UAAP: Ateneo downs defending champ La Salle

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

PRIZED guard Kiefer Ravena exploded for 29 points while three other players scored in double digits on Sunday to hand Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) its second straight win in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the expense of rival and defending champion De La Salle University (DLSU), 97-86.

Ravena dropped 14 markers in the fourth quarter including a triple with 2:09 left that gave Ateneo an insurmountable 14-point lead, eliciting loud cheers from the blue and white crowd who were part of the 17,344 people present at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Ateneo in 77th UAAP men's basketball
MANILA. Ateneo bucked a slow start to defeat old rival La Salle, 97-86, in the 77th UAAP men's basketball tournament Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. (Virgil Lopez)

Von Pessumal and Arvin Tolentino combined for 35 points while Alfonso Gotladera, a La Salle transferee, unloaded 17 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes of play.


"I think we just caught La Salle in a bad game. Hindi maganda ang shooting nila. I think defense also did it for us," said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, whose wards earlier downed rookie-laden Adamson University by a mile.

Ateneo in 77th UAAP men's basketball
Photo by Virgil Lopez

While he was happy with the team's performance, Perasol, a non-Atenean, said snapping a two-game losing streak against La Salle dating back from last season is no big deal.

"Hindi naman ito 4-0, it's just a 2-0 slate. Syempre di ako Atenista, so hindi ko alam ang side story ng La Salle at Ateneo but I know they are very proud na panalo sila. But for me as a coach and a non-Atenean, it's just one win for me. Sa kanila ang malaking bagay," said Perasol, a former member of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons who will be facing the Blue Eagles on Wednesday.

La Salle had a rousing start, leading by as many as nine points at one point in the first quarter, 13-4. But the Eagles regrouped in the second, gained the upperhand at halftime, 39-37, and kept the game for good in payoff period.

"We really just have to find a way on how to play consistently for 40 minutes," said Archers mentor Juno Sauler, noting that they have to work on defense.

Jason Perkins finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Almond Vosotros had 18 points while Jeron Teng and Arnold Van Osptal contributed 15 and 10 markers, respectively, for La Salle, which slipped to 0-2.

Ateneo, meanwhile, joined University of the East and National University on the top with a 2-0 record.

The Scores:

Ateneo (97)- K. Ravena 29, Pessumal 21, Gotladera 17, Tolentino 14, Elorde 9, Newsome 7, Apacible 0, Babilonia 0, Capacio 0, T. Ravena 0.

La Salle (86)- Perkins 25, Vosotros 18, Teng 15, Van Opstal 10, N.Torres 8, Rivero 4, Andrada 2, Salem 2, Sargent 2, Bolick 0, Montalbo 0, T. Torres 0.

Quarterscores: 17-24, 39-37, 61-59, 97-86. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)


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