JD Cagulangan at all times feels a special form of fireplace in him each time College of the Philippines (UP) performs Ateneo.
“It’s actually totally different after we play Ateneo. With the large crowd cheering for each groups, it has an analogous feeling of taking part in within the finals,’’ mentioned Cagulangan after serving to the Maroons shoot down the Blue Eagles in extra time, 76-71, within the UAAP males’s basketball event Sunday evening earlier than greater than 12,000 roaring souls at Mall of Asia Area.
He additionally will get a special feeling each time their mastery of the Eagles is prolonged.
Cagulangan, the cold-blooded executioner whose championship-clinching three ended Ateneo’s reign final season, was removed from being one hundred pc but within the newest installment of this basic rivalry, however he made certain his playmaking chores carried the Maroons to a 4-1 file, tied for a share of the lead with Nationwide College.
“You’ll actually give every part you’ve bought in opposition to Ateneo. It’s all about taking part in with a giant coronary heart,’’ mentioned Cagulangan, who drilled two threes with one ending in a four-point play to complete with seven factors.
Carl Tamayo additionally proved his price in one other cliffhanger after scoring six of his game-high 20 factors in additional time, together with a three-point play triggered by Ange Kouame’s goaltending that put the Preventing Maroons forward by 5 inside the ultimate two minutes.
“I’m relieved at present that we performed higher as a staff. We actually bought examined, however the benefit of it was we stayed collectively as a staff on each ends,’’ mentioned UP coach Goldwyn Monteverde.
Forthsky Padrigao pulled the Eagles inside two with a triple that bounced off the rim previous to trickling in, earlier than Tamayo and Malick Diouf cemented UP’s win with freebies.
“I’m grateful for the belief of my teammates. They made an effort at hand me the ball and push me to make these photographs despite the fact that I struggled early,’’ mentioned Tamayo after the Maroons repeated over the Eagles in a replay of their championship match.
Dave Ildefonso had 22 factors and 12 rebounds, however his flubbed three within the dying seconds didn’t assist their trigger.
Padrigao, who pressured the additional interval with a 3 off a Kouame display with 36.7 seconds remaining in regulation, fired 15 factors on high of 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
It was the third extra time triumph by the Maroons of their head-to-head with the Eagles, who dropped to 3-2 in a tie with La Salle and College of the East (UE).
Two of these nail-biting extra time thrillers got here within the Finals final 12 months.
“UP was disciplined ultimately. We made a few foolish turnovers, we have now a few possessions to essentially win the sport and we didn’t execute,’’ mentioned Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “And people are the issues that championship groups don’t do, so it requires being mounted.”
Within the different match, College of the East banked on a dizzying third-quarter blitz and the ejection of Adama Faye to topple College of the Santo Tomas (UST), 78-68.
Luis Villegas had 17 factors and 13 rebounds in a breakout efficiency, but it surely was the wanted spark from Frederic Antiporda within the third that propelled the Pink Warriors to notch their second straight win.
“I’m grateful to my teammates. They had been persistent with me. I simply let the sport come and it labored out,’’ mentioned Villegas after the Warriors moved up in a tie for fourth with the 3-2 La Salle Inexperienced Archers.
After swishing a pair of threes, Antiporda’s fadeaway jumper widened the hole that the Warriors protected earlier than Faye compounded issues for the Growling Tigers.
Faye elbowed Harvey Pagsanjan on the top in a rebound, prompting the referees to throw the UST bigman out of the courtroom late within the third with UE forward by six.
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