Basketball

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

THE semifinal round of Season 80 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) will be a normal Final Four format as the defending champions De La Salle Green Archers derailed the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ sweep bid yesterday with a 79-76 win on the final play date of the classification phase at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With the Eagles just a victory away from sweeping the elimination round and earning a direct pass to the final, the Archers made sure such would not be consummated, digging deep and coming up big down the stretch to hand Ateneo its first defeat of the season and forcing a Final Four setup with them having a twice-to-beat advantage instead of a stepladder.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

THE Ateneo Blue Eagles are now one win away from a rare sweep of the elimination round in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) after winning their 13th straight game in Season 80 with a 96-82 victory over a gutsy University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in a key game yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

FOR the 12th straight year, the San Beda Red Lions are playing in the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) after besting rivals San Sebastian Stags, 76-71, in their semifinal knockout game yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Forced to play in a do-or-die contest with the semifinal this season rendered a stepladder following the sweep of the elimination round of the top-seeded Lyceum Pirates, the defending champions showed they were fine with it as they led the Stags from start to finish en route to the win.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

APART from the Lyceum Pirates sweeping their way to a spot in the finals, the biggest news coming out of Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) of late is the resurgence of the San Sebastian Stags as they try to buck the odds and book a place in the championship.

Forced to start down low in the stepladder playoffs, the Stags have been handling themselves quite well, overcoming their first two hurdles and looking steady heading into an all-important knockout game against rivals San Beda Red Lions next week for the right to play in the best-of-three finals against Lyceum.

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