Blue Eaglets closing in on elims sweep; FEU now solo third
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 04, 2018 06:28 PM
Kai Sotto and Ateneo are yet to meet their match in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament
Ateneo de Manila High School is two wins away from a clean sweep of the elimination round in the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament.
With their core four doing their thing yet again, the Blue Eaglets made quick work of Katipunan rival University of the Philippines Integrated School, 90-75, on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.
SJ Belangel orchestrated the attack and totaled 18 points, seven rebounds, and four steals; Kai Sotto made his mark in each and every second of his 14 minutes on the floor for 16 markers, 13 boards, two dimes, and one block; and the home team registered its 12th consecutive victory to start the season.
Still, the Junior Maroons raced out of the gates and owned a five-point lead after the opening salvo until Belangel, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel turned it on and powered Ateneo’s tear in the middle periods.
There, they dominated their opponents by a score of, 61-24.
With an 80-48 advantage entering the final frame, the Blue Eaglets would never be threatened until the final buzzer.
Ildefonso wound up with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and one block while Manuel got another double-double of 10 markers and 10 boards.
This win moves Ateneo two wins away from a sweep of the elimination round which would automatically advance it onto the Finals.
In the day’s last game, Far Eastern University-Diliman weathered a rumbling rally from De La Salle Zobel to come away with an 87-86 decision in overtime.
The Baby Tamaraws leaned on their star backcourt of RJ Abarrientos who had 27 points, five assists, three rebounds, and one steal and L-Jay Gonzales who had 24 points, four rebounds, three steals, and two assists to improve to 7-5.
Proving their poise once more, the defending champions lost a lead of as much as 13 in the third quarter and allowed their opponents to tie the tally at the end of regulation.
In the extra period, however, Gonzales had all the answers and showed his team the way now onto solo third.
Their respective losses dropped both State U and DLSZ to 3-9.
ATENEO 90 – Belangel 18, Sotto 16, Ildefonso 13, Manuel 10, Chiu 8, Credo 6, Angeles 5, Santos 5, David 3, Tanedo 3, Escalona 2, Jaymalin 0, Diaz 0, Lopa 0, Gusi 0, Ong 0
UPIS 75 – Santiago 15, Labao Raf 14, Labo Ral 14, Gregorio 7, Vergeire 6, Tupaz 5, Estrera 4, Villa-real 2, Gomez de Liano 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-24, 53-36, 80-48, 90-75
FEU-DILIMAN 87 – Abarrientos 27, Gonzales 24, Torres 15, Alforque 9, Celzo 6, Tolentino 2, Ona 2, Boc 2, Sajonia 0, Mariano 0
DLSZ 86 – Vesagas 23, Carlos 17, Calimag 15, Cortez 12, Cosejo 11, Udal 5, Terrado 3, Santos 0, Chavez 0, Pascual 0, Escandor 0, Damiles 0, Bonalos 0
QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 40-36, 56-51, 75-75, 87-86 (OT)
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.