Ateneo soars past Adamson behind Ravena’s near triple-double
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Kiefer Ravena flirted with a triple-double while his teammates provided more than enough ample support as the Ateneo Blue Eagles avoided sliding further down with a morale-building 87-72 victory over the struggling Adamson Soaring Falcons on Saturday, October 17, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Coming in as losers of two straight games, the victory improved Ateneo’s record in the UAAP Season 78 senior’s basketball tournament to 5-4, which puts them in a tie with the De La Salle Green Archers for the third spot in the league standings.
Adamson dropped to 1-8 and remains at the bottom.
Ravena finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, two steals, and 11 assists - the most in a UAAP game since former league MVP Terrence Romeo distributed 12 against UE in 2013.
Other Blue Eagles also stepped up with Von Pessumal going off for 17 points and rookie Aaron Black recording a career-high 14 points plus 4 boards.
The Soaring Falcons were led by the 16 points and 9 rebounds of import big man Pape Sarr. Rookie Frederick Tungcab also played well with 12 points. Joseph Nalos scored 10 before getting thrown out of the game in the third period.
The incident took place at the 5:27 mark when the Adamson guard held the face of Ateneo’s Vince Tolentino as he was falling to the floor while defending the shot attempt. Right after the foul was called, Ravena trooped to the scene and shoved Nalos.
The referees gave Ravena an unsportsmanlike foul and ejected Nalos out of the game for because of his physical foul.
Ateneo ended the last 1:40 of the third period on a 10-0 run, extending what was an 11 point lead to 79-58 entering the final quarter. Adamson no longer bounced back.
The Falcons were actually tied with the Blue Eagles at 30-30 with 5:57 left in the first half, but Ravena and company closed the second quarter on a 20-11 rally.
The Blue Eagles shot 50% from the floor and 50% from downtown while dominating the rebounding battle, 43-30. 33 of their made shot came from 26 assists.
The Blue Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday, October 21, when they face the UST Growling Tigers, while Adamson will take on National University on the same day.
ADMU (87): Ravena 20, Pessumal 17, Black 14, Capacio 13, Tolentino 6, Tolentino 4, Ikeh 3, Nieto 2, Wong 2, Gotladera 2, Go 2, Nieto 2, Babilonia 0, Cani 0, Apacible 0
ADU (72): Sarr 16, Tungcab 12, Garcia 11, Nalos 10, Polican 9, Ochea 8, Garcia 4, Ng 2, Margallo 0, Fernandez 0
Quarter scores: 22-19, 50-41, 79-58, 87-72 – Rappler.com