Ateneo tops San Beda to take Filoil Preseason crown

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 30, 2018 07:55 PM
Ateneo tops San Beda to take Filoil Preseason crown
Ateneo left no doubt in winning the 2018 Filoil Preseason after stamping its class on San Beda

For the third year in a row, there has been a clean sweep of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

And just like in 2017, the 2018 edition of the tournament has seen one sweeping squad get replaced by another.

Claiming control from the get-go on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Ateneo de Manila University didn’t give any chances to now dethroned champion San Beda University for a convincing 76-62 victory.

The Blue Eagles scored the first basket and seized the lead right from tip-off. “We gotta give credit to the players. We didn’t really have practices so it was all verbal,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said post-game.

Still, the Red Lions were only behind by four after the opening salvo until Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame imposed his will down low and fueled Ateneo’s 26-11 rush that mounted a 45-26 lead.

San Beda would not be able to threaten from that point.

With that, the UAAP champions proved that they were the top team in the tournament.

Kouame finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks en route to being hailed as the Tournament MVP. “We’re very happy for him individually. We’d like to see him continue to improve,” Arespacochaga said.

Fellow Mythical team member Thirdy Ravena contributed seven points, two rebounds, and two assists while Jolo Mendoza and Raffy Verano also added nine markers each.

Ateneo’s sweep of the 2018 Filoil Preseason follows San Beda’s sweep of the 2017 Filoil Preseason which itself followed De La Salle University’s sweep of the 2016 Filoil Preseason.

Last year, the Red Lions dethroned the Green Archers en route to a clean sweep.

San Beda got a taste of its own medicine this time around, falling victim to a Blue Eagle side that did not lose in 11 games.

Javee Mocon showed the way for them with a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Donald Tankoua also had 13 markers and five boards.

Robert Bolick was scoreless in 10 minutes of play, but did not play much of the second half after suffering an apparent ankle injury in the second quarter.

In the battle for third, Far Eastern University made quick work of College of St. Benilde, 78-58.

No Tamaraw was in double-digits, but they counted seven players who contributed somewhere between six to nine points in the scoring column.

For the Blazers, Kendrix Belgica and Robbie Nayve topped the scoring column with 12 points apiece. However, they elected not to play top guns Justin Gutang and Clement Leutcheu to rest them for the looming NCAA season.

BOX SCORES

FINALS

ATENEO 76 – Kouame 15, Mendoza 9, Verano 9, Ravena 7, Belangel 7, Nieto Mi 6, Asistio 6, Go 6, Mamuyac 5, Navarro 3, Maagdenberg 3, Nieto Ma 0, Tio 0, Wong 0, Black 0, Andrade 0

SAN BEDA 62 – Mocon 14, Tankoua 13, Abuda 9, Canlas 7, Doliguez 6, Nelle 5, Cabanag 4, Oftana 2, Carino 2, Tongco 0, Bolick 0, Eugene 0, Cuntapay 0, Burri 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 45-26, 56-42, 76-62

BATTLE FOR THIRD

FEU 78 – Tuffin 9, Nunag 9, Tolentino 8, Inigo 7, Comboy 6, Jopia 6, Ramirez 6, Orizu 5, Ebona 4, Gonzales 4, Parker 4, Escoto 4, Casino 4, Bienes 2, Stockton 0, Cani 0

CSB 58 – Belgica 12, Nayve 12, Pagulayan 11, Barnes 10, Carlos 6, Naboa 3, Young 2, Dixon 2, Velasco 0, Pasturan 0, Haruna 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-17, 32-24, 56-40, 78-58

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