ATENEO OUTLASTS LA SALLE IN SECOND SHOW OFF IN UAAP SEASON 84
Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) showed no mercy against De La Salle University (DLSU), 75-68, as the Blue Eagles remained undefeated in the UAAP Season 84 men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Despite Ange Kouame being limited to only seven points, the Blue Eagle was still able to play their hearts out and finished the first quarter with a 21-18 lead.
Sj Belangel and Gian Mamuyac both commandeered the team with 15 points each that paved way to grab the lead a few times in the second frame but with an improved defense of the DLSU, ADMU found it hard to extend their advantage as they finished the first half, 35-32.
In the third quarter, Ateneo was finally able to outsmart La Salle’s defense despite DLSU’s Kurt Lojera’s 21 points, six rebounds, and two blocks and Evan Nelle’s 20 points, 3-of-9 shooting from deep.
The white-and-blue squad maintained their posture in the last quarter and showed mastery over La Salle as they ended the game with a 75-68 lead.
UAAP games will resume on Tuesday with La Salle facing the University of Santo Tomas (UST) at 12:30 pm followed by ADMU vs the University of the East (UE) in the afternoon at 4:30 pm.
ATENEO 75 – Belangel 15, Mamuyac 15, Ildefonso 9, Andrade 9, Kouame 7, Tio 6, Verano 4, Koon 4, Daves 4, Chiu 2, Lazaro 0, Mendoza 0.
LA SALLE 68 – Lojera 21, Nelle 20, Winston 10, Baltazar 10, M. Phillips 3, Nonoy 3, Manuel 1, B. Phillips 0, Cuajao 0, Nwankwo 0.
Quarters: 21-18, 35-32, 60-47, 75-68.