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Ravena, Koaume not enough to hold surging Koreans

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By Mark Patriarca

Ateneo has to settle with small victories this time as first year Eagle Angelo Koaume and Thirdy Ravena performed well against tough match-up against former PBA import Ricardo Ratliffe but failed to get their second win, 90-73, in the 2018 William Jones Cup at Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City, Taiwan, Monday evening.

In one instance, the 6-foot-10 Koaume dazzles with a spin cycle against the defense of naturalized import Ricardo Ratliffe.

Koaume also made his presence felt on defense as he towered up for a block that eventually led to a acrobatic finish of Thirdy Ravena.

Check out also this nifty pass of Thirdy and a nice dunk(?) from once again, Koaume.

Blue Eagles are keeping within a step up until the third quarter with South Koreans only having a precarious 10 point lead heading to final canto, 70-60.

But a country’s national pool is just too strong for a collegiate level team as Ateneo ran out of gas against the methodical plays of S. Korea with a high team assist number of 30.

3rd year Blue Eagle Thirdy Ravena finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, while Kouame had his second double-double with 16 rebounds and 10 points.

On the other squad, Ratliffe came up with 15 markers, all scored on the first half.

PS: A little touching clip for Atenean and basketball fans in general as Ravena and Matt Nieto assisted a fallen South Korean whose knees were banged up after a collision with Kouame.

Sportsmanship at its finest.