So far so good.
Ateneo defeats UP, 89–63 to sweep the first round.
So far no one has solved the Ateneo defensive puzzle. UST came close. UP controlled a half. But the puzzle keeps turning. Ateneo’s deep roster has contributed in their own way through seven games.
Nieto had a season high 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. He was also aggressive in attacking the top of the key pick and roll defense of UP, making them rotate and scramble.
Maybe it was all a ruse. As UP was gaining confidence — Ateneo made progress from the second to the third quarters. From being down by 6 to leading by 26.
Thirdy Ravena had a quiet 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Will Navarro had 14 points and 6 rebounds while it was SJ Belangel who changed the game in late first and early in the second. He tied his career high with 11 points and 3 assists and zero turnovers.
But throughout the game it was Ange Kouame’s stellar play. His length overwhelmed on both ends of the floor.
Round two begins on Saturday, October 5.