JONES CUP: Ateneo gets back on track at expense of Japan
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 18, 2018 08:41 PM
Thirdy Ravena got the go-ahead basket for Ateneo as well as the block that closed the door on Japan once and for all (Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Basketball Association)
Ateneo de Manila University started strong and finished even stronger to barge back onto the win column in the 2018 William Jones Cup.
Thirdy Ravena had all the answers in the endgame as the young Blue Eagles lost a 14-point lead, but dug deep to hold off the Team B of the Japanese national team, 80-74, on Wednesday at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium in Taiwan.
The UAAP champions established a 48-34 lead in the third quarter before the Japanese came roaring back with a 29-14 rampage to grab a 63-62 edge in the final frame.
In the ensuing possession, UAAP Season 80 Mythical selection Ravena took the ball right to the rim where he made good on the basket plus the bonus.
That uncorked an 8-1 burst that took back the advantage in favor of Ateneo, 70-63.
Japan yet again threatened at 70-72 inside the last two minutes only to see Gian Mamuyac nail a tough midrange jumper and Ravena register a resounding rejection that closed the door on them once and for all.
Incoming fourth-year forward Ravena wound up with 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and one block. Ivorian reinforcement Angelo Kouame had his own 15-point, 14-rebound double-double on top of two blocks.
Behind the end-to-end play of Ravena, the Blue Eagles swooped back on the right track, evening their standing at 2-2.
The Philippine team will now turn its attention to Indonesian club team CLS Knights on Thursday.
Takuma Sato paced Japan with 12 points.
ATENEO PILIPINAS 80 - Kouame 15, Ravena 14, Wong 11, Nieto Ma 10, Mamuyac 9, Mendoza 8, Nieto Mi 5, Verano 4, Black 2, Go 2, Maagdenberg 0, White 0.
JAPAN 74 - Sato 12, Takahashi 11, Imamura 10, Hashimoto 9, Tamaki 8, Namizato 6, Hiraiwa 5, Toews 5, Schafer 5, Nakanishi 3, Sugiura 0, Inoue 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-13, 37-31, 60-55, 80-74.
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