MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University head coach Aldin Ayo chose to keep silent following his ejection in the first half of their UAAP Season 79 game against University of the East (UE) on Wednesday.
Ayo, in his first season as head coach of La Salle, was thrown out with 1:12 to go in the first half after charging into the court and offering a pair of eye glasses – owned by assistant coach Siot Tanquingcen – to the referee. The coach was displeased after a perceived non-call on Wilson Bartolome, who had gotten away with contact on Thomas Torres.
"No comment," said Ayo after his team came away with a 84-78 win to stay undefeated in the tournament. "I have nothing good to say, so I won't say anything at all."
MANILA, Philippines – University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol is challenging the Fighting Maroons to try and take their game to another level after losing to Katipunan rival Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP Season 79 tournament on Wednesday.
The Blue Eagles rebounded from a slow first quarter then clamped down defensively on UP in the fourth en route to a 79-64 win. It was the second straight loss for the Fighting Maroons, who dropped to 1-5 this season. UP has lost to Ateneo 14 consecutive times in the tournament.
"In the beginning, I was trying to tell them that if we just play our regular game, I don't think we will have a chance against Ateneo," said Perasol, adding that he told his players that Ateneo was "ahead of us" in nearly every statistical category.
MANILA, Philippines – Even as he continues to train in the United States and pursue his NBA dreams, former two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena has made sure to keep track of the Ateneo Blue Eagles' campaign in the Season 79 men's basketball tournament.
On Wednesday, he finally got the chance to watch his collegiate team compete, and the Blue Eagles did not let the "Phenom" down. One player was especially on point in Ateneo's game against University of the Philippines – Kiefer's younger brother, Thirdy Ravena.
The Ravena brothers played only one season together – in Thirdy's rookie year in Season 77, when Kiefer won his first MVP trophy. Thirdy did not make the Ateneo team due to academic issues in Season 78, Kiefer's final year, but the younger Ravena has been on a mission to make up for lost time this year.
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The De La Salle University Green Archers are one win away from sweeping the first round of the UAAP Season 79 tournament after a 84-78 victory over the University of the East (UE) on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Green Archers overcame the ejection of head coach Aldin Ayo late in the first half to secure their sixth consecutive victory of the tournament ahead of a marquee showdown against rival Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday.
It was far from a comfortable win for La Salle, however, as UE rallied from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to come as close as three points, 78-81, with still 16 seconds left to play.
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Behind a career game from Thirdy Ravena, the Ateneo Blue Eagles routed the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 79-64, to win round 1 of the Battle of Katipunan in the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament.
With older brother Kiefer watching live for the first time this season, Thirdy Ravena tallied the second double-double of his collegiate career as he finished with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and one highlight-reel worthy block of UP rookie Javi Gomez De Liano in the fourth quarter.
Thanks to their victory Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the Blue Eagles improved to 4-2, and seized solo second in the UAAP standings. It also marked Ateneo's first winning streak of Season 79, and their 14th consecutive win over the Fighting Maroons.
MANILA, Philippines – After watching an Ateneo de Manila University game live for the first time since he concluded his UAAP career, former King Eagle Kiefer Ravena admitted that it is difficult for him to sit on the bleachers and just be a spectator.
"It was good. Ang sarap panoorin," Ravena told reporters after watching his younger brother Thirdy lead the Blue Eagles to a 79-64 win over University of the Philippines on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
"It's my first game to watch live… Medyo mahirap," he admitted.
MANILA, Philippines – Former National University (NU) star and now TNT KaTropa rookie Troy Rosario believes the Bulldogs have what it takes to make it to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 tournament despite their struggles early on.
Rosario, who helped NU win the men's basketball crown in Season 77, watched as his collegiate squad nearly squandered a 25-point lead before holding on for a 75-68 victory last Sunday.
"Andoon pa rin 'yung eagerness nila na manalo, tsaka 'yung composure," Rosario said of the Bulldogs. "Up sila ng 20 kanina, nahabol, pero 'di sila nag-give up."