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Ateneo's Nieto not dwelling on heroic effort against La Salle

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University point guard Matt Nieto was rightly hailed as the hero of the Blue Eagles' stunning victory over their archrivals, the De La Salle University Green Archers, in their first round encounter of UAAP Season 80.

Nieto came up with the biggest plays of the game, tipping off Kib Montalbo's inbound pass to Andrei Caracut, then drained clutch free throws with 3.9 seconds to go to provide Ateneo with a 76-75 advantage.

Ateneo's Matt Nieto celebrates with his teammates after beating La Salle. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
The Blue Eagles then came up with a superb defensive stand against La Salle center Ben Mbala in the final possession of the game, allowing them to end the first round with a perfect 7-0 win-loss record.

Yet when asked to discuss his game-winning efforts after the game, Nieto was as business-like as ever.

"I was denying Andrei yata, and then when I looked behind, I saw that everybody was denied also," he explained. "So 'yung chance lang is Andrei getting that lob from Kib. So I tried to tempt them to lob the pass, and when the lob is there, I just tipped it to our court."

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/10/08/17/uaap-ateneos-nieto-not-dwelling-on-heroic-effort-against-la-salle

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