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    Kouame keeps focus on Ateneo title defense, but admits desire for triple-double

    Oct 3, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    AS much as Ateneo is focused on the big picture, Ange Kouame admits that there's one goal he's aiming for this UAAP Season 82.

    "I talked with a friend and that's my goal this year: one triple-double," he shared.

    The Ivorian center has come close one too many times before, and the latest was on Sunday in the Blue Eagles' 89-63 conquest over University of the Philippines.

    Kouame hosted a block party with his season-best seven blocks to compliment his 19 points and 15 rebounds. Yet he remained three rejections short of his goal.

    "It's really hard, but I wanna make it. That's one of my goals this year," he said.
    Kouame may fall short of his goal, but those numbers sure have helped his case for the MVP award as he sits at second in the statistical points race, only behind UST high-flyer Soulemane Chabi Yo.

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      He has averaged 14.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, 4.9 blocks, 1.3 steals, and 1.1 assists to steer Ateneo to an unblemished 7-0 record after the first round.

      But all of those remain secondary for Kouame, as the biggest goal remains with helping the Blue Eagles complete a three-peat this year. That's one thing no individual accomplishment can match.

      "We're still focused on the game. Everybody's got to do their job. And when you do your job, you make the others better," he said. "It's not just for myself. If I wanna run for the MVP, I'm not playing for the team, I'm playing for myself. I'm just doing my thing the way I always play."

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