MANILA, Philippines — The reigning champs are starting to heat up.
Dominant Ateneo de Manila University bamboozled Adamson University, 79-66, in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, August 25 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Blue Eagles rode on massive spurts in the first and third quarters to crush the Soaring Falcons and earn their 4th straight win to go up to 5-4.
Adamson started hot early and built an 11-5 lead in the opening period, but it was an Ateneo show from there before the Season 76 hosts decided to put up a fight in the final canto.
A Frank Golla basket gave the Eagles a 59-32 advantage early in the 4th quarter, but the Falcons came charging back and dropped a 19-0 run to trim Ateneo’s lead to 59-51 midway through the period.
But the 5-peat champions had enough cushion to weather that backbreaking attack and a triple by Ryan Buenafe with less than two minutes left sealed it for the Eagles.
Buenafe paced Ateneo with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals while Kiefer Ravena also chipped in with 18 markers as the Eagles shot 48.4% from the field.
Meanwhile, Adamson dropped to its 5th straight loss and fell to 7th place with a 3-7 record. – Rappler.com