Basketball

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

AN eventful first round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 men’s basketball tournament ends this weekend with all eight competing teams seeing action.

All to be played at the Mall of Asia Arena, first-round UAAP windup games on tap carry varying significance for the combatants.

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THE Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws moved to solo fourth early in Season 80 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament after defeating the National University (NU) Bulldogs, 90-83, in midweek action yesterday.

Locked in a three-way logjam for fourth place entering the match, along with the idle Adamson Soaring Falcons, FEU broke off from the 2-2 tie with a gutsy victory, anchored on a balanced attack all game long, while sending NU down the standings.

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LONGTIME National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rivals San Sebastian Stags and Letran Knights lock horns today in a key Season 93 match which has a lot of bearing for the Final Four race.

To do battle at 2 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City, the season hosts Stags (6-6) and Muralla-based Knights (7-6) are out to boost their claim for one of the two remaining spots in the semifinals of the ongoing season of the country’s longest-standing collegiate league.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

THE league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles stayed in top form yesterday, adding to the misery of still-winless University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 83-65, to race to their fourth straight win in as many games in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80.

The lone unbeaten so far early in the new UAAP season entering the contest, the Katipunan-based Eagles made sure that such standing would hold with a convincing win over the Warriors, which dropped to 0-4 for the season following their latest defeat.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

THE University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, currently sporting a 2-1 record, get tested anew in Season 80 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) when they collide with defending champions De La Salle Green Archers powered by the returning Ben Mbala this weekend.

Set for tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena, third-running UP will get a shot at still-unblemished La Salle which became all the more formidable with the return of reigning league most valuable player Mbala after playing for the national team of Cameroon in the recent FIBA AfroBasket tournament.

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