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No Tab Baldwin, no problem for Ateneo

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:26 PM

If the Blue Eagles have been ably stepping up for each other, then Sandy Arespacochaga also did the same for the absent Tab Baldwin

DEPENDABLE DEPUTY. Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga fills in for Tab Baldwin in the last elimination round game. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler  DEPENDABLE DEPUTY. Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga fills in for Tab Baldwin in the last elimination round game. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Ateneo rips UST by 40 points, sweeps 2nd round

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The Blue Eagles complete a 7-0 sweep of the UAAP second round

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs UST – UAAP Season 81

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Ateneo shoots for a sweep of the second round against a UST side hoping to close out the season with a major upset

SCORING MACHINE. Renzo Subido looks to cap off UST's season on a high note after going through a redshirt year last season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP: Ateneo splashes to 2nd double championship season

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The Ateneo tankers and NU taekwondo teams bag back-to-back double titles in their respective tournaments

Former Kiwi nat’l coach Tab Baldwin praises returning Samuel

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:21 PM

The Ateneo mentor says 19-year-old bruiser Taane Samuel is 'another weapon' for La Salle

KIWI CONNECTION. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin admits that La Salle big man Taane Samuel gave the defending champions some problems. Photos by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

'Next man up' mentality props up Ateneo

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:42 PM

'That’s why I really love my team because everyone is ready to step up,' says Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena

GOING BIG. Thirdy Ravena's athleticism allows him to step up for the big men in foul trouble. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler

Ateneo sweeps rival La Salle, nails twice-to-beat Final 4 bonus

Nov 11, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Flexing their championship mettle, the Blue Eagles thwart the Green Archers anew to stay on top at 11-2

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs La Salle – UAAP Season 81

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Ateneo goes for the twice-to-beat semis bonus but La Salle also targets a key win to stay in the Final Four chase

TWIN TOWERS. Long and thin Justine Baltazar (right) and Angelo Kouame will be going head-to-head with each other. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'We haven’t shown enough,' says Go as Ateneo braces for La Salle

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:57 AM

'There’s some pressure from the coaching staff that challenged me to produce numbers – produce more, because a lot of guys are underproducing,' says Isaac Go

CONSISTENCY. Isaac Go responds to the challenge of producing more numbers for the team. Photo by Joaquin Flores

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs La Salle – UAAP Season 81 round 2

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A lot is at stake when the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the La Salle Green Archers clash in their second UAAP Season 81 showdown on Sunday, November 11, 4 pm at the Araneta Coliseum

Payback-minded Matt Nieto really wanted to return vs Adamson

Nov 05, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The Blue Eagles exact revenge on the Soaring Falcons for their heartbreaking season-opening loss in the UAAP as the feisty guard comes back from injury

REDEMPTION. Matt Nieto says he targeted his return just in time as the Blue Eagles faced the Soaring Falcons again. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Can anyone beat Ateneo?

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The defending champion Blue Eagles play like a machine designed to force you into submission

UNRIVALED. At this point, it seems like no other team is as good as the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo gets back at Adamson in defensive shutout

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The Blue Eagles solidify their hold of the top spot after avenging their shock loss to the Falcons

ON TOP. Thirdy Ravena and the defending champion Blue Eagles start to separate themselves from the Adamson Falcons. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs Adamson – UAAP Season 81

Nov 04, 2018 - 12:56 PM

The Blue Eagles and the Soaring Falcons battle for the No. 1 ranking

BIG MAN BATTLE. Adamson's Papi Sarr and Ateneo's Angelo Kouame engage in a fiesty clash of the UAAP's top big men. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Former NBA player wants to see Kai Sotto overseas

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Former 10-year NBA veteran Cherokee Parks believes the 7-foot-1 Filipino teen fits the mold of the modern big man

WUNDERKIND. Even at 16 year old, Kai Sotto has already received offers to play abroad. Photo from FIBA


How Angelo Kouame took his game from the streets to the Big Dome

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The Ivorian center has found a new home in Ateneo and a father figure in coach Tab Baldwin

MASTERPIECE. Angelo Kouame honed his basketball skills from scratch together with master tactician Tab Badlwin. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Kai Sotto shows off NBA level moves

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind makes another mean dunk off a euro-step on the fast break

GREATER HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto continues to prove that he's one of the most promising Filipino basketball players. Photo by FIBA

Tab Baldwin still rues Ateneo’s lack of 'killer instinct'

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The Blue Eagles clinched the first UAAP Final Four berth, but clearly, being the best is not good enough for a mentor like Baldwin

MENTAL FOCUS. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says the No. 1 Blue Eagles still have a lot to figure out. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo clinches Final 4 spot in sweep of NU

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Thirdy Ravena takes charge as the Blue Eagles strengthen their hold of the UAAP lead at 9-2

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs NU – UAAP Season 81

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The Blue Eagles try to tighten their grip of the top spot against the Bulldogs

PLAYOFF CHASE. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles vie to boost their bid for a Final Four berth against the NU Bulldogs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Disqualified from MVP race, Ravena sets sights on crown

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'Instead of dwelling on what’s negative, I turn that energy into how I can help my team get better,' says Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena

TEAM FIRST. Thirdy Ravena hopes to lead the Ateneo Bue Eagles back to the the finals. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Blue Eagles pounce on hapless Warriors

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Defending champion Ateneo cruises to its eighth victory to grab the solo UAAP lead

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs UE – UAAP Season 81

Oct 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

As Alvin Pasaol gets more explosive through the season, the Ateneo Blue Eagles will have to step up to the challenge of taming him once again

EXPLOSIVE. Alvin Pasaol's hot hand continues to be a threat to many teams including the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UAAP: Ria Nabalan, Angelo Kouame make history

Oct 22, 2018 - 1:33 PM

National University continues to dominate UAAP women's basketball and high school volleyball

Isaac Go: Kouame pushes Ateneo to be better

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Isaac Go believes that the defending champions work harder now because of Angelo Kouame

TWIN TOWERS. Angelo Kouame (center) and Isaac Go (right) dominated the Orizu-less FEU with their height in the third quarter. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Depleted Ateneo exacts revenge in FEU rout

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Playing minus Thirdy Ravena and the Nieto twins, the Blue Eagles still roll to a huge win over the Tamaraws

TOO STRONG. Ateneo big man Angelo Kouame proved too hard to stop. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles look to avenge their first-round loss to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws

STEPPING UP. Raffy Verano and the Blue Eagles look to best FEU in the second round. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

Kobe Paras calls out UAAP for Thirdy Ravena disqualification

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Ravena, a Mythical Five member in the past two seasons, won't be taking home an individual award after he was suspended by the league

IN DEFENSE. Kobe Paras (right) comes into Thirdy Ravena's defense following his one-game suspension in the UAAP. File photos by Czeasar Dancel (Ravena) and Jerrick Reymarc (Paras)

Thirdy Ravena, Arvin Tolentino suspended in Ateneo-FEU clash

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The UAAP slaps both team stars with game suspensions for unsportsmanlike acts

SUSPENDED. Thirdy Ravena will miss the Ateneo-FEU second round matchup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Minus Nieto twins, Ateneo still too much for UP

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Thirdy Ravena's season-best performance couldn't be any more timely as backup guard Tyler Tio also came through

STEPPING UP. Ateneo's Tyler Tio (right) proves his worth against UP. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Back on top: Blue Eagles blast Maroons, grab solo lead

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Even minus hotshot Matt Nieto, defending champion Ateneo drubs UP to claim the UAAP top spot at 6-2

SWEET REPEAT. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles scoot past the UP Maroons for the second time this season.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Mike Nieto: Ateneo not perfect

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'We just have to enjoy these moments kasi pati naman 'yung Golden State Warriors natatalo,' says the Ateneo team captain

TITLE DEFENSE. Picking up losses is part of the Ateneo Blue Eagles' journey for a back-to-back title. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

FEU stuns Ateneo in UAAP thriller

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:25 PM

After ending the Adamson Soaring Falcons' perfect run, the Tamaraws snap the Blue Eagles' five-game winning streak

CLOSE BATTLE. The FEU Tamaraws tie the Ateneo Blue Eagles at second place after the first round of UAAP Season 81. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler


Ateneo’s Verano rocks pink socks in honor of cancer survivor mom

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Although his mom had already recovered, the Blue Eagle keeps wearing pink socks in October as a supporter of the Breast Cancer Awareness month

MORE THAN A GAME. Raffy Verano dons pink socks to raise awareness for breast cancer. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Get That Ball: Rivals Ateneo, La Salle on different levels

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:40 PM

Yes, Adamson is a championship contender this season, but Ateneo is still the best team in the UAAP

LEAGUE STUDS. Raffy Verano and the Ateneo Blue Eagles overwhelm rival La Salle in their first showdown this season. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kouame stars in first taste of Ateneo-La Salle UAAP rivalry

Oct 06, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Blue Eagles' rookie center finally gets to experience the most heated collegiate basketball showdown

SETTLING IN. Angelo Kouame stars in the first Ateneo-La Salle game this Season 81. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Still hot: Streaking Ateneo demolishes rival La Salle

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The defending champion Blue Eagles flash their might against the Green Archers to roll to their fifth straight UAAP victory

DOMINANT. Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles prove to be head and shoulders above the La Salle Green Archers in their first showdown. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Loaded Ateneo battles depleted La Salle in rivalry match

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:41 AM

A solid Ateneo wrecking crew battles a wounded La Salle squad in this season's first UAAP showdown between the two fierce rivals

FIRST SHOWDOWN. Thirdy Ravena's Blue Eagles and Aljun Melecio's Green Archers clash for the first time this season. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No need to pump up limping La Salle against Ateneo

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:16 PM

La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez says the Green Archers pretty much know what to do against rival Ateneo

KEY COG. La Salle star Aljun Melecio looks to sustain his hot form against Ateneo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Matt Nieto: Ateneo’s blowout wins hardly matter vs La Salle

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The Blue Eagles certainly won’t underestimate the Green Archers in the most heated rivalry match of the UAAP

'ATENEO WAY'. Matt Nieto and Blue Eagles will need to play their trademark unselfish basketball to defeat bitter rivals DLSU Green Archers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WFL Elite: Ateneo holds Army to draw, Archers stay perfect

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Ateneo improves from a 0-3 loss in the reverse fixture played at the ASCom football field

DRAW. The Ateneo Blue Eagles draw Army without the services of ace Jarvey Gayoso. Photo from release

Angelo Kouame downplays career game for Ateneo

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Ivorian tower posts career-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds to go with 4 blocks as the Blue Eagles cruise into their fourth straight win

TEAM FIRST. Angelo Kouame deflects credit to his teammates for his UAAP career highs in points and rebounds. Photo from Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Another blowout: Ateneo shreds UST by 32 points

Sep 29, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Blue Eagles overwhelm the Tigers to post another lopsided UAAP victory and keep solo second at 4-1

LOPSIDED. Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena tries to protect the leather from UST's Zachary Huang during the one-sided match won by the Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Matt Nieto would rather have Joe Silva on Ateneo's side

Sep 26, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'Pero pag papapiliin ako, gusto ko coach ko pa rin siya. Dito siya sa seniors team namin kasi family talaga kami dito.'

SENTIMENTAL. Matt Nieto is still absorbing the fact that his former mentor is coaching someone else now. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Raffy Verano hopes to play even after injury scare

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:59 PM

The Ateneo power forward hurt his right ankle late in the game against the University of the East

INJURY SCARE. Raffy Verano sprains his ankle in the fourth quarter after attaining his season high of 12 points. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo keeps UE winless, but loses Raffy Verano to injury

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The Blue Eagles streak to their third straight UAAP victory but lose a vital cog

ON A ROLL. Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena splits UE's defense in the match handily won by the defending champion Blue Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

No hard feelings between ex-Blue Eaglets

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Former Ateneo high school teammates Dave Ildefonso and SJ Belangel took different collegiate paths

FRIENDLY FOES. Former Ateneo Blue Eaglets SJ Belangel (left) and Dave Ildefonso are friends off the court but are not on the court. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tab Baldwin apologizes for Dave Ildefonso comments

Sep 24, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The Ateneo mentor clarifies his remarks on Dave Ildefonso's decision to join National University

CLEAR THE AIR. Ateneo's Tab Baldwin says sorry to National University and the Ildefonsos. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tab Baldwin wants Dave Ildefonso to 'rethink his decision'

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin tells former Blue Eaglet star Dave Ildefonso that he left the better program

SHOTS FIRED. Star rookie Dave Ildefonso (right) thinks he made the right decision in choosing the NU Bulldogs over coach Tab Baldwin’s Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler.com

Elite Ateneo defense holds NU to 46 points in blowout win

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Blue Eagles cruise to their second straight triumph in the UAAP men's basketball tournament

BLOWOUT. Adrian Wong and the Ateneo Blue Eagles floor the NU Bulldogs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler