Ateneo imposes will on UV to be crowned kings of PCCL

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 28, 2019 06:33 PM
Ateneo imposes will on UV to be crowned kings of PCCL
Ateneo got the better of the best Visayas had to offer

Blue Eagle, the king, in all of the Philippines.

At least, that’s what Ateneo de Manila University can now claim after outclassing University of the Visayas, 95-71, on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in the Finals of the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

The UAAP champions still didn’t have their full-force lineup, but, as they have been trained to do in head coach Tab Baldwin’s system, each and every active player did their part in securing the convincing victory.

Isaac Go had 15 points to lead four other teammates in double-digits. Brilliant throughout their championship campaign, he was also recognized as the tournament’s MVP.

Thirdy Ravena then contributed 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds while youngsters BJ Andrade, RV Berjay, and SJ Belangel chipped in 13, 12, and 10 markers, respectively.

The Green Lancers didn’t stop battling until the final buzzer, but just didn’t have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with Ateneo which built up a lead of as much as 33.

That was no more evident than in the disparity of bench points which the blue and white dominated, 38-8.

The 24-point rout punctuates what has been a in impressive week for the Blue Eagles in the nationwide tourney.

Dropping the first game in the best-of-three semifinals series against San Beda University, they won back-to-back to move on to the Finals.

There, Ateneo left no doubt that it rules collegiate basketball.

This is their first title in the PCCL in nine years and their fourth overall.

Rey Suerte showed the way for UV with 26 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 95 – Go 15, Andrade 13, Ravena 12, Berjay 12, Belangel 10, Wong 9, Kouame 8, Mamuyac 7, Tio 3, Credo 2,  Ma. Nieto 2, Mi. Nieto 2.

UV 71 – Suerte 26, Sackor 16, Segumpan 14, Delator 5, Gahi 5, Maestre 2, Butohan 2, Cabahug 1, Claridad 0, Saga 0, Amistoso 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-8, 52-34, 75-45, 95-71.

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