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SLIDESHOW: UAAP season ends with another triumphant finish by Ateneo

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 Llano 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. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP's Diego Dario squeezes between Ateneo defenders. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP captain Paul Desiderio shoots from the perimeter. 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 the Maroons. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP Maroon Juan Gomez De Llano signals a three after making a shot. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP big man Bright Akhuetie in a scramble with Ateneo players. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The crowd at the UP Sunken Garden reacts 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 breaks away from the game. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The crowd at the UP Sunken Garden react as they watch the game progress. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The crowd at the UP Sunken Garden react as Ateneo breaks away from the game. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Ange Kouame gets a high-five from his teammates. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena attacks the basket. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Ange Kouame dunks the ball. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena gets pass UP defenders. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Samjosef Belangel drives to the basket. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo crowd urges its team to the finish in game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

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

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

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena forces his way thru UP defenders. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Ange Kouame defends against 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. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneos' Thirdy Ravena gets away with a basket. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

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

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena rises for an emphatic dunk to seal the victory for Ateneo. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The Ateneo cheering squad during 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. Mark Demayo, 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. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

PLDT Chairman Manny Pangilinan watches with the Ateneo crowd in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Vice President Leni Robredo watches from the gallery in game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Confetti rains after Ateneo's victory in 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 taking game 2 and the crown in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP coach Bo Perasol talks to his players after losing the championship to Ateneo in game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The UP Fighting Maroons huddle after losing the championship in game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

UP team captain Paul Desiderio faces the UP crowd after loing the championship to Ateneo in game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena consoles UP Maroon Juan Gomez De Llano after 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 Ateneo Blue Eagles at the Araneta Coliseum. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

The star player of the game, Thirdy Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, after a victorious UAAP Season 81 season which the Ateneo Blue Eagles won over the UP Fighting Maroons for the championship. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

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