NU clips Adamson, grabs solo UAAP lead
National University sustained its strong start to the season with a 58-54 triumph over Adamson to claim the solo top spot at 4-1.
The Bulldogs – who pulled off a shocker by dealing defending champion UP’s first loss three days ago – weathered the Falcons’ repeated threats until the dwindling seconds.
Adamson slipped to 2-3.
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La Salle bounces back against winless FEU
Three days after a shock loss, La Salle came back with a vengeance for an 87-70 ripping of Far Eastern University.
The Green Archers – who lost to lower-ranked UE after stunning rival Ateneo for the first time in five years – zoomed to a 50-25 halftime gap and never looked back.
Schonny Winston sustained his impressive play for the Archers, dropping a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds on top of 5 assists and 5 steals.
La Salle improved to 3-2 while FEU fell to 0-5 – the worst start for the traditional league contender in the Final Four era.
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Fresh off an exciting quadruple-header playdate highlighted by two massive upsets, the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament heats up on Saturday, October 15 with two evenly matched showdowns at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
La Salle (2-2) vs FEU (0-4)
At 2 pm, the La Salle Green Archers aim to rebound from their shock loss to the UE Red Warriors as they collide with the winless FEU Tamaraws.
Despite a 26-point outburst by the league’s top scorer Schonny Winston, the heavily favored Green Archers faltered in the endgame and suffered an 81-74 loss to the Kyle Paranada-led Red Warriors for their second setback of the season.
Look for the high-scoring guard Winston to put on another show for the Green Archers, as well as steady performances from the likes of Evan Nelle, who missed their previous outing due to suspension, and rookie Kevin Quiambao as they look to regain their bearings and return to the win column in Season 85.
On the other side, watch out for the Tamaraws, who are on their worst start in the UAAP in 16 years, to finally get out of their funk and shoot for an upset over the Green Archers for their breakthrough win.
The Tamaraws, however, will need Patrick Sleat and Xyrus Torres to sustain their decent play offensively and LJay Gonzales to snap out of his slump in order to capture the victory against the Green Archers.
NU (3-1) vs Adamson (2-2)
In the second game, the NU Bulldogs look to sustain their hot momentum as they go up against fellow streaking Adamson Soaring Falcons at 4 pm.
Expect fireworks in this matchup as the Bulldogs are coming off a huge 80-75 upset over the defending champion UP Fighting Maroons, while the Soaring Falcons are fresh from a convincing 76-65 win over the Tamaraws.
Count on foreign student-athlete Omar John, rookie point guard Kean Baclaan, and Steve Nash Enriquez, among others, to lead the way anew for the Bulldogs as they try to keep their hold of the No. 1 spot – which they currently share with the Fighting Maroons and the Blue Eagles.
Meanwhile, Vince Magbuhos will surely be a marked man in this affair after he erupted for a career-high 23 points on a sizzling 7-of-8 clip from beyond the arc in the Soaring Falcons’ previous outing.