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HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball games – March 26

Martin Mendoza
HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball games – March 26
All eight league member-schools return to action as UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball finally kicks off
Game results
New-look La Salle turns back UE

Parading several new faces, the La Salle Green Archers held off the rallying UE Red Warriors, 71-66, in the nightcap of the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball opener on Saturday, March 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Fil-Am Deschon Winston led the Green Archers with 22 points, while Justine Baltazar posted a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

(READ: New-look La Salle denies feisty UE fightback)

Ateneo dominates UP in title-defense kickoff 

In a solid start to their title defense, the Ateneo Blue Eagles overpowered the UP Maroons, 90-81, behind returnee Dave Ildefonso in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, March 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

(READ: Dave Ildefonso homecoming starts with Ateneo win over UP)

NU escapes Adamson

The NU Bulldogs hold off the Adamson Falcons’ late rally, 71-69, to kick off their campaign in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, March 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

(READ: NU escapes Adamson for opening-day UAAP win)

FEU demolishes UST 

RJ Abarrientos sizzled from long-range early as the FEU Tamaraws started strong for a 76-51 whipping of the UST Growling Tigers at the start of the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, March 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

(READ: Abarrientos shines as FEU drubs UST in UAAP Season 84 opener)

Preview

After a two-year wait, UAAP action finally returns on Saturday, March 26 with a day-long quadruple-header!

All eight league member-schools will hit the hardwood at the Mall of Asia Arena as they parade their young and exciting new lineups.

FEU vs UST

In the opening game of the day, the FEU Tamaraws and the UST Growling Tigers collide in what would be the first UAAP men’s basketball game since November 2019.

The Tamaraws, who are considered as one of the top contenders in Season 84, will be bannered by Gilas Pilipinas standout RJ Abarrientos, as well as spitfire guards LJ Gonzales, Royce Alforque, and Xyrus Torres. 

The new-look Growling Tigers, on the other hand, will count on sharpshooting big man Sherwin Concepcion and new recruits Joshua Fontanilla and Bryan Santos.

Game time is 10 am.

Adamson vs NU

In the second game, the Adamson Soaring Falcons and the NU Bulldogs, two teams that are looking to bounce back from their dismal Season 82 campaigns, face off.

The Falcons will rely heavily on veteran point guard Jerom Lastimosa, while the Bulldogs will depend on versatile forwards Shaun Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente.

Game time is 1 pm.

Ateneo vs UP

The UAAP did not waste time in giving the fans a treat as it quickly set up the highly anticipated “Battle of Katipunan” between the defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons.

Gilas stalwarts Ange Kouame, SJ Belangel, and Dave Ildefonso will spearhead Ateneo’s quest for a fourth straight UAAP title, while seniors Gian Mamuyac, Tyler Tio, Raffy Verano, and Jolo Mendoza are also expected to deliver for the powerhouse Blue Eagles.

On the other side, the star-studded Fighting Maroons, also one of the title favorites this season, will bank on highly touted rookies Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, and Terrence Fortea, key transferees CJ Cansino and Malick Diouf, as well as quality holdovers Ricci Rivero, Noah Webb, and James Spencer.

Game time is 4 pm.

La Salle vs UE 

Finally, in the fourth and final game, the La Salle Green Archers and the UE Red Warriors tangle in a matchup loaded with fresh faces from both squads.

Expect Gilas star big man Justine Baltazar to carry the scoring cudgels for the Green Archers, along with the deadly backcourt duo of bluechip transferees Mark Nonoy and Evan Nelle.

Meanwhile, the Red Warriors will look for firepower from guards Harvey Pagsanjan and Clint Escamis.

Game time is 7 pm.

– Rappler.com