|Thirdy Ravena came close to a double-double. PBA Images|
By Dugout Philippines
MANILA—Cignal-Ateneo delivered a masterful second half and bucked a slight rain delay to pull off a 67-52 Game Three victory over Centro Escolar University Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Ange Kouame commandeered the Blue Eagles' defensive stand, racking up 10 points, nine blocks, and seven rebounds to help his side move a win away from the title.
Thirdy Ravena fired 12 points and eight rebounds to topscore for Cignal-Ateneo, as Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong got nine points apiece.
"We went a little bit away from our defensive system last game and we wanted to get that in today's game," said coach Sandy Arespacochaga.
Cignal-Ateneo's defense was on point in the game, holding CEU to just 26-percent clip from the field.
The game was also halted for 25 minutes with rain leaking at the 8:18 mark of the fourth quarter.
Still, that wasn't enough to stop the deluge as the Blue Eagles staged a 16-2 tear in the fourth quarter to extend its 49-37 lead to a comfortable 65-39 advantage.
Cignal-Ateneo can close out the best-of-five series on Tuesday's Game Four in the same venue.
Isaac Go was also honored with the Conference MVP award earlier in the day after nabbing 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his 13 games in uniform.
Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf anchored CEU with 19 points and 20 rebounds in the defeat.
CIGNAL-ATENEO 67 -- Ravena 12, Kouame 10, Mi. Nieto 9, Ma. Nieto 8, Andrade 5, Go 5, Daves 5, Navarro 4, Belangel 0, Tio 0, Credo 0, Mamuyac 0.
CEU 52 -- Diouf 19, Bernabe 9, Guinitaran 8, Sunga 7, Santos 5, Diaz 4, Abastillas 0.
Quarters: 17-13, 32-27, 49-37, 67-52.
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