The tension was highly anticipated between Ateneo Pilipinas and South Korea during their game in the 2018 Jones Cup. However, for Thirdy Ravena and Matt Nieto, it isn’t about the agitation as it is about proving their sportsmanship.
As the rivaling team leads Ateneo by a score of 87 to 23, Choi Junyong was unintentionally hit to the gut by Angelo Kouame. The blow must’ve been hard, as the Korean national fell and writhed in pain.
Consequently, upon seeing Junyong having it tough, Thirdy and Matt took it upon themselves to assist the winded player to the bench. Naturally, the rare turn of events drew cheers from the crowd.
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Tiebreaker Times recently reported that Ronald Mascariñas, president of Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated, gave Ateneo Pilipinas some coaching before flying to Taiwan.
“I am not asking for a win. All I’m asking is for you to show the world na kayo ang number one when it comes to sportsmanship.”
Ultimately, this scenario remains a good one, considering that the shameful melee between Gilas Pilipinas and Australian Boomers continues to be a hot topic.
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It’s no wonder how Thirdy and Matt have made it this far in their basketball career.