(Beware: Ateneans, read no further. This pertains to the 72-55 blowout of the Archers over the Eagles earlier)
Actually, it was a pretty exciting match. It was a close fight, with the Eagles going neck to neck against the Archers pretty much all throughout the game. They fought hard for each and every possession, creating run after run that made the crowd go wild.
Until Lasalle scored the first basket, that is.
Ateneo should change their "One Big Fight" Slogan
..."Roll Over and Die" seems more appropriate
Then again, they ARE improving.
They only lost by 17 points now.
Which means, next time they might even threaten to lose by only a single digit.
It was pretty impressive though, their match against FEU. They basically manhandled the taller team.
But for some reason, their big guys couldn't seem to match up to the smaller Archer squad.
Norman Black must be pretty pissed at how easily his protege Franz Pumaren outweaseled him.
I realized this during the halftime cheering break.
Is Ateneo the only PEP squad that doesnt have scantily clad, leggy female cheerleaders cavorting all around the court? They instead have a squad of male pep squad members and another squad of little boys doing Mini-Mes of the first squad.
No wonder their players arent inspired.
Well... except of course, the Pep squad's target audience.
I mean, they even replaced hottie Chinnie Canievel with whatshername.
Sigh. No more reason to watch ateneo games on TV.
Im sure of this: They have the referees in their hip pockets.
There was one instance of an idiotic Ateneo player bumping into a stationary Junjun Cabatu (think tennis ball hitting a brick wall) . Guess what? The referee slapped a foul on Cabatu.
Then in the spirit of the moment, Ryan Arana suddenly dances to the beat of "Go Lasalle! Go Go Lasalle Lasalle"... The referees immediately slap a technical foul on him.
I mean, who else would get offended besides pro-Ateneo flunkies?
Anyway, theres still a chance for at least another Ateneo-Lasalle matchup. Im not sure, but if i do the math correctly, there are three possible matchups for the Final 4, depending on who wins in the DLSU-UE match.
If Lasalle wins vs UE by more than 2 points, the final 4 will be:
DLSU vs ADMU (DLSU with twice to beat advantage)
FEU vs UE (FEU with twice to beat advantage)
If Lasalle wins vs UE by only 1-2 points:
UE vs DLSU (UE with twice to beat advantage)
FEU vs ADMU (FEU with twice to beat advantage)
If DLSU loses to UE, the final 4 will be:
UE vs ADMU (UE with twice to beat advantage)
FEU vs DLSU (FEU with twice to beat advantage)
In these last two cases, DLSU and ADMU must beat FEU and UE respectively so that we could all enjoy another DLSU-ADMU championship matchup (and another DLSU Championship hehe)
Fun fun fun. Araneta still has a chance to make a killing. Wonder how the UE game will turn up :)