UAAP Finals: We got complacent in the second half – Ravena

Mark Escarlote on Nov 29, 2017 08:46 PM
UAAP Finals: We got complacent in the second half – Ravena
Ateneo de Manila University's complacency after going up by 21 points did them in in a disastrous Game 2 loss against De La Salle University.

Ateneo de Manila University was just 23 minutes away from finishing off its bitter rival De La Salle University in Game 2 of the 80th UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals Wednesday at the Big Dome.

Up 49-28 at the 3:23 mark of the second quarter, the Blue Eagles were beaming with confidence as they looked like a squad ready to dethrone the defending champions in humiliating fashion.

But that amount of time was just enough for DLSU to pull off a huge morale-boosting comeback win – a shocking 92-83 victory that forced a deciding game in the best-of-three series.

A devastating loss that left Ateneo and its faithful looking for answers on how a 21-point lead turned into a nine-point defeat.    

Thirdy Ravena knew that they have no one to blame but themselves.

“Well, I guess it’s a real lesson for us na it’s not over till it’s over,” said Ravena, who was scoreless in the third quarter after dropping 13 of his 20 points in the Blue Eagles’ scintillating start.

Game 3 of the series is on Sunday.

Ahead 1-0 in their second straight Finals showdown, Ateneo had a dream start as the blue-clad boys tallied 32 points in the first quarter. The Blue Eagles killed the Green Archers from the outside in the opening quarter, draining five triples with Anton Asistio nailing three of those treys.

The Katipunan-based squad continued its romp in the second period with Asistio splitting his charities to cap Ateneo’s 24-9 blitz that left DLSU staring at a 21-point hole. 

But that was the beginning of the end for the Blue Eagles.   

The Green Archers sparked a 14-2 rally to from there to chop their deficit to single digits, 51-42.

Then came DLSU’s monster third quarter. 

The Green Archers unleashed its vaunted choking defense while Ricci Rivero, who was shedding tears after committing his fourth foul against Asistio that led to Ateneo’s biggest lead, caught fire in scoring eight of DLSU’s 26 points in the third.

The Blue Eagles?

They just collapsed.

Only Chibueze Ikeh among head coach Tab Baldwin’s starters scored in the third – punching two points in Ateneo’s excruciating eight-point production in that disastrous period.

DLSU entered the fourth with a 68-59 advantage and protected that separation all throughout the payoff period.

“We had a 20-point (sic) lead but we got complacent in the second half lalo na noong humabol sila,” said Ravena.

“I feel like we weren’t tough enough to take that situation,” he added. “But you know that happens and we’re gonna prepare for everything coming Game 3.”



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