VON Pessumal hit five triples as Ateneo defeated Perth, 69-56, on Tuesday in the 1st Philippine-Australia Goodwill Basketball Invitational at the Philsports Arena.
Pessumal scored 18 points to lead the way for Ateneo in a rare summer tournament appearance by the Blue Eagles during the offseason.
Ateneo has declined to play in the Filoil preseason tournament, and the goodwill invitational tournament will be one of the few times the Blue Eagles will be seen playing before UAAP Season 78 opens in September.
Head coach Bo Perasol, however, said he wants to see more of the second stringers for this tournament.
“Hindi pa ito ’yung gauge. Binubuo pa namin ’yung mga support group. Nandyan na ’yung core pero hindi pa namin ma-gauge ’yung mga second stringers,’ said Perasol.
Nigerian Chibueze Ikeh and Gwyne Capacio had eight points each for the Blue Eagles, while Kiefer Ravena had seven markers in the tournament organized by Sports Vision and supported by MVP Sports Foundation and Sports5.
Sebastian Salimas had 25 points for Perth, which managed to keep the game close in the early goings but fell behind, 25-39, by halftime.
Ateneo (69)—Pessumal 18, Capacio 8, Ikeh 8, K. Ravena 7, T. Ravena 6, Gotladera 5, Murphy 5, Babilonia 4, V. Tolentino 4, Ma. Nieto 2, Cani 2, M. Nieto 0, A. Tolentino 0, Go 0.
Perth (56)—Salinas 25, Gusi 10, Kereama 7, Smith 5, Clarke 4, Biddle 3, Hayden 2, Buenavista 0.
Quarterscores: 17-16; 39-25; 59-39; 69-56.