Ateneo shrugs off slow start to beat UE

25 September 2019

Maxine Louise Lagman

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo De Manila University might have suffered from a slow start, but they still finished strong and defeated University of the East, 85-68, on Wednesday to keep perfect slate in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

After trailing 35-34 at the half, the defending champions went in for a 23-5 run in the third quarter that gave them a 57-40 advantage. Ateneo never looked back as they outscored the Red Warriors, 35-15, for a 69-50 output to go into the final period.

“For whatever reason, our first half was something we have to learn from, they forget about it, move on. But the third quarter was the kind of effort that I want the team to show all the time,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin post-game. “We played with some fire, some determination.”

UE failed to recover as Nick Abanto and Allan Beltran were called for unsportsmanlike fouls in the final minutes of the game that gave William Navarro free throws. Rey Suerte was also called for unsportsmanlike foul in the last 1:28 minutes of the match, which only piled up their woes and added scores for Ateneo.

“UE came out with a good game plan,” Baldwin added. “We can’t be passive, we can’t be tentative.”

Ange Kouame paced Ateneo with a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double, to go with three blocks, while Thirdy Ravena had 15 markers, five boards, four assists, two blocks, and a steal. Adrian Wong added 11 points as they improved to a perfect 6-0 win-loss record.

For UE, Suerte led with 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists as they dropped to a 1-5 slate.

The Scores:

ATENEO 85 — Kouame 16, Ravena 15, Wong 11, Navarro 9, Belangel 6, Go 6, Mamuyac 6, Tio 5, Maagdenberg 4, Chiu 3, Ma. Nieto 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Andrade 0, Credo 0, Daves 0, Mallillin 0.

UE 68 — Suerte 15, Conner 9, Tolentino 9, Diakhite 8, Abanto 6, Cruz 6, Camacho 5, Mendoza 5, Pagsanjan 5, Antiporda 0, Beltran 0.

Quarter scores: 11-15, 34-35, 69-50, 85-68.

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