Padrigao breaks out, helps Ateneo reassert mastery over FEU
The Ateneo Blue Eagles started their UAAP Season 85 redemption tour with a 79-70 win over the FEU Tamaraws.
Second-year guard Forthsky Padrigao led the balanced attack with 19 points, while ailing MVP Ange Kouame still tallied a double-double to have a huge helping hand in the win.
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NU fires furious fourth-quarter rally, sends UE to 15th straight loss
The NU Bulldogs started their season campaign with a 77-70 win over the UE Red Warriors.
Led by John Lloyd Clemente, Jake Figueroa, and rookie sensation Kean Baclaan, the Season 84 fifth-placers fired off a 16-3 run from being down 51-50 to put away UE for good, and send the Red Warriors to their 15th straight loss coming off a 0-14 Season 84.
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The UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament is officially in full swing after a thrilling double-header on Saturday, October 1, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Nic Cabañero of UST exploded for 33 points to tow the Growling Tigers to a stunning win over favored Adamson, while Schonny Winston’s 27-point outing still proved inadequate for La Salle to dampen UP’s first game of its title defense campaign.
Expect more of the same thrilling action as the other half of the league suits up for the first time on Sunday, October 2:
NU vs UE
After coming just one win short of a Season 84 Final Four berth, the NU Bulldogs are back in business with a reloaded roster and hungrier mindset to boot, and they intend to start strong in a winnable assignment against the rebuilding UE Red Warriors at 2 pm.
Bannered by veteran gunner John Lloyd Clemente, former juniors MVP Jake Figueroa, new foreign student-athlete Omar John, and top rookie recruit Kean Baclaan, the scrappy stalwarts of former star Bulldog Jeff Napa are definitely among the league’s playoff contenders once again.
The same cannot yet be said for a UE side that went 0-14 in Season 84, but it does feature a very promising core in do-it-all guard Harvey Pagsanjan, bruising Abdul Sawat, and the ever-confident Paranada brothers Kyle and Nikko – who will be leaned on after the departure of Clint Escamis.
Ateneo vs FEU
In another early preview of battle-tested Final Four teams, the Ateneo Blue Eagles are set to start their redemption season against an extremely familiar foe in the FEU Tamaraws at 4 pm.
The Season 84 title runners-up will definitely come out of the gates guns blazing as the meticulous Tab Baldwin commands a tweaked, yet still dangerous core of Dave Ildefonso, new guys Kai Ballungay and Paul Garcia, national team mainstay Geo Chiu, and reigning MVP Ange Kouame.
FEU coach Olsen Racela, meanwhile, will whip up to competition shape a core of longtime teammates L-Jay Gonzales, Xyrus Torres, Bryan Sajonia, and Patrick Tchuente – all while trying to plug an RJ Abarrientos-sized hole left by the Korean Basketball League’s (KBL) recent recruitment drive.
Will Ateneo and NU live up to expectations and emerge victorious in their opening games, or will FEU and UE defy the odds for their own slices of opening weekend upsets?