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Defending champion University of the Philippines needed to dig deep to dispose of De La Salle University, 72-69, in the UAAP Season 85 men's basketball opener, Saturday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Trailing by three, Kevin Quiambao, who has been struggling all night, drilled a trey to put La Salle within two with 1:36 to go, 64-66 but Carl Tamayo and James Spencer answered back with four straight points to put UP ahead, 70-64, with 16 seconds left.

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Nic Cabañero unleashed 33 points to give University of Santo Tomas a 69-60 squeaker over Adamson University in the UAAP Season 85 men's basketball tournament opener at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

Jerom Lastimosa pulled the Soaring Falcons back within three after a triple with 56.4 seconds left in the match, 60-63.

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Philippine Sports Commission chairman Noli Eala reassured his organization's support for the UAAP in a meeting with the league's Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag and Season 85 President Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, in a courtesy call, Thursday at the PSC Chairman's Office in Malate, Manila.

Eala expressed his support to the league with its thrust to have a full calendar for the upcoming season.

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SIX MONTHS after going FULLY ALIVE and creating CHAMPIONS FOR LIFE, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines will open its 85th season on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena with live coverage from Cignal TV and Smart – the official UAAP broadcast partners.

This time around, season-host Adamson University calls on the entire community to RISE AS ONE as the league looks to hold a complete calendar for the first time since Season 81.

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The upcoming UAAP Season 85 basketball tournaments will have an added innovation as they will feature the coaches' challenge system.

Since the country's premier collegiate league's rules are fully based on the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA), it will adopt the challenge system -- which is now included in the latest rulebook the governing body released.

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National University moved on the cusp of the UAAP Season 84 women's volleyball championship and a tournament sweep, staging a masterclass against De La Salle University, 25-20, 25-12, 25-21, in Game One of the best-of-three finals, Saturday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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