MANILA, PHILIPPINES – It was not a competition from get-go
The Ateneo Blue Eagles destroys the UST Grunging Tigers re-102-62, to complete a 7-0 sweep in the second round of the men's basketball tournament 81 UAAP season at the Asian Arena Mall on Wednesday, November 14.
Luo Kouame squeezed in 22 points, 10 double double rebounds with 3 blocks and only 13 minutes on the floor for Blue Eagles, who headed into guaranteed the safest of the top seed and twice to win the advantage of the Final Four.
The Big Man Preserve Will Navarro broke out for a career high 17 points on a 7 perfect 7 clip with 5 boards in just 15 minutes.
The defending champion, who has wrapped up the assassinations with a 12-2 record, is still waiting for their semi-final enemy.
La Salle (8-5), UP (7-6) or FEU (7-6) all remain in the race for the Final Four.
UST bowed in 6th place with a 5-9 record.
With the star pilot of UST CJ Cansino watching from the bench in the cast leg after an unfortunate ACL injury, Ateneo exploded out of the gates with a 16-0 charge. It took 5 minutes before Marvin Lee broke the drought with the floating.
Ateneu only took a 36-point lead, 71-35, after a raiding and jailing with both hands from the towering rookie Kwame B 5:20 Article 3.
The Blue Eagles also routed the Tigers in 32 points, 85-53, in the first round.
Renzo Subido dragged the UST to the finish line with 18 points on 4 of 12 (33%) clip from the city center. Toby Bryan Agustin came up with a career high 15 markers to go with 9 boards, 3 assists, a steal and a block.
Atano 102 – Kawama 22, Navarro 17, Mendez 9, Andrei 9, Go 8, Ravenna 6, Assisto 6, Nieto Ma 5, Nieto 5, Nieto Mi 5, Black 4, Mamuyac 0.
UST 62 – Subido 18, Agustin 15, Marcos 13, Mahinay 6, Huang 4, Lee 2, Ando 2, Cosejo 2, Bataller 0, Zamora 0, Bonleon 0, Caunan 0.
Quarters: 34-13, 58-31, 83-42, 102-62.