Eagles claw fifth straight win, send Archers reeling

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 08, 2015 06:49 PM
Eagles claw fifth straight win, send Archers reeling
FIRESTARTER. Kiefer Ravena quickly shook off his struggles coming out of the halftime dugout to spark Ateneo to a fifth win in a row, this time at the expense of archrival DLSU.

Playing against their archrivals for what could possibly be the last time on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum, Kiefer Ravena found himself struggling after the initial two quarters with only four points and one assist while also muffing seven of his attempts from the field.

Told by his coach that he and his teammates did not look like they wanted to win, the reigning MVP only needed seven minutes in the third period to outdo his first half numbers and provide the lift for Ateneo de Manila Universty to take flight up and away from De La Salle University, 73-62.

Ravena collected six points and two assists in a 17-4 Blue Eagle blitz that turned a five-point disadvantage into a 47-39 advantage at the 3:06 mark of the third. The margin proved to more than enough for a fifth consecutive victory that pushes the Katipunan kids to 9-4 and still in the running for a playoff incentive in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“Alam namin na sound yung gameplan namin kaya lang wala yung effort nung first half. Sabi ko sa kanila, kung hindi kami magbibigay ng 100 percent effort, it won’t matter,” coach Bo Perasol said in his post-game conference. Giving what their coach asked for, Ravena wound up with 15 point, three assists, and five rebounds while three other teammates ended in double-digits.

DLSU got off to a great start and led by as much as 10 before falling off late in the second. Still, the Archers displayed some grit of their own and clawed their way back to only 62-66 with 25 ticks on the clock even after Jeron Teng fouled out of the game.

However, Ravena, Von Pessumal, and Gwyne Capacio made good on all but one of their eight free throws to seal the deal for Ateneo.

Prince Rivero had 16 markers to his name in the loss that dropped DLSU out of the top four with a 5-7 record.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 73 – Pessumal 17, Ravena 15, Black 13, Wong 10, Nieto 6, Gotladera 5, Ikeh 4, Go 2, Capacio 1, Babilonia 0, Cani 0, Tolentino A 0, Tolentino V 0

DLSU 62 – Rivero 16, Teng 11, Perkins 8, Torralba 8, Muyang 6, Torres 6, Caracut 5, Go 2, Langston 0, Navarro 0, Tratter 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-23, 30-35, 53-44, 73-62

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