The current roster is considered as arguably the most dominant team in collegiate basketball history

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Tristan Tamayo

The Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles hold off the UST Growling Tigers (85-79) in game two of the UAAP Season 82 Finals. This championship marks the 11th for the school and the third consecutive one as the Eagles went 16-0 throughout season 82. 

King Eagle Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 17 points and seven rebounds. SJ Belangel, who shot 50 percent from the field, also came out big for the Eagles after scoring 15 points including five cold-blooded three-point shots. 

The Eagles are the only men’s team in UAAP history to complete a sweep in the final four era. Led by coach Tab Baldwin, this team is considered as arguably the best team in collegiate basketball history. 

Ravena meanwhile secured his third UAAP finals MVP after averaging 24.5 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the finals. In game one, he erupted for 36 points in a remarkable 14-of-18 shooting performance. The graduating Atenean will exit the UAAP with three championships and three finals MVPs. 

While it’s been a total team effort for the Blue Eagles all season long, their veterans, namely Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Adrian Go, Ravena, and Issac Go paved the way for the team to achieve the most historic campaign in UAAP history. 

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