30 June 2018
By Niel Victor Masoy
In the battle between the UAAP and the NCAA champions, it was the former who prevailed as the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles tamed the San Beda University Red Lions 76-62 to sweep and clinch the championship of the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
Angelo Kouame had a dominant outing for the Blue Eagles, finishing with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks in a game which Ateneo controlled right from the tipoff all the way up until the final buzzer.
The Katipunan-based squad started strong in the opening canto, building a nine-point lead, 15-6, halfway through the quarter. San Beda, though, roared back with a 9-4 run to keep within striking distance, 19-15, after the game’s first 12 minutes.
But in the second quarter, it was a totally different story as Ateneo relied on their suffocating defense and accurate outside sniping to break loose from San Beda and blitz the Red Lions with a 26-11 run, finishing the first half with a commanding 19-point lead, 45-26.
Meanwhile, Javee Mocon led San Beda with 14 points and 12 boards while Donald Tankoua chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Franz Abuda and James Canlas had nine and seven points, respectively, in a loss that saw the Red Lions’ star Robert Bolick went scoreless after playing 10 minutes only.
ATENEO 76 – Kouame 15, Mendoza 9, Verano 9, Ravena 7, Belangel 7, Nieto Mi 6, Asistio 6, Go 6, Mamuyac 5, Navarro 3, Maagdenberg 3, Nieto Ma 0, Tio 0, Wong 0, Black 0, Andrade 0
SAN BEDA 62 – Mocon 14, Tankoua 13, Abuda 9, Canlas 7, Doliguez 6, Nelle 5, Cabanag 4, Oftana 2, Carino 2, Tongco 0, Bolick 0, Eugene 0, Cuntapay 0, Burri 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 45-26, 56-42, 76-62
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