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Ravena, Koaume not enough to hold surging Koreans


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.