Cignal-Ateneo delivered a masterful second half and bucked a rain delay to rout Centro Escolar University 67-52 in Game 3 of the 2019 PBA D-League finals in Pasig on Thursday.
Ange Kouame was at the forefront of the Blue Eagles' defensive stand at Ynares Sports Arena, racking up 10 points, 9 blocks, and 7 rebounds to help Ateneo move a win away from the title.
Thirdy Ravena tallied 12 points and 8 rebounds for Cignal-Ateneo, while Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong got 9 points apiece.
Cignal-Ateneo's defense was on point throughout the game, holding CEU to just a 26-percent clip from the field.
The game, meanwhile, was halted for 25 minutes as rainwater made its way into the arena early in the fourth quarter.
The stoppage didn’t put a damper on the Blue Eagles, who staged a 16-2 tear in the fourth to extend its 49-37 lead to a comfortable 65-39 advantage.
Cignal-Ateneo can close out the best-of-five series on Tuesday's Game 4 in the same venue.
Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf anchored CEU with 19 points and 20 rebounds.
CIGNAL-ATENEO 67 -- Ravena 12, Kouame 10, Mi. Nieto 9, Ma. Nieto 8, Andrade 5, Go 5, Daves 5, Navarro 4, Belangel 0, Tio 0, Credo 0, Mamuyac 0.
CEU 52 -- Diouf 19, Bernabe 9, Guinitaran 8, Sunga 7, Santos 5, Diaz 4, Abastillas 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-13, 32-27, 49-37, 67-52.
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