MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University defeated University of the Philippines Integrated School, 90-75, to move to within two wins of an elimination round sweep in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament last Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
The Blue Eaglets led by as much as 27 points, but had to weather a late uprising by the Junior Maroons before extending their winning streak to 12 games.
SJ Belangel had 19 points, seven rebounds, and four steals, while Kai Sotto contributed a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Eaglets.
National University secured the remaining twice-to-beat semifinals incentive by dismantling University of the East, 83-64.
Rhayyan Amsali had 13 points and 11 boards as the Bullpups led from wire-to-wire to chalk up their 10th win in 12 contests.
In other games, defending champion Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman escaped with the 87-86 win over De La Salle-Zobel, while Adamson University kept University of Santo Tomas (UST) winless in the second round with a 91-74 rout.
The Baby Tamaraws boosted their semis hopes alive at 7-5, while the Baby Falcons moved in a tie with the free-falling Tiger Cubs at No. 4 with a 6-6 card.
RJ Abarrientos finished with 27 points and five assists while LJ Gonzales added 24 points, four rebounds and two assists for FEU-Diliman.
Andrey Doria and Jose Sabandal combined for 42 points as Adamson handed UST its fifth straight defeat.
The Junior Archers and the Junior Maroons dropped at 3-9, while the Junior Warriors sank deeper with a 1-11 slate.
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