ANTIPOLO — Ateneo is two wins away from an outright finals berth in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament after crushing University of the East, 84-50, Sunday at Ynares Center.
Ange Kouame powered the balanced Blue Eagles attack with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, as Thirdy Ravena got 11 points, seven boards and two assists.
With the win, Ateneo improved to 12-0 as it won its 22nd straight game dating back to last season.
Trailing 4-0 to start the game, the Blue Eagles went on a 17-2 blitz to zoom ahead before taking a 40-23 lead late in the first half.
Refusing to step on the brakes, Ateneo then went on a 13-0 run to open the third period to take a 28-point lead, 53-25. The lead swelled to 36 points, 82-46, off an Isaac Go three-point play with 1:03 remaining.
Go topscored for the Blue Eagles with 13 points on a 3-of-6 shooting from threes as he contributed mightily on the team's collective 14-of-42 sniping from deep.
It was an all-out barrage for Ateneo, with everyone contributing as its bench scored 47 in the contest.
UE's loss takes it out of the Final Four race as it falls to a 3-9 standing, missing out on the Final Four for the last decade.
Alex Diakhite carried the Red Warriors with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists, while Rey Suerte had 10 points, four boards, and two dimes in the defeat.
Ateneo 84 - Go 13, Kouame 11, Ravena 11, Belangel 9, Wong 9, Ma. Nieto 6, Tio 6, Chiu 4, Credo 4, Mamuyac 3, Mi. Nieto 3, Maagdenberg 2, Mallillin 2, Andrade 1, Daves 0, Navarro 0.
UE 50 - Diakhite 15, Suerte 10, Abanto 6, Apacible 6, Camacho 3, Cruz 3, Antiporda 2, Pagsanjan 2, Tolentino 2, Manalang 1, Conner 0, Lorenzana 0, Mendoza 0, Natividad 0.
Quarterscores: 17-8; 40-25; 65-35; 84-50.