In Basketball, height is might. No wonder we suddenly see an influx of tall African “imports” in our collegiate leagues. Centers are very important in the college game. Have a very dominating Center, then you can rule your league. Rabeh, Sudan, Ekwe, Fajardo and it can go back to as far as Limpot, Paras, Villanueva, Cantonjos, etc. Yesterdays game showed the impact of having a center like Greg Slaugher in the game. Adamson has nobody that can match up against him. He was simply too tall. The only hope for smaller teams in the future is that he gets into foul trouble.
Height was also the factor why the much-ballyhooed freshman Keifer Ravena was rendered ineffective. Coach Norman Black put him in the SG position and he had a hard time matching up with the taller guards of Adamson. Janus Lozada forced Ateneo to throw a double team at him every time he posts up against the smaller Ravena. With the mismatch, Adamson was able to rotate ball and find the open man. The young Ravena finished with 0 points and he missed his only field goal attempt. He is still a growing boy and height might not be an issue for him in the future. But for now, the UAAP rivals might see a way of silencing last year’s UAAP Junior’s MVP. With the glut of guards, coach Norman can actually opt to play him at PG when Ateneo is leading by 20 (which is a big possibility with Slaugher around).
In the coming games, we slowly see how the big men this season will change the game. Is Season 74 perhaps the season of the Centers? Will the prolific guards and wing men show us that a team can be champs without a center over 6-5? We will have 3 more of exciting basketball ahead and see if indeed, height is might.