By Mikhail Franz Flores
The Ateneo Blue Eagles pummeled the UP Fighting Maroons, 75-59, in their UAAP Season 73 basketball rematch dubbed “Battle of Katipunan Redux” at the Araneta Coliseum Saturday.
Sharp shooter Emman Monfort led Ateneo on the offensive end with a career-high 23 points, 14 of which came in the second quarter. Monfort also grabbed six boards, five assists and four steals.
Monfort sizzled early in the second period as he notched nine consecutive points that gave the Blue Eagles a 26-16 lead prompting Maroons coach Boyet Fernandez to call a time-out with only a minute down in the period.
“Coach Norman (Black) gave me the confidence to shoot when I’m open” Monfort said after the match.
Justin Chua was virtually unstoppable inside the paint as he scored 16 points on 80% shooting while Ryan Buenafe posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards for the Eagles.
“Our offense is [now] more balanced,” Black said as his squad moved to 2nd place in the standings along with Adamson.
Ateneo also played solid defense against UP as they limited the Maroons’s points in the paints to just 14.
Meanwhile, UP is still winless after eight games in the season.
Martin Reyes led the Maroons’ losing effort with 15 points, all from beyond-the-arc, as Magi Sison finished with a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
“The players are improving but I challenged them that one of them should step-up for the team,” Coach Boyet Fernandez said.
UP will play against the De La Salle Green Archers, Ateneo’s archrival, on August 29. La Salle won against National University , 59-56, in the second game.
ADMU 75– Monfort 23, Chua 16, Buenafe 12, Salamat 9, Dela Cruz 6, Golla 4, Long 3, Salva 2, Escueta 0, Erram 0, Tiongson 0, De Chavez 0, Austria 0.
UP 59- Reyes, Martin 15, Co 13, Silungan 11, Sison 10, Padilla 6, Saret 2, Manuel 2, Reyes, Miguel 0, Maniego 0, Hipolito 0, Juruena 0, Gomez 0.
Quarter scores: 17-16, 37-29, 57-43, 75-59