Blue Knights bows to St. Jude-Cavite in SM NBTC Div 2 semis

PROUD KNIGHTS. The Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights reached the semifinals on thier first stint in the SM NBTC National Finals.
PROUD KNIGHTS. The Ateneo de Davao University Blue Knights reached the semifinals on thier first stint in the SM NBTC National Finals.

ADDU Eliminations Results:
March 13, at Palm Coast Marina
9:30 am – ADDU 80, Ormoc City NHS 33
7:30 pm – ADDU 62, St. Benilde-Laguna 35
March 15, at MOA Arena
11:30 am – ADDU 87, STI-Malolos 58
7:30 pm – ADDU 65, St. Jude-Cavite 84

Davao City champion Ateneo de Davao University bowed out of the 2017 SM NBTC National Finals Division 2 after losing to a superior St. Jude-Cavite 65-84 on Wednesday night.

Playing two straight games in a span of eight hours, the Blue Knights could not sustain their momentum despite leading the match midway into the second quarter.

Ion Angeles fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the Blue Knights while Francis Gabriel Escandor bucked foul trouble to hit 14 points, collared 2 rebounds and blocked one shot. Josh Barrientos added 11 points and 10 rebounds while the usually hot Axel Doromal could do no better than 8 points.

Ateneo shot only 32.35 percent from the field and 18.8 from downtown. In contrast, Cavite shot 47.3 from the field and 29.41 from beyond the arc. Cavite also outrebounded Ateneo 49-41 and played the ball around much better with 21 assists as against the Blue Knights’ 7.

Paul Ryan Limpangog led the Cavitenos with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.

The Blue Knights thus completed their first ever SM NBTC finals stint with 3 wins in 4 games.

Ateneo opened with a 80-33 massacre of Ormoc City National High School and St. Benilde-Laguna 62-35 on Monday’s doubleheader. They beat STI-Malolos 87-58 on Wednesday morning to complete the sweep of the eliminations.

Completing the cast for the Blue Knights are Isaac Selgas, Joachim Weill, Joshua Go, Jan Rubiato, Matthew Martinez, Dom Cane, James Bacalso, Jethro Taculin and Kenneth Batilo.

“The boys did their best. I am proud of them,” said coach Miggy Solitaria who will bow out as the Blue Knights’ bench tactician to join De La Salle University in the UAAP.

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