UAAP 82 Finals: Ateneo finishes off UST, finishes job on perfect season

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 20, 2019 06:31 PM
Ateneo finishes off UST, finishes job on perfect season
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Ateneo de Manila University has tied a ribbon on top of the greatest season any team has had in the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament.

Firing on all cylinders yet again, the Blue Eagles put the finishing touches on a perfect season by getting the better of University of Sto. Tomas anew, 86-79, in Game 2 of the Season 82 Finals, Wednesday at MOA Arena.

Thirdy Ravena's Finals MVP form was still engaged as he totaled 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Just like they have all season long, the defending champions just overwhelmed their opponents with their depth.

Of course, the Growling Tigers didn't make it easy as Dave Ando and CJ Cansino even pulled them within one, 66-67, inside the last eight minutes.

SJ Belangel and Ravena had the quick counter, however, conniving for an 8-2 run that re-increased their lead to 75-68.

Again, UST kept coming and crept to within four, 71-75, with under five minutes left only to see the Finals MVP and Ange Kouame conspire for nine unanswered points and an 84-71 advantage.

Kouame wound up with seven points and eight rebounds while SJ Belangel also added 15 big markers off the bench.

Playing in their last game for the blue and white, Matt Nieto collected 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists and twin Mike had three markers, five boards, and two dimes of his own.

Fellow graduating players Isaac Go and Adrian Wong also contributed a combined 11 points for Ateneo which just had all the answers in its 16th win in 16 games through the tournament.

This is the first time that any team has had a 16-0 standing as all previous season sweeps in men's basketball wound up with 14-0 records.

At the same time, the Blue Eagles' perfect season has led to yet another three-peat for the league's most successful squad of the last decade. They have now won eight of the last 12 championships.

For the Growling Tigers, Rhenz Abando fronted the effort with 16 points while Season MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo posted an 11-marker, 19-rebound double-double.

Renzo Subido and Zach Huang, meanwhile, leave Espana with eight and seven points, respectively.

BOX SCORES

ATENEO 86 - Ravena 17, Belangel 14, Ma. Nieto 14, Kouame 7, Navarro 7, Go 6, Maagdenberg 6, Wong 5, Daves 4, Mi. Nieto 3, Mamuyac 2, Andrade 0.

UST 79 - Abando 16, Nonoy 14, Chabi Yo 11, Concepcion 8, Subido 8, Huang 7, Ando 6, Paraiso 5, Cansino 4, Bataller 0, Pangilinan 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 31-18, 42-32, 67-62, 86-79.

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