JONES CUP: Ateneo gives good scare to defending champ Canada

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 17, 2018 05:18 PM
JONES CUP: Ateneo gives good scare to defending champ Canada
Thirdy Ravena and Ateneo put up a good fight up against defending champion Canada (Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Basketball Association)

Despite finding itself knocked down early on, Ateneo de Manila University kept coming at Canada, the defending champions in the 2018 William Jones Cup.

The Blue Eagles climbed out of a 27-point hole in the first half and closed to within six points in the endgame before ultimately falling to Canadian team 3D Global Sports, 86-78, on Tuesday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan.

The young UAAP champions were at the wrong end of a scorching start by the tournament titlists.

Behind Shaquille Keith and Connor Wood, Canada got off to a 35-14 first quarter which then bloated to a lead as big as 27, 41-14.

Ateneo knew no quit, however, and Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena got together to get them going.

Outscoring the Canadians in both the third and fourth quarters, the Blue Eagles pulled to within 78-84 courtesy of a Nieto jumper with 39.2 ticks to go.

Unfortunately, that was the closest they could come as Keith kept them at bay for good.

Nonetheless, the big-time fightback should be a source of pride for the young UAAP champions.

In the end, Nieto had 18 points to his name while Ravena contributed 12 markers, nine rebounds, and two blocks of his own.

They have now dropped two in a row following a victory versus Chinese Taipei to open the tournament.

Still, Ateneo’s 1-2 record has it in the thick of things. They try to get back on track up against Japan a day from now.

Keith topped the scoring column for Canada with 18 points on top of seven rebounds and five assists. Wood chipped in 16 markers, five boards, and three steals.

BOX SCORES

CANADA 86 – Keith 18, Wood 16, Thomas 14, Kyser 12, Stutz 10, Post 9, Campbell 7, Gyamfi 0.

ATENEO PILIPINAS 78 – Nieto Ma 18, Ravena 12, Wong 11, Nieto Mi 10, Go 8, Black 5, Navarro 4, Kouame 4, Andrade 3, Tio 2, Asistio 1, Maagdenberg 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 14-35, 27-51, 54-68, 78-86.

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