UAAP hoops: Blue Eagles pummel Tams for solo leadership, 3-0 start

Thirdy Ravena and three others piled up double-digit games as Ateneo keeps its undefeated record against FEU. 

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA—Ateneo notched its third win in a row and solo top spot with a 94-82 drubbing of Far Eastern U in the second game of men’s basketball action of the UAAP Season 80 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Sunday.

Banking on a blistering start, the finalists last year erected an early 34-22 advantage highlighted by seven triples and kept the Tamaraws at bay throughout for the victory.

It is also the third straight lop-sided outing for the boys from Katipunan after earlier wins opposite Adamson (85-65) and UP (92-71).

Thirdy Ravena led three other Eagles in double-figures with 18 points on a 7-of-11 clip from the field and a 50% three-point percentage (2-of-4). He also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked a shot once.

Anton Asistio added 16 points, 14 in that telling first-half rampage, while Matt Nieto and Vince Tolentino combined for 21 markers.

“We shot the ball well from the field and even from the three-point line, but we also gave a lot of points to FEU," echoed Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga.

Asistio and Matt Nieto had a hand on six of Ateneo’s 12 three-point conversions, while having a plus-20 advantage in starter points (62-42).

Wendell Comboy  paced FEU, now sliding to 1-2, with 12 points. Prince Orizu chipped in 11 with five boards, while former Blue Eagle Arvin Tolentino also issued 11 for the Tamaraws.

The Scores:

Ateneo 94—Ravena 18, Asistio 16, Nieto Ma 11, Tolentino 10, Go 9, Verano 7, Ikeh 6, Black 5, Nieto Mi 5, Porter 5, Mamuyac 2, Mallillin 0, Tio 0.

FEU 82—Comboy 12, Orizu 11, Tolentino 11, Tuffin 10, Dennison 8, Ramirez 7, Trinidad 7, Ebona 5, Parker 5, Cani 4, Escoto 2, Nunag 0.

Quarterscores: 34-22, 55-45, 72-58, 94-82. 

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