MANILA, Philippines – Playing minus Kiefer Ravena, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles leaned on rookie Chris Newsome as they led arch rivals De La Salle University Green Archers at halftime, 40-28, in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball competition Sunday, July 7.
The versatile forward Newsome finished the first half with 18 big points on 8-of-9 field goal shooting, including crucial baskets on Ateneo’s 14-1 first quarter run, that dictated the tempo so far in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Ryan Buenafe, who shot an impressive 47.2% from the field, also added 7 markers for the Blue Eagles as they gunned for their first win in 3 games this season.
Meanwhile, Jeron Teng spearheaded the Green Archers with 8 makers, while Arnold Van Opstal contributed 7.
La Salle is also playing without star guard LA Revilla in today’s game.