UAAP: Ateneo leaves no doubt in avenging loss to Adamson
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 04, 2018 06:45 PM
Isaac Go turned in his best game of the season in Ateneo's convincing victory versus Adamson
ANTIPOLO – Ateneo de Manila University remains undefeated in the second round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament – and it has now gotten back at both of its tormentors in the first round.
Isaac Go stepped up for struggling Angelo Kouame, Thirdy Ravena stayed impactful all over, and the Blue Eagles emphatically exacted revenge on Adamson University, 62-48, on Sunday at the Ynares Center here.
With Kouame slowed down by both the opposing defense and foul trouble, the defending champions awakened sleeping giant Go and he did nothing but come through with 12 points and six rebounds in this one.
Even without monster numbers from their Ivorian rookie recruit, Go held down the fort in his team’s fifth win in a row and 10th overall in 12 games. “We wanted to make sure we get good looks which is very hard to do against this team. We got a couple of good baskets which were good for us,” head coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said post-game.
They are now assured of at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage.
Ravena also had a hand in that, posting a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of two blocks and two steals.
It wasn’t just those two for Ateneo as Anton Asistio and Tyler Tio also had much welcome contributions. It was back-to-back triples from the former that punctuated a 15-4 blast that turned a nine-point halftime lead into a 41-21 advantage in the middle of the third quarter.
More than the offense, coach Sandy actually pointed to their defense as the key to the win that lets them get back at the Soaring Falcons’ who got the jump them in the season-opener.
Indeed, the Blue Eagles stymied Soaring Falcons’ top guns Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti to only a combined 16 points in 6-of-24 shooting. “We wanted to make sure we need our defense to hold up because Adamson is a well-oiled machine. Our emphasis was really to make sure to hold on defensively,” coach Sandy said.
And in all, they limited their opponents’ high-flying attack to just 27 percent shooting.
On the other hand, the Soaring Falcons will have to wait another game to clinch a Final Four berth. Jerom Lastimosa topped the scoring column for them with 13 points.
They remain at solo second with an 8-3 record.
They now stand at 8-3.
ATENEO 62 – Go 12, Ravena 10, Asistio 9, Tio 6, Kouame 6, Verano 5, Nieto Ma 5, Mamuyac 4, Nieto Mi 3, Belangel 2, Wong 0, Mendoza 0, Navarro 0
ADAMSON 48 – Lastimosa 13, Ahanmisi 10, Sarr 9, Manganti 6, Mojica 3, Camacho 2, Magbuhos V 2, Zaldivar 2, Macion 1, Pingoy 0, Catapusan 0, Colonia 0, Bernardo 0, Maata 0, Magbuhos W 0
QUARTER SCORES: 9-9, 26-17, 46-31, 62-48
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