ATENEO De Manila University formally bagged a Final Four slot with a 67-52 win over winless Adamson University on Saturday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Despite a slow game in the first three quarters, the Blue Eagles kept the lead all-throughout with Kiefer Ravena and Chris
Newsome leading the team to its 10th victory against three losses.
The victory also allowed the Blue Eagles to grab a Final Four berth.
The 6’2 flamboyant guard Ravena finished with 16 points plus seven boards with four assists despite an atrocious 4-of-14 shooting in the field.
“The MVP won’t mean anything if we don’t win the championship,” said Ravena.
Newsome scattered 12 points along with 10 rebounds and six assists while Von Pessumal had eight points and nine boards for Ateneo that failed to enter the Final Four last season after winning five straight titles.
“Thankfully, our defense worked in the second half. My players looked tired because this is our third game in seven days,” said Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol.
Playmaker Nico Elorde, Arvin Tolentino, Gotladera Alfonso and Gwayne Capacio combined 24 points for the Blue Eagles that outclassed the Falcons in the assists department, 17-7.
Ateneo also dominated the overall field goal shooting at 34.48 percent against Adamson’s 31.58 percent.
Besides Ateneo, Far Eastern University is already in the Final Four with 10-2 win-loss record.
Don Trollano led the Falcons with 20 points and five rebounds, while Jensen Rios had nine points and eight boards.
Adamson University, which is already out of contention, dropped to 0-13 win-loss record.
In the second game, De La Salle University survived University of Santo Tomas, 67-60, to strengthen its Final Four bid.
Jeron Teng scored 26 points plus seven rebounds while Arnold Van Opstal added 11 points to improve La Salle’s win-loss record to 9-3.
UST’s win-loss record dropped to 5-7.