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Blue Eagles survive UST's threat to remain undefeated

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Blue Eagles experienced a slight turbulence before turning back the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 94-84, on Wednesday, September 27, at the Araneta Coliseum. 

Despite the loss, the Growling Tigers were able to get within 1 in the final frame that stimulated the Blue Eagles to seize the control back and maintain their undefeated record. 

The game started tight as the first half featured 8 lead changes and 6 deadlocks. The first quarter saw both teams make most of their points off free throws, but the game changed when Matt Nieto led the Blue Eagles with a solo 7-0 run within Ateneo's 13-0 run. 

Isaac Go's triple at the buzzer garnered a lead of 12 points after a lackluster first quarter. Go led the team in scoring with 11 points at the half. 

The Blue Eagles drew first blood this time in the third quarter with a 9-2 run in the first  two minutes. Matt Nieto waxed hot as he made 9 points in the quarter alone. However, the Growling Tigers pulled off a scare on the Blue Eagles as a 14-0 run saw them close Ateneo's lead to 5 points.  

The Growling Tigers got as close to 1 point early in the fourth quarter via a Marvin Lee triple. But Blue Eagles replied with a 7-1 run which allowed them to pull the lead away. A Matt Nieto triple sealed the win for the Blue Eagles in the last 32 seconds of the game. 

Matt Nieto attained a career high of 22 points and he shot 100% from the stripe. Go followed with 13 points and collected 4 rebounds, 3 of which are offensive.

Lee topscored for the Growling Tigers with 22 points and Jordan Sta. Ana followed by registering 21 points. 

The Blue Eagles are undefeated with a 5-0 record, while the Growling Tigers remain winless at 0-5 in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. 

The Scores

ATENEO (94) – Matt Nieto 22, Go 13, Ravena 12, Mamuyac 8, Ikeh 7, Asistio 7, Mike Nieto 6, Tolentino 5, Verano 4, Tio 3, Mallillin 3, Black 2, Mendoza 2, Porter 0

UST (84) – Lee 22, Sta. Ana 21, Faundo 6, Escalambre 6, Akomo 6, Romero 6, Garcia 4, Huang 4, Basibas 4, Soriano 3, De Guzman 2, Kwawukumey 0, Arana 0

Quarter scores (Ateneo-UST): 29-23, 55-43, 76-71, 94-84

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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