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Not just 1, not just 2, and not just 3...
It's Four-Peat for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.
For four straight years Ateneo Blue Eagles reign as the UAAP Champion. They finished the series in front of 18,817 fans with a sweep, 2-0 against the raging FEU Tamaraws. Blue Eagles ended Game 2 with a blow again, 82-69. It's true that for the Blue Eagles it's really a ONE BIG FIGHT!
Coach Bert Flores made a surprise in the start of Game 2 by putting Bringas and Knuttle in the starting five. It was a fiery and aggressive start for the Tams. Ramos scored the first 7 points of the Tamaraws, they attacked the basket and got fouled, they made 8 of 8 in the free throw line but the Blue Eagles never backed down to the challenge of the Tams. Blue Eagles fought the same aggressiveness level that Tams showed in the start and they forced the Tams to enter in the penalty as early as 5:37 in the first quarter. Eagles maximized the opportunity by scoring 7 of 10 in the line, and they made a short scoring spurt in the last seconds of the first quarter and end the first 10 minutes with a 5 point lead, 23-18.
Tiongson started the 2nd quarter with 5 straight points and gave Ateneo their first biggest lead of the game by 10 points, 28-18. FEU had a drought in the start of the 2nd quarter, they made their first field goal in the 4:32 mark of the quarter by a baseline jumper of Ramos, but after that drought Tams, made a huge rally that brought them back to the game, an 18-5 run by FEU in the last minute of the game and they ended the first half of action in the lead 33-36, and that was the biggest lead of the Tams for the whole game.
It's a crucial 3rd quarter for the Tams, can they sustain their run? Ateneo answered that question by tightening up their "D" and turning the turnovers of FEU to a quick attack in the offensive end. Again, 'Magic' Tiongson along side with Gonzaga were the difference makers in this quarter, simple but efficient work by this back-up guards posted the new biggest lead of ADMU, 49-38. At the same time Tams broke down again in the 3rd quarter, they shot a horrible 3 out of 16 overall in the quarter. Romeo, who scored the most points last game for the Tams just shot, 2 of 16 game overall in the field. ADMU's 'D' limit FEU to just 9 points in the whole 3rd quarter and ended with a 57-45 score in favor of the Eagles.
In the start of the 4th quarter it seemed like Ateneo was man handling the Tams with the consistency of Salva (the Finals MVP), Ravena (Rookie of the Year) and Slaughter, their own version of Big Three, took over the game. With the extra effort from the graduating Emman Monfort they established their biggest lead of the game, 74-55, a 19-point lead with just 5:12 remaining in the game, and they finished it all the way.
Scoring by Quarter:
23-18, 12-18, 22-9, 25-24
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