UAAP 81 Juniors: Ateneo wins first game without Forthsky as Sotto goes for 27 and 20
Philip Matel on Nov 18, 2018 01:14 PM
Ateneo won their second straight while UST tallied first victory. (FILE PHOTO)
The Ateneo Blue Eaglets won their second consecutive game in a wire-to-wire victory against the Adamson Baby Falcons, 75-59, at the UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball Tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning.
Ateneo got the win despite missing floor general Forthsky Padrigao, who is recovering from an appendectomy.
Towering big man Kai Sotto led the charge with 27 points, 17 from the free throw line, to go along with 20 rebounds.
David Diaz added a double-double of his own with 13 markers and 15 boards.
The defending champs were pretty much in control from tip-off, with their lead ballooning to as much as 18 points in the second quarter, 30-12, courtesy of a Daniel Coo layup.
However, Adamson turned up the heat on the defensive end, forcing multiple turnovers in the third period to eventually cut the lead to as low as five, 48-43, shortly before the fourth.
The Baby Falcons' gritty defense forced a total of 32 turnovers, which in turned to 18 points.
However, momentum swung again for the boys from Katipunan when they ventured on a 13-3 run and never looked back.
"We didn't play a perfect game today but I'm extremely proud of my boys this week, the whole week. Forthsky went out due to his appendectomy. Instead of using that as an excuse for us to not work hard," said coach Reggie Varilla.
Ateneo did also not take advantage of their 48 chances from the charity stripe, managing to only hit 25 of them.
Joem Sabandal paced Adamson's offense with 23 points, while Joseph Prodigo and Andrey Doria added nine apiece.
Next for Ateneo are the FEU Baby Tamaraws, while Adamson, who fell to 1-1 will meet the UE Junior Warriors on Sunday, Nov. 25.
ATENEO (75) -- Sotto 27, Diaz 13, Jaymalin 12, David 7, Chiu 4, Coo 4, Espinosa 3, De Ayre 2, Salandanan 2, Fetalvero 1.
AdU (59) -- Sabandal 23, Prodigo 9, Doria An 9, Engbino 7, Manlapaz 4, Capulong 3, Barcelona 2, Nitura 2, Santos 0, Padilla 0, Dominguez 0, Guarino 0, Hanapi 0.
Quarter scores: 16-7, 32-18, 50-43, 75-59