4 points from Wednesday's UAAP action
Rick Olivers (philstar.com) – November 8,
MANILA, Philippines – The top-level links are forming their bid for the next round of the season, while the low level is coming down from the race.
Here are our thoughts from Wednesday (November 7)
This is a huge comeback for Adamson
The struggling Falcons struggled in the first half but found their determination in return for 20 minutes to win a huge 96-83 victory over the UST to secure another entry into the Final Four.
Even more, the Falcons remain a game above the DLSU and with the green archery game with Ateneo looming on the horizon, it is an advantage for a double advantage to win. Adamson is at 9-3 while DLSU is at 8-4. You bet matches this weekend are critical.
This time, the veterans have appeared with Sean Manganti, Simon Kamach (and what a leap back for him), Rick Ahnemissi, Papi Sar and Jerry Pingoy all play role-playing stars. A victory like this against a competing team (who are probably knocked out of the race) does wonders for their confidence.
He went into the game, one concern for Edson was scored. This bench players scored 37 – identical to their UST counterparts. That was their start to the UST.
They needed it.
La Salle continues the warm tracks
Okay, it was a closer-than-expected battle for the Green Archers – this 84-77 win over the National University. They should love it because they get donations from a lot of people on this drive to their Final Four.
It is a building character forever for archers as they head into the expected game with Ateneo this weekend. As we have noted in the past, they are slowly finding their form and are climaxing at the right time. This is a team with a lot of championship experience and pride (not to mention talent and that they are well trained). You do not count them.
At 8-4, they have a huge opportunity to grab one of those twice to win slots.
For UST, this is a game where they missed Steve Akomo
The Tigers hit the track, losing the battle, 35-53. They were hooked inside, 52-14, and that means it all. UST dropped 10 triangles. For most of the time, it is good enough to help the case win. Adamson had drilled six. Now when you take into account the points in the path, it's a lot.
It did not help that Zach Huang did not play well as well, Enrique Caunan worked hard and was always willing to give his best, and Rami Mahinay were saddled with fouls. It is going to be hard to win in the game when the players are in your face on the bench.
UST has some very good building blocks here. They just need to add a little more ceiling.
Now they are in danger zone, but all have eliminated from the race with a 7-7 record. Even if they win the last two games that may help in the playoffs for the last session, they also depend on how the other teams will finish.
Whatever happens, they should feel good about themselves. They fought each long season at a certain point and was in fourth place. They should be proud.
And after saying that, it's the same for the NU.
NU has a look into the future
Before they won all this season 77, bulldogs seem to Ettenau as an example. They boasted scoring and language shields, blue chip players and stingy shields.
They have a young team. In fact, these fields have been in the past two seasons. But because of the imbalance of personnel (veterans) they struggled. They also have amazing building blocks for the future. They should be patient because their time will come.
My lament for them is that they have not been able to get the best out guys like Matt Aquino and Troy Rake and I think it's such a waste. But as they say, it's always dark before dawn. And Amika Rin was here before, and then he turned her over. Give him the chance.