SAN JUAN City – Ateneo de Manila University survived a furious comeback by defending champion San Beda University to prevail, 69-68, in a meeting of undefeated teams Friday at the 12th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Blue Eagles improved to 2-0 and early leadership of Group A.
The Blue Eagles used a 9-0 run to erect a 65-57 lead midway in the fourth. They managed to maintain their advantage with Matthew Nieto hitting two free throws at the 15-second mark, 69-64, until the Red Lions came storming back.
AC Soberano hit a quick triple two seconds later and Javee Mocon intercepted the ensuing inbound pass and fed Soberano who was promptly hammered under the basket. Soberano made the first but missed the second free throw but San Beda collared the offensive rebound only to miss a pair of potential game-winners as the buzzer expired.
Isaac Go topped the Blue Eagles with 11 of his 14 points coming in the third period to go with five rebounds. Angelo Kouame supported him with 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.
Mocon led the Red Lions with 17 points, six rebounds and three steals. Donald Tankoua followed with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
How They Scored:
ATENEO DE MANILA (69) – Go 14, Kouame, 12, Ravena 9, Mi Nieto 8, Ma Nieto 7, Navarro 6, Credo 6, Asistio 3, Mamuyac 2, Maagdenberg 2, Belangel 0, Mallillin 0.
SAN BEDA (68) – JV Mocon 17, Tankoua 13, Soberano 7, Doliguez 6, Oftana 4, Bahio 4, Cuntapay 4, Eugene 4, Nelle 4, Carino 3, Canlas 2, Cabanag 0, Tongco 0, Mocon 0, Abadeza 0.
Period Scores: 11-11, 29-28, 52-48, 69-68.