The Ateneo Blue Eagles are just one win away in winning the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball championship after beating the defending De La Salle Green Archers with a score of 76-70 during game one of the Best-of-three Finals Series.
During the game at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City last November 26, The Eagles’ Thirdy Ravena soared high with 12 points. He was assisted by the brothers Matt and Mike Nieto who each gave 11 points.
While, the Archers had to depend on the sharp-shooting of Aljun Melecio who contributed 24 points, since reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala got into an early foul trouble and was only limited to eight points.
During the last six minutes of the game, Ateneo had a 10-point lead but La Salle was able to close the score to 71-70 before Ravena and Isaac Go scored the final points of the Eagles to secure them the game.
Ateneo will have the chance to end the series in Game-2 at Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday, November 28.