Ateneo remains undefeated; Baby Tams back to winning ways
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 17, 2018 04:48 PM
Ateneo and NU are still 1 and 2 in the standings of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament
Another day, another double-digit win for Ateneo de Manila High School in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
Standing strong at the defensive end, the Blue Eaglets had no problems whatsoever getting the better of Adamson High School, 64-47, on Wednesday at the FIloil Flying V Centre.
Even with SJ Belangel and Dave Ildefonso having off-games, by their standards, the kids from Katipunan still had more than enough for a 17-point win that hikes their record to a still spotless and still league-leading 9-0.
The Baby Falcons got the jump on Ateneo and got a 4-0 lead before Joaqui Manuel and Ildefonso connived for a 17-4 run and a 17-8 lead at the midway mark of the first quarter.
Both the lead and the momentum would remain with the Blue Eagles for the remainder of the game as their zone defense held Joem Sabandal in check.
In all, Ateneo only allowed their opponents to make good on 15 of 74 attempts. In particular, Sabandal was miserable from the field, only scoring one point off one free throw to go along with four turnovers.
That stifling defense overcame a so-so game from court general Belangel who only had seven points, six rebounds, and three assists to go along with six turnovers as well as Ildefonso who scored 12 points, but botched several layups.
In their stead, Manuel continued opening eyes with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in this one. Kai Sotto chipped in nine points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks.
With the win, the Blue Eaglets are now assured of at least a playoff for a semifinals spot. They are also five wins away from a clean sweep of the elimination round.
Staying at the second spot is Nazareth School of National University which dominated De La Salle Zobel for an 85-67 decision.
Terrence Fortea topped the scoring column with 20 points on top of four assists, but a bench that outscored its counterpart, 49-35, proved to be the difference for the now 7-2 Bullpups.
Migs Pangilinan also added 11 points off the bench while Rhayyan Amsali fronted the effort for the starters with 10 points, nine rebounds, and two steals.
The back-to-back wins to start the second round are much-welcome for NU which now heads into a showdown with University of Sto. Tomas and MVP leader CJ Cansino on Saturday.
Meanwhile, defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman had a big-time bounce back, whipping University of the East, 91-63.
L-Jay Gonzales stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals to show the Baby Tamaraws the way back to the win column.
Outscoring their opponents, 53-22, in the second half, they now find themselves standing on even ground at the third spot with University of Sto. Tomas.
Their respective losses dropped the Baby Falcons to 4-5, the Junior Archers to 3-6, and the Junior Warriors to 1-8.
FEU-DILIMAN 91 – Gonzales 21, Sajonia 17, Alforque 12, Tolentino 10, Celzo 9, Abarrientos 7, Boc 4, Mariano 4, Torres 3, Ona 2, Armendez 2, Bautista 0
UE 63 – Miranda 19, Vinte 12, Dichoso 8, Dulalia 7, Policarpio 6, Angeles 3, Villarta 3, Lopez 3, Almacen 2, Tajonera 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 38-41, 69-54, 91-63
NU 85 – Fortea 20, Pangilinan 11, Oczon 10, Amsali 10, Manalang 9, Pradella 6, Gonzales 4, Malonzo 4, Minerva 4, Javillonar 3, Felicida 2, Dayrit 2, Coyoca 0, Vinoya 0
DLSZ 67 – Carlos 15, Cortez 12, Calimag 9, Escandor 7, Santos 5, Cosejo 5, Bonalos 5, Chavez 3, Buncayo 3, Udal 3, Terrado 0, Pascual 0, Barcuma 0, Vesagas 0, Favis 0
QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 42-33, 62-55, 85-67
ATENEO 64 – Ildefonso 12, Credo 11, Manuel 10, Sotto 9, Belangel 7, Chiu 5, Escalona 4, Jaymalin 3, Lopa 2, David 1, Santos 0, Tanedo 0, Diaz 0, Gusi 0
ADAMSON 47 – Doria Ad 12, Baculio 11, Manlapaz 5, Perez 4, Doria An 3, Canoy 3, Engbino 3, Hanapi 3, Prodigo 2, Sabandal 1, Santos P 0, Sevilla 0, Padilla O 0, Santos R 0, Padilla A 0
QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 32-20, 48-31, 64-47
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