By Yann Magcamit
PASAY CITY – The Ateneo Blue Eagles took over in their much-awaited rivalry game with the DLSU Green Archers, hitting a 71-55 victory for the blue side.
The Blue Eagles saw a rough first quarter thanks to the Archers’ tight defense. They were sent struggling by their archrivals who refused to let them hit a basket on the first few minutes, but eventually found their footing five minutes in – just to lose it right after with tragic turnovers.
The latter half saw the fired-up Blue Eagles putting their aggression into converting and forcing turnovers from the Archers.
Aljun Melecio’s efforts to out-shoot and Justine Baltazar’s attempts to out-rebound the Eagles were sent down the drain as the Eagles managed to eventually hold them down and have Ange Kouame sweep the court with a double-double.
Ateneo 71 – Kouame 20, Asistio 12, Ravena 9, Verano 8, Go 6, Navarro 6, Tio 5, M. Nieto 3, J. Nieto 2, Belangel 0, Mamuyac 0, Mendoza 0, Wong 0
DLSU 55 – Melecio 21, Santillan 7, Dyke 6, Baltazar 4, Caracut 4, Montalbo 4, Bates 3, Manuel 3, Serrano 3, Go 0
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