The Ateneo Blue Eagles keeps their record unblemished as they defeated the National University Bulldogs on Wednesday, in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the MOA Arena.
NU went toe to toe with Ateneo for the first three quarters, before losing steam during the fourth quarter.
For the first time this season; Ateneo actually trailed during halftime, 48-45. But the Eagles regained their bearings during the third quarter, thanks to the efforts of Thirdy Ravena, who scored 7 points during the third quarter to put Ateneo ahead, 67-65.
With the win, Ateneo remains undefeated at 9-0.
And it was all Ateneo during the fourth quarter, as they dominated the final period, 18-7.
Thirdy Ravena led the way for the blue and white with 15 points while Matt Nieto and Jolo Mendoza chipped in 10 points a-piece.
Jay Jay Alejando finished with a game-high 22 points, Antonio Joson added 11 points while Issa Gaye contributed 8 points and 14 rebounds for NU who falls down even further to 3-6 record.
ATENEO 85 – Ravena 15, Nieto Ma 10, Mendoza 10, Ikeh 8, Asistio 8, Mamuyac 8, Go 6, Nieto Mi 5, Tio 5, Verano 4, Tolentino 3, Black 3, White 0
NU 72 – Alejandro 22, Joson 11, Gaye 8, Salem 7, Mosqueda 5, Bartlett 4, Rangel 4, Morido 4, Yu 3, Diputado 2, Cauilan 2, Tibayan 0
QUARTER SCORES: 28-22, 45-48, 67-65, 85-72