View from the Enemy: Ateneo Blue Eagles
This tweet comes a day after the very exciting double OT thriller won by the FEU Tamaraws, and a spectacular 30-point performance (career high) by Terrence Bill Romeo. You could also sense that Romeo maybe was targeting someone with that reply, maybe a former ADMU player?
Even though they won’t admit it, going up against Ateneo will always give them more motivation and determination to win. The Blue Eagles for five years were the king of UAAP basketball. FEU, even though they were always competitive for the past five seasons, were always one or multiple steps behind the Blue Eagles. The FEU Tamaraws were close in getting the much sought-after championship but fell both times in season 73 and 74 to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the Finals. RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo along with other Tamaraws know the pain all too well, even when FEU was the top seed in season 73 (Garcia MVP, Romeo ROY), ADMU still had all the answers. It will be interesting to see if any of those bottled up emotions to get even will show up against ADMU in their second round matchup.
Keys to the game
Shooting the ball
To win this game, FEU’s three point shooting and free throw shooting must be on point. They were excellent shooting the long ball in the game vs. UE (14 of 41 or 34.1 percent) but were horrible at the charity line (14 of 25 or 56 percent). Gotta make those freebies.
Averaging 11.8 turnovers per game going into the UE game, the Tamaraws turned the ball over a ridiculous 25 times. The coaching staff must have been really frustrated with that really high number. They have got to protect the ball especially against this ADMU team who’s finding their grove and turning into a matchup nightmare in the UAAP.
Ateneo is a very good fastbreak team especially when Newsome and Ravena are streaking down the court. FEU transition defense will be key in winning this game. FEU also has to run everytime and get easy baskets in the open court. Win the fastbreak battle.
FEU has to be aggressive attacking the basket. Getting into the paint was key in attaining the big lead against UE. FEU also has to continue knocking down the three ball, and make free throws. With the return of RR Garcia, they will have more guidance and leadership on the court, so hopefully that can prevent any late game errors. FEU also has to run everytime as they are more efficient in the open court.
The transition defense will be key, they have to take away ADMU’s fastbreaking strength. Newsome will probably be the most dangerous player against FEU, especially on the break. He’s really fast and athletic and FEU might have problems matching up with his size and quickness.