By Camille Cutler 

Ateneo Blue Eagles def. UST Growling Tigers 102-62

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Ange Kouame, Ateneo (22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks)

While Ange only played 13 minutes, he made every minute count. His dominance to start the game set the tone for the Blue Eagles, and they never turned back.

Will Navarro, Ateneo (17 points, 7/7 FG, 5 rebounds, 2 assists)

He’s had a shaky season for the most part, but Will Navarro finally broke out with an excellent performance versus UST. He still has tunnel vision at times, but his potential remains very high.

BJ Andrade, Ateneo (9 points, 4 rebounds)

It was BJ Time, and he delivered. You have to appreciate BJ’s energy and activity any time he’s put into the court. He’s born ready.

QUICK ANALYSIS

  • This was a beatdown from start to finish, that’s really the only thing you need to know with how this game was. The Blue Eagles showed respect to UST by giving their best, and you have to respect that kind of mentality by the defending champions.
  • Despite getting blown out this way and losing their last four games of the season, there’s plenty to be excited about for the Growling Tigers. While they will lose Steve Akomo and Embons Bonleon, they still have CJ Cansino (get well soon!), Marvin Lee, Renzo Subido and Zach Huang holding fort for the team. Coming in are Sherwin Concepcion and Brent Paraiso to shore up the wings. Soulemane Chabi Yo is a dominant force who will be a problem for years to come.
  • The Ateneo Blue Eagles just look ready for the playoffs. After a shaky start to the season, they look primed to go back to back. Who can stop them towards a ring at this point? Bring in the Final Four.