JONES CUP: Blue Eagles torch Chinese-Taipei White
Mark Escarlote on Jul 15, 2018 07:36 PM
Ateneo de Manila University made its presence felt in the 2018 William Jones Cup after a 23-point rout of Chinese-Taipei White.
Ateneo de Manila University made a stellar debut as the Blue Eagles dominated host team Chinese-Taipei White, 87-64, Sunday in the 2018 William Jones Cup.
The reigning UAAP champions jumped to an early double-digit cushion to silence the young home squad, which was forced to settle on their outside shooting with the Blue Eagles clamping down on defense down low.
Thirdy Ravena displayed an impressive performance to lead Ateneo with 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Six-foot-10 Ivorian Angelo Kouame lorded over the boards with 18 rebounds on top of his 15 markers while Jolo Mendoza and Isaac Go added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Blue Eagles.
Ateneo pounded the paint with 42 points and outrebounded the Chinese-Taipei developmental team, which is composed of players with an average age of 20-years old, 53-34.
The Blue Eagles opened a 48-33 advantage at halftime behind their choking defense, forcing Chinese-Taipei to commit turnovers that Ateneo converted into fastbreak points.
Raffy Verano pushed Ateneo’s lead to 60-42 with 4:27 in the third quarter before Tyler Tio all but settled the game with a jumper as the Blue Eagles’ advantage ballooned to 77-55 with five minutes left in the ball game.
Oscar Kao, who was held scoreless in Chinese-Taipei’s 73-83 loss to Canada, exploded with 16 points while Chun Chi-Lin and Tin-Chien Lin had 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for the winless home squad.
PHI (87) –- Ravena 17, Kouame 15, Mendoza 11, Go 10, Mt. Nieto 8, Verano 8, Mamuyac 4, Tio 4, Mi. Nieto 3, Asistio 3, Black 2, Navarro 2.
ROC II (64) –- Kao 16, Chi-Lin 15, Chien-Lin 12, Kuan-Yi 8, Chen 7, Wang 3, Wu 2, Chien 1, Lai 0, Lu 0, Sun 0, Hsu 0.
Quarter scores: 26-20, 48-33, 67-52, 87-64