Ateneo overcomes National U to salvage third place in preseason tournament
The Ateneo Blue Eagles recover from a slow start to turn back UAAP rival national University. Jerome Ascano

ATENEO defeated National University, 66-54, on Sunday to salvage third place in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.

Chibueze Ikeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds, Vince Tolentino added 15 points and Thirdy Ravena scored 14 as Ateneo recovered from a 20-8 deficit with a 28-6 second quarter to go into halftime with a 36-26 lead.

“Our slow start was maybe attributed to the lack of energy,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, who called the shots as head coach Tab Baldwin focused on Gilas Pilipinas. “We understand but we can’t make it as an excuse because we have a game to play.”

“One of our mottos is we want to play every game and fight every game. There is no exception whether you have a reason or you are tired. The players picked it up and credit to them,” he added.

The Bulldogs didn’t have a player scoring in double figures, with Chino Mosqueda coming up with nine points.

The scores:

Ateneo 66 — Ikeh 18, Tolentino 15, Ravena 14, Ma. Nieto 4, Babilonia 4, Black 3, Wong 3, Asistio 3, Mendoza 2, Porter 0, Allmond 0, Banzon 0.

NU 54 — Mosqueda 9, Aroga 8, Diputado 6, Salem 6, Gallego 6, Morido 5, Labing-isa 4, Aquino 3, Salim 3, Abatayo 2, Go 2, Yu 0, Cauilan 0.

Quarterscores: 8-20; 36-26; 52-38; 66-54.

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