MANILA - The Ateneo Blue Eagles are the kings of Katipunan!
Ateneo successfully retained the UAAP men's basketball championship after blasting the University of the Philippines, 99-81, in Game 2 of the finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City yesterday.
Led by a 38-point bomb from Thirdy Ravena and a 20-20 game from Ange Kouame, the Eagles successfully held fort against the Fighting Maroons, following a 17-5 run, to end the first quarter en route to the rout that completed a 2-0 sweep of the best-of-three series.
Aside from his career-high in scoring, Ravena, who was also adjudged the Finals Most Valuable Player, also had five rebounds, six assists, and three steals, while Kouame actually finished with 22 points, 21 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
Juan Gomez de Liaño made 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block to lead UP.
Paul Desiderio made 15 markers, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in his farewell game.
Bo Perasol, head coach of the UP Fighting Maroons, made sure that his players — most especially those graduating — knew they achieved something special, ABS-CBN News reported.
His squad’s early-season form didn't suggest that the Fighting Maroons would reach the final 4, let alone surpass that stage.
“I do not want you to look down. I want you to be proud. Because I want you to be proud for them," Perasol told his team, pointing out the groundswell of support his squad received for its spectacular run. "They are proud of you."
The UP Fighting Maroons have five graduating players, which included captain Desiderio.
The others — Diego Dario, Jarrell Lim and Gelo Vito — all took to Twitter to show their appreciation following their final game as Fighting Maroons.*PNA
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