Ravena lifts Ateneo over Adamson and onto second-seed

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 16, 2016 06:48 PM
Ravena lifts Ateneo over Adamson and onto second-seed
GOT THIS. Thirdy Ravena's takeover led Ateneo all the way to securing the second-seed and the twice-to-beat advantage it brings.

Ateneo de Manila University didn’t want any complications as they enter the Final Four in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And so, Thirdy Ravena went back to basics.

Ravena’s two points and two assists in the last four minutes powered the Blue Eagles right through Adamson University, 73-67, and all the way to the second-seed on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

The Soaring Falcons needed a win to force a three-way tie for the twice-to-beat advantage, but Ateneo blew their chances out of the water. It definitely didn’t come easy though as coach Sandy Arespacochaga said, “It’s a tough game, tough win for us. I’m happy the players stayed focused despite the very good performance of Adamson.”

With their sixth straight win, the Eagles rose to 10-4, in sole possession of the second spot.

The loss then tripped Adamson to 8-5 and the fourth-seed. At 9-4, Far Eastern University will have to settle for the third-seed.

Ateneo took control of the contest with eight unanswered points to turn a one-point deficit into a 62-55 advantage inside the last six minutes. “It wasn’t really a beautiful game so we had to grind it out,” Arespacochaga said.

The Soaring Falcons battled back and pulled to within 59-62 only to see Ravena hook up twice with Isaac Go and then score two points of his own to re-establish a 68-59 lead for the Eagles.

The two teams were going all out for the playoff incentive until Ateneo’s second-year forward took charge by collecting a total of 14 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.

Go contributed nine points and eight rebounds while Mike Nieto added 12 points of his own.

The twice-to-beat Eagles will face Far Eastern University in the Final Four commencing next Wednesday. They swept the defending champions in the elimination round.

On the other hand, Adamson will move on to take on top-seed and also twice-to-beat De La Salle University. They saw their four-game winning streak come to an end despite the best efforts of Papi Sarr who had a 17-point, 23-rebound double-double.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 73 – Ravena 14, Nieto Mi 12, Wong 12, Go 9, Nieto Ma 7, Verano 6, Black 5, Ikeh 4, Tolentino 3, Asistio 1, Porter 0

ADAMSON 67 – Sarr 17, Tungcab 16, Manalang 12, Ahanmisi 7, Espeleta 7, Manganti 7, Camacho 1, Ochea 0, Mustre 0, Bernardo 0, Paranada 0, Chua 0, Ng 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-17, 28-33, 52-53, 73-67

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