BACOLOD'S pride Sam Josef Belangel was chosen best defensive player of the game as Ateneo de Manila University nipped De La Salle Zobel (DLS-Z), 76-75 in the Filoil Flying V Juniors Division 2015 tournament in Metro Manila.
Belangel has 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, and a steal to complement Jolo Mendoza's 20, Bryan Andrade's 20, and Gian Mamuyac's 10 points for the Blue Eaglets fourth straight win.
DLS-Zobel slipped to 3-1 record despite Aljun Melecio's 30 points as ADMU outrebounded the Greens, 52-36. The Blue Eaglets trailed 16-26 in the first quarter and 35-37 at half.
A 20-11 spurt in the third put ADMU in front 55-48 and hold on to win a close game to enter the Final Four semifinal which starts Friday, June 12.
Belangel and company will face Mapua Malayan Red Robins.(HGD)