#UAAP77Jrs January 28, 2015 Roundup: Eaglets One Win Away from Sweep!

The Ateneo Blue Eaglets closed in on a 14-game sweep of the UAAP Season 77 Juniors Basketball Tournament’s eliminiation round after routing the UE Junior Warriors. Adamson, meanwhile, dealt defending champion NU another blow by beating the Bullpups in a match-up with Final Four implications.


Jolo Mendoza and the Eaglets are one win away from sweeping the #UAAP77Jrs elims!


The  Ateneo de Manila HS Blue Eaglets faced little resistance in blasting the UE Junior Warriors, 101-77. The Eaglets’ starters outscored their UE counterparts, 64-38, with the Nieto twins and Jolo Mendoza combining for 54 points. The twins also paired up for 22 boards, while fellow graduating senior Brix Ramos was solid with 9 markers and 8 assists. As for the Reds, Camillus Altamirano top-scored with 33 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Carlo Garcia and Kent Contorno added 15 and 11 markers respectively. Ateneo is a win away from an outright Finals berth, while UE remains winless in thirteen games.

Brix Ramos's size and skill-set make him a nightmare match-up at the PG spot.

UE's Ichie Altamirano tries to thwart Matt Nieto of Ateneo.

Keeping the Junior Warriors company at the bottom are the UPIS Junior Maroons, who fell short against FEU-FERN, 60-52. Coach Allan Gregorio’s wards were competitive against the Baby Tamaraws, but they weren’t able to completely turn the tables on their fellow Diliman-based quintet. The Green and Gold were paced by beanpole Christian Fajarito, who dropped 21 points and hauled down 11 rebounds, while fellow frontliner Brandrey Bienes added 15 markers and 11 boards. Jaggy Gregorio scored 12 points to lead UPIS’s charge, while Javi Gomez de Liano and Allane Barles each tallied 11. This win kept FEU-FERN’s twice-to-beat hopes alive, but they need to beat De La Salle-Zobel on Saturday to stay in the hunt.


FEU's Christian Fajarito has the size to be a solid player in the Seniors Division.


This brings us to the Junior Archers, who dominated the UST Tiger Cubs, 66-53, to keep the flame of their own twice-to-beat chances burning. Former Batang Gilas candidate Aljun Melecio was once again brilliant for the Alabang-based squad, tossing in 19 points to offset his 7 turnovers. Quinito Banzon was also effective, recording 14 markers to go with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Big man Noah Webb struggled putting the ball in the basket, but he did take down 10 boards on top of 2 steals. On the other end, Miguel Jison scored 18 points and collared 11 caroms for the Cubs, who have already been eliminated from Final Four contention. DLSZ can still notch a playoff for the second seed if they beat FEU-FERN on Saturday, NU loses to the Eaglets, and UST trips Adamson.


Former Lourdes School of Mandaluyong standout Aljun Melecio is the lynchpin of De La Salle-Zobel's attack.


Speaking of Adamson, the Baby Falcons registered another upset win at the expense of the Bullpups, 74-64. Batang Gilas big man Mark Dyke was shackled here, tallying just 6 points in nearly 30 minutes of play, even as his Adamson counterpart, Fred Tungcab, flourished with a near triple-double line of 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Wingmen James Pasturan and Dave Cabanilla led the Goldwyn Monteverde-mentored Baby Falcons, who  have now gone 5-1 in the second round. The San Marcelino-based five can still finish as high as second seed depending on how the other Saturday games play out.


Jordan Sta. Ana and the rest of the defending champs will try to stifle Ateneo's bid for a sweep this weekend.

Ralph Chua and the rest of the Baby Falcons have been playing possessed in the second round.

Continue checking out the #UAAP77Jrs games at the Blue Eagle Gym. The next four games on Saturday, January 31, 2015 are the following:

9am: DLSZ vs FEU-FERN
11am: UPIS vs UE
1pm: Adamson vs UST
3pm: Ateneo vs NU


Here are the current win-loss records after January 28, 2015:
AHS: 13-0
NU: 9-4
AdU:  8-5
DLSZ: 8-5
FEU:  8-5
UST:  5-8
UPIS: 1-12
UE:  0-13


Here are some important past results involving the remaining Final Four contenders (excluding Ateneo):
Round 1:
AdU x DLSZ - 61-67
AdU x FEU - 58-63
AdU x NU - 55-63
DLSZ x FEU - 55-50
DLSZ x NU - 57-59 
FEU x NU - 66-71

Round 2:
AdU x DLSZ - 81-61
AdU x FEU - 63-39
AdU x NU - 74-64
DLSZ x FEU - Yet to be played.
DLSZ x NU - 37-50
FEU x NU - 68-65


Now here are the different Final Four scenarios depending on the results of the Saturday games:

Scenario 1: Ateneo, Adamson, and DLSZ win.
Ateneo sweeps and goes to the Finals.
FEU-FERN is eliminated.
3-way tie for second with the following win-loss records against each other:
NU: 3 wins, 1 loss - second seed, twice to beat edge in stepladder
Adamson: 2 wins, 2 losses - third seed, KO match with DLSZ
DLSZ: 1 win, 3 losses - fourth seed, KO match with Adamson

Scenario 2: Ateneo, Adamson, and FEU-FERN win.
Ateneo sweeps and goes to the Finals.
DLSZ is eliminated.
3-way tie for second (all 2-2 records) with the following quotients:
Adamson: +21 - second seed, twice to beat edge in stepladder
NU: 0 - third seed, KO match with FEU-FERN
FEU-FERN: -21 - fourth seed, KO match with NU

Scenario 3: Ateneo, UST, and DLSZ win.
Ateneo sweeps and goes to the Finals.
NU vs DLSZ playoff - winner gets second seed and loser gets third seed.
Adamson vs FEU-FERN in KO match for fourth seed.
Second seed gets twice to beat in stepladder.
Third seed faces fourth seed in KO match.

Scenario 4: Ateneo, UST, and FEU-FERN win.
Ateneo sweeps and goes to the Finals.
NU vs FEU-FERN playoff - winner gets second seed and loser gets third seed.
Adamson vs NU in KO match for fourth seed.
Second seed gets twice to beat in stepladder.
Third seed faces fourth seed in KO match.

Scenario 5: NU, Adamson, and DLSZ win.
Ateneo finishes top seed, gets twice to beat against fourth seed.
NU finishes second seed, gets twice to beat against third seed.
FEU-FERN is eliminated.
Adamson vs DLSZ playoff - winner gets third seed and loser gets fourth seed.

Scenario 6: NU, Adamson, and FEU-FERN win.
Ateneo finishes top seed, gets twice to beat against fourth seed.
NU finishes second seed, gets twice to beat against third seed.
DLSZ is eliminated.
Adamson vs FEU-FERN playoff - winner gets third seed and loser gets fourth seed.

Scenario 7: NU, UST, and DLSZ win.
Ateneo finishes top seed, gets twice to beat against fourth seed.
NU finishes second seed, gets twice to beat against DLSZ.
DLSZ finishes third seed and faces NU.
Adamson vs FEU-FERN playoff - winner gets fourth seed and loser is eliminated.

Scenario 8: NU, UST, and FEU-FERN win.
Ateneo finishes top seed, gets twice to beat against fourth seed.
NU finishes second seed, gets twice to beat against FEU-FERN.
FEU-FERN finishes third seed and faces NU.
Adamson vs DLSZ playoff - winner gets fourth seed and loser is eliminated.

*As far as I’ve analyzed, these are the only scenarios possible. In case I missed out on something, please do not hesitate to point it out.


Images are from the University Basketball League.


Previous
Next Post »
0 Comment