‘#AndStill’ Ateneo builds dynasty in outlasting UST in Finals
Just a perfect outing for Ateneo.
The Blue Eagles concluded their dominant run by completing a rare 16-0 clean season to claim their third straight title in an 86-79 triumph over the UST Growling Tigers in Game 2 of the best-of-three Finals tournament of UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall Of Asia Arena on Wednesday, November 20.
Unlike the previous match, Ateneo was surely threatened with Tigers’ late scare until the final buzzer.
CJ Cansino cut the deficit by just one to open the payoff period, 67-66, only for SJ Belangel and Thirdy Ravena to counter a 5-0 extinguish, 73-66 with 6:11 remaining.
Still, UST had a fighting chance when Ateneo’s advantage went down to just four, 75-71.
Then, Ateneo unleashed their championship pedigree in a form of 9-0 run, which was capped by Ange Kouame’s basket, 84-71.
The Blue Eagles just became the first team to complete a 16-0 standing.
Ravena — who won his third straight Finals MVP in his last game in UAAP — put up 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
SJ Belangel came off the bench with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, as he made big triples down the line.
Outgoing guard Matt Nieto provided wonders in his last game with 14 markers, six rebounds, and five assists.
Ateneo will have to fill the massive hole that will be left by Mike Nieto, Isaac Go, and Adrian Wong.
Meanwhile, Rhenz Abando paced UST with 16 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the triple.
Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy collected 14 points, six assists, and five assists while MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo registered a double-double of 11 points and 19 rebounds.
Outgoing Tigers Renzo Subido and Zach Huang had combined 15 points in their final UAAP game.
ATENEO 86 – Ravena 17, Belangel 14, Ma. Nieto 14, Kouame 7, Navarro 7, Go 6, Maagdenberg 6, Wong 5, Daves 4, Mi. Nieto 3, Mamuyac 2, Andrade 0.
UST 79 – Abando 16, Nonoy 14, Chabi Yo 11, Concepcion 8, Subido 8, Huang 7, Ando 6, Paraiso 5, Cansino 4, Bataller 0, Pangilinan 0.
Quarter Scores: 31-18, 42-32, 67-62, 86-79.