Ateneo imposes will on UST to begin UAAP Round 2 with a bang
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 05, 2019 06:31 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Ateneo de Manila University yet again aced the tough test put up by University of Sto. Tomas, 66-52, Saturday at the MOA Arena.
The Growling Tigers were the team that came closest to the Blue Eagles in the first round of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, but this time around, the latter left no doubt and dominated the former.
The game was a slog after one and a half quarters until Thirdy Ravena scored all but three points in a 10-0 rush that sent the defending champions ahead, 26-15, early in the second quarter.
They would remain in front thanks to a definite defense that clamped down on their opponents' high-octane offense.
Still, UST kept coming behind a big game from Mark Nonoy who pulled them within six, 48-54, with four minutes remaining. "That was tough, really tough game. They made our lives miserable especially in the fourth quarter when they started making shots," head coach Tab Baldwin said post-game.
It was at that point, though, that Ravena, Tyler Tio, SJ Belangel, and Gian Mamuyac got together for an 10-2 run that sealed the deal once and for all on Ateneo's eighth win in as many games.
In the end, Ravena had 17 points and nine rebounds while Belangel had 11 markers and four boards to his name.
More impressive, though, was a Blue Eagle defense that suffocated the Growling Tigers' league-best offense which had averaged 81 points prior to this game. "All I can say is thank God for our defense," coach Tab said.
That definite defense forced their opponents into missing 48 of their 63 shots from the field.
In particular, the defending champions also forced Soulemane Chabi Yo and Rhenz Abando into season-worst showings as the former finished with six points in 2-of-11 shooting and the latter ended with seven markers in 2-of-9 shooting.
In their stead, Nonoy topped the scoring column for UST with 18 points, but was also the lone double-digit scorer for his side.
As their high-octane offense was shut down, they suffered their second straight setback to see their standing fall to 4-4.
ATENEO 66 - Ravena 17, Belangel 11, Go 8, Ma. Nieto 6, Wong 6, Tio 5, Mi. Nieto 4, Navarro 3, Daves 2, Kouame 2, Mamuyac 2, Maagdenberg 0.
UST 52 - Nonoy 18, Abando 7, Bataller 6, Chabi Yo 6, Concepcion 6, Subido 5, Ando 2, Cansino 2, Bordeos 0, Huang 0, Paraiso 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 10-8, 26-17, 42-35, 66-52.
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