Ateneo ended De La Salle’s 12-game winning streak on an epic battle between the two archrivals at Smart Araneta Coliseum on the UAAP Men’s Basketball Season 79 Second Round of elimination round. Ateneo overcome La Salle’s pressing defense to defeat the Taft based school with a 83-71 victory.
Many have thought that the De La Salle Green Archers will sweep the elimation round, coming into the game with 12-0 record. But the big men of Ateneo played outstanding defense to La Salle big man Ben Mbala forcing him to commit 7 turnovers. La Salle’s Jeron Teng played his last elimination game versus their nemisis Ateneo Blue Eagles. Teng led the Green Archers with 18 points. Mbala also contributed 17 points and 15 boards for the Archers.
Ateneo was led by Aaron Black with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron was coming from an injury. He is the son of Meralco Bolts head coach Norman Black. Matt Nieto and George Go also contributed 15 and 10 points respectively. Ateneo is now on a three-game winning streak and now secured a spot for UAAP Season 79 Final Four.