Gilas cadets no match for UAAP champion Blue Eagles

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 21, 2018 08:55 PM
Gilas cadets no match for UAAP champion Blue Eagles
Thirdy Ravena outdueled Kobe Paras as Ateneo outplayed the Gilas cadets in the final frame

Matched up against the Gilas cadets in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, Ateneo de Manila University just played the same sort of basketball that won them the UAAP championship.

Thirdy Ravena showed the way anew, but it was a total team effort for the Blue Eagles that overwhelmed the Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero-led Philippine national team, 75-69, on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Ravena wound up with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Adrian Wong chipped in 13 markers in his first big game since his ACL injury.

It was also Ravena’s thunderous throwdown that detonated the 13-4 blast that blew up a tight 56-52 tiff and turned into a 69-54 advantage in favor of the UAAP champions in the final frame. “We had a good spurt in the fourth quarter. Most of the game, though, I thought our defense had some passion to it,” head coach Tab Baldwin said.

They would not look back from there and marched forward to a big-time win to open the preseason.

As always, Baldwin got contributions from anywhere and everywhere as Nieto twins Mike and Matt combined for 19 points and five rebounds while big men Isaac Go and Angelo Kouame merged for 12 markers and 24 boards.

Still, the mentor they can do far better. As he put it, “Actually, I’m not too impressed. We’re not trying to be anything more than a shadow of what we hope to become.”

For the Gilas cadets, Ricci Rivero topped the scoring column with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Paras had 13 markers, three boards, and three dimes in his first big game back home.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 75 – Ravena 16, Wong 13, Nieto Mi 10, Nieto Ma 9, Go 7, Kouame 5, White 5, Belangel 4, Maagdenberg 3, Asistio 2, Navarro 1, Mamuyac 0, Credo 0

GILAS CADETS 69 – Rivero R 17, Paras 13, Gomez de LIano 11, Tratter 8, Ambohot 5, Gozum 4, Tolentino A 3, Tuffin 3, Tolentino V 3, Rivero P 2, Desiderio 0, Mocon 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-16, 29-27, 53-48, 75-69

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