Sotto is center of attention in Eaglets triumph

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sotto bagged the Finals Most Valuable Player plum after boasting an incredible stat line in the best-of-three title series: 17.0 points per game built on a 63 percent shooting clip, 12.3 rebounds and 6.3 blocksThe 15-year-old swatted 19 shots in the series, while all the rest of the players had 15 blocks combined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Ateneo still found a gritty challenger in Nazareth School of National University before the Blue Eaglets hacked out a 63-58 escape in the deciding Game 3 on Friday to complete the school’s double crown in the men’s and juniors’ divisions.“I just told the boys to stay composed. We’ll fight back,” said coach Joe Silva. Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Sotto displayed that composure as he nailed the go-ahead putback with 25.3 seconds left that shattered a 58-58 deadlock.In the thrilling final stretch, SJ Belangel sealed the win for the Blue Eaglets after sinking two clutch free throws in the last 9.8 seconds.Sotto survived a foul-plagued outing and helped Ateneo recover from a 54-48 deficit, scoring seven of his 19 points in the last 4:18, while also hauling down 13 rebounds and rejecting three shots.Belangel chipped in 16 markers and eight boards, while Dave Ildefonso got a near-double-double with his 13 points and nine rebounds as the Blue Eaglets completed a fitting ending to to their near-perfect season.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kai Sotto PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netHe may just be too good—and too big—for juniors basketball.Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-1 teen wonder, proved too dominant all season. And lucky for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, they got him on their side to romp to their first UAAP juniors championship in three years.ADVERTISEMENT Show of grit Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img

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