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Kouame, Ateneo overpower NU for 2-0 season start

Martin Mendoza
Kouame, Ateneo overpower NU for 2-0 season start

DOMINANT. Angelo Kouame and the Blue Eagles hammer the Bulldogs in the second half.


Reigning UAAP MVP Ange Kouame delivers a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Ateneo Blue Eagles continue their hot start in UAAP Season 85

MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo Blue Eagles moved up to 2-0 in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament with an easy 77-60 win over the NU Bulldogs at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City on Wednesday, October 5.

Four players scored in double figures for the Blue Eagles, but it was reigning UAAP MVP Ange Kouame who led the charge this time around with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while shooting on an efficient 7-of-10 clip from the field.

Forthsky Padrigao, the hero in Ateneo’s first win over the FEU Tamaraws, backstopped Kouame with an all-around outing of 13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals, while Dave Ildefonso and Kai Ballungay chipped in 12 and 10 markers, respectively, in the lopsided affair.

With the Bulldogs trailing by 8 points at the half, 30-38, the Blue Eagles came out with guns blazing in the third period and unloaded a blistering 14-2 run, capped by a BJ Andrade triple to push their lead to 20 points, 52-32, midway through the quarter.

NU managed to pull back within 12, 51-63, early in the final frame, before Ateneo caught fire once again, increasing its lead to its largest of the ball game at 22 points, 75-53, off a layup by Ildefonso with just 3:01 to go. 

Mike Malonzo was the lone player to finish in double-digits for the Bulldogs with 13 points, to go along with 9 rebounds, while John Lloyd Clemente and Jolo Manansala had 9 points each.

The Blue Eagles will look to stay undefeated when they take on their rival La Salle Green Archers in a highly anticipated clash on Sunday, October 9 at 4:30 pm, while the Bulldogs will shoot for a bounce back win against the UST Growling Tigers on the same day at 1 pm.

The Scores

Ateneo 77 – Kouame 17, Padrigao 13, Ildefonso 12, Ballungay 10, Andrade 9, Koon 6, Lazaro 5, Gomez 3, Daves 2, Chiu 0, Garcia 0, Quitevis 0, Fornilos 0, Lao 0, Ong 0.

NU 60 – Malonzo 13, Clemente 9, Manansala 9, Baclaan 7, Figueroa 6, Yu 4, Galinato 3, Palacielo 3, Minerva 2, John 2, Tulabut 2, Mahinay 0, Padrones 0.

Quarters: 20-15, 38-30, 60-45, 77-60.

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