UAAP: Ateneo a well-oiled machine in romp over UE
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 24, 2018 04:10 PM
Ateneo had no problems whatsoever up against former coach Joe Silva and his new team UE
Thirdy Ravena returned to action following his one-game suspension on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
And in his first game back, Ravena didn’t skip a beat just as Ateneo de Manila University didn’t skip a beat in a 90-70 schooling of University of the East for its third win in a row in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The defending champions got off to a 9-1 start and would never be slowed down all the way to solo first now at 8-2.
Ravena made his mark all over like he always does with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in just 17 minutes of action in his return from a disciplinary action by the league office. “I couldn’t wait to be with my teammates again,” he told reporters post-game.
However, it was Ivorian rookie Angelo Kouame who showed the way with an 18-point, 16-rebound double-double.
Just at the half, Kouame already had 14 points and 13 rebounds. “We had a terrific first half both on offense and defense. Good thing we had that cushion,” assistant coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said.
Adding his halftime output with Raffy Verano and Jolo Mendoza who, by then, had 10 markers apiece and Ateneo would have still been way ahead.
The Red Warriors could only come as close as 17 points for the remainder of the game.
In the end, Verano had 14 points and six rebounds while Mendoza had 10 markers, three assists, and two boards.
Tyler Tio, in his third start for the sick Matt Nieto, also contributed a career-high 16 points and two assists to help the Blue Eagles nudge ahead of Adamson University for the league lead.
Yet again, Alvin Pasaol left it all out on the floor for the UE with a 29-point, 14-rebound double-double, but it still proved to be far from enough to prevent their fall to 1-9 in the standings.
ATENEO 90 – Kouame 18, Tio 16, Verano 14, Ravena 10, Mendoza 10, Mamuyac 6, Belangel 6, Navarro 5, Black 3, Daves 2, Asistio 0, Wong 0, Go 0, Andrade 0
UE 70 – Pasaol 29, Manalang 18, Varilla 9, Cullar 6, Bartolome 4, Stait 2, Guion 1, Beltran 1, Gallardo 0, Lacap 0, Antiporda 0, Acuno 0, Gagate 0
QUARTER SCORES: 29-15, 57-24, 73-51, 90-70
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