Mendoza makes sure Blue Eaglets get on win column

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 17, 2015 04:52 PM
Mendoza makes sure Blue Eaglets get on win column
MY TURN. Jolo Mendoza was quick to put an end to his and Ateneo's wrong start to the season.

With all eyes on him to spearhead Ateneo de Manila High School’s bid to repeat in the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Jolo Mendoza definitely wasn’t letting himself have two subpar games in a row.

The Katipunan sharpshooter stroked the nets for 34 points in the Blue Eaglets’ total beatdown of the Far Eastern University-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, 85-66, on Tuesday at the San Juan Arena.

Following a season-opening defeat that saw him hit only 38 percent of his shots, Mendoza scored on a wide variety of baskets on a very efficient shooting day, making 12 of 20 attempts in only 22 minutes. “After the loss, he texted me two words, ‘Bounce back,’” coach Joe Silva said about his top gun.

Bryan Andrade chipped in 13 markers of his own as Ateneo led from the start and was never threatened to raise their record to 1-1. Talking about his re-focused boys, Silva said, “I just told them na the championship hangover is done, we lost already. It’s time to play Blue Eaglets basketball.”

Meanwhile, team that handed the defending champions the season-opening defeat moved to 2-0 after repulsing a spirited fight from their opponents. De La Salle Zobel overcame a disappointing first half for a 72-61 triumph over the University of the Philippines Integrated School.

Aljun Melecio failed to replicate his 42-point outburst the last time around and just turned in 26 markers, but he delivered an impressive all-around game with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals in 32 minutes and had plenty of help from his teammates.

Brent Paraiso and Marco Sario provided the spark in the 32-10 rush that turned an eight-point deficit into a 13-point lead for the Junior Archers

Sario and Paraiso ended with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano merged for 32 markers in the effort that fell short for the second time in a row for the Junior Maroons.

Tying DLSZ atop the leaderboard is Nazareth School of National University who mauled University of Sto. Tomas, 80-54. Winderlich Coyoca scored 18 points while John Lloyd Clemente and Justine Baltazar combined for 24 points and 19 rebounds to lift the Bullpups to 2-0.

In the day’s other game, Adamson High School also notched their first win after destroying University of the East High School, 83-52.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ATENEO 85 – Mendoza J 34, Andrade 13, Berjay 10, Ildefonso Sh 8, Belangel 6, Mamuyac 5, Mendoza M 3, Eustaquio 2, Hassan 2, Bernardo 2, Credo 0, Gatmaytan 0, Rosales 0, Ildefonso Se 0, David 0

FEU-DILIMAN 66 – Roman 17, Bieren 13, Sapinit 13, Gonzales 6, Jabel 5, Gloria 4, Torres 3, Ramos 3, Boc 2, Garcia 0, Celzo 0, Mariano 0, Belgica 0, Licardo 0, De Leon 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-12, 55-32, 71-44, 85-66

SECOND GAME

ADAMSON 83 – Antiporda 12, Abadiano 12, Chua 10, Wawimal 7, Beltran 7, Agbong 6, Celis 6, Tamayo 5, Santos 5, Sabroso 4, Padrigao 3, Flores 2, Natividad 2, Hanapi 2, Asuncion 0, Umayao 0

UE 52 – Dulalia 10, Publico 8, Angeles 7, Vinte 6, Ramos 6, Acuesta 5, Camarillo 4, Balundo 2, Morada 2, Palanas 2, Aban 0, Cruz 0, Domingo 0, Bernardo 0, Morelos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-16, 41-25, 62-39, 83-52

THIRD GAME

DLSZ 72 – Melecio 26, Sario 17, Paraiso 13, Romero 6, Cabarrus 4, Fortuna 2, Sobrevega 2, Tongco 2, Mariano 0, Francisco 0, Cosejo 0, Terrado 0

UPIS 61 – Gomez de Liano Ju 19, Gomez de Liano Ja 13, Gozum 8, Lina 6, Barles 6, Gregorio 5, Vergeire 3, Labao Rap 1, Labao Ral 0, Santiago 0, Lagahit 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 26-33, 58-45, 72-61

FOURTH GAME

NU 80 – Coyoca 18, Clemente 13, Penano 13, Baltazar 11, Amsali 9, Fortea 6, Atienza 4, Sarip 3, Callejo 2, Jugar 1, Manalang 0, Tolentino 0, Careng 0, Mosqueda 0, Beldua 0

UST 54 – Ballada 20, Lacap 9, Morales 7, Ratuiste 4, Esplana 4, Baquial 2, Balingit 2, Navarro 2, Fornillos 2, Narvasa 2, Marzan 0, Villapando 0, Japzon 0, Reculio 0, Figueroa 0

QUARTER  SCORES: 20-12, 34-24, 58-35, 80-54

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