Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Blue Eagles @ British Columbia (by Jampy Flores)


Ateneo played well against Canada's second ranked team -- the UBC Thunderbirds -- this past Friday. The T-Birds had won against NCAA teams and finished runners-up in the Canadian Championship this March.








The Blue Eagles had to contend with lousy officiating (no joke...no bias here) and were down by 20 points in the first quarter. After some adjustments made by Norman Black, Ateneo took the last three quarters but the first quarter deficit was too much to overcome. The visiting team succumbed 90-77.

The main game of the visit was against the NCAA-bound SFU Clansmen. Ateneo led early in the first quarter rushing to a six to zero led in front of a sold out SFU West Gym Arena. SFU asserted their height advantage and took a 44-34 lead at halftime.

The first 20 minutes was marred by uneven calls and a last second three-point shot by Eric Salamat that was disallowed. The crowd noise was just like being at an Ateneo-La Salle game at the Araneta. The Blue Eagles tied the Clansmen midway in the third quarter and found themselves down by three points with 90 seconds left. But poor free throw shooting and a crucial miss from the arc doomed Ateneo.







Thanks for the report, Jampy! Hope to see you soon.

- rick

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