SAN JUAN City – Showing no rust from a 20-day break, Ateneo de Manila University banked on a balanced attack to halt reigning NCAA champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 66-53, at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Thursday (May 26). The win gives the Blue Eagles good momentum as they brace for two more games in the next three days as they catch up in the schedule.
Thirdy Ravena presided over Ateneo’s onslaught with 10 points. CJ Perez, the highly touted transfer from San Sebastian College, made his Blue Eagle debut with eight points and eight rebounds.
“I credit the players for staying in shape throughout our layoff while they also focused on their studies,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Up next for the Blue Eagles is Lyceum of the Philippines University on Friday (May 27) followed by the much-awaited encounter with perennial rival De La Salle University on Sunday (May 29).
Do-it-all guard Rey Nambatac tried to lift the Knights with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals but it was not enough. Bong Quinto supported him with 14 points and seven rebounds but the rest of the team struggled hitting a combined eight of 39 from the field.
Ateneo last took the court on May 6 with an 84-75 taming of Adamson University. They lost on opening day (April 30) to the University of the East in overtime, 91-93.
How They Scored:
ATENEO DE MANILA (66) – Ravena 10, Perez 8, Black 7, Ma Nieto 6, Go 6, Porter 6, Tolentino 4, Babilonia 4, Ikeh 4, A. Wong 3, Asistio 3, Apacible 2, Cani 2, Mi Nieto 1, Almond 0, Mendoza 0, Tio 0, Banzon 0.
LETRAN (53) – Nambatac 22, Quinto 14, Balanza 4, Calvo 4, Sollano 3, Apreku 2, Sario 2, Vacaro 2, Luib 0, de la Pena 0, Balagasay 0, Ambohot 0.
Period Scores: 20-9, 37-27, 46-41, 66-53.