After leading by as much as 11-points midway thru the final quarter, the Ateneo Blue Eagles thwarted a late 4th quarter rally by the Letran Knights to capture their 1st win of the tournament. After a stalemate at 49 with 4:57 minutes left in the final stretch, Kiefer Ravena quickly answered with a 3-pointer to push the Blue Eagles back in the drivers seat at 52-49 with 4:39 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Greg Slaughters 2 crucial free throws gave Ateneo a 3-point cushion, 54-51, with seconds remaining in the clock including 15 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Keifer Ravena had 13-points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Tonino Gonzaga had 7-points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Eagles. Jam Cortes top scored for the Knights with 15-points and 8 rebounds, followed by Kevin Racal and Mark Cruz with 10-points each. The Blue Eagles had 53 rebounds and 22 turnovers while the Knights had 38 rebounds with only 14 turnovers.
RuckuS wrote: »
they can play this sloppy and STILL win the UAAP MBT Championship. thats just how good they are. my prediction -- 5peat in the BAG.
They might have the inside game with slaughter but they don't have a defensive specialist (hints of Baclao and Kirk) this time around.
Kaede Rukawa wrote: »