Keen to assist Ateneo, Ballungay churns out explosive efficiency

Ateneo's Kai Ballungay.

Ateneo’s Kai Ballungay. –MARLO CUETO/INQYIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Kai Ballungay offered the much-needed power for Ateneo along with his rebounds and emphatic dunks within the fourth quarter to beat archrival La Salle, 77-72, within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Area.

Ballungay dunked over his defenders to provide the Blue Eagles a 72-67 breather with solely a minute left and so they by no means regarded again to earn their first win in two video games.

“I simply wish to do my job. Do what I can to assist this workforce, whether or not it’s on the boards tonight like I did, simply making these sorts of performs,” stated Ballungay, who dropped 18 factors and grabbed 16 rebounds.



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Kai Ballungay Ateneo vs La Salle UAAP Season 86

Ateneo’s Kai Ballungay soars for a dunk towards La Salle within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball match.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

After being restricted to simply 4 factors on 0-of-6 capturing from the sphere of their opening recreation loss to Nationwide College, the Filipino-American ahead insisted his vicious dunks have been solely a part of his job in serving to the workforce bounce again.

“No matter it’s, I simply need to have the ability to assist my workforce. I don’t hunt for these kinds of alternatives. I simply wish to hold it easy and simply do my job. That’s one thing the teaching employees has been preaching to us. Simply do your job and play for what’s on the market tonight,” he stated. 

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin praised Ballungay’s rebounding as he grabbed the workforce’s 27 offensive boards.

“Twenty-seven is an enormous offensive rebounding efficiency, which is indicative that our guys got here to battle. For Kai to tug down 12 of these is I don’t know…that’s past Ange Kouame-ish, actually. That’s actually saying one thing,” the Ateneo coach stated.

Ballungay, one of many remaining holdovers from final 12 months’s title run, stated the new-look Blue Eagles responded to Baldwin after the four-time UAAP champion coach lamented their lack of struggle final Saturday.

“The teaching employees was discussing previously few days simply coming to this recreation and struggle. It’s one thing that we lacked within the first recreation and one thing that we have now to regulate to coming to this recreation, particularly with it being a rivalry recreation,” he stated.

“We simply wished to indicate our sense of satisfaction and present that we are able to beat the fellows that may get first and beat the fellows that may be bodily and never simply take a beating each evening. I believe it actually confirmed tonight, particularly on the boards. A variety of our guys did a tremendous job attending to the boards and pulling these down.”

Ballungay was thrilled to get their first win of their season towards their rivals however he doesn’t wish to waste the momentum they gained as Ateneo eyes its second straight win towards Adamson on Saturday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

“It’s undoubtedly one thing that enhances our morale shifting ahead. We simply gotta take it as one recreation and hold pushing ahead, construct on this undoubtedly, and take what we are able to take and be taught from the experiences we have now on this recreation and simply hold constructing shifting ahead,” Ballungay stated.

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, Kai Ballungay, and Mason Amos after getting their first win within the #UAAPSeason86 with a 77-72 victory.

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, October 4, 2023


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