Baltazar Expect another battle between Justine Baltazar and Ange Kouame in the shaded lane as fierce rivals La Salle and Ateneo collide – this time with fans around at the Mall of Asia Arena – today to open UAAP men’s basketball second round action. UAAP photo

Eagles, Archers renew rivalry in UAAP

April 11, 2022 Theodore P. Jurado 172 views

ATENEO and La Salle renew their rivalry — this time with spectators around — today to open second round action of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

In their first meeting which was played behind closed doors, the four-peat seeking Blue Eagles prevailed over the Green Archers, 74-57, last April 2, but not after surviving a first half scare from their long-time nemesis.

Not only Ateneo is eyeing to extend its winning streak against La Salle to seven which dates back to the 2017 Finals in the 7 p.m. match but also to fan its remarkable run to 34 games.

The Katipunan-based squad has not dropped a match since October 10, 2018.

Enjoying its longest winning streak since 2004, University of the Philippines seeks to solidify its hold of second place against vastly-improved National University in the 10 a.m. matinee.

In other games, Far Eastern University takes on hard-luck Adamson at 12:30 p.m., while University of Santo Tomas and University of the East collide at 4:30 p.m.

The UAAP announced on Monday that starting today, there will be separate tickets for the 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. games, and for the 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. games.

After today’s four-game bill, action resumes next Tuesday after the Lenten holidays.

No brainer, the Eagles have been untouchable in the first round, but the Fighting Maroons have been solid, going 6-1 for their finest start since the 1986 championship run.

Zavier Lucero, the league’s top scorer in the first round, carried UP this far after a season-opening loss to Ateneo.

But the Maroons should be wary of the Bulldogs, who at 4-3 have achieved their best first round record since 2016. UP hopes to score a repeat of its 80-70 conquest of NU last March 31.

The last time the Maroons had a six-game winning run was in 2004 where they rebounded from a 0-6 start, only to lose steam in their Final Four bid.

Games today

(Mall of Asia Arena)
10 a.m. – NU vs UP
12:30 p.m. – FEU vs AdU
4:30 p.m. – UST vs UE
7 p.m. – Ateneo vs DLSU