UAAP: Ateneo tightens grip of third spot with 75-61 rout of UE

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Ateneo Blue Eagles dismantled the UE Red Warriors, 75-61, on Wednesday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Rookie Jolo Mendoza led the way for Ateneo with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.

But it was not a walk in the park for the Katipunan-based squad as they started off with a 21-7 disadvantage.

Mendoza powered a second quarter run which saw the Blue Eagles take a five point lead heading into the halftime break.

Ateneo never looked back and notched its first victory of the second round. The Blue Eagles improved to 5-4, while UE fell to 2-7.

Thirdy Ravena added 14 points, Adrian Wong and Mike Nieto contributed 11 and 10 respectively.

Philip Manalang paced the Red Warriors with a career-high 16 points.

The Blue Eagles' next assignment is the National University Bulldogs on October 23 (Sunday) at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The scores:

Ateneo (75) — Mendoza 15, Ravena 14, Wong 11, Mi. Nieto 10, Go 8, Asistio 4, Tolentino 4, Black 4, Verano 4, Ikeh 1, Babilonia 0, Ma. Nieto 0, Porter 0.

UE (61) — Manalang 16, De Leon 13, Varilla 7, Pasaol 7, Batillier 5, Olayon 4, Bartolome 4, Palma 3, Derige 2, Penuela 0, Gagate 0, Charcos 0, Abanto 0, Larupay 0.

Quarterscores: 16-23; 42-37; 60-48; 75-61.