JONES CUP: Blue Eagles get burned by red-hot Korea
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 16, 2018 07:05 PM
Thirdy Ravena and Ateneo tried their very best to keep up with sharpshooting Korea (FILE PHOTO)
Young UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University went right at a Korean side mostly made up of its national team members in the 2018 William Jones Cup.
In the end, however, the Koreans’ sniping yet again put down the Filipinos for a 90-73 decision on Monday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan.
Korea, the Philippines’ longtime tormentor in international play, did what it does best and made good on 10 of its 18 three-point shots.
The Blue Eagles tried their best to keep up, but the youngsters muffed on 22 of their 27 triple tries.
Still, Ateneo showed no quit and Thirdy Ravena’s fastbreak layup pulled them to within 71-79 at the midway mark of the final frame only to see Heo Ilyoung and Heo Ung drop back-to-back long-range missiles to quell their uprising once and for all.
Ravena wound up with 14 points, five steals, four rebounds, and four assists while Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame posted a 10-point, 16-rebound double-double.
The Katipunan-based ballers didn’t help their cause by failing to take advantage of their freebies, going 12-of-21 from the free throw line.
Despite falling to Korea, the young UAAP champions remain well and alive in the tournament with a 1-1 record.
Next up for them is Canada on Tuesday.
For the Koreans, Ricardo Ratliffe topped the scoring column with 15 points on top of seven rebounds even though he sat out the entire second half. Ilyoung also had 15 points to his name while Ung chipped in 12 markers.
The ball movement was on-point for them as their 30 assists eventually ended as their second win in as many games in the tournament.
SOUTH KOREA 90 - Ratliffe 15, Heo I 15, Heo U 12, Lee J 9, Heo H 6, Kang 6, Jeon 6, Kim J 6, Park 5, Choi 4, Lee S 4, Kim S 2.
ATENEO PILIPINAS 73 - Ravena 14, Nieto 12, Kouame 10, Wong 9, Verano 5, Mendoza 5, Go 5, Navarro 5, Maagdenberg 3, White 3, Mamuyac 2, Andrade 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 26-22, 50-41, 70-60, 90-73.
Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.