#UAAP79 The Good and the Bad: ADMU vs UST

The opening of UAAP Season 79 last Sunday delivered contrasting results. The first game between Adamson and UP ended in a blowout while the Blue Eagles edged the Growling Tigers 73-69 in a mostly tight affair.

Anyway, my focus will be on the second game. Here are some observations from the game between Ateneo and UST.

The Blue Eagles and Growling Tigers prepare for tip off 


  • The Blue Eagles went 0-10 from three during the first half. They struggled hitting perimeter shots all game long. The reason could both be a combination of solid defense from UST and poor shooting from ADMU
  • Nigerian import, Chiz Ikeh, was expected to improve this year. That wasn't evident after his first game this season. Ikeh played under 11 minutes and ended with 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 fouls and 3 turnovers. He had zero points 
  • Anton Asistio took 7 shots, all from three-point land and he made only 2 of them
  • They shot only 5 of 6 freethrows while UST went 17 of 23
  • ADMU was called for 21 personal fouls while UST had only 12
  • Ateneo had difficulties scoring when using half-court sets 
  • The Nieto brothers shot poorly as they combined 4 of 13
  • Adrian Wong was an abysmal 1 of 11 with zero assists 
  • The Blue Eagles succumbed to turnovers when faced with the full-court press defense 

Aaron Black (at the FT line) of Ateneo led all scorers 


  • ADMU finally made threes in the 2nd half where they went 6-21 in the 2nd half alone
  • Ikeh played poorly but the other front court players picked up the slack. Babilonia, Tolentino and Go combined for a respectable 8 points and 15 rebounds. Not a lot is expected from the bigs, so whatever they can contribute is a huge help
  • Regardless of fouls called, Ateneo did not shy away from playing physical and defending the paint, they had 8 blocks 
  • ADMU was only credited for 12 fast break points, but they were quite effective with their transition chances
  • The Blue Eagles forced turnovers when they used the full-court press defense 
  • Mike Nieto started the game and had a career-high 7 points
  • Wong hit a three late in the game and had zero turnovers
  • Asistio made 2 crucial threes in the 4th quarter 
  • Jolo Mendoza made his senior's debut during the 2nd half and promptly hit two perimeter shots
  • Aaron Black and Thirdy Ravena were a devastating dynamic duo. They combined for 40 points
  • Thirdy Ravena had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds
  • Black was masterful all game with his drives to the hoop and perimeter shots. He also delivered a complete game as he finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks
  • Black and Ravena also provided highlight plays that showed their blocking abilities 

The USTe crowd supported the host team well

***All photos by Rolly Mendoza***

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