Such a tiring game for the Red Warriors.

The 13 lead changes show you how hard each team fought for the win despite key losses to their lineups – Charles Mammie for the Warriors and Jeric Teng for the Tigers. Furthermore, looking at the actual game flow, you would see how the entire game was just a big tug of war, with UE ending up on the losing end.

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The Tigers led by as much as 11 and the Warriors were able to fight back and take the lead, only to lose it again after leading only by five. Despite the loss, I believe that this is one of the better games for the Red Warriors.

Reviewing Keys to the Game

Chris Javier needs to fill in big shoes; he needs to match Karim Abdul’s presence in the paint
Javier couldn't stop the pumped up Adbul, allowing him to score 25 points and grab 13 boards. (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports PH)

Javier couldn’t stop the pumped up Adbul, allowing him to score 25 points and grab 13 boards. (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports PH)

Javier had a total of nine rebounds (four offensive) and 10 points in this ball game – less than Mammie’s usual production of 15 rebounds and around 15 points. He had a hard time matching up to Abdul (who had 13 rebounds, five of which were offensive, and 25 points). Abdul was just a lot stronger in the post – he was boxing out Javier and grabbing the boards with ease at times

UST had a lot of help in the rebounding department from Aljon Mariano (11 boards, four offensive) and Kevin Ferrer (10 boards, three offensive). Meanwhile for UE, Adi Santos outperformed Javier by putting up 11 boards (five offensive).

Definitely NOT a check mark.

I don’t know how many times I’ll say this but – more support for Sumang

In this game, Olivarez stepped up and helped Sumang by putting up 15 points of his own. Casajeros was also able to secure nine points for the Red Warriors. Slowly, we’re starting to see more consistent production from the two perimeter shooters which is a good thing – just not good enough for this game.

There was also no support on the defensive side, especially when the Warriors allowed three opponents to score in double figures – Abdul (25 points), Mariano (24 points) and Daquioag (19 points). Most of these points were caused by the absence of Mammie who provides intimidation inside the paint. Without much resistance inside,  UST was able to convert 50% of their attempts at the rim.

Half a check mark.

More ball movement and actually execute their plays
More ball movement for the Red Warriors show a better team effort and play. (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports PH

More ball movement for the Red Warriors show a better team effort and play. (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports PH

In this game, they played better as a team. The “individual” plays they did in their past game was long gone. Each player made an effort to include everyone in the offense – more passing, more pick-and-roll situations and less selfish basketball. If they continue to play like this, have Mammie back and have consistent shooters, they’ll start winning their games.

Defintely a check right here!

Final Thoughts

Officially 0 of 4 in predictions! HAHAHA Maybe I should try predicting against the Red Warriors and see if they win. Joking aside, I think the Warriors are slowly piecing things together. The usual production from Sumang + consistent perimeter shooters + Mammie’s inside presence and production + smart basketball will eventually lead them to their second win.