The Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles maintained their spotless record as they demolished the National University Bulldogs, 96-83 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum today, September 30.
It was an intense battle showed by both teams today as they fired up the first half with NU’s Jayjay Alejandro garnering 14 points and ADMU’s Chiz Ikeh pitching in 11 points and ending the second quarter, 47-43 in favor of Ateneo.
As the third quarter commenced, Jarin’s boys made a huge effort of closing the gap but the Blue Eagles seem to be always one step ahead of them ending the quarter with the score of 71-65.
Coach Sandy Arespacochoga admitted that NU was a tough team to beat but of course, all they have to do is go head to head with them.
“NU’s a tough team, we knew that coming in and you know, we played and know that their pace is an up and down game. It’s a good thing that we executed well offensively but you know, our defense we need to pick up our defense.”
In addition, Gaye who scored 14 points and 8 rebounds tried to make the situation go around and give his teammates a moral boost by doing a power dunk but it was not enough to finish off the Katipunan-based squad.
Also, NU Bulldogs’ Jayjay Alejandro and Antionio Joson contributed 24 and 14 points, respectively.
Bannering ADMU was Chiz Ikeh, Vince Tolentino and Matt Nieto who pitched in 18 points and 11 rebounds, 15 points and 3 rebounds, and 12 points and 4 rebounds.
Ikeh-18, Tolentino-15, Nieto Matt-12, Nieto Michael-12, Verano-9, Ravena-8, Asistio-7, Black-4, Go-4, Mendoza-3, White-2, Mallillin-1, Mamuyac-1, Andrade-0, Tio-0
Alejandro-24, Joson-14, Gaye-14, Rangel-7, Mosqueda-6, Morido-4, Yu-4, Bartlett-4, Salem-3, Tibayan-3, Diputado-0, Abatayo-0, Aquino-0, Cauilan-0