MANILA – Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles used a telling second quarter run to dispose rival De La Salle University Green Archers in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Mike Nieto tallied 18 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals on Sunday night while brother Matt chipped in 15 points and three boards.
The defending champion Blue Eagles improved to 2-0 win-loss slate.
Gian Mamuyac also made his presence felt with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Ivorian import Angelo Kouame hauled 19 rebounds to go with six points and five blocks.
Holding to a slim 30-28 lead early in the second quarter, the Blue Eagles went on a huge 21-1 scoring run behind the Nietos to build a commanding 51-29 advantage at the half.
The Green Archers threatened to within single digit several times in the second half but the Blue Eagles got timely conversions from Mamuyac sealed the victory for the Ateneans.
“I think that break we had at the end of the second quarter was a surprise to us and it was a surprise for them. In the end it was the cushion, I think, that we depended on in the second half,” said Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin.
Jamie Orme-Malonzo tallied double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar chipped in 14 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Green Archers (0-1)./PN