Philippine basketball

Ateneo defeats Adamson to seize second seed

Naveen Ganglani
(UPDATED) The Ateneo Blue Eagles will have a twice-to-beat advantage when they meet the FEU Tamaraws in the Final Four

KEEP THAT BALL. Thirdy Ravena plays big down the stretch for Ateneo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Ateneo Blue Eagles rallied from a slow start and closed out the Adamson Soaring Falcons in the final minutes of the game to end the UAAP Season 79 elimination round with a 73-67 victory on Wednesday, November 16, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The victory gave Ateneo a 10-4 record this season, good for the second seed in the standings. The Blue Eagles will take on the 9-5 FEU Tamaraws in the Final Four round, where they will have a twice-to-beat advantage.

Adamson, which dropped to 8-6, will face the top-seeded 13-1 DLSU Green Archers in the next round.

Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists – 4 alone in the fourth quarter, including two to Isaac Go which helped seal the victory.

Go finished with 9 points and 8 boards, while Mike Nieto added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The Falcons were led by the 17 points and 23 boards of big man Papi Sarr. JD Tungcab had his best game of Season 79, registering 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. –