Ateneo Blue Eagles bow to South Korea, pick up first loss in Jones Cup
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines-Ateneo Blue Eagles failed to ride on their winning momentum as they fell to Asian basketball giant South Korea, 73-90, on Monday, July 16, in the 2018 William Jones Cup.
Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles' offense with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, while Angelo Kouame flirted with a double-double of 16 rebounds and 8 points.
Ricardo Ratcliffe and Heo Ilyoung scored 15 points apiece to lead South Korea's balanced scoring effort.
South Korea had an advantage in team assists, outpassing the Blue Eagles 30-12.
The Blue Eagles were trailing by 10 points, 60-70, heading into the final frame. With less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, Ateneo missed back-to-back triples in its attempts to cut the deficit.
South Korea's 7-0 run stretched the lead to 16 points, 87-71, with 2:03 left to play and continued to limit the Blue Eagles offense to close out the game.
Gilas Pilipinas lost to South Korea by 32 points, 86-118, in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup quarterfinals.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles will be facing Canada on Tuesday, July 17, at 3 pm. – Rappler.com