Confronted with a troublesome foe shielded by a playoff bonus, FEU hopes cracks in Ateneo armor will nonetheless present as UAAP Last 4 will get underway

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RJ Abarrientos (with ball) will shoulder a lot of the load on offense for FEU if the Tamaraws hope to bring down the Blue Eagles. —UAAP MEDIA

RJ Abarrientos (with ball) will shoulder lots of the load on offense for FEU if the Tamaraws hope to deliver down the Blue Eagles. —UAAP MEDIA

College of the Philippines (UP) confirmed how it may be executed. To forge an identical upset, Far Jap College (FEU) should persist with the template—twice—and hope the meanest team within the discipline hasn’t discovered a counter but.

Ateneo, armed with twice-to-beat safety, battles FEU within the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball event Last 4 on Wednesday, hoping to have welded the cracks uncovered in its armor by a UP team that shattered the defending champions’ aura of invincibility.

In doing so, nonetheless, the Maroons additionally confirmed the Blue Eagles what they wanted to shore up on as they search one other title.

“We haven’t been in a one-possession game on the finish of the game [for quite a while],” mentioned Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin after his prices’ 39-game profitable streak was reduce by the Maroons final Sunday. “We haven’t been in that state of affairs and like anything, you could be in these [situations] with a view to be good at these.”

The Tamaraws, whose swift, free-flowing game model actually has the potential to trigger troubles for the Blue Eagles, hope that they acquired sufficient of a exercise of their final preliminary part game to arrange them for the near-impossible process of upending the heavy event favorites.

FEU canned College of Santo Tomas (UST), 109-65, in what regarded extra like a glorified exercise in the course of the Tamaraws’ final Sunday.

“[Against UST], we shot higher and our protection labored particularly within the third quarter that’s why we managed to drag away. We had 31 assists and we shot effectively, hopefully we maintain that within the subsequent video games.” mentioned FEU coach Olsen Racela.

That subsequent game, slated 6 p.m. at MOA Enviornment, will demand extra from the Tamaraws if just for who’s on the reverse finish of the court docket; a team desperate to bounce again from its lone setback this season.

“We all know Olsen does an awesome job,” mentioned Baldwin. “They’re gonna be prepared. We have now to ensure this loss [to UP] is beneficial for us. There will likely be classes taken and classes realized.”

Breakthrough victory

Additionally holding a twice-to-beat benefit, UP hopes to experience on crest of its breakthrough victory when it takes on La Salle within the different Last 4 encounter at 2 p.m.

Maroons coach Goldwin Monteverde mentioned their success lies on their willingness to depend on one another: “Carl [Tamayo] and Malick [Diouf] complement one another. They belief one another, even Zav [Lucero]. Hopefully we are able to map [out] a plan in opposition to La Salle, which is a powerful team.”

The Archers proved their power by blowing trouble-free to the Last 4. On Sunday, they breezed by way of the Nationwide College Bulldogs, 76-65, even with starters Justin Baltazar and Deschon Winston on sick bay. INQ

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