Eagles bounce back, keep Maroons spiraling downward

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 30, 2015 04:25 PM
Eagles bounce back, keep Maroons spiraling downward
REBOUND. Ateneo is back on track after whipping UP.

This time around in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila University built a big lead and saw it through completion.

A defense that only allowed 19 makes out of 78 attempts had the Blue Eagles claws’ on the throats of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons all throughout for a 56-43 win on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

This season’s first “Battle of Katipunan” was heated early with the Maroons only down by a hair, 9-10, before Ateneo uncorked seven unanswered points in two minutes to push their advantage to 17-9 after the first.

The other three periods weren’t any different as the Eagles did not let their rivals from across Katipunan to breach the 14-point mark; this, coming after a game where they were outscored 6-32  in the last 12:08. “Unlike the last game, we only allowed 11 points (in the fourth) this time. So it’s a good bounce back for us,” coach Bo Perasol said.

Von Pessumal and Kiefer Ravena scored 11 points apiece to front a balanced attack for Ateneo’s fourth win in six games. Only Paul Desidero, with 12 points, ended in double-digits for UP who fell for the fourth time in a row after a surprising 2-0 start.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 56 – Ravena 11, Pessumal 11, Apcible 8, Tolentino A 8, Nieto 4, Gotladera 4, Pingoy 3, Capacio 2, Wong 2, Ikeh 1, Tolentino V 1, Black 1, Cani 0, Babilonia 0

UP 43 – Desiderio 12, Moralde 9, Prado 8, Amar 6, Asilum 5, Dario 2, Kone 1, Manual 0, Lim 0, Harris 0, Gallarza 0, Longa 0, Vito 0, Jaboneta 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-9, 36-17, 45-31, 56-43

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