Search for “dunks” on Youtube, and before you know it you’ve wasted an entire day looking at some 5’7” dude doing what most of us can only dream of: double-clutch, 360, twice-between-the-leg slams.
No dunk though brought about louder cheers this weekend than Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena’s rim-rattler against UST’s Karim Abdul. Video of the crime went around social networks, almost making it seem like the eventual Ateneo victory was merely a bonus. Of course, it was the other way around, as the win gave Ateneo the top semis seed.
Read on, and check out how the UAAP playoffs are shaping up along with other stories in this week’s quick-hitting recap of the crazy sports weekend that was.
The stage is (almost) set for UAAP’s Men’s Basketball
Ateneo beat UST in a nail-biter that saw the latter coming back from a 13-point deficit in the fourth only to be denied by a game-clinching three-point play courtesy of the Eagles’ Ryan Buenafe.
The 68-66 win ensured that Ateneo will have the top semis spot with a 12-2 record and twice-to-beat advantage. Fighting for the three remaining spots are FEU and UST who are currently tied for second with a 9-4 record. FEU lost Sunday to a La Salle squad intent on not being eliminated. With the win, La Salle held on to an 8-5 record, good for tying the N.U. Bulldogs for the fourth spot.
Upcoming games this week for FEU, UST, La Salle, and NU will decide the final bracket.
NBA 2K13: Dream Team Vs. new “Dream Team”
Okay, so ballin’ on your sofa isn’t exactly a sport. But the release of a new NBA 2K is always kind of a big deal so we’re including it here. The Jay-Z-produced game, which will be released on October 2, features a new MyCareer mode, a dribbling system that assigns dribble moves to the right analog stick, and of course, this: a chance to pit the original Dream Team against the U.S. Men’s basketball Olympic Squad of 2012. So MJ-Magic-Bird or Kobe-LeBron-Durant?
Look! Another Pacquiao-Marquez fight!
We just can't seem to break up the fight between these two, can we? Pac and JMM will be putting up their mitts again to settle the score once and for all on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. How excited are people for the bout? Though recent Pacquiao fights have not been as pulse-pounding as they once were, there is one big reason why we’d want to see another clash with Marquez: We’d like to finally see Pacquiao get a win over the Mexican that won’t be described as “controversial,” or “questionable.” K.O. or bust.
Look! Other boxers!
Here's a name you might want to follow: Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican fighter is undefeated with a record of 41 wins, 30 coming by knockout, and one draw. His latest victim was Josesito Lopez who's coming off an underdog victory against Victor Ortiz last June. The two met in a match for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight belt last September 15 at the MGM Grand Arena. The match ended with Alvarez brutalizing Lopez until it was stopped in the fifth round.
One other boxer who fared just as worst as Lopez was Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who lost in a near-shutout against Sergio Martinez. Martinez outclassed Chavez for 11 rounds with speed and efficiency. However, in the 12th round, Chavez nearly stole this one as he went on a serious barrage that knocked down Martinez. Unfortunately, Chavez didn't have enough time to pull off what would have been a remarkable comeback as the bell rang, and the decision went to the judges' scorecards. Chavez's trainer, Freddie Roach, said that one reason why they didn't win was that his ward didn't work hard enough for the fight.
Hakeem is now a Knick
Not only was The Dream the go-to guy for the Rockets, he’s also become the go-to mentor for every NBA player wanting to be as smooth an operator in the post as he was. The legendary center’s list of students includes Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Lebron James. Those superstars though will have to wait for Hakeem's schedule to free up as he has just been recently hired by the New York Knicks. The Knicks will be bringing along Hakeem and his Dream Shake to their pre-season camp to provide exclusive low-post tutorials.
The main reason for the said hiring was not to make each Knick a dream-shaking monster (although that would be awesome to watch) but to teach Carmelo Anthony, Amare and the rest of the New York squad a thing or two about teamwork. The Knicks stars haven’t meshed well so management has enlisted the help of the two-time champ, a move which we see as close-to-desperate.
Double blowouts courtesy of Smart-Gilas
The Philippine squad has moved on to the quarterfinals of the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo after a total drubbing of Uzbekistan on Sunday, and Macau earlier today. The team won by a total of 35 points against the former and 52 points against the latter, for a total of 87 points against both teams. And that, our friends, is a demonstration of...our addition skills. The squad lost in the opening game against China, but bounced back to finish with a 3-1 record, with a big boost from the hot shooting hand of Jeff Chan who scored 20 and 18 in the last two games.
The quarterfinal round begins on Thursday. Suportahan taka!
WORDS BY GELO GONZALES