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UP exacts revenge over NU, sends Bulldogs to first season losing skid
The UP Fighting Maroons exacted revenge over their lone first-round conqueror NU Bulldogs with a late 75-63 pullaway win to take solo first place in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament.
Cyril Gonzales erupted for 12 of his 15 points in the pivotal fourth quarter as UP rose to a 7-1 record, while NU slid down to 5-3 in its first losing streak of the season.
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FEU bucks 0-12 start, outguns error-prone UE for 3rd straight win
The FEU Tamaraws continued their winning run to three straight after a 75-68 comeback win over the reeling UE Red Warriors.
Xyrus Torres erupted for 22 points on 6-of-12 three-point shooting with 5 steals as his team tied UE with a 3-5 record.
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The UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament returns after a one-day postponement due to the nationwide onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng with another double-header slate at the Araneta Coliseum.
As fans momentarily turn back to sports for a reprieve from calamity, the four remaining teams on the weekend schedule gear up to kick off their season’s second round run with more unpredictable action on the horizon.
UE (3-4) vs FEU (2-5)
Two of the most talked-about teams in the first round for differing reasons, the UE Red Warriors and FEU Tamaraws kick off the second round hostilities with an all-important clash at 2 pm.
UE, riding a two-game skid after rising as high as third place in its Cinderella run, is expected to lean on its first-round revelations like Luis Villegas, CJ Payawal, and the Paranada brothers Nikko and Kyle with the hopes of gaining better consistency and chemistry as the season’s latter half moves along.
Meanwhile, streaking FEU is looking to fully erase the pain of its Final Four era-worst 0-5 start as key cogs like Bryan Sajonia, LJay Gonzales, and Xyrus Torres aim to keep the winning momentum alive and well.
UP (6-1) vs NU (5-2)
One of the season’s highly anticipated rematches headlines the second round’s opening weekend as the mighty UP Fighting Maroons take on their lone tormentor so far, the no-quit NU Bulldogs, at 4 pm.
Still weaving around the uncertain availability of ailing lead guard JD Cagulangan, head coach Goldwin Monteverde will have to continue relying on his longtime ward Terrence Fortea to facilitate for one of the league’s most talented groups featuring Carl Tamayo, Zavier Lucero, and Malick Diouf.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are aching for a quick turnaround after a stunning first round-ending upset loss to FEU, and the likes of Kean Baclaan, Steve Nash Enriquez, and John Lloyd Clemente are more than ready to lead a potential elimination round sweep of the defending champions.
Will FEU and UP pick up where they left off and add another win each to their streaks, or will UE and NU further equalize the field with their respective bounce-back efforts? Tune in to this page for key updates.