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Bay Area survives Ateneo comeback in tuneup

PBA guest team Bay Area fended off a gritty Ateneo de Manila University side after pulling away with a 102-93 victory in a closed-door tuneup game held at Moro Lorenzo Gym, Saturday.

Strong was the start of the Dragons after Myles Powell and Andrew Nicholson connived on the offensive end. The scoring efforts of the former NBA players buried the Blue Eagles in a 17-point hole midway through the second quarter.

Bay Area kept its foot on the pedal as the Dragons increased the lead to as much as 22 points in the second half. However, Ateneo eventually utilized a 12-2 run to get within striking distance in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

A transition three from BJ Andrade enabled the Blue Eagles to get within seven, 93-100, with 41 seconds in the game.

Still, the Dragons showed their composure down the stretch as they held onto their lead to run away with the win.

“We knew it would be tough, really good workout for us. Happy that the team competed until the very end,” said Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin. “We haven’t had many games, the competition in Japan was good but not at this level. We have a lot of holes, both offensively and defensively. We need to be tougher competitively.”

Nicholson was at the forefront of Bay Area’s attack with 20 points, four rebounds, and a steal. Powell notched 16 points, six assists, and three rebounds while Glen Yang followed with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists.

“[It was] a really good game for us. We wanted to play a team that was physical, played real hard, and played together,” said Dragons head coach Brian Goorjian moments after their win. “I know Coach Baldwin and I know his reputation. I’ve competed against him for years and I knew that he’d have a team like that and in our development as a brand new team, we needed a game like this.”Ateneo-vs-Bay-Area-KOUAME-ANGELO Bay Area survives Ateneo comeback in tuneup ADMU Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports news

Dave Ildefonso led the Blue Eagles with 18 points and five rebounds while Angelo Kouame supplied 14 markers and 12 boards of his own. Forthsky Padrigao also added 12 points, five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in a losing effort.

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The Scores:

Bay Area 102 – Nicholson 20, Powell 16, Yang 15, Blankley 14, Zheng 8, Ewing 8, Ju 6, Reid 5, Song 5, Lam 5, Zhang 0, Si 0, Zhu 0.

Ateneo 93 – Ildefonso 18, Kouame 14, Padrigao 12, Ballungay 11, Andrade 10, Obasa 8, Garcia 5, Fetalvero 5, Chiu 4, Koon 4, Lazaro 2, Quitevis 0.

Quarterscores: 29-17, 54-39, 84-64, 102-93.Ateneo-vs-Bay-Area Bay Area survives Ateneo comeback in tuneup ADMU Basketball News PBA  - philippine sports news

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