Ateneo sweeps UP for back-to-back championships

  • Page Views 2415
  • Ateneo de Manila University not only re-asserted its mastery over the University of the Philippines, but also reinforced its reign over all of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

    Thirdy Ravena continued his series-long brilliance, Ange Kouame came up big once more, and the Blue Eagles crashed the coming out party of the Fighting Maroons with a well-earned 99-81 win in Game 2 of the Finals on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Ravena gave his team his best game yet with a career-high 38 points to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and three steals while Kouame towered above all with yet another monster-double-double of 22 markers and 20 boards.

    The decision was only in question for the first nine minutes until the defending champions unleashed 10 unanswered points that increased a five-point lead late in the first to a 28-13 advantage early in the second.

    That charge was sparked by neither Ravena nor Kouame as it was prized recruit SJ Belangel who had four points and two assists to make it all happen.

    They would never look back from there all the way to their 10th overall men’s basketball title.
    Most of those trophies have come in the last 11 years where the Blue Eagles have been the kings seven times.

    In the end, Belangel had six points and two assists while Raffy Verano had 11 markers and six rebounds. Graduating guard Anton Asistio also added six points.

    For UP, Juan Gomez de Liano fronted the effort with 24 points, seven rebounds, and three assists while team captain Paul Desiderio left it all on the court with 15 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and two steals in his last game in maroon and white.

    Season MVP Bright Akhuetie pounded in 19 points and eight rebounds just four days after suffering a hyperextended left knee.
    Even after getting swept in the Finals, the runner-up finish is still their best showing since 1986.

    BOX SCORES
    ATENEO 99 – Ravena 38, Kouame 22, Verano 11, Tio 7, Nieto Ma. 6, Asistio 6, Belangel 6, Go 3, Nieto Mi. 0, Mamuyac 0, Mendoza 0, Andrade 0, Black 0, Wong 0, Daves 0, Navarro 0.
    UP 81 – Gomez de Liaño Ju. 24, Akhuetie 19, Desiderio 15, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 11, Dario 8, Lim 2, Vito 2, Manzo 0, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0, Spencer 0, Prado 0, Española 0, Longa 0.
    QUARTER SCORES: 25-13, 48-37, 70-56, 99-81(Norman Lee, Benjamin Riego, abs-cbn news)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 02 March 2021
      6 days ago No comment

      Fraser Health implements enhanced management strategies to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants in our region

      Fraser Health is proactively implementing these new, aggressive actions immediately to protect our communities from COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants. The new actions include: • Effective immediately, we have expanded COVID-19 testing recommendations to include all high-risk contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are ...

    • 02 March 2021
      6 days ago No comment

      PM Trudeau welcomes plan to revitalize and expand ties with the United States

        The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today met with the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, during a bilateral meeting. During the meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden solidified the deep and enduring friendship between Canada and the United States, by committing to ...

    • 25 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Pacquiao in jabbing distance of 2022 presidency

      A new poll shows that Filipino boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao has a fighting chance to become the next President of the Philippines. Results of an independent and non-commissioned survey indicate that Pacquiao, currently a Senator, is one of top three choices for president. Pacquiao is also in ...

    • 23 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Air Supply says Iñigo and Moophs’ ‘All Out of Love’ remake has ‘great production, great sound’

      International rock duo Air Supply, composed of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, hailed Iñigo Pascual and Moophs’ remake of their classic hit “All Out of Love” for its “great production and sound.” Iñigo sang parts of the song during Tarsier Records’ “All Out of Love” virtual media conference and ...

    • 20 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      U.K., California variants combine for first case of hybrid COVID-19

      Media organizations reported Wednesday (February 17) that the homegrown COVID-19 variant sweeping California has combined with the highly-contagious UK variant. The result is yet another mutation, a hybrid virus. This has started to spark fears that the new resulting virus will be more contagious. A sample from California showed ...

    %d bloggers like this: