Ateneo beats La Salle in UAAP Finals Game 3: Recap and Results

 

Thirday Ravena had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Ateneo in an 88-86 Game 3 win over La Salle on Sunday to capture the UAAP 2017 crown at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ravena was named the Finals MVP.

Ravena also was responsible dishing the pass to Isaac Go who drilled in a three-pointer to make the ultimate separation with 24.7 seconds left to have an 85-80 advantage. Ravena’s overall play extended also in rebounding and his aggressiveness at both ends of the floor.

La Salle’s Aljun Melecio never gave up the ghost and hit a three-pointer with 5.6 seconds and cut the deficit only two points, 85-83. Matt Nieto and Anton Asistio provided the lift on the free throw line to stay on top for the Blue Eagles.

The Blue Eagles and Green Archers were tied after three-quarter that the game had to be decided in the fourth quarter. Ateneo started strong in the fourth quarter until they posted an 80-70 lead with four minutes left. Nieto was one of the responsible in taking 3’s to spread the offense that enabled others to penetrate inside. Chibueze Ikeh also played one of his best games with 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

Remarkably, the Blue Eagles outside shooting through Anton Asistio who had three three-pointers produced great results in navigating through the defense of the Green Archers.

La Salle was unwilling to let it go as the fought back with a 10-2 spurt to cut the deficit, 82-80, with 48.9 seconds left. However, the Blue Eagles were able to seal the deal through Go’s shot.

La Salle rallied back from a seven-point deficit at the half through Two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala who produced 19 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. Meanwhile, Melecio finished with 16 points and Ricci Rivero added 14 for the Green Archers.

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