Angelo Kouame finished with a career-best 33 points and 27 rebounds, leading Ateneo to a convincing 82-72 victory over Far Eastern University in UAAP men's basketball at Araneta Coliseum on Saturday.
The Blue Eagles thus raised their record to 7-2 for a share of first place with first-game winner Adamson, while the Tamaraws fell to 5-4.
The game featured two teams missing players — Thirdy Ravena (suspension) and injured Nieto brothers Matt (finger) and Mike (sprain) for Ateneo, and Arvin Tolentino (suspension) of FEU.
The Tamaraws were hurt further by the departure of Prince Orizu, who left in the first quarter because of an apparent leg injury.
With nobody to neutralize him, Kouame feasted and beasted for the defending champions.
He scored 11 of his points in the second quarter, where the Blue Eagles outscored the Tamaraws 18-6 to take a 34-22 lead at halftime, a cushion they protected the rest of the way.
Overall, Kouame made all but 3 of his 18 field-goal attempts.
Anton Asistio added 15 points and 2 3-pointers for Ateneo.
Richard Escoto finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Hubert Cani added 13 points to lead the Tamaraws.
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