Ateneo maintained a spotless record in UAAP Season 82 after blowing out Far Eastern University, 63-46, on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Both teams were lethargic offensively and combined to shoot just 30.8 percent from the field, but the Blue Eagles did just enough in the first half to pull away for their fourth straight win despite some subpar shooting throughout the game.
Ateneo went on an 11-0 burst to start things off and even held FEU scoreless until the third minute mark to take an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second period was incredibly rough for both the Tams and the Eagles, though, with Ateneo only coming up with a measly five-point output to end the half.
Unfortunately, the Tamaraws weren't able to take advantage. Even as Ateneo shot a palty 22.2 percent in the first half, FEU played much worse and only found the bottom of the net on 15.3 percent (4-for-26) of all their field goals during the same period.
The third quarter was a little bit friendlier to Ateneo, where an Angelo Kouame trey at the 4:48 mark gave them a 42-23 advantage that would not wane the rest of the game.
Kouame paced the Blue Eagles with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, while Adrian Wong and Thirdy Ravena pitched 13 and 13, respectively. Ravena also grabbed 10 boards.
No player scored in double figures for FEU, who was led by eight markers from Barkley Ebona and Xyrus Torres.
ATENEO (63) -- Kouame 14, Wong 13, Ravena 12, Mi. Nieto 4,Navarro 4, Mamuyac 3, Ma. Nieto 3, Tio 3, Belangel 2, Daves 2, Go 2, Maagdenberg 1, Andrade 0, Chiu 0, Credo 0, Mallillin 0.
FEU (46) -- Ebona 8, Torres 8, Comboy 6, Gonzales 6, Nunag 5, Bienes 4, Tuffin 3, Alforque 2, Tempra 2, Cani 1, Tchuente 1, Celzo 0, Dulatre 0, Mantua 0, Stockton 0.
Quarters: 18-6, 23-15, 47-32, 63-46.
- Prior to his 2-for-2 shooting from downtown today, Kouame was 1-for-17 on threes for his whole career.
- Will Navarro was a +30 despite ending with a meager statline of four points, seven boards and a steal in 22 minutes.
Ateneo improved to 4-0, while FEU slid to 1-2.