Ateneo de Manila sweeps the first round of elimination after defeating University of the Philippines, with the final score 89-63, on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Araneta Coliseum.
The most anticipated match of the season did not disappoint as the two teams battle head to head in the first two quarters, with the halftime score, 35-31 in favor for the Blue Eagles.
Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto just turned into a combo duo after scoring 5 point apiece to spark a 10-1 run that led to Ateneo’s 13 point lead in the 3rd quarter.
In the same quarter, Ange Kouame forced a defensive stop on Jerson Prado – and it got a reaction out of Fighting Maroons head Bo Perasol.
The defending champions added seen more points after the altercation and increased the lead to 52-35.
Ateneo’s player listed 5 in double digits, led by Ange Kouame who had 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks and two assists. Will Navarro had 14 of his own together with 4 boards.
The combo guard, Nieto and Ravena, combining with 31 points that helped the defending champion sweep the first round.
Despite the loss, UP stayed solo second, with the standing 5-2.