UAAP: Eaglets' 1-2 punch of Sotto-Padrigao knocks out Baby Tams

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 20, 2019 05:15 PM
Eaglets' 1-2 punch of Sotto-Padrigao knocks out Baby Tams
Forthsky Padrigao made sure Ateneo got back at one of its two tormentors

STANDINGS
NU 9-1
Ateneo 7-3
FEU-Diliman 7-3
Adamson 6-4
UST 5-5
DLSZ 4-6
UE 1-9
UPIS 1-9

When Ateneo de Manila High School fell to Far Eastern University-Diliman in the first round of UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament, Forthsky Padrigao was out of action.

Padrigao proved on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre what difference he could make, dropping a career-best 19 points to steer the Blue Eaglets to a payback triumph over the Baby Tamaraws.

Coming into the contest, the defending champions’ lead guard had only been averaging nine points. He missed six games after a bout with appendicitis.

He did nothing but deliver the goods in this one, however, and, together with his career-high scoring output, tallied six assists, three rebounds, and two steals.

It was also Padrigao who keyed the 10 unanswered points that erased a one-point deficit and erected a 30-21 advantage for Ateneo in the middle of the second quarter.

They would never look back all the way to their seventh win in 10 games.

Alongside him was Kai Sotto who yet again was a nightmare for his opponents on both ends.

The 7-foot-1, 16-year-old posted a 27-point, 22-rebound double-double on top of four assists. He did all that while making life miserable for each and every opponent who dared to venture in the interior.

Behind those two, the Blue Eaglets resoundingly registered a victory versus one of the two teams that had downed it thus far in the tournament.

More importantly, they also tied FEU-Diliman for the second spot in the standings with the win.

RJ Abarrientos topped the scoring column for the Baby Tamaraws with 16 points while Xyrus Torres and Chiolo Anonuevo 10 markers apiece.

Muffing on 35 of their 49 shots from inside the arc, however, they failed to repeat their feat of toppling Ateneo.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 77 – Sotto 27, Padrigao 19, Espinosa 8, Chiu 7, Fetalvero 6, Ladimo 6, David 3, Jaymalin 1, Diaz 0, De Ayre 0. Coo 0, Pangilinan 0, Salandanan 0.

FEU 61 – Abarrientos 16, Torres 10, Anonuevo 10, Alforque 6, Ona 6, Sajonia 6, Bautista J. 3, Bagunu 2,  Tolentino 2, Barasi 0, Sicat 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 12-14, 36-29, 62-42, 77-61

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