Eagles repeat over Archers

October 13, 2019

DEFENDING two-time champion Ateneo achieved two goals in one day yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The mighty Blue Eagles repeated over long-time archrival De La Salle, 77-69, to secure the first Final Four slot.

At the same time, Ateneo secured the twice-to-beat semifinals incentive, thanks to Far Eastern University’s 72-58 win over University of Santo Tomas in the second game.

Adrian Wong went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points as the Blue Eagles remained unbeaten in 10 games in the season.

The victory also extended Ateneo’s remarkable winning run to 20 straight games dating back from the second round of last season.

“If Adrian doesn’t come out hot, we would have been in trouble,” said coach Tab Baldwin after the Katipunan-based extended their Final Four streak to seven years.

The Tamaraws tied the Growling Tigers in third place at 5-5, as both teams will not able to reach the Eagles’ 10 wins at the end of the eliminations.  Both teams are trailing idle University of the Philippines (6-3) by one-and-a-half games.

The Green Archers went down to 4-5, half-a-game out of the No. 4 spot.

Definitely, the race for the remaining three Final Four slots will go down the wire in the next two weeks.

Thirdy Ravena chimed in 13 points and seven boards, Ivorian Ange Kouame registered a double-double of 10 points and 14 boards to go with three blocks for Ateneo.

It was Ravena and Gian Mamuyac conspired in the Eagles’ breakaway, scoring seven unanswered points to restore the 13-point advantage, 68-55, with 3:50 remaining.

“Even though it’s a loss, you know, I like to congratulate them (La Salle) on their effort and their toughness,” said Baldwin.

In a rare nationally televised women’s match, Charmaine Torres delivered 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists as La Salle kept itself in the thick of the Final Four race with a 62-53 victory over Ateneo. The Lady Archers ended a two-game slump and hike their record to 4-5, while sending the Lady Eagles to their seventh loss in 10 games.

Alyssa Villamor paced Ateneo with 12 points, seven rebounds, and two steals, while Joanne Nimes chipped 11 points.

The scores:

First Game (Women)

DLSU (62) — Torres 17, Pastrana 12, Revillosa 9, Sario 9, Okoli 5, Dalisay 4, Binaohan 2, Paraiso 2, Quingco 2, Espinas 0, Jajurie 0, Jimenez 0, Malarde 0.

Ateneo (53) — Villamor 12, Nimes 11, Yam 10, Guytingco 8, Payac 4, Joson 3, Newsome 3, Chu 2, Moslares 0.

Quarterscores: 18-20, 32-29, 49-42, 62-53

Second Game (Men)

Ateneo (77) — Wong 18, Ravena 13, Kouame 10, Navarro 9, Mamuyac 6, Belangel 5, Mi. Nieto 5, Daves 3, Ma. Nieto 3, Tio 3, Go 2.

DLSU (69) — Serrano 15, Baltazar 12, Caracut 11, Malonzo 10, Melecio 10, Manuel 7, Bartlett 2, Bates 2, Lojera 0.

Quarterscores: 19-15, 36-30, 55-50, 77-69

Third Game (Men)

FEU (72) — Gonzales 17, Alforque 16, Stockton 10, Bienes 9, Comboy 7, Torres 5, Cani 4, Tuffin 3, Tchuente 1, Eboña 0, Mantua 0.

UST (58) — Paraiso 12, Abando 11, Huang 11, Chabi Yo 7, Nonoy 6, Cansino 5, Subido 4, Concepcion 2, Ando 0, Bataller 0, Bordeos 0, Cosejo 0, Cuajao 0.

Quarterscores: 14-10, 26-23, 45-39, 72-58