Those were 40 intense minutes. Fourteen leadchanges after, the UE Red Warriors come out with their fourth straight win bringing them to a clear third place in the standings with 5-3.
The Red Warriors trailed by as much as six in the first quarter but was able to bounce back through Olivarez’ hot shooting. Olivarez was 100% with two triples and garnered 10 straight points for the red shirts. Sumang was mostly a decoy in the first half — driving to the lane, attracting four/five defenders and kicking the ball out to an open three, either Olivarez at the corner left, Sumido at the corner right and Javier at the top of the key.
Sumang ended the half with eight assists and six points; he was quiet offensively but orchestrated the UE offense effectively. Mammie, on the other hand, was struggling in the paint. He was constantly being drawn out to the perimeter by the threat of an Abdul jumper — especially after he nailed a cold-blooded three. Mammie was also pulled out due to early foul trouble.
The Red Warriors were scrambling in the third quarter which resulted into an 11-point deficit. Olivarez cooled down and was missing all his shots and the Tiger defense forced seven turnovers and five fouls. Karim Abdul continued to assert himself against Mammie in the post by amassing five rebounds (two offensive).
And as if right on cue, Sumang exploded in the fourth quarter putting the Warriors up by one before he was subbed out. He definitely bailed out the Warriors in this quarter, feeding off the UST turnovers and that errant pass from Daquioag to Ferrer. The clock expired with UE up by one, winning the game from behind with 68-67.
By the Numbers
The red line represents their game flow on the Round 2 match-up against the UST Growling Tigers while the grey line represents their Round 1 match-up. We can see the improvement that Charles Mammie brought into the game. However, the flow was pretty much the same — they weren’t able to improve much from their Round 1 performance. What saved them in the end is, once again, Sumang’s heroics and late-game performance.
Individual Offensive Ratings
Review of the Keys to the Game
1. A structured offensive game
UE’s game is still very much chaotic — a lot of possessions with only one/two players touching the ball, little off ball movement and reliance on the individual abilities of the players. We saw how the UST defense just completely put the Warriors at a standstill in the first three quarters.
No check mark here, mates.
2. The Mammie Returns
Like I predicted, Abdul’s experience and controlled game reigned over Mammie’s brute force. Mammie amassed 15 boards (four offensive) but Abdul outrebounded him with 20 of his own (eight offensive). The threat of Abdul’s jumper game constantly pulled Mammie out of the paint and into the perimeter.
He had a hard time going through two lines of Tiger defense with Pe at the front line and Abdul waiting at the rim. His trips to the stripe were also not as fruitful as they could be — he shot only two of the eight charities. It was a hard game for him but he managed to squeeze in 10 points.
He does get points for this amazing secret handshake with Sumang:
Half check on this.
3. Bench needs to come up big
For this game, Olivarez took it by himself to produce off the bench. He finished the first half with a perfect statline and the game with 15 points. But aside from him, only the Galanza trey stood out.
Another half check.
So, how did the Warriors take this game? Answer: Sumang bailed them out.