Ateneo slays San Beda to set up date with UV in PCCL Finals

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 26, 2019 05:00 PM
Ateneo slays San Beda to set up date with UV in PCCL Finals
Ateneo won back-to-back games versus San Beda to move on to a Finals showdown with Visayan powerhouse UV

Ateneo de Manila University’s quest to widen the scope of its rule continues.

At full strength for the first time in the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Blue Eagles tamed San Beda University, 62-56, on Saturday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig to book a ticket to the tournament Finals.

Missing Game 2 due to class, UAAP Rookie of the Year Ange Kouame made up for lost time and was a game-long force in the win-or-go-home matchup with a total of 13 points, 18 rebounds, and eight blocks.

He definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Thirdy Ravena was right there with him with 14 points and six rebounds. Adrian Wong and BJ Andrade also stepped up with 10 and eight markers, respectively.

At halftime, the Red Lions seemed to be still in the game thanks to Evan Nelle’s buzzer-beating triple.

Come the third, though, the kings of the UAAP went right to work once more and scored seven unanswered points for a 41-24 lead early in the quarter.

Of course, San Beda kept coming and even tied the tally at 55-all inside the last three minutes only to see Kouame and Ravena connive for a 6-1 counter that put them up once more, 61-56.

There were 22 ticks to go on the clock by then, but Evan and Ain Obenza muffed on their triple tries while Ravena made good on one of two free throws to seal the deal once and for all

With that, Ateneo ultimately got the better of the NCAA champions even after losing Game 1 of the best-of-three series. They won Game 2 with just nine players in uniform before digging deep to come away with Game 3.

The Blue Eagles now turn their attention to CESAFI titlist University of Visayas. The Finals tips off on Monday.

James Canlas paced the Red Lions with 14 points and six rebounds while Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua posted his own 10-marker, 12-board double-double. Failing to finish off their opponents after a big-time win in Game 1, however, they bow out of contention.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 62 – Ravena 14, Kouame 13, Wong 10, Andrade 8, Ma. Nieto 5, Berjay 3, Mamuyac 3, Navarro 2, Go 2, Mi. Nieto 1, Tio 1, Belangel 0.

SAN BEDA 56 – Canlas 14, Tankoua 10, Nelle 9, Doliguez 7, Soberano 5, Etrata 4, Cuntapay 3, Oftana 2, Alfaro 2, Abuda 0, Bahio 0, Carino 0, Visser 0, Obenza 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 10-7, 34-24, 53-42, 62-56.

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