No upsets as Ateneo, other top teams advance in NBTC Sweet 16
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 19, 2018 09:48 PM
Kai Sotto and top-seeded Ateneo took care of business in the Round of 32 in the 2018 NBTC League
All the higher seeds in the First Round of the 2018 Exped Socks National Basketball Training Centre National Finals advanced to the Sweet 16, Monday evening.
Behind the towering Kai Sotto, UAAP champions Ateneo Blue Eaglets dominated the New Ormoc City Eagles, 98-47. The UAAP Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player had 15 points on 70 percent shooting to go along with six rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes of game time.
The Blue Eaglets will face the 16th seeded Australia Pinoy Selection as AusPinoy was able to eke out an 86-79 win over Aussumption Montessori of Cagayan de Oro.
It was also a smooth sailing first round for the other top seeded teams.
Second-ranked La Salle Green Hills Greenies walloped Jesus the Loving Sheperd of Naga, 85-46, while the third-seeded Chiang Kai Shek College pounced on St. Columban College of Pagadian, 68-44. Reigning CESAFI champions University of Visayas Baby Lancers routed the University of Luzon of Dagupan, 100-73.
UAAP runners-up NU Bullpups survived an early scare before blasting the Tay Tung High School of Bacolod, 81-63.
The team B of the number 7 San Beda Red Cubs scored the biggest blowout of the day, notching a 105-40 victory over the St. Louis-Don Bosco of Dumaguete.
One of the top performers of the day was Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian High School. After dropping 33 markers during the first eight showdown on Sunday, the gunslinging guard rallied Hope from 15 down to pick up an 84-77 win over St. Benilde International School of Calamba.
Pagsanjan finished the game with 35 big points on 13-of-26 shooting
Outside of Camp David of New Zealand, as they lost to the Lyceum-Cavite Junior Pirates 85-59, the three other international teams made it to the next round. Number 11 Durham Crossover of Canada escaped University of Baguio 80-75; number 13 FilAm Sports pounded De La Salle-Lipa, 92-59;and number 16 AusPinoy triumphed over Assumption-Cagayan de Oro, 86-79.
Completing the Sweet 16 are #6 Mapua Red Robins, #8 Sacred Heart Magis Eagles, #10 San Sebastian Staglets, #12 Adamson Baby Falcons, #14 Letran Squires.