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first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Ateneo defense forced a season-high 28 turnovers on La Salle, which made a measly three assists the entire game.The Tigers, on the other hand, finally succeeded in trying to prove it was great at one thing the past five games: Shoot.All those attempts from beyond the arc finally found their mark as UST made 16 triples in an 80-66 conquest of University of the East in the other match.After bricking triple attempts in a three-game slide, the Tigers watched their run-and-gun style bear fruit for their second win in six outings. And all it took, apparently, was a break from basketball.“In the two days before our game I told them that we’re going to have a break and forget about basketball,” said coach Aldin Ayo, who used the birthday celebration of one of the team’s managers, Chuck Dumlao, as an excuse to send the Tigers on a spa and buffet break.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Alaska adds to SMB’s troubles “We just focused on what we had to do and we did it well,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.And what the Eagles do particularly well is play defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLike it did to UST in a 32-point rout earlier in its schedule, Ateneo held La Salle to just 18 made field goals the entire game en route to putting pressure on undefeated leader Adamson (5-1).“We had a strategy on playing defense and that was the big emphasis coming into this game,” added Arespacochaga. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We played well and the kids played relaxed because they weren’t pressured that much,” said Ayo in Filipino.In the first meeting this season of Philippine basketball’s marquee active rivalry, Ateneo weathered a strong start by its foe and outscored La Salle, 16-8, in the second quarter to take a 28-21 lead heading into the break.That seven-point lead eventually ballooned in the third quarter when Tyler Tio scored on a three-pointer with seven seconds left in the period for the Blue Eagles’ 50-33 buffer.Angelo Kouame put up 20 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks for Ateneo while Anton Asistio added 12 points. Thirdy Ravena became Ateneo’s de facto playmaker with nine points and six assists.Aljun Melecio carried La Salle’s offense with 21 points on 5-of-18 shooting. He also had seven rebounds.UST had a 23-17 lead after the first quarter and pounded UE with a 16-6 run to take control of the game.The Growling Tigers led by as many as 21 in the third quarter, 44-23, on Renzo Subido’s three-pointer.The Warriors rallied to within seven but UST countered with an 11-1 run capped by a three from CJ Cansino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe basketball gods were in no mood for surprises Saturday afternoon, as a defensively stingy Ateneo and a relaxed University of Santo Tomas subdued separate foes in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Unnerved by a solid start from its archrival, Ateneo flashed a mean defensive game to dump La Salle, 71-55, and notch its fifth win in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img

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