MANILA, Philippines — Atenio leaned towards a strong start and used his depth to win 91-80 against University of Santo Thomas at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.
Defending champions the Blue Eagles finished their first-round elimination with a spotless 7-0 record, extending their overall winning streak to 33 games.
The Tigers went down 2-5
Chris Koon’s triple late in the first period had Atenio leading 25-12 and then in the second period Matt Davis had a late assist that gave the Blue Eagles a 50-40 spread, with 53 seconds left before the break.
There was a flurry of contributions from contributors — BJ Andre, Tyler T.O., Angie Kaume, and Josh Lazaro বাল throwing buckets into a helpless US defense.
The Tigers, however, did something interesting in the third episode.
Veteran Sherwin Concepcion is getting hot 2019 the 2019 team’s holdover to the final was three triples in that quarter: UST came in at seven points several times, the last 55-48, 6:41 left.
But SJ Belenzel dropped a triple, when the Eagles sat on the 74-56 cushion and entered the fourth, while Kaume and Xian Mamuak dropped their own shots.
Too then unpacked eight points in a row to start the fourth and Atenio borrowed an 82-58 to secure the set win.
Ato finished to lead Atenio from the field with 20 points in TO-7’s 9, while Andred added 10, four assists and two steals. The Eagles made 13 of their 36 attempts from outside the arc because they denied the Tigers the main weapon.
UST made 12 of 37 shots from behind the arc, with Concepci 22n leading the UST from that space with 22 of 6 out of 14 points and seven rebounds.
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