AteneoB crushes UV-A A +A
Monday, October 28, 2013
THE Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles Team B proved to be too much for the University of the Visayas Green Lancers to handle.
Ateneo scored an emphatic 79-49 win in the semifinal round to advance to the finals, relegating the Cesafi 2013 champions to fight for third place in the 2013 University Games held at the University of St. La Salle Gym in Bacolod City yesterday.
UV started out flat and paid dearly for underestimating Ateneo’s second team, who proved to be a lot tougher than its Team A, which the Lancers defeated, 94-84, last Wednesday.
Ateneo Team A was made up of Keiffer Ravena, Cebuano Jerei Pingoy, Gwyne Capacio, Anton Asistio, Vince Tolentino, Tomas Ramos and Cameroonian Sega Ewenike while its Team B Cameroonian Chibueze Ikeh, Chris Newsome, Nico Elorde, Von Pessumal, Joma Adornado and Ivan Enriquez.
Ravena, Capacio, Asistio, Tolentino, Newsome, Elorde, Pessumal and Enriquez were on Ateneo’s line-up in the recently concluded UAAP 76.
With Steve Cedrick Akomo and Hernal Escosio hounded by foul trouble early in the game, and guards John Abad and Alfred Codilla’s offense going cold, Ateneo was quick to establish control of the game and never let it go until the final buzzer.
“We started (very) flat and we underestimated our opponents. In addition, our offense was way off. Abad and Codilla were struggling all game long while the others also failed to contribute. Nothing really worked for us. However, it was a very humbling experience for us. We can use the lessons learned here in our quest to advance to the Philippine Collegiate Champions League,” said UV head coach Felix “Donbel” Belano.
The 30-point setback was really a humbling experience for the Lancers who dropped its first match since winning Game 3 of the Cesafi 2013 Finals against the Southwestern University Cobras.
Today, UV will be playing for third place against UAAP 76 runner-up University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers that will be followed by the Ateneo Team B vs. defending champions National University Bulldogs championship game.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.