Blue Eagles sweep battle of Katipunan
Mark Escarlote on Nov 04, 2015 07:36 PM
Kiefer Ravena steered Ateneo de Manila to a second straight Final Four appearance.
Ateneo de Manila clinched the third Final Four spot behind another stellar performance by Kiefer Ravena in the Blue Eagles’ 74-65 mastery over the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Wednesday in the 78th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Big Dome.
Ravena scored 16 points, dished out five assists and picked three rebounds while Adrian Wong exploded with 14 markers for the Blue Eagles’ fourth win in a row that jacked their win-loss record to 8-4 at third spot anchored on a 51.67% shooting from the field.
The win also opened a chance for the Blue Eagles to vie for the semifinals twice-to-beat advantage.
Ateneo got a bit of a challenge from the Fighting Maroons in third period as the Blue Eagles sputtered after building a 19-point lead at the half.
The Blue Eagles scored only nine points in the third frame committing nine turnovers while allowing UP to put in 18 markers to close the gap at 54-44 heading to the payoff period.
“I think and I feel that we started really well. We ended the second half good. And what we talked about in the dugout, anticipating the run happened,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, whose wards will finish the eliminations against De La Salle and University of the East.
“I can say that we had good composure during the third quarter but a good thing about that we were able to sustain with the likes of Adrian and timely shots from those guys from the bench,” he added.
UP absorbed its eighth loss in 11 games and are on the brink of missing the cut for the remaining semifinals spot.
Diego Dario had 13 points, Amar Agustini finished with 11 while Jett Manuel scored 10 for the Maroons.
ATENEO (74) --- Ravena 16, Wong 14, Tolentino A 8, Gotladera 6, Ikeh 6, Nieto 5, Pessumal 5, Babilonia 4, Capacio 4, Black 2, Tolentino V 2, Go 2
UP (65) --- Dario 13, Amar 11, Manuel 10, Desiderio 8, Kone 7, Harris 4, Moralde 4, Vito 4, Gallarza 2, Lim 2, Asilum 0, Jaboneta 0, Juruena 0, Longa 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-11, 45-26, 54-44, 74-65