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HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball games – October 5

Martin Mendoza
HIGHLIGHTS: UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball games – October 5
After a scintillating opening weekend, UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball action resumes with a familiar jam-packed quadruple-header on Wednesday, October 5
Ateneo stars show up anew in sound blowout of NU

The Ateneo Blue Eagles brushed aside the NU Bulldogs with ease in a 77-60 blowout to cap off a lengthy quadruple-header slate at the PhilSports Arena.

Reigning MVP Ange Kouame, new top playmaker Forthsky Padrigao, and veteran guard Dave Ildefonso all had strong outings as the Eagles rose to a 2-0 record, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-1.

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Game Results
La Salle bounces back, hands UST reality check with 20-point blowout

The La Salle Green Archers bounced back after sending the UST Growling Tigers crashing back to earth with an 83-63 rout.

Kevin Quiambao and Schonny Winston led the easy win as La Salle rose to a 1-1 record, while UST fell to the same slate.

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Cramming champions: UP erases 16-point deficit to frustrate Adamson in overtime

For the second straight game, the UP Fighting Maroons rallied back from a double-digit deficit and escaped the Adamson Soaring Falcons in overtime, 87-78.

Zavier Lucero tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 rebounds as the defending champions rose to a 2-0 record while the season hosts slid to a 0-2 slate.

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Kyle Paranada erupts for 25 as UE snaps 3-year, 15-game losing streak

For the first time since October 30, 2019, the UE Red Warriors are calling themselves winners after stunning the FEU Tamaraws, 76-66, in the first UAAP men’s basketball game in more than a decade at the PhilSports Arena.

Ultra-confident gunner Kyle Paranada had the game of his young life with a career-high 25 points – 9 coming in the fourth quarter alone.

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Preview

After a scintillating opening weekend, where fans were treated with four tightly contested matches, UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball action resumes on Wednesday, October 5, with a familiar jam-packed quadruple-header at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

FEU (0-1) vs UE (0-1)

In the curtain-raiser at 11 am, the FEU Tamaraws and the UE Red Warriors will both look to bounce back and secure a breakthrough win after dropping their season-openers to the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the NU Bulldogs, respectively.

Despite a 19-point outing by LJay Gonzales and a breakout performance by Patrick Sleat, who scored 17 points off the bench, the Tamaraws fell short yet again to the Blue Eagles – the team that eliminated them in the Final Four last season.

The Kyle Paranada-led Red Warriors, meanwhile, failed to complete the come-from-behind win against the Bulldogs after erasing a double-digit halftime deficit and absorbed their 15th straight loss dating back to a winless 0-14 campaign in Season 84.

UP (1-0) vs Adamson (0-1)

At 1 pm, the UP Fighting Maroons, who are coming off a thrilling comeback victory over the powerhouse La Salle Green Archers, will try to continue their hot start to the season as they collide with the Adamson Soaring Falcons.

After finishing with a monster double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds in their season debut, look for early-season MVP favorite Carl Tamayo to dominate anew and impose his will down low against the Soaring Falcons.

On the other side, count on Soaring Falcons star point guard Jerom Lastimosa to deliver a much-better performance after being limited to just 10 points in their shock loss to the UST Growling Tigers.

UST (1-0) vs La Salle (0-1)

In the third game at 4:30 pm, the Growling Tigers will aim for another upset as they take on the Green Archers in a surefire fast-paced and back-and-forth showdown.

Expect a thrilling high-scoring duel between UST’s Nic Cabañero and La Salle’s Schonny Winston, who exploded for 33 and 27 points, respectively, in the opening weekend. 

Also watch for a big bounce-back outing from La Salle’s star rookie and former Gilas Pilipinas big man Kevin Quiambao after a subpar collegiate debut, where he put up just 5 points on a dismal 2-of-13 shooting. 

Ateneo (1-0) vs NU (1-0)

Finally, the Blue Eagles and the Bulldogs will both shoot for a 2-0 season start when they face off at 6:30 pm.

The new-look Blue Eagles are fresh off a 79-70 win over the Tamaraws, while the Bulldogs are coming off a 77-70 victory against the Red Warriors. 

Forthsky Padrigao, who was a revelation for Ateneo in its previous outing, will surely be a marked man in this exciting affair, alongside usual Blue Eagles suspects Ange Kouame, Dave Ildefonso, and BJ Andrade.

NU, for its part, will hope for another balanced offensive attack, led by veteran gunner John Lloyd Clemente, rising star Jake Figueroa, and spitfire rookie Kean Baclaan, among others. – Rappler.com

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