It was supposed to be a close game between two championship contenders. But Ateneo had other plans. Ateneo started their second round campaign the same way they started their first round campaign, with a complete domination of the Soaring Falcons, as the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles dominated the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 71-59. With the win, Ateneo stays immaculate with an 8-0 record while Adamson falls to third place at 5-3.
Ateneo controlled the low-scoring ball game from start to finish, as they were never seriously threatened during the entire ball game. The first half was relatively close, as the second quarter ended, 31-24 in favor of the boys from Katipunan.
Ateneo started to pull away during the third quarter, thanks to the efforts of guys such as Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go and Chiz Ikeh. The third quarter ended 54-41 in favor of Ateneo. It was all Ateneo during the fourth quarter. The biggest lead of Ateneo during the game was 21 points. Adamson just out-scored the third –stringers of Ateneo during garbage time, to make the final score relatively decent.
Thirdy Ravena was the only Blue Eagle to score in double-digits. He finished with a near “double-double” of 15 points and 9 rebounds. Vince Tolentino and Isaac Go scored 8 points each while Chiz Ikeh and Aaron Black chipped in 7 points a-piece. Papi Sarr was the only Soaring Falcon who finished in double-figures, as he scored 15 points and grabbed 9 boards.
The Falcons shot themselves in the foot with their horrible shooting. The boys from Marcelino shot a horrible 1/18 from downtown while Ateneo shot 7/19 from the three-point area. During the halftime interview, Adamson assistant coach Ren Ren Ritualo even emphasized that they need to move the ball to get better looks at the basket. The Falcons finished the game with just 5 assists compared to the 15 of Ateneo. Adamson also shot horribly from the line, making just 12/24 attempts compared to the 16/19 free throws of the Ateneans.
ATENEO 71 – Ravena 15, Tolentino 8, Go 8, Ikeh 7, Black 7, Nieto Mi 6, Asistio 4, Verano 3, Tio 3, Mendoza 3, Andrade 3, Nieto Ma 2, Porter 2, Mamuyac 0, Malillin 0, White 0
ADAMSON 59 – Sarr 15, Pingoy 9, Ahanmisi 6, Hill 6, Espeleta 5, Mustre 5, Manganti 4, Camacho 2, Lojera 2, Ochea 2, Zaldivar 2, Manalang 1, Bernardo 0, Chua 0, Paranada 0
QUARTER SCORES: 16-10, 31-24, 54-41, 71-59