Kai Sotto dominates as Eaglets open Season 80 in style
The 7'1" center powered Ateneo De Manila to a convincing 82-64 win over Adamson Saturday at the San Juan Arena, starting the UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament with a bang.
Safe to say, Kai Sotto is for real.
The 7'1" center powered Ateneo de Manila High School to a convincing 82-64 win over Adamson Saturday at the San Juan Arena, starting the UAAP Season 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament with a bang.
Sotto, the reigning UAAP Rookie of the Year, was dominant with 24 points on top of 12 rebounds and seven blocks in just a shade under 23 minutes off the bench as the Blue Eaglets won their season opener in style.
After Kai, SJ Belangel shot 80 percent from the field for 22 points while Dave Ildefonso added another 17 for Ateneo.
"Parang expected namin yan yung mangyayari kasi practice namin todo at talagang pinaghandaan talaga namin to. Sabi nga ni coach, every game is a championship game kaya di kami magpapatalo," Sotto said.
After a strong start in the first half, the Blue Eaglets limited the Baby Falcons to only seven points in the third quarter to put the game on ice. Ateneo coasted in the fourth to take the 17-point victory.
Adamson, coming off a rather controversial Season 79, got 21 points from Jose Sabandal.
In the first game of the day and the season, Nazareth School of National University flexed its collective muscles, making an early statement that they are still heavy contenders in the UAAP.
The Bullpups destroyed the University of the East Junior Warriors, 107-69, giving head coach Goldwin Monteverde a nice debut after moving on from Adamson.
Matthew Manalang fired 20 points to lead the powerful NU offense while Rhyyan Amsalo added 12. Three other player scored in double figures for the Bullpups.
Agem Miranda led the way for UE, dropping 21 points in the loss.
NU (107): Manalang 20, Amsali 12, Fortea 11, Javillonar 10, Gonzales 10, Oczon 8, Puray 8, Pangilinan 7, Malonzo 6, Coyoca 4, Felisida 4, Dayrit 4, Pradella 2, Minerva 1, Vinoya 0
UE (69): Miranda 21, Encelan 12, Dichoso 11, Tajonera 9, Villarta 8, Policarpio 6, Almacen 2, Lopez 0, Santos 0, Varon 0
Quarterscores: 33-17, 60-34, 86-54, 107-69
ADMU (82) -- Sotto 24, Belangel 22, Ildefonso 17, David 8, Manuel 5, Credo 4, Chiu 2, Angeles 0, Escalona 0, Diaz 0, Jaymalin 0, Gusi 0, Ong 0, Lopa 0, Tanedo 0.
AdU (64) -- Sabandal 21, Hanapi 15, Doria Ad 8, Doria An 6, Manlapaz 6, Prodigo 3, Santos 3, Perez 2, Engbino 0, Baculio 0, Canoy 0, Sevilla 0, Santos 0, Padilla 0.
Quarterscores: 26-14, 50-34, 65-41, 82-64.
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