Ateneo runs roughshod on FEU en route to UAAP 81 Finals
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 25, 2018 06:13 PM
Ateneo is now 3-1 in its last three semifinals series up against FEU
This is the fourth time in a row that Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern University have clashed in the Final Four.
Their playoff meeting this time around ended before it could even begin as the Blue Eagles took care of business from the get-go and ultimately took the fight out of the Tamaraws for a convincing 80-61 victory on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Angelo Kouame and Thirdy Ravena both imposed their will from start to finish as the defending champions scored eight unanswered points to open their playoff matchup in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
They would never trail and would never be threatened the rest of the way. “We knew that, coming into the game, we are up against a tough FEU team so we wanted to make sure that we won’t have a dip in our performance,” assistant coach Sandy Arrespacochaga said post-game.
In fact, just at halftime, Kouame and Ravena combined for 25 points – outscoring all of the Tamaraws who could only muster 24 in the same timeframe.
In the end, Kouame had a 18-point, 11-rebound double-double to go along with four blocks while Ravena had 22 markers, seven boards, four assists, two steals, and one rejection to lead Ateneo to its third straight Finals.
There, they will defend their titled up against the winner between Adamson University and the University of the Philippines.
The Blue Eagles have now claimed victory in the semifinals showdowns between the two teams from Season 79 to Season 81.
The last time FEU won a Final Four series up against its modern-day rival was back in Season 78 – the same year of their last title.
They had no players in double-digits in this one as Barkley Ebona topped the scoring column with nine points.
They bow out of contention in the Final Four for the third year in a row while also bidding bye-bye to graduating players Axel Inigo, Richard Escoto, Prince Orizu, Jasper Parker, RJ Ramirez, and Arvin Tolentino.
ATENEO 80 – Ravena 22, Kouame 18, Verano 7, Nieto Ma 6, Go 6, Nieto Mi 5, Belangel 4, Mamuyac 3, Asistio 3, Mendoza 3, Black 2, Tio 1, Wong 0, Navarro 0, Daves 0, Andrade 0
FEU 61 – Ebona 9, Orizu 7, Ramirez 7, Gonzales 6, Inigo 5, Tolentino 5, Stockton 5, Tuffin 4, Parker 4, Escoto 4, Comboy 3, Cani 2, Bienes 0, Bayquin 0, Jopia 0, Nunag 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-9, 38-24, 59-36, 80-61
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