SHS-Ateneo Cebu takes down top-seed Ateneo Manila in NBTC Elite Eight

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 21, 2018 09:33 PM
SHS-Ateneo Cebu takes down Ateneo Manila in NBTC Elite Eight
The Ateneo from Cebu got the better of the Ateneo from Manila in the 2018 NBTC Elite Eight

SHS-Ateneo de Cebu busted all brackets in the 2018 Exped SM National Basketball Training Center National Finals after toppling number one seed Ateneo de Manila Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Errol Pastor spearheaded the telling 18-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters before Wilson Yu and the rest of the Magis Eagles fended off the newly-minted UAAP champion Blue Eaglets in a wire-to-wire win, 72-70.

Pastor scored 21 points on top of eight rebounds and two assists while Yu contributed 18 markers and six boards. “We just told them to stay composed. Sayang naman nandito na kami tapos mawawala pa,” said coach Francis Auquico after his boys upset the top-seed in the tournament.

Pastor, a post player by trade, also showcased the shooting he has been working on and hit 3-of-4 attempts from deep.

Two of those came in the 18-0 blast that turned a slim one-point margin late in the third into a 68-51 lead with under seven minutes remaining.

Ateneo did not quit just yet as SJ Belangel and Jason Credo pulled them to within two points with 17.5 seconds left, only to see the Cebuanos turn up the heat on defense to put the game away for good.

In all, SHS-Ateneo made good on 10-of-23 shots from deep. “I just told them to shoot it when they’re open kasi mahihirapan kami sa loob; ang tangkad ni Kai e,” said Auquico.

The Magis Eagles will next take on National University in the NBTC Final Four on Thursday still at the same venue.

On the other hand, the Blue Eagles bow out of contention despite a 19-point, nine-rebound, and five-block effort from Sotto.

Jason Credo and SJ Belangel also merged for 19 markers, 10 boards, 10 assists, and four steals in their last outing for Ateneo HS.

BOX SCORES

SHS-ATENEO 72 – Pastor 21, Yu W 18, Javelosa 8, Colonia 5, Manaytay 5, Diaz 5, Mantua 3, Nacua 3, Bersaluna 2, Visser 2, Yu B 0, Chua 0

ATENEO 70 – Sotto 19, Credo 12, Padrigao 11, Belangel 7, Berjay 5, David 4, Chiu 4, Diaz 4, Jaymalin 3, Santos 1, Escalona 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-12, 34-32, 53-49, 72-70

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