Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena helps propel victory against Adamson!


MANILA, Philippines — Kiefer Ravena led Ateneo to a wire-to-wire win over Adamson 79-57 in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ravena knocked in 22 points for the Blue Eagles, who also drew a solid game from blue-chip rookie Arvin Tolentino.
“What’s really important right now, I just make sure that at the back of our minds we want to be better than last season,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

“It’s a new start for us. Now it’s a 0-0 standing. It’s a new adventure for us and we started it with a win,” said Ravena, who also collected four rebounds, four assists and three assists.

Tolentino, the former San Beda star, scored 12 points and so did athletic guard Chris Newsome.

Ateneo raced to a 10-1 lead to start the game and led by as much as 29, 72-43, in the fourth quarter.

Next up for Ateneo? An early date with old rival and defending champion De La Salle, which will be coming off a shocking 77-82 setback at the hands of Far Eastern University last Saturday, next Sunday.

“We’re gonna play the defending champs. We need to double our efforts,” said Ravena.

Rookie Ivan Villanueva paced the rookie-laden Falcons, who shot 29% from the two-point area and had 22 turnovers, with 15 points and nine rebounds.


UP, Ateneo classes to start in August will other school follow suit?

Two of the country’s top schools the University of the Philippines (UP) and Ateneo de Manila University just announced on Thursday a change in the academic calendar, shifting the opening of classes from June to August.


Classes at UP in Manila, Los Baños, Baguio, Cebu, the Visayas and Mindanao, and UP Open University will start in August and end in May, but UP Diliman, which has “not completed consultations,” and UP Integrated School will still follow the old schedule.

The first semester will run from August to December, the second semester from January to May, and a short term from June to July.

Ateneo will start the new schedule in academic year 2015-2016 in the Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools.

Ateneo Grade School and High School will retain the June to March academic calendar.

Will these changes affect other schools and universities? Are we going to see regular schools and universities opening in August becomes a norm in the Philippines in the near future?

What do you think?


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