Ateneo Dominates and Advances in UAAP, Eliminating UE on the Road to the Final Four
Jared Brown knocks down six three-pointers, goes for 21 points to lift Ateneo past the elimination round in the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament. Brown was perfect from beyond the arc in the first half, Kai Ballungay added 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds for the Blue Eagles. Ateneo now secures at least a playoff for the last Final Four.”},” Joseph Obasa chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping to eliminate University of the East and land a spot in the playoffs. With a 7-6 record in the standings, “Brown spoke about the significance of the win and took the opportunity to express his gratitude to Coach Tab. “Going into this game I just knew it was it was a do or die or just if we win it really puts us in a good position for the Final Four and for me, the past two games I shot it pretty poorly and you know Coach Tab, always he gives me the most confidence he always trust me to take those shots and so I just had had to do my job and knock them down and luckily they went in today,” said Brown. An Adamson (5-7) loss to National University later at 6 p.m. completes the Final Four cast. This enables Ateneo to comfortably move towards the semifinals and secure their position as the fourth seed. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin talked about the game’s challenging moments by saying that “it was disappointing to turn the ball over as much as we did and not be more dominant in the rebounding.” The Red Warriors are out of Final Four contention after losing with a 4-9 record.
The Blue Eagles led by 17 points in the final quarter, but they “weren’t as locked in as they should be,” according to Brown. Even though they didn’t perform at their best, Ateneo secured their spot in the semifinals with the important victory. Noy Remogat lead the attack for UE with 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Management changes have also been announced, with Dr. Zosimo M. Battad resigning as the league’s Season 86 Chairman of the Board. Ateneo posted a convincing win, leading the game from the beginning and emerging victorious with a final score of 80-74.