UAAP: Ateneo routs FEU, nears automatic finals berth

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Posted at Apr 28 2022 07:01 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2022 09:24 PM

Photo from the UAAP Facebook page
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(UPDATED) Ateneo de Manila University stepped closer to an automatic finals berth in Season 84 UAAP men's basketball after bringing down Far Eastern University (FEU), 70-53, on Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Blue Eagles picked up their 13th straight victory which upped their chances of sweeping all their games in the eliminations.

Raffy Verano, who led the 11-2 wind up against FEU, finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Tyler Tio chipped in 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists, while SJ Belangel finished with 8 points, 4 boards, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Ateneo, which clinched a Final 4 ticket as early as last week, again showed its defensive prowess against FEU by holding the Tamaraws to just 23 points in first two quarters.

By the time they reached the final two minutes, Ateneo was already leading by 20 points.

The three-time reigning champions are bent on sweeping the two-round eliminations like they did in 2019 for another free passage to the championship round.

Ateneo also extended its record win streak to 39.

RJ Abarrientos led FEU with 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Ateneo’s last game is on Sunday against rival and No. 2 University of the Philippines (10-2).

Box Scores:

Ateneo 70 -- Verano 17, Tio 14, Belangel 8, Ildefonso 8, Mamuyac 7, Kouame 4, Koon 4, Mendoza 3, Padrigao 3, Chiu 2, Lazaro 0, Daves 0, Gomez 0, Andrade 0.

FEU 53 -- Abarrientos 12, Gonzales 10, Torres 8, Alforque 5, Ojuola 5, Tempra 4, Sleat 3, Sajonia 3, Celzo 2, Coquia 1, Bienes 0, Sandagon 0, Li 0.

Quarters: 17-11, 33-23, 51-34, 70-53.