The Chinese-Taipei White squad had a taste the flavor of Ateneo Blue Eagles basketball recipe as they got lambasted with a blowout lead, 87-64.
Coach Tab Baldwin must have pleased how his team opened their campaign for the 40th William Jones Cup in Taiwan.
With their suffocating defense inside the paint, Ateneo forced the host team to settle on outside jumpers. That was their working strategy as they pile up their lead to a double-digit point in the early stage of the game.
Angelo Kouame was the main reason of the inside domination of the UAAP defending champion against Chinese-Taipei White which is composed of young basketball players.
Kouame had a double-double performance he logged 15 points and 18 rebounds while Thirdy Ravena had a stellar all-around game with his 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and one block shot.
The Blue Eagles shown no mercy inside the shaded lane as the entire team scored 42 points in that area of the basketball court.
The young core of the Chinese-Taipei White shown great defense in the back-court, however, Ateneo responded their own version of back-court press. The host team committed several turnovers which resulted to Philippine fast-break.
Taiwan’s Oscar Kao led his team in scoring with 16 points who was held scoreless in their previous outing against team Canada. Chun Chi-Lin had 15 points where 13 of those markers came in the first quarter alone.