UAAP 82: Ravena a force as Ateneo flies higher than Adamson anew

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 09, 2019 06:33 PM
UAAP 82: Ravena a force as Ateneo flies higher than Adamson
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Thirdy Ravena was fearless and peerless, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum, and showed the way for Ateneo de Manila University as they grounded and pounded Adamson University, 80-74, to remain unscathed in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Ravena spread his wings as wide as they have ever been in the tournament with 23 points on top of five assists and four rebounds as the Blue Eagles swooped onto their ninth win in as many games in their title defense.

The graduating forward also accounted for six points in the 19-6 rush bridging the third and fourth quarters that boosted the defending champions from a two-point edge, 48-46, to a 15-point advantage, 67-52.

Adamson would battle back, though, as Val Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi pulled them to just within three, 74-77 with 10 ticks to go. "Obviously, Adamson came in with a lot of fire. They played 40 minutes of basketball," head coach Tab Baldwin said.

Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong’s steady hands were the response from Ateneo, though, as they converted three of four of their charities to finish the job once and for all. "We really survived Adamson in the end. We made a lot of boneheaded plays and there's no excuse for that," coach Tab said.

Will Navarro and Matthew Daves also stepped up for them with the former finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks and the latter ended with 10 markers and six boards.

Matt Nieto was there as well with 11 points and five assists to help the league-leading Blue Eagles put even more separation between them and the thick of things.

Stuck in the thick of things are the Soaring Falcons who suffered a fourth straight setback and sixth overall in nine games. Ahanmisi and Chauca each had 17 points to top the scoring column for them.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 80 - Ravena 23, Navarro 11, Nieto Ma 11, Daves 10, Go 7, Kouame 7, Nieto Mi 7, Mamuyac 3, Wong 1, Belangel 0, Maagdenberg 0, Tio 0

ADAMSON 74 - Ahanmisi 17, Chauca 17, Douanga 13, Yerro 12, Camacho 6, Manlapaz 5, Lastimosa 4, Fermin 0, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 34-37, 63-50, 80-74

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