Ateneo outclasses UP for clean sweep of UAAP 82 first round

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 29, 2019 06:40 PM
Ateneo outclasses UP for clean sweep of UAAP 82 first round
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Ateneo de Manila University turned the most anticipated matchup in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament into a mismatch, taking the University of the Philippines to school for a dominant 89-63 decision, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.

Following a first quarter that saw the two teams neck-and-neck, the Blue Eagles took control in the second period and took a 35-31 lead into halftime.

Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto then just turned it on coming out of the locker room, pumping in five points apiece in a 10-1 run that increased the defending champions' edge to 45-32.

It was at that point that, at the other end, Ange Kouame forced a defensive stop on Jerson Prado - and that got a reaction out of Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol.

Coach Bo was seen rushing at a referee, apparently vehemently opposing the supposed non-call at the 6:23 mark of the third quarter.

Not long after, he was pushed back to the bench by his players, but also headed to the locker room, already aware his action would have him thrown out of the game.

Ateneo added seven more points from there and mounted a 52-35 advantage in their favor.

They would never be threatened en route to a clean sweep of the first round of eliminations.

The Blue Eagles counted five players in double-digits led by Ange Kouame who had a 19-point, 15-rebound double-double to go along with seven blocks and two assists while Will Navarro had 14 markers and six boards of his own.

Nieto and Ravena brought big-time contributions, of course, with the former finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists and the latter ending with 13 markers, three boards, and three dimes.

Sophomore SJ Belangel also added 11 points and three assists to make sure the defending champions were the victors in the first meeting in the season between last year's Finalists.

Despite the loss, UP stayed at solo second in the standings at 5-2.

Kobe Paras fronted their effort in this one with 15 points while Javi Gomez de Liano and Jun Manzo chimed in 14 and 12 markers, respectively.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 89 - Kouame 19, Ma. Nieto 18, Navarro 14, Ravena 13, Belangel 11, Tio 5, Wong 4, Go 3, Mamuyac 2, Andrade 0, Chiu 0, Credo 0, Daves 0, Maagdenberg 0, Mi. Nieto 0.

UP 63 - Paras 15, Ja. Gomez de Liano 14, Manzo 12, Ju. Gomez de Liano 8, Akhuetie 6, Rivero 6, Webb 2, Gob 0, Jaboneta 0, Mantilla 0, Murrell 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0, Tungcab 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-21, 35-31, 61-46, 89-63.

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