Ateneo torches FEU for 3-0 start to season
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 17, 2017 06:29 PM
HOT, HOT, HEAT. Thirdy Ravena was just one of seven Ateneo players who hit from beyond the arc in their convincing victory versus FEU.
It wasn’t a 20-point rout, but it was another rout nonetheless for Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
With seven different players hitting from beyond the arc, the Blue Eagles buried Far Eastern University in a 94-82 decision on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
“We shot well from the field. We’re happy to come away with a win especially since this is our third game in eight days,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said as his wards downed their third consecutive contender to start the season.
Ateneo dominated Adamson University by 20 points and embarrassed University of the Philippines by 21 points before routing the Tamaraws by 12 points.
There did not seem to be a different story in this one as they poured in 34 points in the first quarter alone.
That scorching start mounted the double-digit lead the Blue Eagles would successfully defend the rest of the way.
Try as they might, FEU just could not keep up as the Katipunan-based team made good on 12 threes in total.
That total came from seven different shooters with Anton Asistio and Matt Nieto counting for three each. Contributing in that department were also Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Raffy Verano, Mike Nieto, and Kris Porter.
Ravena topped the scoring column with 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds and five assists. Asistio and Matt provided the backup with 16 and 11 markers, respectively.
“One of our strengths, we have a deep bench and we’re not afraid to put anyone out there. We keep reminding our players that it can be anybody,” the mentor said.
With another rout, Ateneo’s average margin of victory is now 17 points. “It’s still a long way to go. Our philosophy has always been to look at games one game at a time,” Arespacochaga said, however.
Still, their 3-0 record is more than enough to vault them into solo first.
For the Tamaraws, Wendell Comboy had 12 points while Prince Orizu and Arvin Tolentino chipped in 11 markers apiece.
FEU now stands at 1-2 in the beginning of the Olsen Racela era.
ATENEO 94 – Ravena 18, Asistio 16, Nieto Ma 11, Tolentino 10, Go 9, Verano 7, Ikeh 6, Black 5, Nieto Mi 5, Porter 5, Mamuyac 2, Tio 0, Mallillin 0
FEU 82 – Comboy 12, Orizu 11, Tolentino 11, Tuffin 10, Dennison 8, Ramirez 7, Trinidad 7, Parker 5, Ebona 5, Cani 4, Escoto 2, Nunag 0,
QUARTER SCORES: 34-22, 55-45, 72-58, 94-82
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