The Ateneo Blue Eagles soared high as they book their third consecutive UAAP finals appearance after crushing the FEU Tamaraws today, 80-61, in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The defending champions led by Thirdy Ravena who gathered 22 points showed a tremendous defense and kept their aggressiveness consistent through the entire game as they knocked out the Tams.
During the first quarter, the Katipunan-based boys scored and 8-0 run including Thirdy Ravena’s throw down.
From then on, Ateneo kept their pace up even faster and defense tighter that led into 24-point lead at the end of the first half.
As the third quarter commenced, the gap got bigger and the Green Shirts wasn’t able to stop the fire even with Escoto’s 3-point knock down.
Angelo Kouame dropped a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists in his playoff debut.
Even with the loss, FEU came home with their heads held high especially their five graduating players, Richard Escoto, Arvin Tolentino, JR Parker, RJ Ramirez, and Axel Inigo who are grateful to the support of the FEU community.
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