Tyler Tio scored all his 17 factors within the third interval, Dave Ildefonso and SJ Belangel got here up clutch within the stretch and Ateneo—to nobody’s shock—stayed on high of the standings with a 79-70 victory over Far Eastern University (FEU) in Tuesday’s UAAP males’s basketball characteristic at Mall of Asia Arena.
Tio waxed scorching and obtained the Eagles hovering within the third by scoring eight straight factors that constructed a 56-42 cushion then nailed a three-pointer to beat the shot clock to offer Ateneo its greatest lead, 63-42, 2:32 left earlier than the fourth.
“I’m just happy that my shots finally went in and I’m thankful for my teammates for believing in me,” mentioned Tio, who shot four-of-six from past the arc in his torrid stretch and in addition had two rebounds, one help and a steal.
Adamson obtained its act collectively as Jerom Lastimosa sparked an 82-66 rout of University of the East within the earlier match.
Lastimosa unloaded 11 of his team-high 14 factors within the opening interval, going two for 2 from past the arc there, whereas Keith Zaldivar contributed 11 factors for the Falcons, who additionally tore away within the third interval after Didat Hanapi nailed two free throws to offer Adamson a 76-42 unfold.
Adamson coach Nash Racela earned his first win along with his new workforce, which improved to 1-1 after opening with a loss to National U.
“Of course, we’re very happy getting the first win,” mentioned Racela. “The good thing about it is that slowly the things that we emphasized on, we were able to correct some of our lapses last game.”
Ice cream violation
Racela additionally used the sport as a instructing second for lapses dedicated exterior the sport, limiting minutes of sure gamers, together with opening match high scorer Hanapi over, nicely, ice cream.
“It’s a very simple thing, but yesterday was the birthday of our athletic director Fr. Aldrin Suan and he sent food for dinner with cake … coaches reminded that we have a game early in the next day and it would be better not to eat ice cream but five of our guys still did get a scoop or two. It’s partly discipline. We’re teaching them something.”
Ateneo, in the meantime, took its second straight win however wanted to chase away a powerful fight-back from FEU within the fourth to climb to 2-0.
Tamaraws star rookie RJ Abarrientos fueled a 15-5 run, capped by his help to Emman Ojuola that breached Ateneo’s double-digit barrier at 72-66 with 4:34 left.
Ildefonso got here to the rescue for the Blue Eagles with an important trey to cease the bleeding and Belangel added a clutch floater for a 77-68 breather. Ildefonso then sank two free throws to seal Ateneo’s twenty eighth straight victory within the league.
The Eagles haven’t dropped a match since dropping to FEU on Oct. 11, 2018. INQ
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