UP, NU, Adamson Solidifies Final 4 Chances; UST Out of Contention

What a rollercoaster ride it has been for the UAAP fans this weekend. Apart from the La Salle-Ateneo match which ended in an upset win by the Ateneo, UP, NU and Adamson all scored wins in a crucial tipoff against UST, UE and FEU.

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Bulldogs, back. 

On Saturday, UE Warriors faced the NU Bulldogs in a match that solidified the latter’s bid to Final 4. Finally, the NU defense was able to hold easily beating UE in a 64-52 win at Smart Araneta, Saturday.

Jayjay Alejandro, alongside Matt Salem and Alfred Aroga together, scored 41 points. Salem scored hot with 20 points and 6/11 shooting at the three-point range.

NU has one remaining match against Adamson – a crucial one they need to win in order to stay in contention for Final 4 playoffs.

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No sweep. Ateneo wins over La Salle.

Archrival games are definitely different. No stats, no wins or losses can affect the outcome. And after a long break, La Salle proved to be complacent against streaking Ateneo. In fact, Ateneo started the game in the lead in  a game that exposed La Salle’s weaknesses, 83-71.

The Ateneo offense was on-point, shooting down 51% from the floor. La Salle, on the other hand, had their poorest performance as of late, with 29% shooting. Ateneo’s Aaron Black powered the campaign with 16 points and 7 boards while Matt Nieto and Adrian Wong chipped in 15 and 11 points.

Aside from the three, Isaac Go stepped up with 10 points and 7 boards, captivating the crowd with his solid defense against monster player, Ben Mbala.

Due to this, La Salle is down to 13-1 while Ateneo claimed a slot in the final 4.

Hungry Adamson escapes past FEU Tamaraws

Heroics of unsung hero Jonathan Espeleta proved to be impactful in a close match that ended 61-59 in favor of Adamson Falcons. Aside from Espeleta, Sean Manganti also provided for the team as he scored 14 points along with Rob Manalang, 12.

As usual, FEU Tamaraws star Raymar Jose lead the pack with 16 while Kenneth Tuffin and Monbert Arong helped him with 8 and 7 points. Still, the final play meant for Jose did it for the Tamaraws as a travelling was called against Arong. Manganti then scored another point off a free throw which prompted the Falcons to a two-point lead. Still, with just 0.5 secons, the Tamaraws lost their chance to top seed.

Falcons, however, are still not sure if they will make it to the Final 4. But out of the rest in contention, they only had to win against UST on Wednesday to complete their comeback.

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