UAAP 82: Perfect Ateneo leaves no doubt in 21-point rout of National U

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 22, 2019 03:46 PM
UAAP: Ateneo leaves no doubt in 21-point rout of National U
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ANTIPOLO - National University's string of close losses in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament came to a close, but it was all because Ateneo de Manila University dropped a 21-point hammer, 71-50, right on its head, Sunday at Ynares Center here.

The Blue Eagles dominated from start to finish, nobody more so than Ange Kouame who had his way and pounded in 11 of his 15 points and eight of his 13 rebounds just at the half while also totaling seven blocks, three assists, and two steals.

They never trailed and were never threatened all the way to their fifth win in as many games.

The defending champions' lead blew up to as big as 25, 65-40, inside the last four minutes with Gian Mamuyac, SJ Belangel, and Adrian Wong scoring nine unanswered points.

In the end, Mamuyac had 13 points and three rebounds while Wong and Belangel also added six and five markers, respectively.

Ateneo is still standing alone atop the leaderboard while also handing the Bulldogs their worst loss of the season.

Before the game, National U had lost three games by a single point and one game in overtime.

This time around, though, the Blue Eagles saw to it that the contest wouldn't be close.

Dave Ildefonso was the lone double-digit scorer for the Bulldogs with 10 points, but he struggled from the field, muffing on seven of his nine attempts while also committing seven errors.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 71 - Kouame 15, Mamuyac 13, Ravena 8, Wong 6, Belangel 5, Nieto Ma 5, Nieto Mi 5, Andrade 3, Tio 3, Chiu 2, Credo 2, Daves 2, Maagdenberg 2, Go 0, Mallillin 0, Navarro 0

NU 50 - Ildefonso D 10, Ildefonso S 9, Gaye 8, Clemente 5, Galinato 5, Yu 4, Minerva 3, Joson 2, Mangayao 2, Mosqueda 2, Diputado 0, Gallego 0, Malonzo 0, Oczon 0, Rangel 0, Tibayan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 41-24, 50-37, 71-50

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