Jones Cup 2018: Philippines' Ateneo posts first win vs host Chinese Taipei


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MANILA, Philippines – No Gilas, no problem. Philippines’ representative: the Ateneo De Manila Blue Eagles (ADMU) debuted at 2018 Jones Cup with a lopsided victory over Chinese Taipei White Team, 87-64 on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Xinzhuang Gymnasium, New Taipei City.

Jones Cup 2018: Philippines posts first win vs host Chinese Taipei
From UAAP to Greece to FilOil Cup to Jones Cup. ADMU is taking these tournaments by storm | Credit: bworldonline.com

For the first time ever in the William Jones Cup Championships, Philippines will be represented by a collegiate team. The 2017 UAAP Champions, Ateneo De Manila University headed by Thirdy Ravena will be donning the national team jersey and will try to bring the Jones Cup Title back in their motherland.

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Fresh from their training camp and pocket tournament participation in Greece, the Blue Eagles looked like a well-oiled machine as they controlled the tempo against Chinese Taipei White Team, or Taiwan’s developmental team.

Thirdy Ravena put on a show and made the Taiwanese fans believers of him as he showcased his shifty moves and a monstrous dunk.

If Philippines has Thirdy Ravena, Chinese Taipei has its Lin Chun Ching who’s as good as Ravena and has an array of firepower under his name.

Aside from Ravena, Matt Nieto was also having a terrific day as he gave scoring support for Ateneo and became a big factor in his team’s huge run even Thirdy was on the sidelines to take some breather.

Both teams displayed interesting basketball demeanor, if the 1st half will be summarized, it was a plain 3-point shootout between the two squads but it highly favored the Philippines as the Blue Eagles led Chinese Taipei 48-33.

Aside from the Greece trip where Ateneo played major Greek basketball clubs and even the national team, the Blue Eagles has just also wrapped up the FilOil Flying V Cup with the crown. The said tuneups made ADMU a more solid team and a dark horse at the Jones Cup.

Not only Ateneo was excellent offensively, its defense was glue-tight that kept Taiwan miles away in terms of scoring.

There was a revelation for the Taiwanese side as their backup point guard, Oscar Kao, exploded on the 3rd quarter and became a marked-man for the rest of the ballgame.

Compared to Chinese Taipei, Philippines is a complete and balanced team especially when it comes to scoring and the reason why the Blue Eagles were victorious in their first assignment at the tournament.

Coach Tab Baldwin was so happy seeing all his players scored in the game that only shows the extreme cohesion of the ADMU Blue Eagles.

REPLAY: Philippines vs. Chinese Taipei White | Jones Cup 2018 (video courtesy of Sports5)


Ateneo will be facing South Korea spearheaded by ex-PBA import Ricardo Ratliff tomorrow, July 16, 2018 at 5pm to be aired live on ESPN 5.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express


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