Ateneo shatters UST, sets UAAP record with 50-point blast

Raffy Verano led Ateneo's record-setting demolition of UST. UAAP Media Bureau
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Ateneo moved closer to clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP men's basketball Final 4 after clobbering the University of Santo Tomas by 50 points, 101-51, on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The Blue Eagles quickly pushed through with their shellacking of the Growling Tigers, opening a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Ateneo's fluid game continued on until near the end, when the team led by as much as 53 points, before a late UST three-pointer cut the lead down to its eventual final margin, which set a league record.

According to chief statistician Pong Ducanes, the Blue Eagles' 50-point win is the largest at least since stats became computerized in 2003.

The last time in modern history a big win like this happened was when the De La Salle Green Archers beat the Growling Tigers by 43 points, 99-56, in 2016.

Raffy Verano led Ateneo, now at 10-0 this season and winner of 36 straight games overall, with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds, one block, and one steal.

SJ Belangel added 16 points, all but a single free throw on triples, three rebounds, five assists, and one steal.

Nicael Cabañero led UST, which fell to 3-7, with 18 points, four rebounds, and two steals.

The scores:

Ateneo (101) -- Verano 18, Belangel 16, Chiu 14, Lazaro 12, Ildefonso 11, Kouame 10, Koon 9, Andrade 6, Padrigao 5, Mamuyac 0, Tio 0, Gomez 0, Daves 0. 

UST (51) -- Cabañero 18, Manaytay 9, Fontanilla 8, Manalang 7, Concepcion 5, Yongco 2, Santos 2, Ando 0, Herrera 0, Gomez de Liaño 0, Garing 0, Mantua 0, Pangilinan 0. 

Quarterscores: 22-8, 46-21, 80-36, 101-51

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