Ateneo bests UP in heavyweight bout to make City Hoops Finals

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2018 07:17 PM
Ateneo bests UP to make City Hoops Finals
Ateneo got the better of Katipunan neighbor UP to claim the last berth in the 2018 City Hoops Finals

Defending UAAP champions Ateneo de Manila University clinched the final slot in the 2018 SMART City Hoops 25-Under Summer Classic Finals after surviving a highly-physical game against Katipunan neighbors University of the Philippines, 64-51, last Saturday at the Greenhills West Clubhouse.

The Blue Eagles will face Far Eastern University in the one-game championship showdown on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m just happy that we won, ‘cause we really didn’t shoot well in terms of shooting. We shot really poor from the three,” said Thirdy Ravena as they went just 6-for-30 from downtown.

Holding a 39-35 lead midway through the third, Ateneo finished the quarter strong with a 6-2 spurt.

The Blue Eagles then relied on the hot hands of Adrian Wong, who scored 11 of his 14 points in the final frame, to continue their momentum. They would lead by as much as 15 points in the contest, 64-49.

“I think it’s our defense and our execution and our hustle that actually bailed us out from this game. UP played really well, they played tough,” added Ravena, who had a brief confrontation with a fuming Jun Manzo during the tail-end of the third frame.

Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame had 12 points and eight rebounds while Ravena and Isaac Go added eight points apiece for the Blue Eagles who have now won all of their seven games since their annual Baler camp.

For the Fighting Maroons, Manzo tallied a total of 10 points in 25 minutes of play while Gelo Vito chipped in eight markers. 

Gilas Cadet Juan Gomez de Liano struggled from the field, shooting just 2-of-9 from the field, for just four points while Bright Akhuetie played limited minutes in the game and was held to only five markers.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 64 – Wong 14, Kouame 12, Ravena 8, Go 8,  White 5, Mamuyac 4, Mendoza 2, Go 2, Mallilin 3, Ma. Nieto 2, Maagdenberg 2, Tio 2, Verano 2, Belangel 0.

UP 52 – Manzo 10, Vito 8, Tungcab 5, Ja. Gomez de Liano 5, Akhuetie 5, Ju. Gomez de Liano 4, Murell 4, Prado 4, Desiderio 2, Lim 2, Gozum 2.

QUARTER SCORES: 10-4, 33-21, 45-37, 64-51.

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