Ateneo opened its title retention campaign with a 74-61 victory at the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday in the UAAP season 81 youth basketball season at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Last season's finals, MVP Kai Sotto, had 24 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three assists to give new coach Reggie Varilla a winning debut for Blue Eaglets.
Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano teamed up 28 points in their own debut with the former National University (UN) champion beating Far Eastern University-Diliman 78-70.
In other opening games, De La Salle-Zobel led the University of the East, 66-56, while Adamson University slaughtered UP Integrated School, 78-66.
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