For the first time since 2001, UE Red Warriors will not appearing in the UAAP 73 men's basketball Final Four when NU Bulldogs negated its campaign after a heartbreaking 69-68 loss during Sunday’s game, 29 August 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum.
NU Bulldogs ceased last year's runner-up Warriors from the chance of getting near to this year's Final Four. Bulldog big man, a Cameroonian rookie Emmanuel Mbe steps his way to lead his team and giving NU a hope for the prestigious four. He finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds and a block.
Although Warriors did not simply exit without giving the opponent a good fight. UE Red Warrior’s team Captain James Martinez again stepped-up for his team and nailing a rare three point play caused from Ponferrada’s fifth foul to give UE a 6-0 run and pushing his team to a 65-66 score card at 61 seconds remaining on the clock.
But it was Paul Lee who suffered big time on his shooting with a 4-out-of-13 from the fields that squandered a most important possession when he hurriedly jump against Mervin Baloran that opted to split his charities and giving NU a 4-point advantage.
UE Raphy Reyes sealed the game with his bizarre triple shot with only two seconds remaining to the final buzzer. NU Bulldogs won the game with a final score of 69 against 68 of UE Red Warriors.
The only reason I watch the UAAP because of the UE Red Warriors, ehem seriously speaking who ever want to watch an overrated league who’s focus set only for two teams; as if UAAP is only composed of Ateneo and La Salle. I am very sad that Warriors have to rest this early, huhu.
But then again, you have fought what a Warriors should be so nevertheless a big congratulations to all the Warriors, especially to James Martinez and Paul Zamar, er they’re my Facebook friends by-the-way, lol.