View from the Enemy: UE Red Warriors
Coming out of a big win against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles, the NU Bulldogs are looking for their second straight victory, this time, at the expense of Filoil Flying V Hanes Cup Premiere Champions, the University of the East Red Warriors. To the Bulldogs this is not just another game they’re going into. This game is to avenge the title that was already at the tip of their hands but failed to secure and it’s going to be even better because it’s a different atmosphere in the UAAP. With a venue filled with school spirit and chants, it’s definitely a bigger and tighter ball game.
Keys to the Game
There are no taking chances especially when you’re up against a team who snatched a championship belt under your nose and that’s why the NU Bulldogs should defend better UE’s prized veteran, Roi Sumang who has been a spark plug for his team with 22 points and three assists against FEU Tamaraws. Although they lost that game, NU must limit him from scoring baskets and dishing out assists to his teammates.
Box out Mammie
Emmanuel Mbe and Charles Mammie going at it under the basket is still a good sight to see. NU’s rookie Alfred Aroga is still not going to play for the Blue and Gold due to eligibility problems, so it is up to Mbe, who averaged 15 rebounds in their last match against Ateneo and much more athletic than his Red counterpart, to bring his box-out skills in to the game by dominating inside the paint and getting to the rebounds faster than UE’s starting center.
Cut down turnovers
Last game against the Blue and White, the Bulldogs turned over the ball 23 times and that caused them some problems especially in the fourth quarter. This time, they must not let it happen again. They have to secure rebounds, avoid lazy passes and mainly, control the ball while it’s in their possession.
This is no ordinary game for the National University Bulldogs. They are out to get back at UE Red Warriors. It’s going to be a battle inside and a shoot-out war from beyond the arc. It’s going to be a tough one. But when the buzzer signals the end of the ball game on Saturday, July 6 at The Big Dome and the Bulldogs come out victorious, it’s going to be all worth it for Ray Parks, Mbe and the rest of the squad.