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. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.