It was all heart. That was the weapon that obliterated the hopes of a back to back sweep of the finals game of UE vs Ateneo. Norman Black had a huge problem of maintaining composure with the offensive assault of the UE Red Warriors. I was so proud of the guys a while ago because of that 20 point lead that they had on this game. Imagine, 3 of them had double digits after the game which really spelled the doom for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Not to mention the salty hands of Jai Reyes from the perimeter area and the childish complaints of the middle eastern guy made when he got nudged a couple of times under the basket. It was good to see people were really challenging him even on that height advantage. The Warriors were pretty much playing a smart game. That is why on Game # 2, they won this one!
Elmer Espiritu and Pari Llagas definitely will not retire their shirts without a fight for the red and white. They showed form and composure and they all got their shots sunk that gave them this huge lead. A winner take all game will transpire on Thursday and I am sure the University of the East Red Warriors will win this one! With the whole UE crowd and the UE Red Tribe nothing is impossible! Go Fight Red and White!
UE 88 – Espiritu 22, Llagas 19, Lee 13, Acuna 12, Lingganay 7, Reyes 6, Zamar 5, Duran 4, Tagarda 0, Bandaying 0.
ADMU 68 – Al-Hussaini 18, Monfort 12, Reyes 11, Baclao 10, Austria 6, Salamat 4, Long 3, Chua 2, Buenafe 2, Sumalinog 0, Salva 0.
Quarters: 18-15, 38-40, 63-53, 88-68.
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