Wednesday, 17 April 2013 9 Comments
5-time UAAP men’s basketball champions, the Ateneo Blue Eagles almost became the victim of another preseason melt-down, this time in the hands of the San Sebastian Golden Stags on April 17.
But the Phenom, Kiefer Ravena made sure that his Blue Eagles squad would come out on top as he posted 19 points including some big plays down the stretch to survive the Golden Stags’ gritty challenge, 75-70, and for their 2nd straight win in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan City.
“We’re working very hard in the off season as part of our preparation for the UAAP and we’re trying to add muscles,” said Ravena, who tallied 6-of-13 in the field. “All the teams are improving, so we really need to work hard.”
Down by four points in the middle of fourth period, shooting guard Chris Newsome, Ravena and Earl Murphy combined for a solid 13 points that established a 70-62 edge and stay in front for good in the final two minutes of play.
“It’s something that we should get used to,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol, who replaced former Blue Eagles mentor Norman Black who is now coaching
Talk ‘N Text in the PBA. “Our players mostly our big men struggled in the game.”
“It’s not easier for us on rebounding and that’s our concern that is why everybody has to step up. Nobody will bail us out but us,” he added.
The Golden Stags took a 57-53 bubble entering the final quarter then 70-68 on 6 unanswered points.
The Blue Eagles showed that they still have the heart of a champion in the last two minutes, to disappoint the return of San Sebastian coach Topex Robinson.
Incoming rookie Newsome had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals, while Juami Tiongson chipped in 9 points for Ateneo.
“I’m happy the little big guys are doing great for our team,” said Perasol, who bared to media that the team will go to USA and Japan before the 76 Season of UAAP begins.
Jon Rebollos led the Stags with 17 points, while Jaymark Perez and Jovit Dela Cruz each had 13 points. Bradwyn Guinto had a monstrous game of 15 points and 19 rebounds also for the Golden Stags, who lost their first game.
ADMU (75) – Ravena 19, Newsome 16, Tiongson 9, Pessumal 7, Golla 6, Murphy 5, Tolentino 4, Babilonia 4, Lim 4, Elorde 1, Asistio 0.
SSC-R (70) – Rebollos 17, Guinto 15, Perez 13, Dela Cruz 12, Vergara 3, Balucanag 3, De Vera 2, Ortouste 2, Tano 2, Gusi 1, Magno 0, Trinidad 0, Aquino 0, Lee 0.
Quarter Scores: 17-14, 33-34, 53-48, 75-70
By Josef Ramos