Ateneo rips rival La Salle, grabs solo No. 1
Ateneo flexed its champion form again, dominating La Salle in the second half for a 74-57 victory that gave the Blue Eagles the solo top spot in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, April 2.
The Blue Eagles remained as the only unbeaten team at 4-0, while dealing their longtime rival Green Archers their first loss in four games.
UST dodges Adamson
UST survived a tight duel as the Growling Tigers held on to a 79-72 victory over the Adamson Falcons in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, April 2.
The Tigers picked up their second straight win for a 2-2 card, while the Falcons slid to 1-3.
UP pounces on winless UE
The UP Fighting Maroons just proved too much for the UE Red Warriors as they cruised to an 81-66 triumph in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, April 2.
Zavier Lucero and Ricci Rivero paced the Maroons’ balanced charge with 14 points each.
Since dropping their opening-day assignment against defending champion Ateneo, the Maroons streaked to three straights wins. The Warriors remained winless in four outings.
NU stuns FEU
The NU Bulldogs closed out with a big run to spoil RJ Abarrientos’ 33-point explosion and stun the FEU Tamaraws, 73-68, in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, April 2.
The Bulldogs rebounded from back-to-back losses for a 2-2 record, while the Tamaraws skidded to their third straight loss for a 1-3 slate.
UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball action returns with another loaded quadruple-header on Saturday, April 2 behind closed doors – hopefully for the last time – before the league reopens games to fans starting Tuesday, April 5.
FEU (1-2) vs NU (1-2)
Both FEU and NU are still trying to find their bearings in this fast-paced season after the Tamaraws fell to Ateneo and La Salle in consecutive games, while NU came off a late game collapse against UP.
Bulldogs rookie guard Janjan Felicilda and holdover John Lloyd Clemente will have their work cut out for them at 10 am as they face a boatload of star prospects such as RJ Abarrientos, LJay Gonzales, Royce Alforque, and Xyrus Torres.
UE (0-3) vs UP (2-1)
UP came off a late game surge to turn back NU, 80-70, thanks to the leadership of veteran Maroon Ricci Rivero, and the all-around play of key transferee Joel Cagulangan.
On the other hand, the UE Red Warriors found themselves on the losing end of an endgame run as they fell to the Sherwin Concepcion-led charge of UST for the 74-62 win.
Aurin Catacutan, Harvey Pagsanjan, and Clint Escamis must again lead the Red Warriors at 1 pm if they want a shot to break through and upset a loaded UP side expected to be a fringe UAAP finals contender.
UST (1-2) vs Adamson (1-2)
UST is still riding an emotional high after the Tigers ripped apart UE in their last game. Thanks to Sherwin Concepcion and Joshua Fontanilla, UST now has a steady pair of veterans to lean on as they take on the rebuilding Adamson Soaring Falcons at 4 pm.
Backstopping veteran Jerom Lastimosa in their season of learning are rising prospects Didat Hanapi and Joem Sabandal.
Ateneo (3-0) vs La Salle (3-0)
Finally, for the 7 pm main event, the league will have its first Ateneo-La Salle rivalry game in more than two years.
The Blue Eagles, standing at 3-0 for the season and 29-0 since 2018, will parade its 16-man deep rotation led by Ange Kouame and Dave Ildefonso against an elite Archers roster bannered by MVP candidate Justine Baltazar, Fil-Am revelation Schonny Winston, and star transferee guards Mark Nonoy and Evan Nelle.