Cignal-Ateneo restores order by routing CEU in PBA D-League Finals Game 3
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 20, 2019 06:38 PM
Cignal-Ateneo bounced back big-time just two days after an upset loss to CEU
Cignal-Ateneo delivered a masterful second half and bucked a slight rain delay to pull off a 67-52 Game 3 victory versus Centro Escolar University Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Ange Kouame commandeered the Blue Eagles' defensive stand, racking up 10 points, nine blocks, and seven rebounds to help his side move a win away from the title.
Thirdy Ravena fired 12 points and eight rebounds to topscore for Cignal-Ateneo, as Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong got nine points apiece.
"We went a little bit away from our defensive system last game and we wanted to get that in today's game," said coach Sandy Arespacochaga.
Indeed, Cignal-Ateneo's defense was on-point in the game, holding CEU to just 26-percent clip from the field.
The game, meanwhile, was halted for 25 minutes with rain leaking at the 8:18 mark of the fourth quarter.
Still, that wasn't enough to stop the deluge as the Blue Eagles staged a 16-2 tear in the fourth quarter to extend its 49-37 lead to a comfortable 65-39 advantage.
Cignal-Ateneo can close out the best-of-five series on Tuesday's Game 4 in the same venue.
Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf anchored CEU with 19 points and 20 rebounds in the defeat.
CIGNAL-ATENEO 67 -- Ravena 12, Kouame 10, Mi. Nieto 9, Ma. Nieto 8, Andrade 5, Go 5, Daves 5, Navarro 4, Belangel 0, Tio 0, Credo 0, Mamuyac 0.
CEU 52 -- Diouf 19, Bernabe 9, Guinitaran 8, Sunga 7, Santos 5, Diaz 4, Abastillas 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-13, 32-27, 49-37, 67-52.