UAAP Finals 2018:

Ateneo overpowers UP Maroons, bags Season 81 plum

December 5, 2018 – Mall of Asia Arena
UAAP Finals 2018: Ateneo halts gritty UP Maroons, takes Game 1
The Ateneo Blue Eagles Logo

UAAP Finals 2018 News: Ateneo Blue Eagles overpowered the UP Maroons, 99-81 to bag the 2018 UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball championship title this Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Thirdy Ravena wowed the 23,741 Araneta crowd with an unbelievable 38 points output combined with 6 boards and 6 dimes total. Import Angelo Kouame also registered a double-double of 22 points and 22 caroms for the two-time champions Ateneo.

Ateneo is now a two-time UAAP titlist under the reins of Coach Tab Baldwin, the last time the Blue Eagles won a string of UAAP championships was in 2012 under Coach Norman Black.

➤ There was a brief halt to the game tip-off as the Blue Eagles protested the steel brace which Bright Akhuetie wore in his left knee. The brace was eventually removed and the game commenced with Akhuetie not wearing the knee protector.

Gomez De Liaño led the defeated Maroons with 24 points and 7 rebounds, while reinforcement Akhuetie chipped-in 19 points and 8 caroms. Clutch operator Paul Desiderio also made 15 buckets and 7 rebounds.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 25-13, 48-37, 70-56, 99-81.

ateneo: 99

Ravena 38, Kouame 22, Verano 11, Tio 7, Belangel 6, Nieto Ma. 6, Asistio 6, Go 3, Wong 0, Mendoza 0, Andrade 0, Black 0, Nieto Mi. 0, Daves 0, Mamuyac 0, Navarro 0.

up: 81

Gomez de Liaño Ju. 24, Akhuetie 19, Desiderio 15, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 11, Dario 8, Vito 2, Lim 2, Española 0, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0, Manzo 0, Spencer 0, Longa 0.

Posted on December 5, 2018 - Mall of Asia Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP Finals 2018:

Ateneo halts gritty UP Maroons, takes Game 1

December 1, 2018 – Mall of Asia Arena
UAAP Finals 2018: Ateneo halts gritty UP Maroons, takes Game 1
The Ateneo Blue Eagles Logo

UAAP Finals News 2018: Ateneo Blue Eagles halted the gritty UP Maroons, 88-79 to take Game 1 of their Finals showdown in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball this Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Matt Nieto paced the Blue Eagles with his 27 markers, while Thirdy Ravena had a triple-double of 21 buckets, 10 caroms and 9 dishes.

Notes:

➤ Tempers flared in the Arena after the collision of imports Angelo Kouame of Ateneo and UP’s Bright Akhuetie in the third quarter. Akhuetie was taken out of the court due to a possible leg injury but surprisingly returned with seven minutes left in the 4th quarter.

Akhuetie helped the University of the Philippines with two free-throws converted, to trail Ateneo with only three points, 68-71. However, the Blue Eagles stepped on the offensive to secure Game 1 in the battle of the Katipunan.

Jun Manzo powered the defeated Maroons with 19 points and 4 rebounds, while star Juan Gomez de Liaño finished with 17 buckets and 8 caroms. Meanwhile, clutch operator Paul Desiderio was limited to just 5 points all game.

UP and Ateneo will resume their Finals tiff on Wednesday, December 5 for Game 2.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 26-18, 39-38, 63-61, 88-79.

ateneo: 88

Nieto Ma. 27, Ravena 21, Kouame 7, Tio 6, Verano 6, Mamuyac 5, Nieto Mi. 4, Asistio 4, Mendoza 3, Wong 3, Go 2, Navarro 0.

up: 79

Manzo 19, Gomez de Liaño Ju. 17, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 11, Akhuetie 10, Dario 9, Desiderio 5, Vito 3, Tungcab 3, Prado 2, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0.

Posted on December 2, 2018 - Mall of Asia Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

Ateneo Blue Eagles smites NU Bulldogs, 72-46

September 22, 2018 – Araneta Coliseum

UAAP News 2018: Ateneo Blue Eagles flattened the NU Bulldogs, 72-46, this Saturday in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 Basketball at the Araneta Coliseum. Eagles spitfire Thirdy Ravena led with his 13 points and 4 boards.

Notes:

Enzo Joson was the lone double-digit scorer for the Bulldogs as he dropped 11 markers for the hapless National University.

➤ NU star Dave Ildefonso was limited to only 4 points, despite averaging 17 points a game.

Ateneo is now at 2-1 slate after losing their opening game to Adamson, NU fell to 1-2.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 11-9, 33-18, 49-30, 72-46.

ateneo: 72

Ravena 13, Asistio 9, Nieto Mi. 7, Wong 7, Verano 6, Go 6, Black 6, Belangel 5, Kouame 5, Andrade 3, Nieto Ma. 2, Daves 2, Mamuyac 1, Mendoza 0, Navarro 0, Tio 0.

nu: 46

Joson 11, Tibayan 8, Clemente 7, Gallego 6, Ildefonso D. 4, Ildefonso S. 4, Malonzo 2, Rike 2, Galinato 2, Sinclair 0, Diputado 0, Morido 0, Aquino 0, Yu 0, Gaye 0, Salim 0.

Posted September 22, 2018 - Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team

UAAP 2018:

Adamson's stifling defense suffocates Ateneo, 74-70

September 9, 2018 – MOA Arena

UAAP News 2018: Adamson Falcons’ stifling defense suffocated the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 74-70, to register their first victory in the 2018 UAAP Season 81 basketball this opening Sunday at the MOA Arena in Pasay. Ateneo had no answer to Adamson’s pressure defense, combined with the Falcons’ gang rebounding which proved too much for the Eagles to handle.

Notes:

Jerrick Ahanmisi showed his mettle, as he led with 23 points for Adamson, while Vince Magbuhos contributed 10 markers and 10 caroms. Reinforcement Papi Sarr also copped 8 points and 9 rebounds.

➤ Adamson’s length helped them dominate the rebounds department, with the Falcons hauling 52 boards – 16 of them offensive rebounds, compared to Ateneo’s 48 caroms. The Falcons also converted 15 points off turnovers as they stole the ball 8 times, credited to coach Franz Pumaren‘s signature trap defense.

Matt Nieto led the losing Blue Eagles with 21 points, while Raffy Verano added 10 buckets.

Game Scores:
Quarters: 18-20, 40-39, 55-51, 74-70.

adamson: 74

Ahanmisi 23, Magbuhos 10, Sarr 8, Catapusan 7, Espeleta 7, Lastimosa 6, Manganti 4, Mojica 3, Pingoy 3, Camacho 2, Colonia 1, Bernardo 0.

ateneo: 70

Nieto Ma. 21, Verano 10, Ravena 7, Asistio 7, Go 6, Navarro 5, Mendoza 5, Nieto Mi. 4, Black 4, Kouame 1, Belangel 0, Wong 0, Tio 0.

Posted on September 9, 2018 - MOA Arena

Written by Rock Punzalan for Philippine Basketball News Team