The First have given the size. Some of them have suffered, such as I raised, the Majorca, the Villarreal or the Pomegranate, but only two have said goodbye to the Cup. The Alavés fell loudly before the Real Jaén last December and the Badalona Getafe was imposed taking advantage of the early expulsion of David Timor. The rest, in one way or another, have managed to solve the ballot and reach the round that once would have been their first test in the competition.Thus, the difference with respect to previous years is minimal. Last season the 20 teams of First, 6 of Second and 6 of Second Division B played on the round of 16. This year, the same representatives of LaLiga SmartBank will play a place in the round of 16, but there will be two less than LaLiga Santander, fruit of the disappointment of Alavés and Getafe. Their places are occupied by two clubs of the bronze category.In short, despite the fact that the new format gives more facilities to the little ones, the fact that have to overcome two qualifiers makes the sixteenths are not so different from those of the previous model. Most, yes, agree; while others promote the introduction of a pure draw. Thus, a fully open Cup would be generated, although images such as Unionists celebrating the arrival of a historic event would be seen less frequently … The new Copa del Rey was born as an attractive format, pleasant for the most modest and that promised emotion and emphasized the message that nothing can be taken for granted in football. Said and done, the first two rounds have been loaded with matched matches, of surprises, of great photographs in small fields. The KO tournament has changed and will not return to the old model. However, when the sixteenths arrived, What differences are seen with years ago?Now, modest clubs receive more television revenue, since there are two more rounds issued with rights in between. Beyond the economic level, in the sports field, the results have brought a very similar round to what was previously the Copa del Rey. Taking as a reference last season, the First Division entered the round of 16. That is, until that moment, those of the Super Cup were exempt as this campaign has been.Nevertheless, Luis Rubiales propelled a change that forced 16 LaLiga Santander teams to play two more qualifiers and that crossed those of LaLiga SmartBank in front of more modest people with little chance of seeing each other’s faces. An idea that balanced the forces, especially to erase the double game, which made frequent surprises impossible. In this way, the failure of Second Division clubs, which have fallen en masse until only six representatives remain.
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It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue But Baldwin knows only too well what to expect from a UST team that has bucked the odds just to make the finals this season.“UST is a persistent team and everyone saw that today,” Baldwin said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The performance brought back memories of Ravena’s 38-point explosion last season when Ateneo clinched a second straight title at the expense of UP.A focused and motivated Ravena proved too much for the Tigers, who were hoping to ride the momentum of three consecutive wins in knockout matches. In front of a sellout crowd of 19,174 fans, Ateneo came out razor-sharp from a 16-day break with Ravena scoring 11 quick points as the reigning champions raced to an 18-2 advantage in the first five minutes that set the tone for the rout against a UST team that was making its first finals appearance in four seasons.“I just saw plenty of openings and I couldn’t see the help side defense,” he said. “The mentality is to take it strong because good things will happen when you do it. You can make defenders commit. It just gives you a lot of options when you take it strong [to the rim].”The Eagles closed out on the Tigers’ shooters, hardly giving them good looks at the basket, while Ange Kouame forced misses at the rim and setting off a transition attack that led to 23 fast-break points.“Coach Tab [Baldwin] really prepared us hard for this game to the point that he was draining us in our practices,” Ravena said. “We knew it was going to be a fast game against UST and we really needed to match their energy.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Baldwin said improving his team’s fitness levels was crucial during their long break.“Our preparation was tough,” Baldwin said. “I told the team after we finished the elimination round that I didn’t think we were fit enough. We did a lot of running and sprints, a lot of work on our fitness. We had to pump those legs.”A win away from an unprecedented 16-0 campaign, Baldwin refused to be drawn into a talk of a perfect season.“It’s a must-win game,” Baldwin said, referring to Game 2. “I don’t think our attitude has to change because there’s history or a record. We just have to go out and win the game.”The Tigers did show character in clawing their way back from an early deficit with Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy finding his range from beyond the arc.Nonoy’s fifth triple trimmed Ateneo’s lead to 41-38 late in the second quarter but the Eagles, much like what they did this season, found an even more devastating counterpunch. This time, it was SJ Belangel who delivered telling hits that doused the comeback as Ateneo closed the half with a 13-1 run for a 54-39 lead.Kouame recorded 18 points and 14 boards, while Belangel tallied 12 points with all of his baskets coming from beyond the arc.Nonoy pumped in a career-high 26 points, but only Brent Paraiso and Soulemane Chabi Yo finished in twin digits for the Tigers, severely blunting their attack. The Tigers made 14 of their 41 three-point attempts with Nonoy going 7-of-14, but Rhenz Abando, Renzo Subido and CJ Cansino combined for only 15 points for UST.Tigers coach Aldin Ayo said he’s taking full responsibility over the Game 1 loss, saying that he wasn’t able to prepare the team well enough against Ateneo, just three days after completing their reversal over UP in the stepladder semifinals.“The finals is a different atmosphere,” said Ayo, who has nine rookies in his team. “We’re going to be patient and we cannot blame the players because its the job of the coaching staff to simulate these things. We have to be accountable.” This year, Ravena is just simply bent on leaving a lasting legacy at Katipunan, while reminding the University of Santo Tomas that the UAAP men’s basketball finals remains the Blue Eagles’ domain much like the past three seasons.Buoyed by Ravena’s virtuoso performance, the Blue Eagles ran the Growling Tigers to the ground with their debilitating attack to come away with an emphatic 91-77 victory that pushed Ateneo to the brink of a perfect season Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It’s my last year and I don’t want to say that by the end of the season I didn’t give my all,” Ravena said after finishing with a season-high 32 points on 14-of-18 shooting in Game 1.“I am ready to do whatever it takes to help Ateneo win a title and make the Ateneo community happy.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s always something about the grandest stage in Philippine collegiate basketball that brings out the best in Ateneo’s graduating star Thirdy Ravena.Last season, it was the dramatic rise of University of the Philippines that Ravena helped stop on its tracks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ