A big week in the UAAP Season 72 ended. With Ateneo La Salle Part Two as the biggest UAAP Game to be reviewed. It must have been a upset UAAP schedule, that these two opponents have met so early again, that within a weeks time.
Power is turning to Blue and White – 6 Consecutive UAAP Wins for Ateneo against La Salle
The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles showed off their championship mettle once again in a intense battle between Blue and White and Green, as Rabeh Al-Hussaini, assisted by Eric Salamat, Nico Salva and the rest of the gang bagged their fourth consecutive win and 6th consecutive win over DLSU in the UAAP since the season sweep over La Salle in last years UAAP 71.
The flop against the Adamson University Falcons is so yesterday already, and even if Ateneo merely clinched on for victory in a over time blockbuster against the Green Archers, they still managed to sneak the W, which is a big step for them, in terms of the morale of the players and the confidence, most especially noting that reigning MVP was out of sight since somewhere of the fourth quarter and totally unattended during the final stretch in the said over time match last week Sunday.
Ateneo and La Salle loop sided week went on.
With that victorious endeavor that Ateneo has discovered against their arch-nemesis in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, armed with the new found confidence after that miss against the Falcons, Ateneo took on the UE Red Warriors with much courage and strength, and much Rabeh Al-Hussaini as well who has bagged 30 points that gave Ateneo a 5 point advantage as the final score flashed.
With Al-Hussaini already warmed up and ready to face La Salle again for the round two meeting of these two exceptional college basketball teams in the Philippines, it wasn’t looking good for La Salle, especially after the flop at the hands of the Adamson Falcons.
ADMU vs DLSU Round 2
The Ateneo de Manila Universit vs De La Salle University Round 2 match up last August 16, 2009 at the Araneta Coliseum was opened by the Jesuits with a strong 8-0 run to overwhelm the rookie-filled La Salle squad. With the scare of a third consecutive loss, the pressure was pretty much on La Salle while the Eagles carried the emotions of excitement to punish the much younger and inexperienced archers squad to a third loss in a row since many years have passed, and they have accomplished it with style.
Like mentioned above, it was not Rabeh Al-Hussaini alone who contributed to this 65-81 rampage favoring the Blues, but Jai Reyes, Eric Salamat and Eman Monfort’s triples as well. But not only the sniping from beyond the arch, also from inside the boundaries of the rainbow area, with Nico Salva and Kirk Long helping out.
The Ateneo Rookies – The La Salle Rookies – Who will be deadliest?
The season is far from over, but the sniping from Ateneo High School Hoop Star Juami Tiongson has paid off several times, including his triple in this game that has cut the wounds of La Salle wide open. Sumalinog hasn’t really been active during this game but watch out for this guy as his triples can be deadly as well. (and he is wearing the jersey number of Chris Tiu, if not mistaken).
There has been no season that Ateneo and La Salle have met only twice since 2001. With La Salle in the middle of the pact currently ranked 5th among the 8 teams that are part of the UAAP, this looks like it’ll be the first time that there won’t be a third match up between these popular rivals in Philippine basketball.