Thursday, 18 July 2013 17 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
Charles Mammie returned and pulled out University of the East (UE) out of a losing slump in the ongoing Season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.
The 6’8 behemoth Mammie, who served a one game suspension, returned with retribution to post a career high 20 points and 23 rebounds in UE’s 72-68 win over reigning champion Ateneo De Manila University on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in pasay City.
“I’m happy to be back,” said the Sierra Leonean native Mammie, who scored the two-pressure-packed free throws that sealed the win on the way to the Red Warriors’ 2-3 win-loss slate. “I really wanted to help my team, and I think this is the right time.”
The Blue Eagles remain near the cellar with a 1-4 win-loss slate.
“This is a crucial win for us,” said UE Head Coach Boysie Zamar, who needed a crucial defensive stop from forward Adrian Santos in the final seconds to preserve the win over the Blue Eagles.
“We have to learn from Ateneo. They are not five-time champions for nothing. If Ateneo has pride, we have egos. When Ateneo made the run, our egos were deflated. Fortunately, we woke up at the right time.”
Playmaker Roi Sumang produced 14 points along with four rebounds and three assists while Dan Alberto came off the bench and also chipped in 14 for the Red Warriors, who took a 46-31 lead with 7:11 left in the third quarter before Ateneo rallied.
Juami Tiongson sparked the Blue Eagles’ uprising, hitting three triples in Ateneo’s 23-8 windup, knotting the game at 54-all going into the final period.
The Red Warriors were still ahead at 60-58 when Kiefer Ravena scored a triple and a jumper to give Ateneo a 63-60 advantage, 4:18 left in the game. Frank Golla’s jumper put the Blue Eagles ahead for the last time at 67-66.
Guard John Noble helped the Red Warriors seize the lead back at 68-67 and then Sumang connected on a jumper for a 70-67 lead with 1:06 left. Ravena made one free throw for a 68-70 count before Mammie calmly sank two bonus shots to peg the final score.
Tiongson led the Blue Eagles with 17 points while Von Pessumal added 12. Ravena had 11 points while Chris Newsome had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Ateneo.
“Roi and Charles have been carrying the (scoring) burden for us. Somebody must ease that burden and Alberto did it for us today,” said Zamar, whose wards play De La Salle next on Saturday.
Alberto had 10 in the first half with two triples to help UE carry a 37-31 lead going into halftime. (EF/Inboundpass.com)
UE 72 — Mammie 20, Sumang 14, Alberto 14, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Olivares 5, Santos 2, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Jumao-as 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0.
Ateneo 68 — Tiongson 17, Pessumal 12, Ravena 11, Newsome 10, Elorde , Golla 5, Buenafe 4, Erram 4, Asuncion 3, Tolentino 2, Lim 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.
QS: 18-12; 37-31; 54-54; 72-68.