.”
Tingson drained a triple with 3:41 left in the game to stretch Ateneo’s advantage to 68-55. Nico Elorde’s two free throws extended the Blue Eagles lead to 70-55 in the two-minute mark and they never looked back.
Erram also collared 12 rebounds and a block, while Ryan Buenafe just missed a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Guard Chris Newsome also added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Blue Eagles, who outrebounded the Falcons, 49-37.
Guard Jericho Cruz scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Adamson, which dropped to 2-2 in the standings. 6’8 Ingrid Sewa struggled with an inured shoulder to finish with only four points and 10 rebounds and two blocks. He also muffed all seven of his free throws. (EF/Inboundpass.com)
Ateneo 71 – Tiongson 15, Erram 12, Buenafe 11, Newsome 10, Golla 6, Ravena 4, Capacio 4, Pessumal 3, Tolentino 2, Lim 2, Elorde 2, Enriquez 0.
Adamson 59 – Cruz 21, Cabrera 14, Brondial 8, Sewa 4, Inigo 3, Agustin 3, Rios 2, Monteclaro 2, Abrigo 2, Trollano 0, Petilos 0, Julkipli 0.
QS: 13-16; 32-28; 57-47; 71-59.