How did the Ateneo Bo Eagles play?
Video courtesy of Rick Olivares.
Welcome to the uptempo Ateneo play in the first year of Bo Perasol. The Blue Eagles were up against a three-headed African monster of Fabrice Siewe (love this player for his size and deft touch), Landry Sanjo, and Justin Aboude. All three are at least 6’7”.
The result? Forty-eight rebounds for the Southwestern University Cobras. Forty-two rebounds for Ateneo. The Bo, er, Blue Eagles rebounding stud was Chris Newsome who had 11. Everyone else had to pitch in in hauling down those boards.
Despite the disparity, the Blue Eagles scored 21 fastbreak points. The Cobras had eight. The 21 markers was more than any other team made for the day.
When Ateneo pressed the Cobras coughed the ball up. And this was where they began to put some distance with their Visayan foes. I was a little surprised they didn’t press SWU to oblivion during the whole game. On the halfcourt D, Ateneo got more blocks, 4-3.
There was a heart-stopping moment when JP Erram fell to the court with 17.2 seconds left in the second quarter. I quickly glanced to the Blue Eagles’ bench and they were ashen and in shock. No Greg Slaughter. No Nico Salva. Justin Chua was in street clothes and on the sidelines watching the game. No Erram. No more bigs.
Thankfully, he did go back and play again while adding two points in the second half. It’s a scary moment and methinks, Ateneo will have to keep him under close watch and play him sparingly.
On the other hand, I liked the activity from Frank Golla and Giboy Babilonia. Very active on both ends of the court. But they have to nail those open jumpers if they want to be able to decongest that lane.
Speaking of nailing shots, if Nico Elorde can find consistency in his outside shot, he will be of huge help.
Now if the only Jerie Pingoy can be freed.