FilOil Cup: Blue Eagles defeat Altas; Falcons wallop Pirates
MANILA, Philippines - The Ateneo Blue Eagles' composure was put to a test after escaping the Altas by a squeaker, 62-60 in their encounter in the 2012 Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
With three seconds remaining, Perpetual turned to their main gunner Jett Vidal for that would-have-been back breaker at midcourt but missed.
The defending champion are now 2-0 after defeating the Letran Knights, 55-51 on opening day last Saturday, April 14.
The Blue Eagles led by just six at the half. In a low-scoring third quarter, the Eagles extended their lead to its biggest at 10, 45-35.
Behind the never-say-die spirit of the Altas in the fourth and through their collective efforts, Jett Vidal, off a 19-point explosion in the PBA D-League yesterday connected from downtown with 13.6 seconds left to force the only deadlock of the game at 60-all.
Nico Salva missed in the ensuing play for the Blue Eagles but the 7-footer behemoth Greg Slaughter collared the loose ball and was fouled by Earl Thompson.
Slaughter canned two charities that sealed the deal for Ateneo.
Four Eagles finished in double figures with Nico Salva leading the way with 15 points. Slaughter had 13 while Oping Sumalinog added 11. Phenom Kiefer Ravena also contributed 10 points.
22-year-old Nigerian rookie Femi Babayemi exploded for 12 points on a losing cause while Vidal had 9 markers on a 3-of-14 shooting clip.
Earlier, the Adamson University Falcons walloped the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates, 80-64 in a lopsided match controlled by the Falcons from the get-go.
Big man Rodney Brondial led the scoring for the Falcons with 14 markers while rookie Jericho Cruz, who provided quality minutes chipped in 10 points.
Adamson's biggest spread stood at 24, 78-54 in the last two minutes of the game.
Chris Cayabyab paced the Pirates with 13 points while Joggy Laude and Rich Guevarra added 11 apiece.
Adamson (80) -- Brondial 14, Cruz 10, Camson 9, Petilos 9, Nuyles 8, Monteclaro 8, Julkipli 5, Cabrera 5, Olalia 5, Cabigas 3, Abrigo 2, Agustin 1, Manuel 0, Trollano 0, Rios 0, Etrone 0.
LPU (64) -- Cayabyab 13, Laude 11, Guevarra 11, Ko 8, Zamora 8, Mallari 5, Garcia 4, Francisco 2, Pascual 2, Ambohot 0, Edding 0, Mendoza 0, Azores 0.
Quarter Scores: 17-11, 36-27, 56-38, 80-64.
Ateneo(62) -- Salva 15, Slaughter 13, Sumalinog 11, Ravena 10, Golla 6, Gonzaga 3, Chua 2, Erram 2, Tiongson 0, Elorde 0, Pessumal 0, Capacio 0.
UPHSD(60) -- Babayemi 12, Vidal 9, Alano 8, Elopre 8, Thompson 8, Arboleda 7, Baloria 5, Paulino 3, Jolangcob 0, Asuncion 0.
Quarter Scores: 23-16, 36-30, 45-35, 62-60. - Rappler.com