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SJ Belangel on fire as Ateneo cruises past San Beda in PCCL: UAAP-NCAA Challenge



Tiebreaker Times SJ Belangel on fire as Ateneo cruises past San Beda in PCCL: UAAP-NCAA Challenge ADMU Basketball News SBC  Tab Baldwin San Beda Seniors Basketball Ralph Penuela James Canlas Dwight Ramos Calvin Oftana Boyet Fernandez BJ Andrade Ateneo Men's Basketball Angelo Kouame 2020 PCCL National Championship

Defending national champion Ateneo methodically dissected San Beda, taking an 83-69 win in the 2019 PCCL: UAAP-NCAA Challenger, Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

SJ Belangel continued where he left off during the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Finals, firing 25 points built on five triples. The incoming junior went 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe to go along with five assists.

Holding a four-point lead, 42-38, midway through the third canto, Belangel scored seven points in a 17-4 rally to close out the period. That then gave the Blue Eagles a double-digit lead it would never relinquish.

Debuting Blue Eagle Dwight Ramos added 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Meanwhile, Ange Kouame gobbled 14 boards to go along with eight points and four blocks.

Ateneo would lead by as much as 17 points in the final stanza.

Disaster struck Ateneo early, though, as BJ Andrade injured his right knee just four minutes into the contest.

Despite the impressive showing, Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin said that the team remains miles away from where he wants it to be.

“We’re not a team yet. I mean, we haven’t practiced as a team. We’re just throwing individuals,” he said. “So, there’s nothing out there really now for us to point out. It’s just ‘let them go play’. You know, we’re not really running much, just trying to get them to take care of their business and play good basketball. And, you know, our players have to grow a lot, they have to get better.

“And we will, we’ll get better, but we’re not worried about how we play as a team right now,” he continued.

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Three Red Lions scored 11 points each in Calvin Oftana, James Canlas, and Ralph Penuela. Oftana and Canlas combined to shoot just 10-of-30 from the field, though.

Ateneo will next face the UST Growling Tigers on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 pm. Earlier in the day, San Beda takes on the Letran Knights still at the same venue.

The Scores:

ADMU 83 — Belangel 25, D. Ramos 12, Kouame 8, Navarro 7, Mallillin 7, Mamuyac 6, Daves 6, Tio 5, Andrade 3, Credo 2, Chiu 2, P. Maagdenberg 0, Berjay 0.

SBU 69 –– Oftana 11, Canlas 11, Penuela 11, Bahio 10, Abuda 9, Carino 7, Cuntapay 7, Villejo 2, Visser 1, Ejercito 0, Etrata 0, Fornis 0, Alfaro 0.

Quarterscores: 16-12, 37-26, 57-44, 83-69.