MANILA, Philippines—The Ateneo and La Salle rivalry has two new star casts within the type of Mason Amos and Kevin Quiambao.
So when the Blue Eagles and the Inexperienced Archers confronted off within the second spherical of the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match, all eyes had been on each massive males.
Quiambao and the Inexperienced Archers prevailed over Amos and the Blue Eagles, 72-69, at Araneta Coliseum on Saturday and the previous had nothing however praises for his Loyola Heights counterpart.
“Mason is particular and his expertise is excessive. I respect him as a result of he competes on the highest degree,” mentioned the MVP frontrunner in Filipino.
“Like coach at all times says, we deal with ourselves and each our bodily gamers earlier was simply us exhibiting our friendship. Realizing Amos as properly, I’ve a bonus as a result of I do know his professionals and cons.”
Quiambao turned in one other stellar outing on all ends of the ground with 14 factors, 9 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block within the victory that put La Salle to an 11-3 file.
Amos, although, held his personal with 10 factors constructed on three buckets from past the arc with three rebounds to match.
Coach Tab Baldwin, nevertheless, rued Amos’ outing in opposition to Quiambao and mentioned there’s loads to work on in relation to his defensive affect.
“Mason’s obtained to enhance defensively and that’s only a reality however when he places his thoughts into it and performs intelligently, he can compensate for some areas the place he isn’t athletically as much as the usual,” mentioned the coach after the Blue Eagles completed elimination with a 7-7 file.
“However Mason has dimension, power and when he performs good basketball then he is usually a first rate defender,” he added.
Each squads can nonetheless face off this season ought to the Blue Eagles oust Adamson within the playoff for the fourth playoff berth then beat top-seeded UP to advance to the ultimate together with a Inexperienced Archers win over Nationwide College within the Last 4.
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