Ateneo lights up FEU for share of second

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 09, 2016 04:14 PM
Ateneo lights up FEU for share of second
ONE-TWO PUNCH. Ateneo has now registered victories versus DLSU and FEU as the most recent ones in their four-game winning streak.

Fresh off toppling their once-unbeaten archrivals, Ateneo de Manila University’s confidence is as high as it has ever been in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

That was very much evident on Wednesday at MOA as the Blue Eagles waxed hot from start to finish to shoot down Far Eastern University, 74-59.

Connecting from long-distance a total of 10 times, all but three in the first half, Ateneo’s perfect execution was still on-point. This, coming after their disciplined end-to-end play dealt DLSU its first loss in the season.

With back-to-back upsets of the top two teams, the Eagles now find themselves entangled for the second-seed with an 8-4 win-loss record. “It’s great to see our boys continuing to improve,” a satisfied coach Sandy Arespacochaga expressed.

Ateneo needed a little while to get going, but once they did, they weren’t stopping. Back-to-back bombs from Thirdy Ravena and Isaac Go punctuated a 12-1 blast that turned a one-point deficit into a 24-14 lead.

Still on top by 18 points at the half, the Eagles then doubled down on their advantage after another triple by Adrian Wong blew up the score to its biggest, 55-32, in their favor.

Of course, Raymar Jose wasn’t giving up just yet and towed the Tamaraws to within eight points in the last six minutes only to see Wong drill another trey. “We knew they were gonna make a run and come back. It’s a credit to our players that they didn’t get rattled,” Arespacochaga said.

FEU’s veteran forward again allowed his team to threaten at 56-63 with 3:11 remaining, but Ravena and Go merged for six unanswered points to put the finishing touches for Ateneo.

Ravena and Go scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to carry the Eagles closer to their goal of a twice-to-beat advantage. They were just two players among a bench mob that outperformed their counterparts in scoring, 41-17.

“It was a great team win. If you see the stat sheet, everybody contributed across the board,” Go said.

Monbert Arong paced the Tamaraws with 15 points. They were unable to overcome their terrible shooting at 25.7 percent shooting, however, to drop their second game in a row.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 74 – Ravena 15, Go 14, Wong 12, Nieto Mi 8, Black 7, Tolentino 4, Porter 4, Asistio 3, Nieto Ma 3, Ikeh 2, Mendoza 2, Verano 0, Ildefonso 0

FEU 59 – Arong 15, Orizu 11, Jose 10, Tuffin 10, Escoto 6, Dennison 3, Comboy 3, Roxas 1, Trinidad 0, Inigo 0, Bayquin 0, Holmqvist 0, Denila 0, Nunag 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-14, 46-28, 58-46, 74-59

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