The outcome of this game would determine the mood of our party that night! Everybody was expecting a blowout but we knew that UP would not give up just like that. You gotta give them credit, they fought til the end! Actually we wanted to take full control of the game from the beginning in order for our other shock troopers to be given ample playing time because we will be needing them come the later part of the season. UP just kept coming back with little spurts of their own. It was not until the last 2 minutes of the game that Chris Sumalinog and Zags Gonzaga were fielded in.
We really have a deep bench this year and it's difficult for Coach to include everyone in the rotation, close to impossible. They will get their time eventually. I started that way too when I was a rookie and some part of my sophomore year. I believe we have the deepest bench in the league, if we were to compare each player man for man from player 1 to 16 in each UAAP team, i think we would be the strongest together with FEU. Too bad only 5 players can play at a time! Just within Ateneo, it is already extremely competitive to be included in Team A. Many players from the Juniors, provinces, and other aspirants have to end-up playing in Team B or in the college intramurals instead (IAC). While in the other UAAP teams, I heard that they would be content just to be able to complete the 16-man roster.
Anyway, Ryan Buenafe again showed his ability to score and foul-bait! Everyone else was pretty steady. Officiating was not bad, except for this facial blow given by Woody Co against Ryan which was only given a warning. Commissioner Narvasa sending signals that he is tough and firm, which I like even if it caused us a bench technical for having too many staff members on the bench. Nothing much to be said! It's now time to party :)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Posted by chris at 10:28 PM