By Yann Magcamit
QUEZON CITY – The Ateneo Blue Eagles slammed down the FEU Tamaraws hard with a 62-82 win, turning the table around after the latter beat them in the first round.
A shake-up with the usual gameplay for both teams was expected in their game this Saturday, as both were missing their key players in Thirdy Ravena for the Blue Eagles and Arvin Tolentino for the Tamaraws.
Besides the two, who were serving their one-game suspensions from their respective previous games, Ateneo’s Matt and Mike Nieto also sat out due to health conditions.
Although the first quarter saw a lackluster pace and intensity, the Blue Eagles still saw the start of another career-high for Ange Kouame. The Blue Eagle import set a total of 33 points and 27 rebounds for the entire game, making him the player of the game.
An exception for the lack of action that the first quarter saw was when the Tamaraws’ big man Orizu went down before the quarter could finish. Orizu did not enter the game anymore afterward.
The Blue Eagles set a higher field goal (46% to FEU’s 29%) and total rebounds (55 to 42), and second-chance points (23 to 11). They also performed better on the inside compared to the Tamaraws, accumulating a total of 42 points compared to their opponent’s 18 points.
FEU 62 – Escoto 13, Cani 13, Bienes 8, Parker 7, Comboy 6, Nunag 4, Ebona 3, Stockton 2, Tuffin 2, Orizu 2, Inigo 2, Gonzales 0, Jopia 0, Ramirez 0
ADMU 82 – Kouame 33, Asistio 15, Tio 8, Wong 7, Mamuyac 6, Verano 4, Mendoza 3, Belangel 2, Go 2, Andrade 2, Navarro 0, Black 0, Daves 0
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