UAAP 72 second round of elimination heads to the last four games. The National University upset the De La Salle Green Archers with a 63-61 edge to literally kick out La Salle’s shot at a final four spot. The Bulldogs headed by Kokoy Hermosisima did it again, the job they’ve been popularly known for, spoiling other teams, just like they’ve beaten the Blue Eagles 2 seasons back.
Party spoilers National University Bulldogs looked like the hungrier team this afternoon for the first game of this UAAP 72 Thursday Thriller. And that’s how the game has ended, to the team that wanted it most. Nevertheless, it was a close game, a very tight fight between a team which was looking forward to have a playoff with the Growling Tigers next week for the fourth spot, and a cellar dweller that was hoping to spoil the opposition with nothing to lose.
Early injuries to Andrada and Co contributed to the Bulldogs edge, especially with the absence of Andrada throughout the ball game, while Co was able to step in early in the second half. But still, credit to Kokoy Hermosisimia and fellow rookie Ajeet Singh for a job well done from beyond the arch and from inside the paint.
Before the match, many thought about a controversy going on, especially when looking at the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers bad performances against the Green Archers and the soaring falcons, but this upset victory may just spell the truth and prove many people wrong.
No La Salle in the Final Four (since 11 years)
It is the firs time that the De La Salle University misses the final four bus under the watch of Franz Pumaren. It’s not the first time that La Salle has made (bad) history this year, a sample to name would be their lowest scoring output during their season opener defeat to the UE Red Warriors, or the upset by the Fighting Maroons.
The Final Four is complete.
Ateneo is still on top of the League closely followed by the FEU Tamaraws who will meet each other on the second game of the upcoming Saturday Showcase this weekend. The University of the East Red Warriors are safely placed on the third notch, while the UST Growling Tigers safely take on the fourth spot in the final four wagon. This means that the tigers are going to face Ateneo, if Ateneo wins this Saturday.
There’s nothing much I have to say about this ball game, but it was indeed a tense one from both sides. It was a classic to say, a classic example on how the bulldogs can upset opponents, and oh, be wary next year, something like this might just happen again.
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME LA SALLE!