MANILA, Philippines – A new champion will be crowned for UAAP Season 78.
The UST Growling Tigers came out firing from the start and weathered the foul game late to oust defending champions NU Bulldogs, 64-55, and book the last ticket to the UAAP Season 78 Finals of the men's basketball tournament on Sunday, November 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tigers set a best-of-3 Finals date with back-to-back finalists FEU Tamaraws starting Wednesday, November 25.
The last time the two squads of España and Morayta faced each other in a UAAP Finals was on October 18, 1979, when FEU prevailed over UST, per Manila Bulletin's Jonas Terrado.
FEU lost in the Finals last season against NU and are looking to redeem themselves in this return trip. UST, on the other hand, continues its unexpected dominance this year after missing the Final Four in Season 77.
Both schools have a combined 37 UAAP titles. UST, which now has 18 men's basketball championships, hopes to tie FEU's 19 in this Finals series.