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SLIDESHOW: UAAP season ends with another triumphant finish by Ateneo

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 06 2018 01:54 AM | Updated as of Dec 06 2018 02:38 PM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles flexed their collective muscle in dispatching the UP Fighting Maroons, sweeping the Season 81 men's basketball finals 2-0 to secure their second title in a row and 10th in the league overall.

Meanwhile, the Fighting Maroons saw their long-awaited return to the finals fall short of the ultimate prize, but their Cinderella run captivated the UP community and made their campaign the feel-good narrative of the tournament.

Check out the photos of Game 2 at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

UP's Juan Gomez de Liano drives to the basket in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals between the UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Blue Eagles at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP's Diego Dario dribbles through two Ateneo defenders. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP captain Paul Desiderio goes up for the shot against several Ateneo defenders. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP's Bright Akhuetie drives against Ateneo's Ange Kouame. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The UP crowd cheers for its Fighting Maroons. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP’s Juan Gomez de Liano reacts after making a 3-pointer. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP big man Bright Akhuetie scrambles for possession with Ateneo players. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Members of a crowd gathered at the UP Sunken Garden react as they watch Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals between the UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The crowd at the UP Sunken Garden turns silent as Ateneo pulls away in Game 2. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The crowd at the UP Sunken Garden reacts during a viewing event of Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 finals. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The crowd at the UP Sunken Garden turns silent as Ateneo pulls away in Game 2. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo’s Ange Kouame gets a high-five from teammates Anton Asistio. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena attacks the basket. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Ange Kouame soars for the dunk. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena gets past UP defenders. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo’s SJ Belangel shoots a running jumper. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo crowd urges the Blue Eagles to the finish the series in Game 2. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP coach Bo Perasol calls the shots from the sidelines in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin calls the play.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena secures the rebound. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Ange Kouame defends UP's Bright Akhuetie. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP's Paul Desiderio finds a tough spot in the Ateneo defense. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Ange Kouame (left) hustles for the ball against UP's Bright Akhuetie. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena leaps for a layup. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo fans cheer in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena does an emphatic dunk to seal the victory and his place in the championship. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo cheering squad in Game 2 of the UAAP 81 men's basketball finals. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Celebrity host Vice Ganda watches Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN chief operating officer Cory Vidanes watches Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals between the UP Fighting Maroons and the Ateneo Blue Eagles. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

PLDT chairman Manny Pangilinan watches Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vice-President Leni Robredo watches Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Confetti falls from the rafters after Ateneo wins Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals, sealing the championship for the Blue Eagles. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo bench celebrates after winning the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena leads the crowd in cheering after the Blue Eagles win the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball championship. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP coach Bo Perasol talks to his players after losing the finals to Ateneo. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The UP Fighting Maroons huddle after losing the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP team captain Paul Desiderio acknowledges the UP crowd after losing the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena consoles UP's Juan Gomez de Liano after Game 2 of the finals, which Ateneo won, 99-81. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo Blue Eagles claim back-to-back UAAP championships in the men's basketball tournament, defeating the UP Fighting Maroons in Game 2, 99-81. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo crowd applauds the Blue Eagles after winning the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals between the UP Fighting Maroons and the Blue Eagles at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles celebrates the Ateneo Blue Eagles winning the UAAP Season 81 championship. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

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