MANILA, Philippines G Gian Mamuyac warmed up in the third period to engineer an Atenio breakway that led to an amazing 94-72 victory over Eastern University on Saturday in the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Blue Eagles went on a field goal against the three-point Hunting Red Warriors, Mamuak burned two triples and scored 10 points at 14-0 to give Atenio a 65-53 lead towards the end of the third quarter — and his sixth straight win in the first round, in the first round. Shame to sweep.
The Red Warriors missed the sixth match in a row, but in this match they fought hard enough to keep their noses on the back of the Emmett Eagles for two and a half quarters.
That’s when Mamuak checked in and calmed the Warriors with a great scoring display.
With the Blue Eagles’ 39 stalemate coming to an end, Atenio also gave the captain a triple nail, which Atenio has not yet faced this season: to avoid a halftime deficit.
The Red Warriors stuck it out with the Blue Eagles, matching the point-for-point of their fancy enemies behind Chris Pagsanjan and his trigger-happy teammates. Both squads were tied after the first quarter (15-all), where the Eagles cuffed up their seven turnovers – in contrast to a negligible four field goals.
The UE initially survived the Triple Era but could not switch to higher gear when the Blue Eagle’s engine started humming.
Mamuak finished his career-high 21 points in 6-of-10 shootings and added nine rebounds, led by Atenio, with Angie Koume, who had 21 points and threw 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Kyle Paranada and Chris Paganjan finished with 15 points for the UE, making 13 of 26 attempts from outside the arc.
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