Adamson finally wins over Ateneo
September 10, 2011 by Sydrick Salazar
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A 29-game, decade-long mastery over.
The stepladder format scratched.
Worst beating this season.
The Adamson Soaring Falcons finally proved that they are worthy for attention by defeating the erstwhile undefeated Ateneo Blue Eagles, 62 to 46.
Alex Nuyles was on fire and the rest of the squad delivered. The Falcons has been burning hot and cold in the season.
The Falcons have split their win-loss slates with the Eagles, UST Growling Tigers and the FEU Tamaraws and took another loss against the NU Bulldogs. People shouldn’t be shocked though that the Falcons won over the Eagles. Adamson formed this squad three years back and this is a bad as any other team there is in contention.
I mean, Adamson is not bad.
Ateneo is just that good.
So the Eagles get a reality check. Good for them. Maybe it’s time for them to get a loss now than get it later. But here’s the thing – the fact that we saw in the match is that with the exception of Greg Slaughter, none of Ateneo’s position guys favor the Falcons in terms of size. The Falcons have also a cohesive starting lineup unlike the Eagles who just got Kiefer Ravena and Slaughter this season. Finally, the Falcons have been hungry for recognition. The last semblance of a team the Falcons had was during the early 90’s when Marlou Aquino and Kenneth Duremdes led Adamson to the finals but lost to the Dennis Espino, Edmund Reyes, and Bal David-led Tigers.
With Ateneo ranked first and Adamson ranked second, the Final Four will be decided on the fate of the last playdate of the eliminations. My boys the UST Growling Tigers need to win against the NU Bulldogs and in some ways, plead for the DLSU Green Archers to snap out of their skid and hope they’ll win against the FEU Tamaraws.
Of course UST and FEU will battle it out to chase for the third spot. As big the reality is that the Eagles are beatable, the last thing both squads need right now is to the next round dealing with the Eagles.