ATENEO clinched a spot to the UAAP Season 81 juniors' basketball tournament Final Four with an 87-78 win over University of Santo Tomas on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Kai Sotto had a 33-point, 11-rebound and 5-assist outing in the Blue Eaglets' fourth straight victory.
Ian Espinosa chipped in 15 points, six rebounds and two steals, while backcourt partner Forthsky Padrigao added 13 points, nine dimes, six steals and three boards as Ateneo rose to a 9-3 record.
Geo Chiu also got his way inside with his 15 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Eaglets.
Mark Nonoy did all he could to rescue the Tiger Cubs, but his 27 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists were not enough.
Johnvic Casingcasing contributed 18 points and six rebounds, as Liam Manabat had 10 and four.
The defeat put UST, which is carrying a 5-7 record, in danger of missing out on the semifinals with two games left on its schedule.
Ateneo 87 - Sotto 33, Espinosa 15, Chiu 15, Padrigao 13, David 6, Diaz 5, Fetalvero 0, Jaymalin 0, Ladimo 0, Salandanan 0.
UST 78 - Nonoy 27, Casingcasing 18, Manabat 10, Marzan 9, Amador 4, Lina 4, Dolendo 2, Javier 2, Beliran 2, Oliva 0, Benzonan 0, Dumlao 0.
Quarterscores: 12-18; 32-42; 63-54; 87-78.