Ateneo flies past FEU into the UAAP Finals

ADMU Blue Eagles 80 – FEU Tamaraws 61 (Blue Eagles advance)

The Ateneo Blue Eagles dominated the FEU Tamaraws from start to finish, making sure there wouldn’t be a repeat of the series extension from last year’s Final Four. Thirdy Ravena set the tone for the game with his aggressiveness, finishing the game with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a block. Angelo Kouame shut down FEU paint with four blocks. He also had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Ravena’s first basket of the game was an up-and-under layup where he was almost fully horizontal as he got the shot to bank in. A few possessions later, Matt Nieto corralled a rebound and found Ravena breaking towards their basket. He found Ravena with a forward pass and Ravena soared for a two-handed dunk.

In the possession immediately after that highlight, FEU tried to get a basket close to the hoop. Kouame erased the shot, sparking another Ateneo fast break. Kouame got the ball to Anton Asistio who quickly shovelled a pass to a streaking Ravena. The Ateneo forward got the ball by the three-point line, took one dribble and flew in for another two-handed slam.

Ateneo zoomed out to an 8-0 start and held FEU scoreless for the first six minutes of the game. That blast set the tone for the rest of the game. The Blue Eagles continued to pile on the points and highlights on the Tamaraws.

In the second quarter, Ravena found Kouame with a pinpoint pass that resulted in a one-handed jam for the big man. In the third period, the Blue Eagles once again put the shackles on the Tamaraws. They held FEU scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half while they got out and running. Ateneo went on a 15-0 run that included a three-pointer from Asistio and Ravena as well as another block from Kouame leading to a fastbreak score by Raffy Verano. Ateneo led 53-24 midway through the third period and ever looked back.

The Blue Eagles make it back to the Finals for the third straight season. This is also the third straight season where Ateneo eliminates FEU in the Final Four. The Blue Eagles are now waiting for the winner of the do-or-die game between Adamson and UP on Wednesday.