Ateneo nabs UAAP title, gets back at La Salle

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PHOTO BY Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETAteneo wrote the perfect redemption story against bitter rival La Salle, pulling off a thrilling 88-86 Game 3 victory to claim the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball championship Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Isaac Go drilled the game-sealing trey from the right wing with 24.7 seconds to give the Blue Eagles an 85-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Tabal overcomes pain to fulfill promise to father Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments The Scores:ATENEO 88 — Ravena 17, Ma. Nieto 14, Ikeh 12, Asistio 11, Tolentino 9, Go 7, Verano 6, Mendoza 5, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Mi. Nieto 0.LA SALLE 86 — Mbala 19, Melecio 16, R. Rivero 14, Caracut 13, Santillan 11, Tratter 4, Go 3, Montalbo 3, P. Rivero 2, Tero 1, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 24-14, 45-38, 66-66, 88-86. Aljun Melecio, however, refused to let go of the title for the Green Archers and drilled a three with 5.6 seconds left.But Anton Asistio and Matt Nieto showed their poise from the charity stripe in the end game to seal the Blue Eagles ninth UAAP title, their first since the last of their five-peat back in Season 75.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAteneo also got back at La Salle for its runner-up finish last year.Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena paced the Blue Eagles with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, none bigger than his pass to Go for the dagger triple in the waning seconds that completed the dethroning of the Green Archers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Nieto chimed in 14 markers, three boards, and two steals, Chibueze Ikeh played the game of his life with a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks, and Anton Asistio pumped three treys en route to his 11-point night.Engaged in a tight contest in the fourth frame, the Blue Eagles seemingly got things together as they staged a 14-2 blast to take the 80-70 advantage with 4:05 after a Vince Tolentino bucket.But showing the heart of a champion, the Green Archers did not go down without a fight, answering with a 10-2 blast to cut the deficit down to two, 82-80, after an Andrei Caracut three with 48.9 ticks remaining.Two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala gave it his all for La Salle going for 19 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.Melecio went for 16 markers on a 3-of-11 sniping from beyond the arc, on top of four assists, and three boards, while Ricci Rivero had 14 points and seven rebounds in the losing cause.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more