After having hard time defeating South Korea, team Philippines – Ateneo Blue Eagles had dueled against the defending Jones Cup champion, team Canada.
The Canadian team 3D Global Sports built an early 27-point lead but the guys of coach Tab Baldwin probably said “game on!” as they took the challenge to make a comeback.
The Blue Eagles able to trim down the deficit into a single-digit but the defending champs held supreme after the final buzzer has sounded, 86-78.
The big splash made by team Canada began at the opening quarter as they surprised the reigning UAAP champs.
The scoring tandem of Connor Wood and Shaquille Keith were too much for the Blue Eagles as team Canada ended the first period, 35-14.
Then the young guns of Ateneo responded as Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto joined forces to attempt a Blue Eagles comeback.
They have outscored team Canada in the final two quarters and shaved off the lead down to six, 78-84 behind Nieto’s basket with less than a minute in the fourth.
But that was the closest Ateneo could make as the entire team run out of bullets as well as time.
Yet, it was a great run for the young but disciplined Ateneo Blue Eagles, a testament why they’re the current king of UAAP basketball.
Team Philippines – Ateneo Blue Eagles will be facing team Japan at 5:00 PM.