UAAP 74 FINAL FOUR – FEU VERSUS ADAMSON



It's do or die time for the UST Growling Tigers and the FEU Tamaraws. The Tigers take on the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles while the Tams sneak a finals seat against the Adamson Soaring Falcons.

Ever since FEU had a lineup with Aldrech Ramos, Jens Knuttel, and JR Cawaling in tow, they have been title contenders. However, Adamson had an intact lineup from the last season and they expect to peak to form especially with how their season turned out.


POINT GUARD:

This is a matchup where a pass-first quarterback faces off against young scoring machine. I’m going to give this to Lester Alvarez because he can score and at the same time can administer authority to become the perfect extension of Leo Austria inside the court. Besides, Romeo’s turnovers could cause him to move out of the PG spot in favor of the more experienced Jens Knuttel.

ADAMSON / LESTER ALVAREZ
9.9RPG – 1.9RPG – 3.0APG – 1.6SPG
FEU / TERRENCE ROMEO
9.9PPG – 4.7RPG – 2.9APG  

FAVOR: ADAMSON


SHOOTING GUARD:

It’s the battle of the team’s two aces. We all know how capable RR Garcia is. He is a wunderkind that can spook defenses inside and outside the shaded area. However, I am really happy with the way Nuyles is playing for the Falcons right now. He has readily taken over the leadership position and he has improved in all aspects of his game. It’s tough to rate this part.

ADAMSON / ALEX NUYLES
15.2PPG – 5.5RPG – 3.3APG
FEU / RR GARCIA
16.4PPG – 3.8RPG – 2.7APG

FAVOR: ADAMSON


SMALL FORWARD:

With the injuries to their key men, FEU is blowing hot and cold. Thankfully Cris Tolomia is stepping up to cancel out the deficiency caused by the team’s lack of vets. The rookie however will face tough opposition with Janus Lozada hoping to win this small forward battle. Lozada is battle-tested especially during do-or-die games which is trouble for the rookie.

ADAMSON / JANUS LOZADA
8.3PPG – 3.9RPG – 1.5APG
FEU / CRIS TOLOMIA
5.9PPG – 3.5RPG – 1.5APG

FAVOR: ADAMSON


POWER FORWARD:

The frontcourt is something you’d expect the Tamaraws would win but following the loss of Pippo Noundou and Christian Sentcheu, and the inconsistencies of Cruz, Anton Bringas, and Russel Escoto, Adamson can snag another win here. But it’s a thin margin for the Falcons – with the defensive savvy Lionel Manyara, Jan Colina, and Rodney Brondial leading the way.  

ADAMSON / LIONEL MANYARA
4.2PPG – 5.9RPG – 2.2BPG
FEU / CARL BRYAN CRUZ
4.0PPG – 4.1RPG – 1.0APG

FAVOR: ADAMSON


CENTER:

Aldrech Ramos will have to help RR Garcia in the team’s scoring load. Former Smart-Gilas player JR Cawaling is day-to-day so Ramos needs to unleash his almost-MVP form for the sake of a rubber match. Eric Camson is not a flash in the pan. He is seen by many as a young Danny I and it will definitely boost his stock if he can stop Ramos in a big match scenario.

ADAMSON / ERIC CAMSON
11.3PPG – 7.8RPG
FEU / ALDRECH RAMOS
11.8PPG – 9.4RPG – 1.5APG – 1.2BPG

FAVOR: FEU


SIXTH MAN:

Again this is something Adamson will feel comfortable in. The Falcons have in their disposal Colina, a veteran performer looking to add a championship title to pad his future. Adamson will also have Roider Cabrera and Jerick Canada to sink the Tamaraws chances. Like I said, FEU needs the help they can get with Exciminiano and Cawaling unsure on whether or not they can physically help their squad.

ADAMSON / JAN COLINA
3.2PPG – 3.7RPG
FEU / CHRIS EXCIMINIANO
5.0PPG – 3.8RPG – 1.3APG – 1.2SPG

FAVOR: ADAMSON


VERDICT:

I believe that after a decade of tears and heartbreak, now is the time to see the Falcons on top of the UAAP. Sure it’s going to be a challenge for them to withstand the Tamaraws but unless they find it hard to fight off Garcia, Ramos, and Romeo... and they let another player help the three in terms of scoring, I think Adamson can deliver in crunch time.

Game over.

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