AsiaBasket: Ateneo edges CSB to go 2-0

Kai Ballungay continues his stellar showing for Ateneo in the AsiaBasket Las Piñas Championship. AsiaBasket
By Dugout Philippines

LAS PINAS–The 2023 Bola.TV AsiaBasket Las Piñas Championship capped its Saturday quadruple header at the Villar Coliseum here with a marquee showdown between Ateneo and College of St. Benilde.

The Blue Eagles played the first two minutes of the game flat with the Blazers scoring back-to-back baskets to start the clash.

However, following a Joseph Obasa block on Will Gozum and a Kai Ballungay jumper that began a 13-0 run, Ateneo surged ahead and eventually took control of the game.

By the second quarter, the Blue Eagles established its largest lead at 16 points, 39-23, and they seemed to be on their way to a blowout win.

However, the Blazers went on a 9-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to cut the lead down to seven, 75-68, with 4:59 remaining.

Ballungay and Obasa finally put the game away for Ateneo as they connived on a 10-2 run to up the lead back to 15, 85-70, with 2:26 remaining.

Miggy Corteza scored on a dunk, while Migs Oczon hit back-to-back threes to give CSB a strong finish despite the defeat.

Ballungay led Ateneo, now on top of Group A at 2-0, with 19 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Obasa barely missed on a double-double with 12 rebounds and nine points alongside two assists, three blocks, and two steals.

Oczon led CSB, which fell to 0-2, with 17 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while Corteza added 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals.

Box Scores:

Ateneo 85 – Ballungay 19, Obasa 9, Gomez 8, Nieto 8, Quitevis 7, Brown 6, Koon 6, Credo 6, Tuano 4, Chiu 4, Garcia 3, Amos 3, Lazaro 2

CSB 78 – Oczon 17, Corteza 13, Sangco 9, Nayve 9, Mara 9, Gozum 8, Marasigan 7, Jarque 4, Turco 2, Jalalon 0, Marcos 0, Cajucom 0, Flores 0, Davis 0, Morales 0

Quarterscores: 27-17, 47-34, 65-52, 85-78

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