Belangel does it all against Bullpups as Blue Eaglets remain unscathed

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 09, 2017 01:24 PM
Belangel does it all as Blue Eaglets remain unscathed
SJ Belangel and Ateneo now have convincing victories versus all of FEU-Diliman, UST, and NU

Ateneo de Manila High School remains the lone unbeaten team in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And following a 64-49 dismantling of Nazareth School of National University on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Blue Eaglets now have convincing victories versus all other contenders.

SJ Belangel spearheaded the Katipunan blitz to begin the game which had them racing to a 19-5 edge after the first quarter.

It was also the graduating guard’s back-to-back assists to Angelo David and then to Jason Credo that capped off a 7-0 burst that built up the biggest lead of the game for Ateneo, 36-13, late in the second quarter.

By halftime, the Blue Eaglets were still ahead thanks to Belangel’s 13 points, six assists, three steals, and two rebounds as well as the rim protection of Kai Sotto who had six blocks and five boards.

With the 7-foot-1 Sotto patrolling the paint, Rhayyan Amsali, Terrence Fortea, and Paul Manalang could not get going and combined for 0-of-13 shooting.

Still, the Bullpups didn’t quit and neared to 48-58 inside the last four minutes only to see two dishes from the Ateneo captain again lead to two baskets.

That kept Belangel – who wound up with 14 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals – and company ahead for good and also kept their perfect record intact after six games. “We’re talking it one game at a time. We want to stay focused,” head coach Joe Silva said

Dave Ildefonso also added a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double while Sotto chipped in 12 rebounds and eight blocks on top of six points.

Without a doubt, though, it was defense that won the game for the Blue Eaglets as they stymied their opponents into missing 59 of their 78 attempts. “Again, it’s all about defense. Dun talaga kami naka-focus this year,” Silva sais.

This latest win adds erstwhile undefeated NU to Ateneo’s list of fallen contenders that already included Far Eastern University-Diliman and University of Sto. Tomas.

No Bullpup was in double-digits as they suffered their first setback.

In the first game, UST got for itself a mighty rebound, throttling De La Salle Zobel, 83-72.

CJ Cansino kept his double-double-streak in the season going with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists in this one. Kobe Palencia also had 16 markers, five boards, and five dimes to help the Tiger Cubs improve to 4-2.

The Junior Archers had their two-game win run get snapped as they drop to 2-4. RC Calimag showed the way for them with 14 points.

Defending champion FEU-Diliman also got a bounce back win by pounding on University of the Philippines Integrated School, 90-63.

L-Jay Gonzales had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals in just 20 minutes to show the Baby Tamaraws the way to 3-3. RJ Abarrientos contributed 12 markers, nine dimes, and six boards of his own.

Matt Santiago’s career-high 23 points, on the other hand, were all for naught as the Junior Maroons dropped to 1-5.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UST 83 – Cansino 23, Palencia 16, Baquial 11, Benzonan 9, Dolendo 8, Lina 5, Anunciacion 5, Manabat 4, Dela Cruz 2, Co 0, Biag 0

DLSZ 72 – Calimag 14, Santos 13, Pascual 11, Cortez 10, Bonalos 7, Vesagas 6, Damiles 5, Terrado 3, Cosejo 3, Buncayo 0, Carlos 0, Escandor 0, Barcuma 0, Udal 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-10, 44-23, 65-51, 83-72

SECOND GAME

ATENEO 64 – Belangel 14, Ildefonso 12, Manuel 10, Credo 9, Sotto 6, Angeles 6, David 4, Diaz 2, Chiu 1, Jaymalin 0, Santos 0, Gusi 0, Lopa 0

NU 49 – Fortea 9, Oczon 8, Minerva 7, Pradella 8, Amsali 6, Javillonar 4, Gonzales 3, Malonzo 2, Felicida 2, Pangilinan 1, Manalang 0, Coyoca 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-5, 36-17, 50-34, 64-49

THIRD GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 90 – Gonzales 15, Abarrientos 12, Alforque 10, Armendez 10, Ona 10, Tolentino 7, Celso 6, Bautista 6, Sajonia 6, Boc 4, Escoto 2, Escarda 2, Torres 0, Barasi 0, Mariano 0, Libago 0

UPIS 63 – Santiago 23, Vergiere 11, Labao Ral 8, Tupaz 7, Labao Raf 5, Estrera 3, Gregorio 3, Dimaculangan 3, Villa-real 0, Condalor 0, Gomez de Liano 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-9, 50-21, 70-37, 90-63

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