Soaring Eagles pierce Archers

first_imgThe Archers had one final stab at stealing the victory, but Ben Mbala and Montalbo bungled their attempts under duress as the Eagles completed a seven-game sweep of the first round while sending their rivals to their second loss in seven games for a tie of second with Adamson.Earlier, National U sent University of the Philippines reeling to a third straight loss while enhancing its own Final Four bid with a 77-70 victory.Matt Salem produced a breakout performance with 21 points as the Bulldogs notched their third win in seven games, tying their victims at fifth spot.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga quickly quashed talk that the Eagles have supplanted the Archers as the favorites this season.“Its too early to talk about that,” said Arespacochaga. “It was an upset on our part. La Salle is still the favorite, I guess.”Mbala, coming off a career-best 39 points against University of the East on Thursday, was held to just 18 this time as the Eagles clogged the lane and double teamed him at every opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. First Game: NU 77 – UP 70NU 77—Salem 21, Gaye 13, Alejandro 12, Joson 6, Diputado 5, Tibayan 4, Yu 3, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Bartlett 2, Flores 2, Cauilan 0, Lastimosa 0, Rangel 0.UP 70—Desiderio 15, Dario 11, Gomez de Liano Ja 10, Lim 7, Ouattara 6, Manzo 6, Lao 6, Prado 5, Gomez de Liano Ju 4, Vito 0, Ricafort 0.Quarters: 18-21, 33-38, 56-53, 77-70Second Game: ATENEO 76 – DLSU 75ATENEO 76—Nieto Ma 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verano 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Nieto Mi 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.DLSU 75—Rivero R 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, Rivero P 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillian 2, Gonzales 0.Quarters: 28-16, 43-36, 63-62, 76-75Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Meralco back for unfinished business Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees View comments A missed free throw during last season’s finals haunted Ateneo guard Matt Nieto until Sunday when he delivered the Blue Eagles’ biggest victory yet in UAAP Season 80.Given the opportunity to exorcise the ghost of the loss to fierce rival La Salle, Nieto came through with the biggest plays of the game, including two foul shots with 3.1 seconds remaining that lifted the Blue Eagles to a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Green Archers before a crowd of 14,717 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyday I kept thinking about that,” Nieto said of his missed free throw in Game 2 of the finals that hastened the Eagles’ loss to the Archers. “I promised myself it won’t happen again.”Down 74-75 with 7.1 seconds remaining, Nieto forced the turnover on the inbound play for Andrei Caracut, before drawing the foul off Kib Montalbo that sent him to the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt wasn’t total redemption, but for Nieto, there was plenty of satisfaction knowing that his pressure-packed foul shots sealed the win, fashioned out desspite Ateneo not hitting a field goal in the last five minutes.“I was just relaxed, just like in practice,” said the third-year guard, who finished with 16 points. “It’s still a long way to go for us (this season), but its just nice to beat La Salle.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more