Similar stories unfolded for Ateneo and Adamson as they notched wins in their respective UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball matchups on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Falcons collected its third win over UST to keep its slate unblemished, while the Blue Eagles sent a strong message to NU and the rest of the league with a lopsided victory.
Here’s what went down at the Big Dome.
Cansino grabs figurative lead over Ildefonso for ROY race
This year’s Rookie of the Year showdown looks like it’ll boil down to just two guys, and on Saturday one might have claimed an edge over the other.
CJ Cansino tallied 18 points and five rebounds in UST’s loss to Adamson, while Dave Ildefonso posted a quiet four-point, three-rebound effort as the Bulldogs bowed to Ateneo.
The former received praises from head coach Aldin Ayo and Adamson tactician Franz Pumaren, while the latter only earned a “Do you regret moving to NU now?” jab from Tab Baldwin.
This won’t continuously be the story as the season progresses, though. Keep your eyes peeled on this head-to-head.
One three definitely ain’t enough
It never is. National University only knocked down a solitary three-pointer in 16 attempts against Ateneo. Dave Ildefonso threw up (and missed) the most, going 0-for-6.
After explosion vs. DLSU, Maganti quiets down
Blame it on the sprained foot. Sean Maganti reverted back to oblivion, going scoreless and missing all seven attempts from the field. He’ll be back to his deadly form soon enough, so the Adamson faithful shouldn’t really have to worry much.
One common denominator for Ayo, Jarin in losses
UST and NU both have very young cores led by young stars, which means that they’ll be prone to on-court maturity issues hounding them throughout the season.
That problem manifested on Saturday, as both the teams’ head coaches blamed their wards’ “inexperience” for poor-decision making when faced with top-notch defense.
“We played like rookies. Our inexperience manifested during the game, especially in that crucial stretch. We were not able to observe the rules sa depensa and our decision-making and playing offense. ‘Yun ang naging problema doon,” Ayo said.
“Inexperience came into play. We just got frustrated and all of a sudden we took bad shot after bad shot after bad shot. We really need to fix that,” Jarin noted.
It’s going to be a hell of a show when both their cores mature. But until then, they’ll have to experience these growing pains.
This deserves a place over here. In the women’s basketball tournament, UST absolutely crushed UP, 129-42.
UP committed 56 turnovers, missed all 13 of its three-point attempts and shot just 19.6 from the field.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Tigresses: Misaela Larosa (28), Malu Irebu (24), Loraine Capilit (17), Reynalyn Ferrer (17), and Ana Mae Tacatac (12).
Not bad, eh?
Per UAAP statistician Pong Ducanes:
– NU’s 46-point production was the team’s lowest scoring output under coach Jamike Jarin.
– Ateneo forced NU to more turnovers (10) than field goals (seven) in the first half.