UAAP: Ballungay, Amos come by way of late as Ateneo beats La Salle3 min read

Kai Ballungay Ateneo vs La Salle UAAP Season 86

Ateneo’s Kai Ballungay soars for a dunk in opposition to La Salle within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines—Kai Ballungay and Mason Amos delivered the massive baskets down the stretch as defending champion Ateneo topped archrival La Salle, 77-72, within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball event on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Area.

Amos confirmed up when it mattered most, scoring eight straight factors, together with back-to-back triples for a 70-64 cushion with 2:07 remaining.

An emphatic Ballungay dunk adopted by a Jared Brown jumper sealed the sport, 74-67, with solely a minute left because the Blue Eagles notched their first win after dropping their opening recreation on Saturday.

Ballungay recorded a double-double with 18 factors and 16 rebounds, 12 of which on the offensive glass whereas Chris Koon led all scorers with 19 factors that went with seven rebounds, and three assists.

Mason Amos

Ateneo’s Mason Amos.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

“I don’t usually do it, however only a large shout out to this man sitting on my proper [Kai Ballungay]. 12 offensive rebounds out of 27. 27 is a large offensive rebounding efficiency, which is indicative that our guys got here to battle. For Kai to tug down 12 of these is I don’t know…that’s past Ange Kouame-ish, actually. That’s actually saying one thing,” stated Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin.

Amos, who solely scored two factors of their 77-64 loss to Nationwide College final Saturday, proved his price with 12 factors together with three triples to go together with 5 rebounds, as Joseph Obasa added 11 factors and 16 rebounds.

“Nicely I feel lots of people will get actually enthusiastic about this, but it surely’s the second recreation of the season. It’s an awesome rivalry recreation between two proud universities, and clearly, we’re delighted we gained that. Most significantly, I feel we discovered some combat. It was missing final recreation and to search out it is rather rewarding,” Baldwin stated. “Nevertheless, the standard of efficiency must be higher, however I feel it should get higher. This can be a powerful recreation to try to exit and be environment friendly when you could have the emotion and depth of the opposition.”

Quiambao powered the Inexperienced Archers with 17 factors, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks. Evan Nelle had 15 factors, three rebounds, and three assists, whereas Earl Abadam added 11 markers.

The Scores:

Ateneo (77) – Koon 19, Ballungay 18, Amos 12, Obasa 11, Brown 8, Espinosa 5, Lazaro 2, Chiu 1, Quitevis 1, Credo 0, Bongo 0, Nieto 0, Gomez 0.

DLSU (72) – Quiambao 17, Nelle 15, Abadam 11, Nonoy 9, Austria 5, Cortez 4, Manuel 3, B. Phillips 3, M. Phillips 2, David 0, Escandor 0, Gollena 0.

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Quarterscores: 25-23, 37-39, 47-54, 77-72

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