Kiefer Ravena posts a huge double-double as Ateneo Blue Eagles down UST Tigers
Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo gets a clear shot as he soars past Univesity of Santo Tomas defenders. Jaime Campos 

KIEFER Ravena had a double-double and helped spark a fourth-quarter run to lift Ateneo to a 69-58 win over University of Santo Tomas on Saturday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Ravena had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Blue Eagles got back to their winning ways and climbed to solo second with an 8-3 win-loss slate, just a game behind league-leading Far Eastern University (9-2).

Ravena, who also finished with six assists and three steals, also scored four in a 10-0 run he finished with a lay-up halfway into the fourth as the Blue Eagles grabbed a 61-49 lead. They sustained the momentum en route to the victory after a loss to National University last weekend.

“We already talked about how it will be difficult from here on,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol. “Our last three games are not going to be easy.”

UST, fighting to keep its Final Four chances alive, kept the game close with the Tigers trailing by just two points, 51-49, early in the fourth. The Tigers suddenly went cold and were held without a field goal in a four-minute stretch and could not recover.

The Tigers are now in a precarious situation as they now sit in sixth with a 5-6 win-loss slate.

Karim Abdul had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Tiger,s while Louie Vigil added 14 points.

The scores:

Ateneo (69) – K. Ravena 23, Newsome 14, Elorde 7, Apacibla 7, A. Tolentino 6, Pessumal 6, Babilonia 3, Capacio 2, Lim 1, Gotladera 0.

UST (58) – Abdul 17, Vigil 14, Mariano 12, Basibas 5, Subido 4, Gayosa 4, Daquioag 2, Sheriff 0, Lo 0, Pe 0, Lao 0.

Quarterscores: 19-13; 38-30; 50-46; 69-58.

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