UAAP: Sotto too much for FEU as Ateneo sets up Finals date with NU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 15, 2019 05:45 PM
Kai Sotto lifted Ateneo back to the Finals where they clash once more with NU
As expected, Kai Sotto and Ateneo de Manila High School were pushed to the limit by Far Eastern University-Diliman.
Only, Sotto and the Blue Eaglets did nothing but push back as they got the better of the Baby Tamaraws for a 90-82 decision on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
The runaway Season MVP remained a force in this one, posting a 22 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. “Na-(mild) sprain ako nung first halk so nung time na wala akong ginagawa, nag-isip akong mabuti paano ako mag-bounce back sa second half,” he told reporters post-game.
None of Cedrick Ona, Chiolo Anonuevo, and Mario Barasi had an answer for him, especially in the second half where he dropped 19 points.
Right there with him was rookie playmaker Ian Espinosa who had 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds as well as second-year swingman Joaqs Jaymalin who had 17 markers of his own.
The defending champions were in complete command for majority of the matchup, but FEU-Diliman didn’t quit and pulled to just within seven, 80-87, with 42.6 ticks to go. “With only five guys coming back from our championship team, kitang-kita naman sa endgame na kailangan pa namin ng experience,” coach Reggie said.
It was at that point, though, that Sotto and Geo Chiu made good on three of four free throws to seal the deal for their team.
And so, just as top-seed Nazareth School of National University took care of business earlier, so did Ateneo.
With that, the Blue Eaglets will clash with the Bullpups once more for all the glory beginning on Monday.
For the Baby Tamaraws, RR Tolentino topped the scoring column with 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds while main man RJ Abarrientos also added 17 markers, eight boards, and five assists.
ATENEO 90 – Sotto 22, Espinosa 19, Jaymalin 17, Chiu 11, David 7, Fetalvero 6, Padrigao 4, Diaz 4, De Ayre 0, Coo 0, Lechoncito 0.
FEU-DILIMAN 82 – Tolentino 19, Abarrientos 17, Torres 14, Alforque 12, J. Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Barasi 4, Anonuevo 3, Ona 0, Armendez 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 39-29, 66-52, 90-82.
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