Ateneo re-asserts mastery over Adamson to remain unscathed

Ateneo re-asserts mastery over Adamson to remain unscathed
NO PROBLEMO. Thirdy Ravena and Ateneo remain an unsolvable riddle in the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Ateneo de Manila University has the number of Adamson University in the 80th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Imposing their will from start to finish, the Blue Eagles outclassed the Soaring Falcons anew, 71-59, on Saturday at the Araneta Colisuem.

With the 12-point win, Ateneo completes an elimination round sweep of Adamson. This, as an encore to their 85-65 win in the first round.

More than that, they keep their perfect record intact now at 8-0.

The game turned out to be a defensive battle early on, but the Katipunan-based squad was still able to nudge ahead, leading by seven, 31-24, at the half. “It was a defensive game. Adamson is a very good defensive team, but the third quarter was the pivotal cushion we needed,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.

Then the third quarter rolled along and Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go merged for 13 points and, as a team, they outscored their opponents, 23-17.

The advantage would only bloat to as big as 21, 71-50, late in the game as even seldom-used BJ Andrade contributed a triple.

Ravena was the lone player in double-digits with 15 points on top of nine rebounds and two assists, but five other of his teammates chipped in somewhere between six to eight markers.

Though it remains in the league lead, Ateneo is adamant that there is much room for improvement. “We’re not looking at our record right now. That’s what we keep emphasizing,” Arespacochaga said.

That didn’t seem to be the case in this one as at the defensive end, they suffocated the Adamson backcourt of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Rob Manalang, and Koko Pingoy to only 16 points in 6-of-24 shooting.

The rest of the Soaring Falcons weren’t much better either as, in all, they only made good on one of 18 attempts from long distance.

Papi Sarr was their lone bright spot with 15 points and nine rebounds. those go along with six turnovers, however.

With such cold shooting, they see their four-game win run come to an end. Now at 5-3, they drop down to the third spot.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 71 – Ravena 15, Tolentino 8, Go 8, Ikeh 7, Black 7, Nieto Mi 6, Asistio 4, Verano 3, Tio 3, Mendoza 3, Andrade 3, Nieto Ma 2, Porter 2, Mamuyac 0, Malillin 0, White 0

ADAMSON 59 – Sarr 15, Pingoy 9, Ahanmisi 6, Hill 6, Espeleta 5, Mustre 5, Manganti 4, Camacho 2, Lojera 2, Ochea 2, Zaldivar 2, Manalang 1, Bernardo 0, Chua 0, Paranada 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-10, 31-24, 54-41, 71-59

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