Belangel, Blue Eaglets send statement at expense of Baby Tams
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2017 12:46 PM
MAMBA MENTALITY. SJ Belangel's consecutive baseline jumpers kept Ateneo ahead and kept FEU-Diliman at bay.
It wasn’t even the best day for all of SJ Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, and Kai Sotto on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
And yet, Ateneo de Manila High School had more than enough to take down defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman, 59-47, to remain unscathed in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tourmament.
Belangel only had 15 points while turning the ball over seven times, Ildefonso only had seven points and shot 20 percent from the field, and Sotto only had six points and committed five turnovers.
All three contributed in all other areas, however, as Belangel had seven rebounds; Ildefonso collected seven boards, four assists, and two steals; and Sotto collared 16 rebounds of his own. “Yung offense namin, shaky pa, but our defense will win us games,” head coach Joe Silva said.
Indeed, the Blue Eaglets shut down their opponents’ potent offensive attack – only allowing 19 makes out of a whopping 77 attempts.
And when it mattered most, their captain came through as Belangel scored eight points in the last seven minutes to shoo away the Baby Tamaraws who pulled to within 40-46.
With the graduating guard taking over, the kids from Katipunan went on a 13-7 run to close the contest.
And now, they are alone atop the leaderboard with a 3-0 record. “Actually, we’re still a work in progress,” Silva said, putting the brakes on any talk that they are now the favorites.
Still, the win was long-awaited and much-wanted for Ateneo, especially after FEU-Diliman topped them in a classic back-and-forth semifinals series a season ago all the way to the championship. “It’s good na nakuha namin ‘tong matagal naming pinaghahandaan,” Ildefonso said.
Gonzales paced the Baby Tamaraws with 13 points, nine rebounds, and four steals.
Like most of his teammates, however, he shot 4-of-19 from the field to see his team fall for the first time in the season after a 2-0 start.
Meanwhile, Adamson High School gifted head coach Mike Fermin his first win in the Juniors at the expense of De La Salle Zobel, 62-58.
Andrey Doria scored 15 points together with eight rebounds to show the Baby Falcons the way into the win column now at 1-2. This is their first win since former mentor Goldwin Monteverde transferred to Nazareth School of National University.
On the other hand, the Junior Archers remained winless through three tries.
ATENEO 59 – Manuel 16, Belangel 15, Credo 9, Ildefonso 7, Sotto 6, David 3, Angeles 3, Escalona 0, Chiu 0, Ong 0, Tanedo 0
FEU-DILIMAN 47 – Gonzales 13, Abarrientos 12, Tolentico 8, Alforque 6, Sajonia 5, Torres 3, Celzo 0, Boc 0, Ona 0, Barasi 0, Mariano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-12, 35-17, 46-37, 59-47
ADAMSON 62 – Doria An 15, Manlapaz 8, Doria Ad 8, Canoy 8, Prodigo 7, Baculio 6, Padilla 3, Santos R 3, Santos P 2, Sevilla 2, Hanapi 0, Engbino 0
DLSZ 58 – Terrado 16, Carlos 14, Calimag 10, Cortez 5, Bonalos 2, Cosejo 2, Damiles 2, Escandor 2, Buncayo 2, Barcuma 1, Santos 0, Vesagas 0, Pascual 0, Favis 0
QUARTER SCORES: 9-23, 27-31, 40-44, 62-58
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