Ateneo rips UE’s Final Four hopes for 12th straight win
The Ateneo Blue Eagles continue to assert mastery in an 84-50 obliteration of the UE Red Warriors in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Ynares Center on Sunday October 20.
With Ateneo’s 12 straight victory, they are only two matches away for an outright Finals berth this Season 82.
Ateneo never looked back as early as the opening salvo after a 17-0 blitz coming from UE’s back-to-back basket coming from the tip-in.
Ateneo wasn’t done with their onslaught as soon as they ignited a 13-0 surge after a 40-25 lead to open the third period, concluded by Thirdy Ravena’s two free shots with 5:10 mark, 53-25.
The lead grew by as large as 36, 82-46, in the payoff period courtesy of Isaac Go’s and one, and this would be the final nail in the coffin for UE.
Go went out with season-high 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting clip from the rainbow country.
Angelo Kouame also joined the Blue Eagles’ dominance party with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while Ravena added 11 markers, seven boards and two assists.
Meanwhile, UE saw their Final Four hopes scattered into pieces after a 3-9 fall at the standings.
Alex Diakhite still showed the way with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists while Rey Suerte wound up 10 markers.
Ateneo 84 – Go 13, Kouame 11, Ravena 11, Belangel 9, Wong 9, Ma. Nieto 6, Tio 6, Chiu 4, Credo 4, Mamuyac 3, Mi. Nieto 3, Maagdenberg 2, Mallillin 2, Andrade 1, Daves 0, Navarro 0.
UE 50 -Diakhite 15, Suerte 10, Abanto 6, Apacible 6, Camacho 3, Cruz 3, Antiporda 2, Pagsanjan 2, Tolentino 2, Manalang 1, Conner 0, Lorenzana 0, Mendoza 0, Natividad 0.
Quarter Scores: 17-8, 40-25, 65-35, 84-50.