Ateneo head coach Norman Black sent in his First Five, Co-captains Al-Hussaini, Jose Antonio Reyes (IV BS MCT), and Siverino Baclao Jr. (IV AB IS) with Salamat and the surprise addition of Raymond Leonard Austria (III AB Eco).
With eight and a half minutes still to go in the second, coach Black sent in his shock troopers, giving his starters a well-deserved rest.
Coach Norman Black was all praises for Reyes, adding that the team was trying their best to support him after his family's ordeal.
When asked about UE Warrior Paul Lee's 15-point output, Black
simply said: "We're not going to stop Paul Lee, we're just going to control him."
Al-Hussaini, for his
part, praised Reyes' efforts, especially because the rather diminutive guard sat out most of the first half due to foul trouble.
28-point, 14-rebound effort: "Naisip ko lang na last year ko na kaya kailangan mag step-up," he
said with a shrug.
Coaches Arespacochaga and Gene Afable were conducting traffic in and out of the area, while coach Black also passed by to show support.