Taking on lead rebounding role for Ateneo energizes Kouame

first_imgPrior to the game against Ateneo, UE averaged 17.67 offensive rebounds-per-game making the Red Warriors the third-best squad under the offensive glass.Against the Blue Eagles, however, the Red Warriors looked like humble pawns grabbing just nine offensive rebounds while watching Ateneo gobble up 19 misses underneath its respective basket.Ateneo, overall, outrebounded the Red Warriors 46-27.“We saw UE’s rebounding especially in its last game and the game before that and I saw [Alvin] Pasaol had a lot of rebounds and that was big,” said Kouame. “The coaches told us to box out and the key to this game was the rebounding in both the offense and defensive ends.”Pasaol has been nothing short of spectacular for the Red Warriors averaging 24 points, 8.67 rebounds, and 4.33 offensive rebounds in his past three games but got limited to a humbler line of 17 points, eight rebounds, and three offensive boards against the Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And Pasaol’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed as Kouame made it a point to check UE’s burly star despite the difficulties of that assignment.“Pasaol,” said Kouame when asked who was the best rebounder from UE. “He played the 4 and I played the 5 and he came from the three-point line so it was really hard to check him before boxing out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UAAP: Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With a chance to extend their winning streak to three games, the Blue Eagles knew that attaining that goal would boil down to who can control the boards and luckily for them one imposing figure took that mantle.Angelo Kouame, the Blue Eagles’ lanky 6-foot-10 center, made it his responsibility to become the main force in the glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It kind of fired me up,” said Kouame of his responsibility of controlling the rebounds for the Blue Eagles in their 89-62 win over the Red Warriors Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Kouame finished with eight points and 15 rebounds, the most of any player in the game, and two blocks as Ateneo improved to a 3-1 record. Ateneo made rebounding of the utmost importance when it went up against University of the East in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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