La Salle aims to join Ateneo and UP in the Final Four as other teams look to boost their playoff chances
UP nails Final Four bonus
UP secured the remaining Final Four bonus as the Fighting Maroons drubbed the winless UE Red Warriors, 81-68, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday, April 26.
The Maroons put a lock on the No. 2 spot, which comes with a twice-to-beat semifinal advantage, with a 10-2 record, just behind the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles.
FEU upsets La Salle
FEU tightened its grip of the No. 4 spot as the Tamaraws overcame La Salle’s huge comeback, 67-62, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Tuesday, April 26.
The Tamaraws banked on a stirring closeout to climb to a 6-6 record while spoiling the Archers’ first try to nail a Final Four berth. The third-running Archers, whose comeback bid against UP also fell short last Saturday, slipped to 7-5.
(READ: FEU bucks zero-field goal 3Q, denies La Salle outright Final Four spot in clutch finish)
La Salle (7-4) vs FEU (5-6)
At 10 am, La Salle aims to rebound from its heartbreaking loss and clinch a Final Four spot as it collides with FEU.
Expect a huge bounce-back game from the third-seeded Green Archers as they fell short in their late comeback attempt against the UP Fighting Maroons in their previous outing.
Meanwhile, the Tamaraws, who improved their Final Four chances after their 30-point routines of the UE Red Warriors, will try to ride on their hot momentum and extend their winning streak to three games.
UP (9-2) vs UE (0-11)
In the second game at 12:30 pm, UP tries to boost its bid for a twice-to-beat Final Four bonus as it faces UE.
Thanks to Carl Tamayo’s 23-point explosion against the Green Archers, the Fighting Maroons returned to their winning ways and joined the Ateneo Blue Eagles as the first two teams to secure a spot in the Final Four.
On the other side, the Red Warriors’ search for a breakthrough win in Season 84 continues after they suffered another embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Tamaraws in their last game.
Ateneo (11-0) vs Adamson (5-6)
At 4:30 pm, Ateneo looks to keep its record unblemished as it takes on Adamson, which is enjoying a four-game winning streak.
Despite already securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, expect the Blue Eagles to keep their foot on the gas as they are now just three wins away from another 14-0 sweep and another outright trip to the finals.
But look for the Jerom Lastimosa-led Soaring Falcons, who are currently tied at the fourth spot with the Tamaraws, to also continue their gutsy play as they hope to push their winning streak to five games.
NU (4-7) vs UST (3-8)
Finally, NU hopes to snap its four-game losing skid as it clashes with UST in an all-important matchup at 7 pm.
The Bulldogs, who are currently sitting at No. 5 in the standings, will look to keep their Final Four hopes alive and avoid a tie at 4-8 with the Growling Tigers, who are in a must-win situation from this point on.