How many times did Ateneo break FEU’s hearts in the past five seasons? For sure, it was quite a lot of times already.
FEU definitely have not forgotten how the former five-peat champs dealt them a lot of losses especially that two finals showdown in Seasons 73 and 74. It doesn’t feel like three seasons have passed since the pain still throbs for fans like me who witnessed both of those stints. Moving on, a lot of things has changed for both of these championship-caliber teams.
Now that both teams are down to their last three games for the first round, FEU and ADMU will battle it out for better positions before they enter the second round.
Keys to the Game
With FEU’s league-leading 25.3 TOV% in just four games, it will be a headache for them if they happen to turn the ball often against Ateneo. Everyone knows how the Blue Eagles love to run and score off the break with Kiefer Ravena and Nico Elorde taking charge for them.
FEU have to take their defense seriously since they will be facing the league’s top offensive team. The Tams need to put a pressure against ADMU’s shooters especially Ravena and Elorde who both shot miserably in the perimeter during their last game against NU. In addition, the green and gold squad also needs to make an effort to pull out Ateneo’s frontline near the basket.
The teamwork that FEU have been showing these past few games is undeniable. While Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo are doing the damage, the other veterans aren’t diappointing them by doing their task on defense and providing additional firepower. Since this is already their fifth game, I hope the rookies will step out gradually just like Francis Tamsi who did well the past week.
This is just the start of a tough week for FEU as they will be playing against the team which has the same 3-1 record as them. The Tams will not take this game unprepared now that the number one spot is just a few inches away. FEU’s chances of getting the W remains high, and Coach Nash Racela has definitely made the necessary adjustments to make his team advance at 4-1.