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‘Lucky 13’ Ateneo smashes NU to remain spotless

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Ateneo just got closer in their quest for three-peat.

The Blue Eagles asserted their dominance by victimizing NU Bulldogs in an 88-51 onslaught in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Ynares Center Antipolo on Saturday October 26.

The Blue Eagles established mastery as early as tip-off with an 11 unanswered points after a JV Gallego’s opening basket for the Bulldogs, 11-2.

Ateneo continued their pounding by mounting with a 44-27 advantage at the first half, until it ballooned to 37-point lead, 88-51, courtesy of Troy Malilin’s reverse layup.

“This was satisfying. Two weeks in a row, we’ve come out with a great attitude,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin.

With that win, Ateneo has one game left for them to book a return trip to the Finals for the fourth straight year with a clean 13-0 slate.

All what is left for the Blue Eagles is to complete a season sweep against the runner-up UP Fighting Maroons on Wednesday.

Angelo Kouame provided a dominant 17-point and 13-rebound double-double output to go with three assists and three blocks, while Thirdy Ravena listed 15 markers, four boards, and three dishes.

Meanwhile, NU remains dead last at the standings with a 2-11 record.

Sean Ildefonso topped the scoring column with 21 points.

The Scores

Ateneo 88 – Kouame 17, Ravena 15, Tio 9, Wong 8, Belangel 7, Mamuyac 5, Nieto Mi 5, Andrade 4, Daves 4, Go 4, Mallillin 4, Chiu 3, Maagdenberg 3, Nieto Ma 0.

NU 51 – Ildefonso S 21, Gallego 9, Tibayan 8, Minerva 4, Clemente 3, Gaye 2, Ildefonso D 2, Rangel 2, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Joson 0, Malonzo 0, Mangayao 0, Mosqueda 0, Oczon 0, Yu 0.

Quarters: 22-12, 44-27, 65-36, 88-51.