[Blueboard] From the Sesqui Blog_Ateneo Fends Off UST, 80-70

Michelle Camille Correa mcorrea at ateneo.edu
Wed Aug 26 14:00:53 PHT 2009

Ateneo Fends Off UST, 80-70
Posted by myopiceagle | myopiceagle | Tuesday 25 August 2009 5:21 pm 
Long Memory 1

The Growling Tigers really ought to have had the long memory of elephants. For this was the same guy who, as a rookie in 2007, helped Ateneo steal the second round game from UST. That buzzer beater of a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of a lunging Jervy Cruz was the subject of countless YouTube hits. And during their first round match this season, another guard-in the person of balik-UAAP Eman Monfort-burned them with 6 for 9 treys. And so it happened that with impeccable mechanics, rhythm and lift to his J, Kirk Long buried five triples and outscored league scoring leader Dylan Ababou on the way to his season-best 21 points. Oh, and he also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal in 31 minutes of action, apart from playing tough D on Khazim Mirza. Kirk also made up for Eric Salamat's jammed guns from beyond the arc and Ryan Buenafe's out-of-sync play. 

Before Long's heroics yesterday, from a fan perspective two games stood out as paragons of Ateneo basketball. The second was just last Sunday, when Ateneo dismantled De La Salle, 81-65. And the very first was our similar 16-point win over the UST Growling Tigers in the first round. But despite the final score, this rematch was no blowout. Both protagonists went full throttle from the start, with seven ties and seven lead changes marking the first half. Early issues for the Blue Eagles were Rabeh Al-Hussaini's two fouls right in the first period, and the 10 more possessions that the Tigers had thanks to their quick offensive rebounding and stick-backs. But Kirk wasn't the only Eagle who held the fort while the big man languished on the bench. Nico Salva chipped in 11, as did Jai Reyes who also had four assists and four rebounds. Nonoy Baclao held leading MVP candidate Dylan Ababou below his scoring average apart from contributing 10 points and five blocks of his own. Eric managed seven markers but had no steal to his name. Bacon Austria had five points and Frank Golla had a split from the charity stripe. 

With low- and high-post operator Rabeh temporarily out of commission, the Blue Eagles went to the perimeter. Jai had...READ MORE @ http://150.ateneo.edu/blog/?p=671



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