SAN JUAN City – Ateneo de Manila University plastered University of the East, 83-61, and soared to its fourth straight victory and solo leadership of Group A at the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Blue Eagles led all the way from the opening tip and kept the killer instinct all the way to the final buzzer.
So unrelenting were the Blue Eagles that they opened the fourth period with an 11-0 run highlighted by triples from Jason Credo, Anton Asistio and Matthew Nieto. Another triple later on by Bryan Andrade established their biggest lead with five minutes to play, 76-50.
The Ateneo big men did the job Angelo Kouame dominated the inside for 17 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks while Isaac Go had 10 of his 15 points in the first half on top of six rebounds. The Blue Eagles shot a sizzling 12 out of 29 from the three-point line compared to only two conversions from the Warriors.
“For this game, our aim was to continue improving and to keep doing the things we do well on both offense and defense,” said Coach Sandy Arespacochaga who handled the team in lieu of Coach Tab Baldwin. “We were lucky to have met a UE team in transition but they will be a very different team come the UAAP.”
Philip Manalang and Chris Conner paced UE with 16 markers each as they fell to 1-1. Alvin Pasaol, who unloaded 31 points in their win against Emilio Aguinaldo College, was limited to only 12 points via four out of 25 field goal shooting on top of 12 rebounds.
How They Scored:
ATENEO DE MANILA (83) – Kouame 17, Go 15, Mi Nieto 9, Asistio 7, Ma Nieto 7, Belangel 7, Credo 6, Andrade 5, Mamuyac 4, Maagdenberg 4, Ravena 2.
EAST (61) – Conner 16, Ph Manalang 16, Pasaol 12, Bartolome 10, Guion 2, Varilla 2, Gagate 1, Acuno 1, Cullar 1, Pa Manalang 0, Gallardo 0.
Period Scores: 27-17, 44-31, 58-44, 83-61.