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Ravena shows way as Ateneo holds off Adamson to stay spotless

by Niel Victor Masoy, October 09, 2019 7:20pm

Thirdy Ravena led the way as Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) fended off Adamson University (AdU), 80-74, on Wednesday to stay perfect at 9-0 in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ravena put up a season-high 23 points, on top of five assists, and four rebounds, while Will Navarro backstopped him with 11 markers and eight boards in the contest.

Matt Nieto chipped in 11 points and five dimes as Matthew Daves was a spark of the bench for the Blue Eagles, tallying 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting with six rebounds to boot.

“Adamson came with a real fire, great game plan. They played 40 minutes of great basketball,” Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin said of the Soaring Falcons’ fightback.

“We’re a bit patchy in the first half. In the third quarter, we came out with purpose... We’re fortunate to get the win,” the reknowned Kiwi-American coach added.

After a somewhat lethargic first half that saw them trail Adamson by three points, 37-34, Ateneo got it going in the third quarter where they outscored Adamson by 16 points, 29-13. That quarter assault was punctuated by a 20-10 run which turned a 43-deadlock into a 13-point, 63-50 Blue Eagles buffer heading into the final canto.

Ateneo stretched such cushion to 15 points, 67-52, following a Matt Nieto basket with 8:16 left in regulation. Jerrick Ahanmisi, Val Chauca, and Joshua Yerro, however, joined hands and pulled Adamson within three points, 77-74, as the trio combined for a 22-7 run capped rally capped by a Yerro layup with 8.9 ticks to go.

But the Soaring Falcons was not able to soar higher and get closer than that.

A pair of made free throws by Matt Nieto off an intentional foul and then an Ahanmisi missed three-bomb on the other end spelled doom for Adamson as Adrian Wong split his charities for the game’s final tally.

The Fil-Peruvian Chauca poured in 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while the Filipino-Nigerian Ahanmisi cashed in 17 markers, two caroms, two dimes, and two steals.

Congolese center Lenda Douanga turned in 13 points and seven rebounds, while the rookie Yerro added 12 points, three steals, and two rebounds in the loss.

The Soaring Falcons suffered their fourth straight loss to slide to a 3-6 win-loss card which is good for the sixth spot in the team standings.

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