Ateneo crushes NU by 34 points to stay spotless in Filoil Preseason

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 31, 2018 08:26 PM
Ateneo crushes NU by 34 points to stay spotless in Filoil
UAAP champion Ateneo sent a statement to an NU side seen to be gunning for its crown

Ateneo de Manila University remains the pacesetter in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament all while flexing its muscle up against a UAAP rival.

Drawing contributions from up and down their lineup, the Blue Eagles routed National University for a convincing 94-60 victory on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Thirdy Ravena fronted the charge with 20 points while new reinforcement Angelo Kouame had 12 markers to his name.

With Ravena on-point from the get-go, the reigning and defending UAAP champions blazed to a 26-10 start in the first quarter.

They would never look back all the way to a still spotless 5-0 slate – good for joint first in Group A.

Ateneo needs just one more win to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Conversely, the Bulldogs now find themselves in a must-win situation as their latest lost drops their record to 2-5.

Shaun Ildefonso was the only one in double-digits for them in this one with 16 points.

Also still in the running for a quarters berth is the University of the Philippines which took care of business against University of the East, 66-61, even without top guns Paul Desiderio and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan.

Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie posted a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double and Jun Manzo chipped in 13 markers of his own in the Fighting Maroons’ fifth win in a row after a 0-3 start to the tournament.

With Juan GDL injured and Desiderio and Javi GDL tending to their studies, Janjan Jaboneta also stepped up with nine points, none bigger than a big-time triple with under a minute remaining.

Overcoming the absence of its top guns, State U moved to solo fifth in Group A still win one assignment left in its schedule.

Reymark Acuno paced the now 2-4 Red Warriors with 14 points.

Meanwhile, Adamson University is the first team to deal a defeat to College of St. Benilde with an 80-60 whopping.

Sean Manganti showed the way with 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while Jerom Lastimosa contributed 13 markers, five dimes, and three steals as the Soaring Falcons ascended to a 5-1 standing.

Now tied with them for first-place in Group B are the Blazers who had Kendrix Belgica topping the scoring column with 18 points.

In other results, Arellano University edged out Jose Rizal University, 76-74, to improve to 3-3.

On the other hand, the Heavy Bombers finished the preseason without a win.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ARELLANO (76) – de la Torre 15, Sera Josef 14, Alban 11, Chavez 8, Meca 7, Concepcion 6, Bayla 5, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Abdurasad 2, Abanes 2, Santos 2, Filart 0, Labarda 0, de la Cruz 0, Alcoriza 0, Dumagan 0, Codinera 0.

JRU (74) – Mendoza 15, de la Virgen 15, Ramos 9, Bordon 9, Esguerra 7, Padua 6, Silvarez 5, de la Rosa 5, de Guzman 3, David 0, Estrella 0, Mallari 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 12-20, 27-38, 44-50, 76-74.

SECOND GAME

UP (66) – Akhuetie 17, Manzo 13, Jaboneta 8, Gozum 7, Prado 7, Vito 6, Murrell 3, Lim 3, Dario 2, Santiago 0, Espanola 0, Tungcab 0, Longa 0.

UE (61) – Acuno 14, Conner 13, Pasaol 13, Varilla 12, Antiporda 4, Ph Manalang 3, Gagate 2, Maloles 0, Strait 0, Dimayuga 0, Bartolome 0, Cullar 0, Sobrevega 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-12, 26-24, 52-43, 66-61.

THIRD GAME

ADAMSON (80) – Manganti 17, Lastimosa 13, Ahanmisi 11, Catapusan 9, Mojica 8, Colonia 6, Sarr 6, Camacho 5, J Espeleta 2, Zaldivar 2, V Magbuhos 1, Orquez 0, W Magbuhos 0, Macion 0.

CSB (60) – Belgica 18, Leutcheu 15, Carlos 9, Domingo 6, Dixon 5, Naboa 3, Haruna 0, Young 0, Flores 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-8, 32-21, 63-47, 80-60.

FOURTH GAME

ATENEO 94 — Ravena 20, Kouame 12, Mi. Nieto 11, Mendoza 9, Ma. Nieto 8, Navarro 7, Asistio 6, Tio 6, Belangel 5, Black 3, Maagdenberg 3, Mamuyac 2, Wong 2.

NU 60 — S. Ildefonso 16, Mosqueda 8, Mangayom 7, Joson 6, Aquino 5, Clemente 5, D. Ildefonso 5, Galinato 3, Gallego 2, Salim 2, Diputado 1, Gaye 0, Sinclair 0, Tibayan 0, Yu 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 26-10, 48-33, 69-46, 94-60.

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