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    Ateneo finishes off CEU in four games to claim D-League title on first try

    Jun 25, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    CIGNAL-Ateneo's coronation also turned out to be a mugging of Centro Escolar University.

    The Blue Eagles ran roughshod on the Scorpions with a 32-point decimation, 98-66, to close out the series in Game Four and win the 2019 PBA D-League title Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

    It was a masterful performance for Cignal-Ateneo which won its first championship in the developmental ranks in only its maiden campaign.

    Thirdy Ravena was all over the court for the Blue Eagles with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists, as Will Navarro ignited the early assault as he scored 13 of his 16 points in the opening frame.

    Ivorian big man Ange Kouame also tallied a double-double with 18 points and 16 boards, while adding two assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Conference MVP Isaac Go added seven points and seven rebounds.

    The Blue Eagles made sure that there would no longer be any tomorrow for the Scorpions, staging a 16-0 blast in the first quarter that gave them a 27-5 lead which would later extend to a 28-point lead, 38-10.

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    Cignal-Ateneo shot 75-percent in the first 10 minutes of action, while limiting CEU to just 18-percent clip, as that opening frame set the tone for the blowout, where it held a lead as big as 37 points, 79-42, courtesy of a three-point play from Gian Mamuyac late in the third period.

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    It was also the third PBA D-League title for the Cignal banner, with the first two coming with the San Beda core in 2016-17.

    Rich Guinitaran led CEU with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals.

    The Scores:

    Cignal-Ateneo 98 - Kouame 18, Navarro 16, Ravena 15, Mamuyac 10, Ma. Nieto 9, Mi. Nieto 7, Go 7, Wong 6, Mendoza 5, Daves 2, Credo 2, Belangel 1, Tio 0, Andrade 0, Berjay 0.

    CEU 66 - Guinitaran 20, Bernabe 12, Diouf 11, Santos 11, Diaz 6, Sunga 6, Intic 0, Abastillas 0.

    Quarterscores: 38-10; 48-27; 79-47; 98-66.

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