Matched up against the Gilas cadets in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, Ateneo de Manila University just played the same style of basketball that won it the UAAP championship.
Thirdy Ravena showed the way, but it was a team effort for the Blue Eagles, who overwhelmed the Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero-led Philippine national team, 75-69, on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Ravena wound up with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals while Adrian Wong chipped in 13 points in his first big game back.
It was also Ravena’s thunderous throwdown that detonated a 13-4 blast and blew up a tight 56-52 tiff and turned into a 69-54 advantage in favor of the UAAP champions in the final frame.
The Blue Eagles would not look back from there and marched forward to a big-time win to open the preseason.
ATENEO 75 – Ravena 16, Wong 13, Nieto Mi 10, Nieto Ma 9, Go 7, Kouame 5, White 5, Belangel 4, Maagdenberg 3, Asistio 2, Navarro 1, Mamuyac 0, Credo 0
GILAS CADETS 69 – Rivero R 17, Paras 13, Gomez de LIano 11, Tratter 8, Ambohot 5, Gozum 4, Tolentino A 3, Tuffin 3, Tolentino V 3, Rivero P 2, Desiderio 0, Mocon 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-16, 29-27, 53-48, 75-69