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UAAP: Mammie returns, UE smothers hardluck Ateneo

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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.


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17 Comments

  • If the Blue Eagles continue to play this way, you might need to go skinless! Joking!

    I think you have to forget Kiefer until he is 150% and the team must accept the truth. Bo himself said this!

  • Idol ko si Frank Golla says:

    UST Growling Tigers 2006. Keep that in mind and think positive everyone.

    • Jumpball says:

      UST 2006? Its a vey different scenario this season. UST was loaded with talents, and their lineup is deep. – cruz,ababou,espiritu,duncil,cuan,etc which is contradicting to ADMU 2013. UST was able to do it because the league that time only got FEU,ADU,UE and ADMU as final four contenders. DLSU that time was serving a 1 yr suspension. This year, almost all teams except for UP are legit F4 contenders. At this point, it is still possible for ADMU to grab a F4 seat but the chances are very slim. With 4 losses in 5 games, I think they need to win atleast 7 games in 9 tries. F4 is still possible but to regain the championship is like saying Philippines will win the FIBA ASIA without a naturalized player.

      • bystander says:

        The UST Tigers of 2006 won their first 3 games. They could have won more games and ranked higher in the standings and the F4 if they had not been plagued with suspensions and injuries/illness.

        If I remember correctly, at some point, there were only 8 or 9 players available to play for the team. Jojo Duncil who was the Finals MVP, for example, probably missed half of the games due to either suspension or sickness.

        • UST Die Hard Fan Here says:

          Where the heck are you getting your facts? UST in 2006 ended up 2-4 at the end of first round, bottom of the standings. Jojo Duncil did NOT miss half of the games because he was an MVP contender that time, if not of an unsportsmanlike foul he committed. He later on was beaten by Adamson’s Ken Bono.

          Also, please never compare the USTGT2006 to any cinderella story you want to happen. That team was way special. Not just injuries were hurdling them back then, but sickness and disease as well. They even had one player, I think his name was Apil, who passed away before the season starts. Also, Jemal Vizcarra, who was one of the team’s star was injured in their first game vs UP (guy never played after, poor kid). Luckily, their role players were willing to die for coach Pido, thus, the Championship.

          • bystander says:

            Okay, UST was not 3-0 during their first 3 games. They were 2-1. Almost forgot that miracle shot by UP at the end of the first game for the winning basket. But then, they won their next two games against FEU and then UE. And Okay, “half of the games” was an exaggeration but it certainly felt that way. Duncil did miss a game due to suspension and then either missed 1-2 games due to illness, and UST lost all those games, right? Still 1,2, or 3 games too many if you ask me.

            However, stats aside, my main point was that the 2006 UST team was a STRONG team to start with and they COULD HAVE done better in the rankings IF it had played with a COMPLETE line-up all throughout the eliminations. I think it was against UE in the second round when the Tigers had only 9 players available. They lost that too and to a team they have already beaten during the first round. Their win-loss record in the eliminations did not really reflect the true strenght of that team.

            I believe your admonition about NOT comparing USTGT2006 “to any cinderella story” was misdirected. It was not I who made the comparison. I merely supported Jumpball’s contention which was more or less the same as yours. We were/are on the same side of the argument actually.

            BTW, if you had been browsing IBP over the years, you would know that I too have tiger stripes and if I may not appear to be as “diehard” as you, it is only because I attended other schools as well.

  • Enzo, can we check how many assists and turnovers of Kiefer???

  • paulrenzo says:

    On a positive note, Tiongson, Pessumal, and possibly Erram are slowly becoming decent scoring options, in addition to Newsome. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for Golla.

  • Spectator says:

    Guys like Asuncion,Tolentino,Enriquez, Capacio, Lim, etc could have gained the much needed experience had they not abandoned their semis stint in the Fil Oil pre season tournament. They could have also tried out other guys in Team B. It was an opportunity for the new comers and the seldom used guys to shine when many of the star players were injured but Ateneo withdrew from the tournament.

    • hope&virtues says:

      That is water under the bridge! Its the HERE AND NOW that matters! There is not one team that is sure to make the FINAL 4 as of now or a clear challenger to the throne!

  • Anti-heat says:

    Erram and Golla could’ve found ways to fish fouls from Mammie and reduce his effectiveness but can’t really fish fouls if there aren’t any plays for them.

  • socialclimber says:

    ateneo lacks depth, especially on the middle…even with 1000% ravena, you can bet that they would be lucky just to even have a shot at the F4… the field right now is leveled, aside from ateneo, only UP have a “big” chance of missing the big dance..i?it is what it is, from 5peat to doormat,hmmm…bitter pill to swallow, ei? and not to forget, your coach is OVERRATED, he’s a goner after this season, that’s for sure…

    • you can says:

      Say it like it is. Btw, wasn’t ur name the tag to Bedistas? Just asking. Why? Did you want to emulate ADMU back then? No offense ok. And you of all schools know how it was to be a doormat for 26 years ba? After Admu left the older league. It took a Daniel to bring you back to relevance. That’s what Admu must realize now. UST did it sooner. Look they almost made it this year. And UE and NU almost overnight became contenders (well, not so NU) It’s been languishing for more than twice your dark years.

    • hope&virtues says:

      They lack depth…. yes, cant argue with facts. Lets wait though! I prefer to err in wishful thinking than in despondency.

  • Bo has not yet realized that the Blue Eagles is the most read team in College Hoops. Zamar anticipated a lot of the moves except for the new players.

    All other teams have the benefit of the ‘unknown’.

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