Ateneo Blue Eagles def. UST Growling Tigers, 66-52
Thirdy Ravena, ADMU (17 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals)
Thirdy is slowly picking up steam as the season rolls along. In the absence of Ange Kouame’s scoring, Thirdy picked up the cudgels, shooting 2/3 from the three point area. The only downside to this game is that he committed eight turnovers, but it’s forgivable as Ateneo got the W.
SJ Belangel, ADMU (11 points , 4/7 FG, four rebounds, one steal)
As early as now, SJ is showing that the Ateneo offense will be safe even after Matt Nieto graduates. The sophomore point guard is not shy to command his seniors, and take the big shots himself. He has been steady at the point guard spot all season long, and could even start some games if Coach Tab chooses to do so.
Mark Nonoy, UST (18 points, 5/11 FG, three rebounds, one assist)
If you were to create the perfect player for Coach Aldin’s Mayhem system in a laboratory, the finished product would be Mark Nonoy. He is very efficient for his position (only two turnovers in 24 minutes of play), does not back down from anybody, and as quick as all hell.
- The Blue Eagles and the Growling Tigers focused on one thing, and that is to shut down the main offensive weapons of their opponent. Ange Kouame was limited to two points as he was in foul trouble very early in the game. Soulemane Chabi Yo was shut down by the Ateneo defense, scoring only six points on 2/11 shooting.
- These two teams are the top scoring teams in the league, but the first half did not show it. A mixture of good defense and terrible offense dictated the first half of the game, with the score only 26-17 at the end of the second quarter. The scoring picked up in the second half, with both teams finally finding their footing.
- Ateneo tried to press UST while attempting to slow the game down in the second half, but UST found ways on how to break it time and time again. However, Ateneo’s transition defense limited UST to take bad shots once they attacked the paint. Ateneo wings were sure to be underneath the basket when the UST guards evade the primary defenders.
- Will Navarro has made a name for himself as one of the most efficient Blue Eagles this season. He’s had a good game despite his 1/9 clip from the field. He is second to SJ in +/-, serving as Chabi Yo’s primary defender. He’s coming up to be the glue guy that holds the Ateneo team together.
- SJ Belangel and Mark Nonoy. What a matchup. These two guards got next, as their predecessors are graduating this year. Honestly, they could be the best two guards in the league when all is said and done.