UAAP: Angelo Kouame shines in another blowout win
Danine Cruz on Sep 29, 2018 08:12 PM
"I really like my teammates, the way we move in the court, the way we share the ball, it makes me open so I say thank you to them." -- Angelo Kouame on his biggest game so far
Ateneo de Manila University earned their third straight blowout win in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament over University of Santo Tomas and it was first year player Angelo Kouame who led the 32-point demolition job.
Going eight from nine from the field, Kouame poured 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds and four blocks. But in true Kouame fashion, he credited no one but his band of brothers.
"My teammates are the best. I really like my teammates, the way we move in the court, the way we share the ball, it makes me open so I say thank you to them," said the Ivorian athlete whose average after five UAAP games is at 9.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks.
According to assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, Kouame's revelation game was just a result of the system the Ateneo preaches.
"I wish we could tell you that we had a game plan wherein he’s gonna score 20 points, but that’s not how we play. We played based on the system. It can be Raffy Verano, he had a lot of points last game. It’s Angelo today. I don’t know next game who it will be. It’s just the way we play," said Arepacochaga.
Fourteen out of the 15 Ateneans who played in the game scored exhibiting that in their team, it's every Blue Eagles' game.
"It was a very good team effort on our part because if you noticed, because it’s not one-on-one moves with Angelo. Of course he had a couple of good moves and we’re happy that he’s improving, but it’s the passes from guards, from Thirdy and from four men that were important for us in getting the scoring opportunities," explained Arespacochaga.
Standing at 4-1, Ateneo has seen multiple players shine aside from their usual suspects. With a UAAP rivalry match coming up against La Salle on Saturday, another stage for probably a different Blue Eagle is set.