Ateneo still spotless after shutting down MVP leader Cansino

Ateneo still spotless after shutting down MVP leader Cansino
Dave Ildefonso, SJ Belangel, Kai Sotto, and Ateneo sent a statement of sorts to MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino and UST

STANDINGS
Ateneo 8-0
NU 6-2
UST 5-3
FEU-Diliman 4-4
Adamson 3-4
DLSZ 2-5
UPIS 1-6
UE 1-6

On Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Ateneo de Manila High School showed that second, third, and fourth combined is better than first all by himself.

Kai Sotto, SJ Belangel, and Dave Ildefonso all together to power Ateneo de Manila High School right through MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino and University of Sto. Tomas, 78-54.

Sotto is second, Belangel is third, and Ildefonso is fourth to first-place Cansino in the MVP leaderboard of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Together, however, they again proved to be too much for one of the other contenders in the tournament. “Kahit ganito, marami pa rin kaming kailangang ayusin. We still have lots to improve,” head coach Joe Silva said.

Ildefonso had 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists; Belangel had 13 points, six assists, and six rebounds; and Sotto had 11 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks to make sure Ateneo remained undefeated through eight games.

The Tiger Cubs actually got off to a strong start and owned an eight-point lead in the early going before the league-leaders settled down.

Just trailing by one late in the second quarter, Belangel then orchestrated a 9-0 run that put the Blue Eaglets on top, 35-27, at the half.

They would only keep their foot on the gas pedal from there and in all, crushed their opponents, 65-36, in the last three quarters.

The offense took some time to get going, but the defense was on-point from the get-go as the kids from Katipunan frustrated Cansino to only 16 points, seven coming when the game was already over, in 6-of-20 shooting along with three turnovers. “Actually, we were expecing a shaky start sa offense kaya second quarter, we locked it down,” Silva said.

He then continued, “The boys were proud enough to lock Cansino down.”

With another convincing victory, they have now defeated UST twice, Far Eastern University-Diliman once, and Nazareth School of National University once all by double-digits.

On the other hand, the Tiger Cubs dropped to third in the standings now at 5-3.

With the MVP frontrunner struggling, nobody else stepped up as Vince Dolendo was the only other one in double-digits with 10 points

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 78 – Ildefonso 20, Belangel 13, Credo 12, Manuel 11, Sotto 11, Jaymalin 3, Chiu 2, Escalona 2, Tandeo 2, Diaz 2, David 0, Lopa 0, Gusi 0, Ong 0

UST 54 – Canaino 16, Dolendo 10, Benzonan 9, Villapando 8, Lina 6, Narvasa 3, Baquial 2, Anunciacion 0, Dea Cruz 0, Palencia 0, Esplana 0, Manabat 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-18, 35-27, 58-41, 78-54

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