The De La Salle Green Archers and the Ateneo Blue Eagles will once again slug it out in the UAAP finals to capture prestigious collegiate hoops glory. The Green Archers will be defending the UAAP crown which they won last year against the hungry Ateneans.
La Salle had to endure a tie-breaking game against the FEU Tamaraws before earning the solo number 2 spot while Ateneo enjoyed the solo lead throughout the season.
DLSU Green Archers vs. FEU Tamaraws
La Salle eliminated the Tamaraws from contention after they defeated them 67-62 yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.
James Mangahas led the Animo-squad with 20 points including crucial points down the stretch. JV Casio tallied 11 points while Rico Maierhoffer added eight. Bader Malabes and Peejay Barua chipped in 7 points each.
JR Cawaling fronted the Tamaraws with 18 points, while Benedict Fernandez and Mac Baracael had 9 and 8 points respectively. Aldrech Ramos had 12 points and swatted six shots.
ADMU Blue Eagles vs. UE Red Warriors
After La Salle earned the ticket to the finals in the first game, Ateneo didn’t waste time and quickly went to work as they dismantled the UE Red Warriors 70-50 in the second game.
Interestingly, Chris Tiu struggled in the game and only managed two points. Jai Reyes led the team with 13 points. Nonoy Baclao showcased his inside-game once again and finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Eric Salamat notched 11 points while big man Rabeh Al-Hussaini added 10 points.
On the other side, Marcy Arellano of UE also struggled in the game as he failed to register even a single point. James Martinez finished the game with 13 points and Elmer Espiritu added 11 points. Pari Llagas and Paul Lee each had 8 points.
The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles will meet in the finals for the first time since 2002 when the Ateneo took the UAAP crown from the La Salle. The Animo-squad is aiming for a second straight championship and sixth under Franz Pumaren while Ateneo is aiming for their first crown since 2002 season.
-GO LA SALLE! ANIMO!