IN PHOTOS: Blue Eagles, a picture of perfection
The Ateneo Blue Eagles never let their foot off the pedal completing a 16-0 sweep, the first ever in UAAP Men’s Basketball history, as they defeated the UST Growling Tigers in convincing fashion for their third consecutive championship.
Coach Tab Baldwin and his wards showed a masterful grasp of the game as they let their opponents lead only once, 3-2, in the contest.
Even so, coach Aldin Ayo and super rookies Renz Abando, Mark Nonoy, and season MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo showed tremendous heart as they kept the Tigers within striking distance for most of the game.
An inspired last-minute performance from Abando was not enough as Ateneo forced a stop and let the time expire for an 86-79 victory.
Here are some scenes from the game:
Blue Eagle Matt Nieto brings the ball up during their finals match against UST on Wednesday. The graduating guard proved to be a steady presence and vital cog to Ateneo’s championship run contributing 14 points. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
UST coach Aldin Ayo reacts during their match against Ateneo. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Isaac Go takes his charities during the match. Go made 6 points for the Blue and White. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Coach Tab Baldwin of the Blue Eagles gestures during a play. The former national team coach has given Ateneo three straight championships in his four years at the Katipunan-based school. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Dave Ando tries to shoot over Ange Kuoame. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Thirdy Ravena celebrates Ateneo’s third straight championship. Ravena holds the record of being awarded the Finals MVP three times. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Thirdy Ravena whispers words of encouragement to Rhenz Abando after their match. Abando showed poise well above his years as the rookie had 16 points, the most of all the UST players. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
The Ateneo Blue Eagles celebrate their three-peat after sweeping the rest of the league. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
The Ateneo faithful sings A Song for Mary, the school hymn, after the Blue Eagles win it all. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
The Golden Tigers sing the UST School Hymn after losing their match to Ateneo. The Tigers defeated the FEU Tamaraws and the UP Fighting Maroons to battle Ateneo for the championship. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Graduating players Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, Matt Nieto, Thirdy Ravena, and Mark Nieto sing A Song for Mary after the game. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Thirdy Ravena shows off his trophies after taking Finals MVP Honors. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News