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Eliminated after meltdown vs Adamson, Ateneo drubs CEU to end FilOil slump

Delfin Dioquino

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Eliminated after meltdown vs Adamson, Ateneo drubs CEU to end FilOil slump

SHOT. Kai Ballungay in action for the Ateneo Blue Eagles during the FilOil EcoOil Preseason Cup.

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Fresh from a stunning loss to Adamson where it blew a 27-point lead, Ateneo vents its ire on CEU to arrest its dismal 0-5 start in the FilOil EcoOil Preseason Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo finally barged into the win column of the FilOil EcoOil Preseason Cup after a 77-52 thrashing of Centro Escolar University at the San Juan Arena on Monday, June 5.

Ian Espinosa came off the bench and provided a team-high 12 points as the Blue Eagles arrested their dismal start in the tournament that saw them drop their first five games.

Ateneo, though, still bowed out of contention after a stunning 61-60 loss to Adamson on Sunday – a defeat where the Blue Eagles blew a 27-point lead before Soaring Falcons guard Matthew Montebon hit the game-winning trey.

Fresh from that heartbreaking loss, the Blue Eagles vented their ire on the Scorpions as they raced to a commanding 41-18 halftime lead and coasted the rest of the way.

Sean Quitevis flirted with a double-double in the win with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, Kai Ballungay added 10 points, and Jason Credo chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds.

“It is an experimental period, a developmental period, and we need a lot of it,” said Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin. “We’re trying to understand adjustments and adaptations that we need in our roster and it is an ongoing process.”

Daniel Marcelo put up 15 points for CEU, which dropped to 1-8 for the second-to-last spot in the 10-team UAAP bracket.

NU also earned a blowout win after a 142-69 demolition of FAITH Colleges as the Bulldogs remained at second place in the UAAP bracket with a 6-2 record.

Renzo Abiera and John Lloyd Clemente delivered 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead seven NU scorers in double figures in the victory that marked the third straight for the Bulldogs.

The Bravehearts, led by the 18-point, 10-assist effort of Adam Fernado, stayed winless in seven games.

Over in the NCAA bracket, second-running Letran improved to 6-2 following a 70-67 escape against Mapua behind a near-triple-double performance from Kurt Reyson.

Reyson bucked a poor shooting game that saw him go 3-of-15 from the field as he turned in 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Knights’ second consecutive triumph.

St. Benilde, meanwhile, forged a tie at third place with Lyceum in the NCAA bracket after claiming an 84-78 win over the Pirates.

Miggy Corteza powered the Blazers with 23 points.

The Scores

First Game

Letran 70 – Reyson 14, Cuajao 12, Javillonar 10, Santos 9, Ariar 6, Nunag 6, Alarcon 2, Tolentino 2, Fajardo 2, Go 1, Morales 0, Miclat 0, Bojorcelo 0.

Mapua 67 – Nocum 12, Bonifacio 9, Agustin 9, Recto 8, Escamis 6, Dalisay 6, Garcia 6, Cuenco 4, Soriano 4, Igliane 2, Hernandez 1.

Quarters: 19-19, 31-43, 50-54, 70-67.

Second Game

NU 142 – Abiera 21, Clemente 20, Padrones 19, Casinillo 17, Jumamoy 17, Gulapa 15, Parks 12, Palacielo 7, Diassana 6, Lim 3, Yu 3, Perciano 2.

FAITH Colleges 69 – Fernado 18, Navarez 13, Dimawala 12, De Castro 12, Villamor 10, Llamado 2, Roxas 2, Manipol 0, Herilla 0.

Quarters: 28-19, 68-39, 117-57, 142-69.

Third Game

Benilde 84 – Corteza 23, Turco 11, Mara 10, Carlos 8, Oczon 7, Cajucom 7, Flores 6, Nayve 5, Jarque 5, Sangco 2, Marasigan 0, Arciaga 0, Serrano 0.

Lyceum 78 – Valdez 14, Montano 12, Barba 10, Omandac 9, Penafiel 8, Umali 7, Guadana 6, Fuentes 5, Cunanan 4, Aviles 3, Villegas 0, Versoza 0, Moralejo 0

Quarters: 22-18, 43-44, 69-64, 84-78.

Fourth Game

Ateneo 77 – Espinosa 12, Quitevis 10, Ballungay 10, Credo 9, Obasa 8, Garcia 7, Tuano 5, Chiu 4, Lazaro 4, Nieto 3, Opena 3, Nwabude 2.

CEU 52 – Marcelo 18, Malicana 10, Diaz 4, Balogun 4, Santos 4, Penano 4, Samaniego 3, Cabotaje 2, Darbin 0, Anagbogu 0, Ferrer 0, Puray 0, Joson 0, Dela Cruz 0, Gandalla 0.

Quarters: 20-13, 41-18, 67-33, 77-52.


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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.