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UAAP: Ateneo escapes UE in thriller to guide Last 4 ticket

Ateneo’s Dave Ildefonso. –UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Kai Ballungay scored 14 factors and Dave Ildefonso obtained away with 12 factors and 14 rebounds as Ateneo turned again College of the East, 69-66, in further time to seal a Last 4 berth within the UAAP Season 85 males’s basketball event.

Ildefonso knotted the depend at 62 with an extended three that compelled the extension and Ange Kouame accomplished their rise by exploiting the mismatch inside earlier than Forthsky Padrigao closed it out for the Blue Eagles with a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds left.

The Blue Eagles crowded Calvin Payawal within the ensuing play, forcing the designated shooter to provide it up and whip a cross to JM Tulabut, who fully missed the potential game-tying three.

“Typically successful ugly will not be essentially the best way that you simply need to win, nevertheless it’s simply as worthwhile within the standings and the standings are extraordinarily essential proper now,’’ stated Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin.

It was a possibility wasted for the Crimson Warriors, who confirmed the best way in the course of the late stretch within the fourth quarter and appeared headed for an upset solely to fumble ultimately and kissed their semifinal hopes goodbye.

With its ninth win in 12 video games, Ateneo joined semifinalists University of the Philippines (11-2) and National University (9-4) and will even clinch a twice-to-beat edge within the playoffs by sweeping their remaining assignments.

However it could possibly be simpler stated than performed because the Blue Eagles face the Preventing Maroons on Saturday, their tormentor within the finals final season, earlier than ending the second spherical towards the Adamson Falcons.

The Scores

ATENEO 69 — Ballungay 14, Ildefonso 12, Kouame 12, Padrigao 9, Andrade 6, Gomez 6, Lazaro 5, Koon 3, Daves 2, Garcia 0, Chiu 0.

UE 66 — Remogat 21, Villegas 11, Sawat 6, Pagsanjan 5, Okay. Paranada 5, Stebens 5, Payawal 5, Gilbuena 4, N. Paranada 2, Tulabut 2, Beltran 0, Alcantara 0.

Quarters: 18-11, 29-30, 47-50, 62-62, 69-66.

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