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'Ion' the prize: Angeles posts double-double in ADDU's bounce-back victory

October 19, 2019 - Saturday 12:10 PM by Daniel Joaquin

Article Banner Image ADDU's Ion Angeles shoots a free throw during a game against AISAT on Friday, October 18. SBP 11 Photo

DAVAO CITY -- An undermanned Ateneo de Davao University team emerged victorious over Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology (AISAT) in the pilot season of the Collegiate Sponsors League (CSL) Friday night at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC) behind the offensive and defensive efforts of Ion Angeles who recorded a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, along with five assists and two blocks.

The six-man ADDU squad started strong, leading by as much as 29 points at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

In a post-game interview, Angeles told the Mirror that the only goal he and his team had going into the game was to win. He added that they had to shake off the sense of intimidation they felt that came from being greatly outnumbered to stay focused on the goal.

Angeles is a natural guard, but current circumstances have forced him to play in the frontcourt to relieve ADDU's big men.

"I don't usually play the four position  kasi  (because) I usually play one or two.  Pero dahil six lang kami (But since there are only six of us), I need to adjust my position for the team," citing minor rotation changes as the key factor that led to his 16-rebound game.

Even with the absence of head coach Miggy Solitaria, the Blue Knights showed fluidity on both ends of the floor, proving that communication and teamwork win games.

AISAT saw themselves trailing 67-28 at halftime and ultimately falling to ADDU, 121-73, at the end of regulation.

ADDU now stands at 1-1 with AISAT holding a current record of 0-1.

Earlier on Friday, the Holy Cross College of Sasa (HCCS) Spartans grabbed their second win of the season (2-0) after surviving a fourth-quarter run from the Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) Bulldogs (0-2). 

The confident Spartans, who led by as much as 15 points in the third quarter, slacked on both ends of the floor and saw their lead disappear right in front of their eyes.

With around six minutes left in the final quarter, RMC's offensive efforts brought their deficit down to two points at 68-66 and eventually securing a one-point lead at the two-minute mark.

RMC failed to convert a last-ditch effort to force the game into overtime with 13.8 seconds on the clock and giving up two free throws to HCCS who ultimately won, 88-83.

Spartans guard Aldrin Caballes grabbed his second player-of-the-game award in as many games with 17 points, 7 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Meanwhile, Friday's closing game saw University of Mindanao grab its second victory and secure a current season record of 2-0 after routing San Pedro College (0-1), 71-59, behind Cayle Manlimos' 22 points.