Scheduling booboos will not make this rivalry weekend less intense.

To jumpstart their second round campaign, the Ateneo Blue Eagles will take on their nemesis De La Salle Green Archers. Ateneo won their first encounter with Kiefer Ravena, Von Pessumal, Ponso Gotladera, Arvin Tolentino playing their career games (Note: Kiefer has since surpassed his record in that match).

Let’s discuss how the Eagles can possibly make a repeat and stop their archenemies’ five-game winning streak.

Team Stats

Stats League Average ADMU DLSU


77.9 78.2 78.7

Free Throw Rate (FTR)

20.8 30.1 23.5

True Shooting Percentage (TS%)

46.2 50.5 47.9

Effective Field Goal Percentage (eFG%)

42.3 44.6 43.5

Offensive Rebound Rate (OREB%)

34.0 34.9 39.1

Turnover Rate (TOV%)

20.0 15.7 19.6

Offensive Rating (ORTG)

86.6 100.4 91.5

Defensive Rating (DRTG)

86.6 91.9 84.1

Keys to the Game


La Salle is the third best defensive team, while Ateneo is the third worst (next to UP and Adamson). Last time, the Archers killed the Eagles in the paint and that’s what they’re going to do again. Arnold Van Opstal is reportedly making a comeback after sitting down in their last three games due to injury. Gotladera stood his ground against him and Norbert Torres in the first round, but we’re not sure if he will be fielded in as much or not. I have a feeling he will, but we never know with Coach Bo Perasol. Arvin’s D, on the other hand, will once again be tested as he tries to contain Jason Perkins.

Ponso Gotladera blocks Jason Perkins (Photo Credit: Philip Sison, Fabilioh)


Snipers will be crucial for the Eagles as they will no doubt have a hard time penetrating the shaded area. It’s a good thing they’re shooting 33.3 percent from downtown, which makes them second in the league in terms of dropping long bombs (next to UE). The improving assist rates of playmakers Nico Elorde and Kiefer (33.8 and 28.3 percent respectively) will be crucial as they move the ball around to ensure open looks for their shooters. It wouldn’t hurt of course if Kiefer will explode again in the fourth quarter with back-to-back-to-back treys.


Going on fishing expeditions has been essential to Ateneo’s game especially against La Salle and UE, where they went to the line 35 and 45 times respectively. The Eagles are heaps ahead of everyone in terms of free throw rate. Life will be easier for them if they put the Archers’ main big men in foul trouble. Ateneo’s frontline should be careful as La Salle also knows how to fish for fouls. Expect Kiefer, who attempts eleven freebies per contest, to find ways to troop to the line when scoring from the field becomes challenging.


I have a feeling it will all boil down to the Kiefer Ravena-Almond Vosotros, Chris Newsome-Jeron Teng, and Arvin Tolentino-Jason Perkins matchups. The win may depend on who among these three will dominate.

Ateneo by at least five points.

Featured Image by Philip Sison, Fabilioh