UAAP Saturday: Wins, blowouts keep coming for Adamson, Ateneo

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Adamson and Ateneo racked up wins yesterday in their UAAP men’s basketball tournament assignments at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

The Blue Eagles scored an 85-53 romp over UST to improve to 4-1, while the Soaring Falcons stayed unbeaten and escaped a late NU attempt for a 63-58 win.

Check out some of the action here.

Manganti finally cracks the pattern
We probably wouldn’t be too surprised if Sean Manganti posted another dud, as he’s had an up-and-down season:

– Four points vs. Ateneo
– 27 points vs. UE
– Scoreless vs. UST
– 18 points vs. UP

He must’ve had enough. Mangati led the team with 14 points (on 5-for-10 shooting), four assists, three rebounds and two steals against the Bulldogs.

Ildefonso wants Clemente to snap out of it
Dave Ildefonso led the team with 14 points, but he did so while shooting 6-for-16 from the field — including a lone trey, which cut down NU’s lead to just 61-58 late in the game, in seven attempts.

“I forced some shots, lalo na when the clock was winding down. I really had to take them. Tapos ‘yung iba… it fell when I needed it, but I needed more. Nung bago ‘yung play that coach Jamike, andun ako sa court sabi ko ‘Lord, bigyan mo ako isang three.’ Buti na lang mabait si Lord, kahit papaano binigyan ako isa,” he said after the game.

Defenses are focusing on him, and rightfully so. With his other teammates failing to knock down their shots, the younger Ildefonso is forced to create his own offense.

NU needs someone else, and that someone should be John Lloyd Clemente.

“I think kailangan naming si John Lloyd. We have to get him going. It’s really hard that our team’s predictable, lalo na ‘yung sa Ateneo. They were able to defend me really well. That caused me to have limited contribution to the team, we only scored 46 as a team. In times like that, I think others should step up because I can play as a decoy or they can deny me so others should step up,” Ildefonso explained.

Clemente only scored two points on a paltry 1-for-8 shooting clip, but Ildefonso has a lot of hope for his ice-cold teammate.

“In the preseason, he was really good. He led almost all games in the scoring, even over me. He has what it takes. I think he should get back and he will get back.”

Tributes for Rolly Manlapaz keep coming, too
SJ Belangel and Thirdy Ravena had a lot to say about the legendary barker, who passed away three days ago.

“He had such a great impact on Philippine sports history. Lahat ng mga major sporting events, halos sya yung barker. It’s embedded in history,” Ravena said. “Di mo makakalimutan na si Sir Rolly grabe yung energy na nabibigay nun sa kada arena na kung saan siya nagba-barker. Para sakin, I’ve blessed to be barkered by him since high school ako. Mache-cherish ko yun hanggang sa pagtanda ko. We played this game for him and his family.”

Belangel even taped Manlapaz’ name into the back of his shoes.

“He’s a legend here. Nung time na he passed away, ako rin naiyak kasi it’s been a dream of mine nung first year ko dito, gusto ko rin na matawag ni sir Rolly ‘yung name ko. Nung nawala siya, nakakaiyak. This game, para sa kanya ‘to,” the rookie said.

Rest in peace, sir Rolly.

Subido, Lee cold again
Henri Subido (7-for-21) and Marvin Lee (0-for-8) clearly had it rough against an Ateneo defense that put the shackles on everyone from start to finish.

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