On a night when Angelo Kouame struggled offensively, Tab Baldwin got contributions from the starters up to the bench from both ends to get back at their first round tormentor and tighten their grip on the top spot of the UAAP.
The Blue Eagles improved to 10-2 entering their penultimate game of the season, riding high on a five game winning run since the turn of the second round.
“We knew we had a tough matchup against Adamson. We have to make sure our defense holds up. We recognize that they’re a disciplined team, they’re a well-oiled machine, they have good players and their system is very good,” said Ateneo assistant Sandy Arespacochaga.
“Our emphasis is we have to hold our own defensively. We have to make sure like guys like Ahanmisi, Manganti, won’t get their numbers,” he added.
Go played his best game this season as he finished with 12 points and six rebounds off the bench to step up for Koaume who was limited to just six points and six rebounds in less than 20 minutes of action.
Thirdy Ravena added 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks as Anton Assistio added nine points.
The Nietos also made their return after missing four games due to dengue.
Matt Nieto scored five points, all coming in the fourth period, as Mike added three points.
Jerom Lastimosa led the Falcons with 13 points and two steals though he had eight turnovers.
Jerrick Ahanmisi added 10 but struggled heavily from the field, making just four of his 12 attempts from the field.
Ateneo 62 – Go 12, Ravena 10, Assistio 9, Tio 6, Kouame 6, Verano 5, Ma. Nieto 5, Mamuyac 4, Mi. Nieto 3, Belangel 2, Mendoza 0, Navarro 0.
Adamson 48 – Lastimosa 13, Ahamisi 10, Sarr 9, Manganti 6, Mojica 3, Camacho 2, Magbuhos 2, Zaldivar 2, Maicon 1, Pingoy 0, Catapusan 0, Colinia 0, Bernardo 0, Maata 0, Magbuhos 0.
Quarterscores: 9-9; 26-17; 46-31; 62-48.